In just a few months, New Mexico will have a new governor; but right now a group close to our current governor is working to make sure no one forgets her.
“I think at this time, all officials start thinking about their legacy and this website really sings that tune,” said Gabriel Sanchez, a UNM political science professor.
Recently, ‘susanamartinez.com’ was created by the non-profit New Mexico Legacy. The group is run by Martinez’ long-time aid Jay McClesky.
The website features pages of what the group believes are her biggest accomplishments, including fighting crime by expanding Katie’s Law, improving public education and diversifying the economy by attracting businesses like Facebook. It also points out she’s leaving the next governor with a $1.2 billion surplus.
“A lot of debate about how much credit she should get for that,” said Sanchez.
Martinez will likely leave office as one of the most unpopular governors in the country, with a 35 percent approval rating, perhaps in part because of her more controversial moments.
Controversies like, when she tried to push police away after they were called on her at a fancy hotel, while telling the 911 operator she was the ‘Governor of the state of New Mexico.’
Or, her appointment of Hanna Skandera, a wildly unpopular Public Education Secretary. Skandera resigned in the summer of 2017.
Sanchez believes as Martinez prepares for life outside of public service, this website serves as both a resume and reminder of the good times.
“Reminding New Mexicans the things that she has accomplished in her two terms in office,” said Sanchez.
KRQE News 13 reached out to Governor Martinez’ office. They said they weren’t directly involved in creating the website, but, McCleskey says she does support it.