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Private Fundraisers in Wyoming Boost Martinez Re-election Bid

Aug 27, 2013
Susana Martinez

Gov. Susana Martinez made a quick trip to Wyoming over the weekend to bolster her 2014 re-election war chest.

The Republican governor attended private campaign fundraisers in the touristy mountain town of Jackson, Wyo., Martinez's political consultant, Jay McCleskey, told the Journal .

The trip marked the latest stop in Martinez's busy out-of-state travel schedule. The governor has also attended political events this year in Florida, California, Colorado and Arizona.

Martinez reported having roughly $1.5 million in her reelection fund as of April, the last state campaign reporting deadline. The next deadline is Oct. 15.

Specific details regarding the most recent fundraisers were not immediately available. Foster Friess, a GOP millionaire from Wyoming, has contributed $210,000 to Martinez in the past three years, with most of the money being given before state contribution limits took effect.

The governor's campaign committee paid for Martinez's travel costs for the Wyoming trip, McCleskey said.

TREASURER HOPEFUL: Former Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairman John Wertheim is entering the contest to be New Mexico's next state treasurer.

Wertheim, an Albuquerque attorney who served as party chairman from 2004 to 2007, will officially announce his campaign today on the Internet.

He said Monday that, if elected, he would seek to use the Treasurer's Office to improve the state's economy, in part by pushing for a portion of the state's permanent funds to be used for early childhood education.

"The state treasurer has an enormous influence over the state economy," Wertheim said.

The 2014 race for the Democratic nomination for state treasurer could be a crowded one. In addition to Wertheim, former state Sen. Tim Eichenberg and former Bernalillo County Treasurer Patrick Padilla are also seeking the nomination. No Republican has announced for the post.

Current state Treasurer James Lewis, a Democrat, will wrap up his second consecutive term on the job next year -- he also held the post from 1986 through 1990 -- and is barred from immediately seeking re-election.

Source: (c)2013 the Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, N.M.). Distributed by MCT Information Services.