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What's the GOP Planning With Gov. Susana Martinez?

August 7, 2013
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A secretive meeting involving Gov. Susana Martinez, former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan and U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor ended Tuesday as quietly as it began at a locked down Tamaya Resort on Santa Ana Pueblo.

The unannounced event, which apparently began over the weekend, had much if not all of the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort booked in advance, with traffic blocked on the road into the secluded, luxury site.

"Hyatt's policy is not to disclose information about any of our guests," said Jena Marquez, public relations manager for Tamaya.

Martinez's political adviser, Jay McCleskey, declined to comment on the purpose or scale of the private event, but said it afforded New Mexico's Republican governor an opportunity to meet with some of the party's national leaders.

"Governor Martinez attended a private political event at the Tamaya where she gave brief remarks and had casual meetings with several national political leaders, including Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Congressman Paul Ryan," McCleskey said.

A spokesman for Ryan, chairman of the House budget committee, did not respond to a request for comment.

The registration of a private airplane parked at the Cutter Aviation airfield in Albuquerque on Monday was traced to a company affiliated with politically active Kansas billionaires David and Charles Koch, according to KOB-TV.

However, the New Mexico director of the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity political group, Joe Montes, said Tuesday he was unaware of a meeting in New Mexico sponsored by the group.

Eric Layer, spokesman for Rep. Steve Pearce, the lone Republican in New Mexico's congressional delegation, said he didn't know whether Pearce participated in the Tamaya event because Pearce was on "personal time" last weekend.

The state Republican Party spokeswoman said she was unaware of the event.


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