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Awk-ward: Trump, Martinez to Meet at NYC Gala

Awk-ward: Trump, Martinez to Meet at NYC Gala

How awkward!

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, the Chair of the Republican Governors Association, has been hiding from New Mexico reporters on questions about supporting Donald Trump as the GOP nominee.

On April 14, she won’t be able to hide any more. Today, the New York GOP announced that Trump will be a featured guest at the New York Republican Annual Gala honoring Gov. Martinez on April 14. 

“How long can Governor Martinez’s charade last?” said DGA Communications Director Jared Leopold. “Will she stay silent when she’s sharing a stage with Donald Trump in New York City? It’s time for Governor Martinez to come clean with voters about whether she will back the likely Republican nominee.”

The full story from the New Mexico Political Report is below.

Trump to attend gala honoring Susana Martinez

By: Matthew Reichbach

New Mexico Political Reporter

3/23/16

Donald Trump and Susana Martinez could meet in New York next month.

The New Mexico governor will be the guest of honor at the 2016 New York State Republican Gala. TheNew York State Republican Party announced Wednesday that the businessman and reality TV show star who is currently leading the race to be the Republican Party’s presidential candidate will attend.

The New Mexico governor has stayed mum on whether or not she would support Trump if he becomes the Republican nominee. Martinez endorsed Marco Rubio early in March; two weeks later, after losing his home state to Trump, the U.S. Senator from Florida dropped out of the race.

Since then, Martinez said she would not immediately endorse a candidate. In 2012, Martinez endorsed Mitt Romney after the New Mexico presidential primary, well after the former Massachusetts governor clinched the nomination.

Trump will be a “featured guest” at the April 14 gala in New York City. The New York state primaries takes place on April 19.

The other Republican candidates, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, have also been invited to attend the gala.

“We are thrilled to welcome Republican presidential candidate and fellow New Yorker Donald Trump to our event,” New York Republican State Committee chairman  Chairman Ed Cox said in a statement. “This year has become one of the most exciting and vital presidential elections in many years. New York Republicans are more motivated than ever to take back the White House, and for the first time in a long time, will play a decisive role by their votes in the April 19th presidential primary.

“The excitement is palpable, and we expect this event to be a great success,” Cox continued

Martinez is the head of the Republican Governors Association, the organization run by Republican governors that helps Republicans running for governor.

New Mexico’s primaries take place in June, usually well after the presidential race is decided. This year, many establishment Republicans are attempting to stop Trump from reaching a majority of delegates, which could bring a contested convention for the party.

The New York fundraiser will cost $1,000 to attend.

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