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New Mexico Governor Rushes to Undo the Agenda of Her Predecessor
|Last Edited||Jason Sep 17, 2011 07:00am|
|Media||Newspaper - New York Times|
|News Date||Monday, August 29, 2011 02:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||SANTA FE, N.M. — When Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico handed over the keys of a state-owned jet to a wealthy businessman and his wife for $2.5 million last week, she was eliminating one more remnant of her predecessor, Bill Richardson. |
“Last year, when I was running for governor, I not only promised taxpayers that I would not use this state jet as a personal air taxi, I promised New Mexicans across the state that I would get rid of this symbol of greed and excess in state government,” she said at a news conference on Thursday, with Richard and Linda Felland, the new owners of the plane, a 2005 Cessna Citation Bravo, by her side.
In her first eight months in office, Ms. Martinez, a Republican, has rarely wasted a chance to differentiate herself from Mr. Richardson, the once-popular Democrat who wound up two terms as governor last year with an approval rating in the weeds.
“We have our own agenda,” Ms. Martinez, 52, said in an interview in Mr. Richardson’s old office, while acknowledging that “some of it has been to undo his.”