SUSANA MARTINEZ — CHANGING NEW MEXICO AND LOOKING AHEAD

Less than two years after her election as the nation’s first female governor of Hispanic heritage, conservative Republican Martinez is watched closely and reported on far beyond the borders of New Mexico. Like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and fellow Governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Nikki Haley of South Carolina, former prosecutor Martinez is considered one of her party’s brightest future stars.  Many say that her life story and unique political role make her the most intriguing and attractive prospect to be Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate.

“Martinez would make an excellent vice presidential pick for two reasons: she would help Republicans make inroads with Hispanics and women, two key demographics, and she is a popular chief executive with a solid record from a left-leaning state,” said Republican political consultant and television news analyst Ford O’Connell recently at a private luncheon of foreign correspondents covering the U.S. election.

All true — and then adding her personal saga.

Read more from John Gizzi at Human Events

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