From the Cibola Beacon:
The audience for Governor Susana Martinez's first State of the State address Tuesday likely included some Republicans around the country who are starting to get to know a political figure who one day could be giving a bigger speech.... But Martinez is just days into her new job as New Mexico state government's top executive, and political scientists around the country say her trip could take a while. "If I were a betting woman, I'd say the Republican Party is going to be looking to bring her in a more active role,'' said Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, an assistant political science professor at Northwestern University who is studying Republican women. ``But she still has to make a name for herself because she really was a politically unknown...." Still, as she focuses on those tasks, others are noticing Martinez, although in the context of a tide of new Latino leaders, said Louis DeSipio, a political science professor at the University of California, Irvine who chairs the university's Chicano/Latino Studies.

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