Gov. Martinez first out the gate with TV ad

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Political ads in April? It’s a long ways away until you vote for governor in November’s election, but Governor Susana Martinez has already put out an ad.

Five democrats will face off in a primary election in June and the winner will then take on Martinez.

Martinez is first with an ad on the air, a whole minute highlighting her feats as the country’s first female hispanic governor.

Tim Krebs is a political science professor at UNM; he says it’s a good move to get out ahead of the criticism Martinez could face in the coming months leading up to the November election. Krebs says the governor has plenty of money to do it.

“It seems a little bit early, but the governor has some campaign funds to spend at this juncture,” Krebs said.

Martinez’s campaign cash was last reported to be $3.3 million. The candidates have until Monday to report what they have in their war chests.

Democrats are already taking the ad, which credits Martinez with fixing the state’s budget deficit and improving education, to task.

“It paints a rosy picture of New Mexico when unfortunately we are at the bottom of every bad list nationally, and at the bottom of every good list nationally,” Sam Bregman, the chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, said.

Analysts say more ads will roll out in the coming weeks ahead of the Democratic Primary in June.

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