Martinez role in Las Vegas parade draws criticism

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LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) – The decision to make Republican Gov. Susana Martinez the grand marshal in heavily-Democratic Las Vegas’s fiesta parade Saturday isn’t universally welcomed.

Parade organizers had announced the selection of Martinez by saying she’d demonstrated a commitment to the community, including Las Vegas-area reservoir and hotel projects.

However, the Las Vegas Optic reports that San Miguel County Democratic Chairman Martin Suazo says it’s inappropriate to honor Martinez.

Suazo says additional funding proposed by lawmakers for San Miguel County didn’t make it into the final state budget approved by Martinez and the Legislature.

Martinez spokesman Mike Lonergan says the $10 million provided for the reservoir project was the largest single capital appropriation in the state this year.

Martinez is running for re-election. She’ll face Democratic Gary King on the November ballot. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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