Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks before the Hispanic Leadership Conference Friday, Sept. 23, 2011 in Albuquerque, N. M. (AP Photo/The Albuquerque Journal, Richard Pipes) THE NEW MEXICAN OUT
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A conservative Republican group brought its fight for Hispanic votes to New Mexico on Friday, opening a two-day conference in the presidential battleground state that is home to one of the parties rising Hispanic stars — Gov. Susana Martinez.
Former Sen. Norm Coleman, chairman of the American Action Network, called Martinez the poster child for his effort to make the GOP more inclusive for the minority group that he says shares the party’s basic values of strong family, strong education and jobs.
“Hispanic Americans are centrist-right, they just don’t always act that way in the voting booth,” Coleman said.
More than 400 people were registered for the conference that featured a speech by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and video remarks by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Martinez spoke of how she won over Democratic voters after she switched parties while she was Dona Ana County Login to read more