Getting To Know Our Governor Martinez

The following story by Rob Nikolewski  is taken by permission from New Mexico Watchdog.   Some of the story first appeared  in People magazine.  We believe it is a great human interest story which demonstrates the strong love and character of our governor.  We know there are thousands, perhaps millions of people across the world performing the same way because of their love for the ones they care for and nothing posted here takes away from their dedication.

We hope you enjoy the story.

Susana and her sister featured in People magazine

By Rob Nikolewski on July 29, 2013
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SISTERHOOD: Gov. Susana Martinez and her sister Lettie are profiled in People magazine.

SISTERHOOD: Gov. Susana Martinez and her sister Lettie are profiled in People magazine.

It’s well-known that in addition to her duties as New Mexico’s governor, Susana Martinez spends a good deal of her time tending to her sister, Lettie, who is developmentally disabled.

This week’s edition of People magazine offers a glimpse into their lives together, including pictures of the 54-year-old governor and the 56-year-old Lettie, who lives in Las Cruces.

The two-page article followed Susana and Lettie Martinez as they celebrated Lettie’s birthday last month:

On this June day, (Gov. Martinez) is in charge of making her sister’s birthday special. The two go shopping, to lunch and to a spa. Susana remembers Lettie’s being uncomfortable in public when they were kids. “Back then people stared a lot, and she used to hate it: ‘Why are they staring at me?’ Now people are a lot more informed.” Most people are interested in Lettie’s sister, who stops frequently to talk with constituents. When she does, Lettie steps away to pet a shelter kitten or eat ice cream while showing off her newly painted toenails. “I love red!” she says.  

Click here to read the entire article.

Update: Enrique Knell, spokesman for the governor, said that People magazine approached the governor’s office about doing the story earlier this year.

“One reason the governor decided to do the story was to shine a light on the thousands of people in New Mexico and the millions of people around the country who care for their loved ones with disabilities,” Knell said.

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