Latina NM Governor latest GOP politician to challenge party


LatinaLista — Last week, we saw where GOP Rep. Bob Dold took on his party to do something right for women in defending Planned Parenthood from efforts by members of his own party to get it defunded.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) (Susan Montoya Bryan/Associated Press)

More and more, moderate Republicans are finally pushing back against the insane stances that Tea Party and far-right GOP members are dictating the rest of the party follow. The latest GOP politician to take on her party, and in particular the highest profile Republican in the nation today, is New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.

Martinez has not always been considered an ally on Latino issues — she wanted to revoke granting undocumented immigrants driver’s licenses — but she took on Mitt Romney recently in a surprising way.

Being interviewed by Newsweek’s Andrew Romano, she surprised her interviewer when he asked her about Romney’s plan for undocumented immigrants to self-deport. Martinez replied, ““‘Self-deport?’ What the heck does that mean?”

Taking his marching orders from the Tea party and far-right, Romney’s suggestion of self-deportation, probably would have sounded just as off the wall to him in more reasonable times.

But these aren’t reasonable times and it’s going to take more of the party’s own members to push back against ideas and proclamations that aren’t just unrealistic but insane.