Call it God's plan; call it the proper alignment of the stars; call it plain old dumb luck. But if there's one thing point history has hammered home for millenia, it's that the window of opportunity for greatness is often a very small window. Case in point would be Susana Martinez, as reported by The Washington Post on March 7, 2014, and Fox News Latino on March 6, 2014.
The current Governor of New Mexico has made it abundantly clear to anyone in earshot that she has no plans for federal office, yet the WaPo has handicapped Martinez as the number one choice for the bottom half of the Republican ticket in 2016.
If she is offered and accepts the Veep nomination, the upcoming presidential election could be her moment in time that very well could usher the daughter of a Marine Corps boxer and Korean War veteran to not only be in the rarefied air of Washington, DC, but also in the veritable catbird seat for the GOP nomination for president in 2024.
Besides the obvious of Martinez being a Latina and a Republican, the argument could be made that she's also the spiritual descendant of both St. Joan of Arc and Britain's Queen Boudica.
Martinez's pro-life stance is in line with her Catholicism, which would be a definite draw to faithful Catholics of all hues as well as millions of pro-life Evangelical Protestants.
Not exactly a stranger to entering the ring, Martinez served as the District Attorney of New Mexico's 3rd Judicial District, where she made a point of prosecuting corrupt politicians and child abusers.
Her lineage also belies she comes from stock that isn't afraid to jump into the fray. Her late father, Jacobo "Jake" Martinez was not only a Marine vet of the Korean War, but also an All-Marine boxing champ. Upon his discharge from the Corps, the elder Martinez served as a Deputy Sheriff for El Paso County, Texas.
Gov. Martinez is also the great-granddaughter of Mexican Revolutionary General Toribio Ortega. During 2011, Martinez visited Mexico for a celebration in honor of her great grandfather, "a revolutionary general who led a band of supporters credited as being the first to take up arms on November 14, 1910 against a decades-long dictator."
Closer to present day, the First Gentleman of New Mexico Chuck Franco has been a law enforcement officer for more than 30 years and served as the Doña Ana County Undersheriff. The Governor's stepson, Carlo, is also a veteran of the United States Navy.
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While more than a few political scientists have noted that if the Republican Party doesn't effectively reach out and appeal to non-whites, the GOP will effectively be discarded into the dustbin of history.
Martinez has taken the bull by the horns by leading an effort by the [New Mexico] Republican State Leadership Committee to recruit "diverse candidates and women to run for state-wide office under the GOP."
Perhaps setting a trend for other GOP Governors, "the group announced that the 'Future Majority Project' has identified 130 new diverse candidates in at least 32 states and nearly 200 new female candidates in at least 35 states to run for office as Republicans."
Illustrating why common sense is the best form of outreach and recruiting, Martinez was quoted:
Republican candidates need to explain their beliefs in better terms and not just say, for example, they want to lower taxes but explain why such policies would help a Latino restaurateur.