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5:44 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Martinez Holds Opening Day News Conference

New Mexico – Gov. Susana Martinez disagrees with advice she received from her predecessor, Democrat Bill Richardson.

Tradition calls for the outgoing governor to leave a letter with guidance for the new state chief executive.

Martinez said Richardson suggested that she shouldn't take herself too seriously as governor and should stop referring to his administration, which she had sharply criticized during the campaign.

But Martinez said governing is "serious business" and that elected officials have to stand by their records good and bad.

"I will refer to where we have been but where we're going as well," Martinez said Monday at a news conference.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.