As part of its ongoing effort to woo more Latinos, the Republican National Committee is building a permanent ground operation in New Mexico.
The RNC, along with the Republican Party of New Mexico, says it has hired Jose Orozco as New Mexico Hispanic Engagement Director. Orozco's job, the GOP says, will be to "work in partnership with the RNC to ensure a year-round presence in Hispanic neighborhoods" in advance of next year's gubernatorial and congressional elections.
Gov. Susana Martinez faces re-election next year. Attorney General Gary King is the only announced Democrat in the race.
New Mexico GOP Chairman John Billingsley says he is confident Orozco will strengthen the party's grassroots efforts to "increase involvement, register new voters, and gain momentum to elect strong Republican candidates in 2014."
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