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First Latina governor addresses GOP

By Charles Ashby

New Mexico's newest governor, Susana Martinez, will be the keynote speaker at the Colorado Republican Party's 4th annual Centennial Dinner later this month.

The event, to be held at the Marriott Hotel South in the Denver Tech Center where the party routinely holds events, is a big fund-raiser for the party, one the outgoing chairman Dick Wadhams hopes will rake in some bucks.

He's charging $100 a head ($150 per couple), but jumps that to $1,500 per person ($2,650 per couple) for those who want to dine and have their picture taken with the new governor. For those who don't want to spend that much money, general seating is $50.

Coincidentally, the event's announcement comes on the heels of criticism Wadhams has received from the two guys who want to replace him, Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch, and Matt Arnold, the guy who brought the state the Clear the Bench effort. Arnold said Wadhams tried to sabotage his fund-raising efforts while Harvey questioned Wadhams' use of Republican National Committee funds.

Wadhams posted a story by Denver Post reporter Lynn Bartels on the front page of the Colorado Republican Party website. The story is about him, of course, saying Arnold and Harvey have made "false statements" about his actions that needed a response.

All this started in February, after Wadhams told Bartels in announcing his decision not to seek another term: "I have loved being chairman, but I'm tired of the nuts who have no grasp of what the state party's role is." Wadhams has never had a problem saying what he thinks.
 

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