Tesla plant decision sparks campaign criticism

Created: 09/04/2014 8:22 AM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Political finger-pointing has started over New Mexico losing out to Nevada as a site for a battery factory by electric car maker Tesla Motors.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King said Wednesday that New Mexico wasn't selected because of "a failure of leadership" by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, his general election opponent.

Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell said the state hasn't heard officially from Tesla. An announcement is scheduled Thursday in Nevada.

The Associated Press reported that Tesla still plans a second site in case Nevada can't deliver promised incentives or possibly to build a second factory.

King said "it's not our location or lack of resources," but New Mexico needs to better fund public education to produce highly skilled workers necessary for attracting manufacturers like Tesla.

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