Gov. Susana Martinez shares rare glimpse into family
Posted at: 07/13/2012 11:01 PM
| Updated at: 07/14/2012 1:16 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez faces challenges every single day - tackling issues, traveling the state - it is not an easy job.
But, one of her biggest challenges is not something the public gets to see: how the governor takes care of her family.
KOB 4 was the only news crew there as Martinez celebrated her sister's 55th birthday.
Governor Martinez is the legal guardian of her 55-year-old sister Lettie.
Lettie is developmentally disabled and needs constant care.
At the party, we got a glimpse into their relationship and why the governor says she will never consider a vice president position while her family needs her.
Lettie was all dressed up in her best blue Cinderella gown for a party fit for a princess.
"She never told me! She never told me this!" Lettie said about the Governor surprising her with the party. "She's sneaky!"
The governor has been planning this for a while with balloons, face painting, and a bouncy house. Dozens gathered, including lots of other little princesses to celebrate. Their relationship is something the governor obviously puts first, though she admits it is a tough balance with a job like hers.
But Governor Martinez says one of the hardest things she deals with is making sure their father with Alzheimer's doesn't forget Lettie.
"That part is probably more challenging than running an estate, much more challenging," Governor Martinez said. That is why the Governor says she won't even consider running for Vice President. "To move her across the country and then separate her from my father? That would be horrific," Martinez said. "I would never do that. I don't want her to be forgotten by my father and us be away."
She says it is a shuffle between Santa Fe and Las Cruces, visiting their father and spending time at the mansion.
It seems the governor has mastered that balance, finding a way to let Lettie know she is what's most important.