Created: 06/10/2014 8:12 AM
By: BARRY MASSEY, Associated Press
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Democrat Gary King is punching back in New Mexico's race for governor with a television ad criticizing Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's record in running state government.
The ad began airing Tuesday and is in response to hard-hitting advertising by the Republican Governors Association against the Democratic nominee.
King's ad points out that New Mexico has been losing jobs during Martinez's tenure and says King "will clean up her mess." King backs a minimum wage increase.
King launched the ad as he's looking for a replacement for campaign manager Jim Farrell, who says he wanted to be near his family in Las Cruces and left the job on good terms with King.
King said Farrell did an excellent job. He may hire a campaign manager by the end of the week.
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