As Latino Americans continue to make up more of the electorate, both political parties will have to appeal to them. Susana Martinez, the country's first Latina governor might just be able to help the GOP do that. She speaks fluent Spanish, bought her first gun when she was 18, and grew up in a family that ran a small business.
The 52-year-old politician's relationship with her sister Lettie, who has cerebral palsy, also influences her policy views in ways that differ from others in her party. The governor told Newsweek recently: "Lettie is on Medicaid. So I believe in providing services to adults and children who can't take care of themselves." She's not afraid to contradict her party, explaining, "Sometimes Republicans engage in number-crunching analysis that doesn't always take the neediest into account. We have to factor them in before we start proposing these cuts."
That's a message Susana Martinez might spread at the convention.