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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Susana Martinez Picks Rep. Keith Gardner Chief of Staff, Jessica Hernandez General Counsel, More

The transition team for Republican governor-elect Susana Martinez today announced its selections for a number of positions within the incoming administration, and described their experience:

Keith Gardner, Chief of Staff: Gardner serves as minority whip in the New Mexico House of Representatives, in addition to representing District 66 and the people of Chaves, Eddy, Lea and Roosevelt Counties. Gardner is the managing partner of Sprint Sports Rehabilitation Clinic in Roswell, where he has resided for the last 17 years.

Ryan Cangiolosi, Deputy Chief of Staff Overseeing Boards and Commissions, Constitution Services and Cabinet: Cangiolosi most recently served as director of personnel for the Governor-Elect Martinez Transition Committee. Cangiolosi also served as campaign manager for Susana Martinez for Governor. He's the former Executive Director of the Republican Party of Bernalillo County. He has extensive business experience and is an officer in the United States Naval Reserve. Cangiolosi has a BA and an MBA from the University of New Mexico.

Brian Moore, Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director Overseeing Policy and Cabinet: Moore most recently served as director of policy planning for the Governor-Elect Martinez Transition Committee. Moore is a business owner from Clayton and was a candidate for lieutenant governor in 2010. He was a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives from 2000-2008, serving on numerous committees including legislative finance and was a strong advocate for New Mexico’s rural communities.

Jessica Hernandez, General Counsel: Hernandez is a director in the litigation department in the Albuquerque office of Rodey, Dickason, Sloan Akin, & Robb, PA. Hernandez specializes in cases involving product, premises and general liability matters. She has served as a law clerk for the Honorable James O. Browning, United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico and received recognition as the youngest member of the New Mexico State Bar in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Matthew Stackpole, Assistant General Counsel: Stackpole most recently served as director of support and coordination for the Governor-Elect Martinez Transition Committee. Stackpole served as deputy director of campaign operations for Susana Martinez for Governor. Previously, he assisted Richard J. Berry’s campaign for Albuquerque mayor, as well as field operations for the Republican Party of New Mexico. Stackpole graduated from the University of New Mexico Law School in May 2010.

Scott Darnell, Communications Director: Darnell, a Farmington native, served as the communications director for the Republican Party of New Mexico and worked as a weekly commentator on the KNME-TV political discussion program, “New Mexico in Focus.” Darnell is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and received a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is currently completing his work as a teaching fellow in the Department of Government at Harvard University.

Matt Kennicott, Director of Policy and Planning: Kennicott most recently served as director of legislative and constituent affairs for the Governor-Elect Martinez Transition Committee. Kennicott was previously director of campaign operations for Susana Martinez for Governor. He has served as the chief of staff for the House Republican Caucus in the New Mexico House of Representatives.

Where's the "Bold Change"? These are mostly Republican Party insiders we've seen for years. Lots of white males. At least at this point, it sure doesn't look like the Martinez administration is bringing in many fresh faces or much outside energy -- and Hispanics are in rather short supply. 

November 24, 2010 at 03:36 PM in 2010 NM Governor's Race, Susana Martinez | Permalink


Change we can't believe in. Gardner is a right wing ideologue who thinks we need to protect Walmart instead of our working families:


Posted by: Owen | Nov 24, 2010 4:10:52 PM

Gardner was a big supporter of the Sun Cal TIDD too. He loved Sun Cal!

Posted by: Tweetie | Nov 24, 2010 4:19:37 PM

How is Keith Gardner's appointment legal? The voters just resoundingly defeated Constitutional Amendment 5. It would have allowed a legislator to resign to to be appointed to a civil office, paid or unpaid.

Posted by: michelle meaders | Nov 24, 2010 5:55:52 PM

Good point about Gardner. He currently is a legislator and he was just reelected to another term. How can he be appointed to a post like this? Does anyone have an answer?

Posted by: Voter | Nov 24, 2010 7:20:48 PM

According to an article in the ABQ Journal today, the Martinez team checked with the Attorney General's office on Gardner's appointment and were told it was OK because his job won't be in a "civil office."

Posted by: barb | Nov 25, 2010 9:34:57 AM

Apparently all of the people appointed to the transition team or in political positions are incredibly well qualified to hold these jobs.

Pay to play. Nothing to it.

Posted by: bg | Nov 25, 2010 7:05:40 PM

Regarding Keith Gardner's recent appointment. Our newspaper, the Alamogordo Daily news run an AP article about the chances of Gov. Richardson's bold measures to protect the environment,water and air pollution could be in danger of being rolled back under Susana. At the end of the article it quoted Gardner as saying. Richardson's stance on these issues was not based on policy but more about leaving a legacy after he left office. I think for an intelligent man like Gardner to say something as irresponsible as that, I think our environment is in deep trouble. The environmental laws that have been recently enforced to protect the public's health are already on the books. No new laws were made.

As I have stated on this blog before I do not always agree with Gov. Richardson but if what Gardner believes is true then I would applaud any governor that thought the safety and well being of the state's citizens was well founded and NOT as Gardner claims a matter of a legacy. Gardner is one we must watch!

Posted by: Stephanie DuBois | Nov 30, 2010 9:03:39 AM