- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said Monday that Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush knows “how to pick the best” and made a good move in hiring one of her former top aides as his campaign manager.

The nation’s only Latina governor told reporters that she considers Bush campaign manager Danny Diaz a friend and she believes Bush knows “how to pick the team.”

But the Republican signaled she is nowhere near a decision in endorsing any of the many GOP hopefuls seeking the party’s presidential nomination.

“Any endorsement? From me? Oh no,” Martinez said laughing. “No, no, no, no.”

Bush launched a White House bid months in the making on Monday and recently named Diaz as his campaign manager.

Bush enters a 2016 Republican contest that will test both his vision of conservatism and his ability to distance himself from family. Neither his father, former President George H.W. Bush, nor his brother, former President George W. Bush, attended Monday’s announcement in Miami.

Diaz, a longtime Republican operative going back to former President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign, recently helped manage Martinez’s national communications team.

“He worked very well with me. I know his family,” Martinez said. “I wish him well.”

As a Hispanic Republican who remains popular in Democratic-leaning New Mexico, Republican presidential hopefuls are expected to court support from Martinez, who has been outspoken on the need for the GOP to attract minority candidates to the party.

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