Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

State GOP Gets New Director.(New Mexico)

Byline: Loie Fecteau Journal Politics Writer

McCleskey a 'Popular' Choice With Party Leaders

SANTA FE Jay McCleskey, who helped engineer the ouster of longtime House Speaker Raymond Sanchez from his District 15 seat, has been hired as executive director of the state Republican Party.

"Jay's a giant-killer," GOP chairman John Dendahl said Friday. "You can't say too much about a winner like that, can you? Jay's a good guy, and his hiring is a very popular choice in the (GOP) office and within the party."

McCleskey, 26, served as campaign manager this year for Albuquerque roofing contractor John Sanchez. John Sanchez, a Republican, defeated Raymond Sanchez in the November general election for the North Valley legislative seat the Democrat held for 30 years, including 16 years as speaker. …

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