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Barela picked to be economic development secretary

Jon Barela

Gov.-elect Susana Martinez is nominating Republican businessman Jon Barela to be her administration’s secretary of economic development.

A Martinez advisor confirmed that Barela will be the nominee. Martinez is set to make the formal announcement at 3 p.m. in Albuquerque.

Barela, who unsuccessfully challenged U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., this year, is a past president of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, a former member of the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education, and a former vice chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico.

Cerelink, a company Barela helped found and owns, has promoted one of outgoing Gov. Bill Richardson’s top economic development initiatives – New Mexico’s film incentive program – as the “silver lining” for its customers.

The company provides “cloud computing” for the motion picture industry and has worked with companies including DreamWorks.

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  1. Boy I wish I had bought Cerelink stock. I’m sure this firm will be handsomely rewarded. Isnt the conflict of interest obvious? I’m sure the film industry is gonna do just fine now.

  2. Mr. Secretary-designate:

    Congratulations on a well-deserved appointment!

    Best of luck toyou.

    Spiro & Mary Laura V.

  3. Well, my sainted grandmother would not recognize the TV ad lady’s pronounciation. And, the official guide shows it this way: “Barela, Jon (bâr-EL-ə)”

  4. I have shook hands with Jon but have never had a conversation with him.
    I voted for him because I have never shook hands with Martin Heinrich and I am a Republican and Jon appeared like a genuine guy.
    I don’t know much about Mr. Barela other than he worked for Intel. I have a long history with Intel, dating back to doing the original marketing position for selling a microchip to consumers instead of PC makers only.
    The jobs data announced today suck. 39,000 new jobs created in November. Manufacturing jobs lost.
    Unemployment rate inched up to 9.8%.
    The fact is, we have an anemic national economy going – the stimulus isn’t working; quantitative easing isn’t working.
    QE, is what it is called, is supposed to stimulate inflation and as a result stimulate employment. Obviously, that’s not happening.
    Here are some economic nostrums I believe in and I hope our new Sec. of Economic Development agrees with me:

    1. You can’t create economic growth by trying to create demand.
    2. You create growth by creating supply.
    3. Supply means productive capacity; it means capital; it means investment; it means savings.
    4. We must stop punishing employers with taxes, regulations, and mandates.

    Welcome aboard, Mr. Barela. Not only do you have your job cut out for you; you have a legislature waiting in the wings to cut you (not out of malice; but out of a lack of economic understanding).

  5. Governor Johnson started the film initiative program. However, Richardson took it in a different direction. I do believe that Jon Barela can help get it back on track where it truly benefits the taxpayers of New Mexico.

  6. This will be a good position for him. He can be a decent guy when he wants to and is out of campaign mode. He won’t be making fun of anyone for properly pronouncing his New Mexican surname though Mr. Coalcracker. People like you don’t even know what they are, but the rest of us do.

  7. That was hilarious Coal, and the last line she had, “I don’t trust this John Barrrrela”. But she trusted Marty?

  8. What a guy! My wife and I used to laugh over Heinrich’s commercial about Barela taking some poor woman’s social security from her. It was all nonsense, of course. But the best part of the commercial was the way the woman rolled her RRRRRs.

    Don’t take my social security away, Mr Barrrrela.

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