This is what you do:
Take photos of the damage.
Take photos of the pothole.
Buy new rims and photocopy the receipt.
Write a letter to the Governor, include all the photos and receipt(s).
Do NOT give up easily.
Keep writing, and if they say "NO", just keep writing letters until they pay.
Make it your mission in life.
Good luck. Remember, you are a red blooded American, don't just give in.