• GOP Hispanic Outreach

    GOP Hispanic outreach watch (a continuing series)

    His fellow Republicans are really trying to get anti-immigration reform zealot Congressman Steve King of Iowa to shut up. As The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank reports: [King] outdid himself in an interview that came to light this week in which he described “DREAMers” — people brought to this country illegally as children — as misshapen drug mules. “For every one who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there that — they weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert,” the honorable gentleman said. ….. “Hateful,” said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). “Inexcusable,” said Majority Leader Eric Cantor…

  • GOP Hispanic Outreach,  Immigration,  Stateside

    GOP Hispanic outreach watch

    As you may recall, the reelection of President Obama last year with more than 70 percent of the Hispanic vote threw some Republicans into a tizzy. Fox News’s GOP mouthpiece Sean Hannity said he had “evolved” on the issue of immigration reform, and now supported a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Others, like House Speaker John Boehner, expressed a new-found desire to work with President Obama on the issue. A report issued by the Republican National Committee in March noted: If Hispanic Americans perceive that a GOP nominee or candidate does not want them in the United States (i.e. self-deportation), they will not pay attention to our next sentence.…

  • GOP Hispanic Outreach,  Stateside

    GOP Hispanic-outreach watch

    After Latino voters overwhelmingly chose Barack Obama over Mitt Romney in the 2012 election, Republicans have been trying really, really hard to find ways of convincing them that the GOP is their true home– thirty-three long years after Ronald Reagan famously said: “Latinos are Republican. They just don’t know it yet.” This won’t help: Rep. Don Young [Republican of Alaska] released a statement Thursday that said he “meant no disrespect” by referring to farm workers on his father’s ranch as “wetbacks.” “During a sit down interview with Ketchikan Public Radio this week, I used a term that was commonly used during my days growing up on a farm in Central…