Former transportation and energy secretary, Federico Peña, endorses Barack Obama

September 8th, 2007 · 4 Comments

Yesterday Federico Peña endorsed Obama. It is funny how the Latino leadership isn’t throwing their support behind Bill Richardson, but I am haven’t been impressed with the recent comments from the New Mexico governor. Richardson’s comment about Iowa’s status as the first state to caucus being God’s will really turned me off. I guess that when the candidates get to the middle states, they being engaging in a “Who is more ‘Godly’ or faithful?” contest. Come on people, we are electing a president, not a Pope or Pastor in Chief.

I also think that it is interesting that Peña, having worked in two terms of the Clinton administration, is not backing Hillary Clinton. To me, this must say something about the perception that Hillary Clinton is a polarizing figure. No doubt that she is qualified, but I, along with others, tend to believe that she will unite conservatives in the general election in launching one of the ugliest campaigns in history. Bill Clinton, who I think is very intelligent and much more personable than his wife, always was subject to so much hate. Imagine the level that Hillary will experience. I am also bothered that she has taken so much money from the pharmaceutical industry, but that is another post for another time.

Obama will also receive a boost this weekend with a fundraiser that Oprah is throwing at her Montecito estate. You know how Oprah has the ability to get her viewers to read books, buy products that she uses, etc. I can only think that this fundraiser will help expand Obama’s appeal. Of course, we Latinos don’t have an “Oprah.” I have heard some say that Cristina Saralegui is like our Oprah, but she isn’t as large of a media presence. And let’s face it. Most Anglo Americans probably don’t even know who Cristina is. I think that for many whites, watching Oprah at home in the comfort of their living room, is as close as they will get to “interacting” with a black person. Maybe if the Latino community had an ambassador like Oprah on network TV, the masses wouldn’t be so afraid of our growing presence.

Tags: Barack Obama · Bill Richardson · Cristina Saralegui · Federico Peña · Hillary Clinton · Oprah

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 XP // Sep 10, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    I would have never thought I would ever hear or see his name again. WOW!!

    I met him once when I was an undergrad. Lets say, he had a few too many and his handlers made sure I was not going to be able to talk to him as much as I hoped.

  • 2 webmaster // Sep 10, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    Yeah, I hadn’t heard anything about him in years either.

    Too bad you couldn’t ask him many questions. He probably would have been more candid after a few drinks.

  • 3 Michaelr // Sep 11, 2007 at 1:22 am

    Why hasn’t anyone on the U.S. Congressional Hispanic Caucus endorsed a candidate yet? They haven’t generated any kind of media since Joe Baca supposedly called Loretta Sanchez a whore, and Joe Baca was so concerned about the actual gold content in the Medal of Honor. Our tax dollars at work.

    Where are the Henry B. Gonzalez’ of this political generation?

  • 4 PMG! // Sep 14, 2007 at 3:10 am

    Your comments about polarizing are dead on. Plus, she actually did alienate a lot of staffers during their stint there. The first lady’s office was always run VERY differently from the presidents.

    MR, it is still very early in the game for elected’s to endorse. Plus after the Dean campaigns rush for endorsements actively hurt his campaign in Iowa, I think a lot more canidates are gun shy about getting ‘token’ endorsements and would rather just focus on getting the power endorsements like SEIU. In 2003 they annouced their endorsement in November, so it’ll be interesting to see if they themselves hold off as well…

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