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November 10th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I’m a little late to the party on this one, but Mayor Villaraigosa’s ex-squeeze, Mirthala Salinas, is pregnant, and she seems happy working at a local AM Spanish language radio station in Los Angeles. She certainly kicked up a lot of dust for reporting on the mayor’s failed marriage, while involving herself with him at the time. For whatever it’s worth, I hope that Mayor Villar enjoyed himself with this woman because people are going to continue asking about it for a long time. These affairs don’t die easily in the internet age.

The Pew Hispanic Center is reporting that Obama won 78% of the Latino vote in New Jersey, which is well above the 66% of the Latino vote that he took nationally. This makes me wonder if President-Elect Obama will involve a Puerto Rican in his cabinet as Seneca speculates, since New Jersey is one of the states with the largest Puerto Rican populations. He could also tap Senator Menendez (D-NJ) or Congressman Sires (D-NJ) for leadership positions as well, but those names haven’t been floating around. Both Menendez and Sires are both Cuban-Americans.

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez caused a stir last week with her slate mailer for Democratic candidates, which was photographed at her polling place and later published in the Orange County Register. After the big stink she made about voting for Hillary Clinton in the roll call over the summer, I wonder if she even voted for Obama. Only she knows. But it was encouraging to see her holding a mailer that had Obama’s name on it in big bold print. Register readers were criticizing the photo implying that Congresswoman Sanchez was campaigning for Senator Obama at the polling place, which is illegal. I’m kind of surprised that she brought in a slate mailer instead of the actual sample ballot, but whatever floats her boat. Congresswoman Sanchez doesn’t strike me as a big reader, and maybe this was easier for her than cracking open the actual sample ballot to read the pros and cons of the initiatives and candidate statements. She did look nice in her “Nancy Reagan red” suit when she showed up to the polls though. And I have to give her props for co-sponsoring the Freedom of Choice Act, which would eliminate many state imposed restrictions on abortions.

The Democratic Party is now looking to invest resources in Texas. This is in part because of Latino population growth that is fueling multi-ethnic coalitions. As The Dallas Morning News reported a few weeks ago, the Latino baby boom will have big ramifications for the lonestar state. It would be an irony to send GWB back to a bluer Texas, especially as he grows old back in Crawford.

Last week Puerto Rico elected the island’s first Republican governor in forty years, Luis Fortuno. The previous governor has been indicted for campaign finance fraud.

And finally, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez  (D-NY) is going to seek the Chairmanship of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. When Loretta Sanchez’s office heard about this, she expressed an interest in rejoining the group (most of us here remember how Congressman “Working Joe” Baca called her a whore and how she resigned thereafter). I don’t know too much about Congresswoman Velazquez other than she comes from higher education and that she has a documented history of clinical depression. I will only hope that Velazquez is leaps and bounds above Joe Baca in legislative ability and advocacy. Maybe she could also lessen the stigma of mental health issues in our community.

Photo Credit: EFE 102108, via La Opinión

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Tags: Abortion rights · Antonio Villaraigosa · Barack Obama · Congressional Hispanic Caucus · GWB · Hillary Clinton · Mirthala Salinas · Puerto Rico · Rep. Albio Sires · Rep. Loretta Sanchez · Rep. Nydia Velazquez · Sen. Robert Menendez · voting trends

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  • 1 barista // Nov 11, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    I’m sure Salinas’ baby will have big ears..

  • 2 BettyM // Nov 12, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Wow, lots of information. Hope Ms. Salinas has a healthy child – I don’t care about the baby’s ear size. I read the info. on Congresswoman Velazquez – looks like she is very capable and dynamic. I’m glad Congresswoman Sanchez gets a lot of press – the public is interested in her and what she does and she does look good in red.

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