California Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Meg Whitman has upped her Latino outreach in the past week or so. Blogger Matt Ortega has a good post up about her latest attempt, more mariachi style politics, which isn’t something new. Both political parties like to show candidates behind a backdrop of mariachis and tacos. You can see the video she released here:
However, one key issue that Meg Whitman conveniently leaves out is her relationship with former California governor Pete Wilson, who serves as her Campaign Chairman. Yes, Pete Wilson, the guy who publicly supported Proposition 187, which prohibited the undocumented from utilizing social services, health care, and education. Proposition 187 was eventually overturned in federal court, but Pete Wilson continued to defend the measure.
I believe that Proposition 187 helped tip off some of the anti-immigration hysteria that we are still confronting today. Instead of offering a way to regularize undocumented immigrants, who provide so much of the low wage labor that fuels California’s economy, Whitman’s Campaign Chairman Pete Wilson wanted to make sure that they stayed disenfranchised.
My thought is that Meg Whitman would be more genuine in her Latino outreach if she told us why she has chosen to feature Pete Wilson so prominently in her campaign. Is this the kind of change we have to look forward to in the Golden State?
Photo Credit: CHERYL A. GUERRERO Associated Press, Former California Governor Pete Wilson & Meg Whitman at her formal announcement for 2010 governor’s race, September 22, 2009.