Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, not to be confused with her sister Loretta, has been taking some heat for some comments she made to a Long Beach Democratic Club. You can hear the comments in the clip linked here.
And in way, Rep. Linda Sanchez is partly correct. Russell Pearce, who spearheaded SB 1070, does have ties to the controversial John Tanton network and Neo-Nazis. Some of the groups within the John Tanton network have been designated as ‘hate groups’ by the Southern Poverty Law Center. So yes, there is definitely a connection, but Sanchez is correct in clarifying that not everyone who supports SB 1070 is a white supremacist.
VivirLatino has a good post up with some footage outlining Pearce’s relationship to white supremacy groups.
In the end, I think that Linda Sanchez should not run away from her statements. Instead, I wish she would talk openly about the John Tanton network and those with ties to white nationalist groups who helped influence and craft Arizona’s new immigration law. And finally, I think that GOP candidates, Steve Poizner especially (who commented in the video I linked to), should not simply dismiss the fact that not everyone who supports the Arizona law is a white supremacist and attribute Sanchez’s comments to demagogue-ing, but also address this hate head on. Let’s have an honest discussion about the people behind SB 1070 with participants from the left and the right.
Rachel Maddow had a decent segment about Russell Pearce, the Neo Nazis, and the John Tanton network as well back in April: