Mariachi Politics Taken to a New Level with Carly Fiorina & Meg Whitman

October 11th, 2010 · 12 Comments

“Every speech should begin with a shot of tequila.” Carly Fiorina

Within the Latino community, politicians on both the right and the left have engaged in mariachi politics. Senator Ted Kennedy used to sing “Jalisco no te rajes”, and California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman launched her Latino coalition with mariachis in the background. Some politicians come across a bit more sincerely when engaging in mariachi or taco politics, and this has to do with how well they know the community and what kind of credibility they have with the gente. Mariachi style politicking doesn’t really appeal to me, and I believe that for people who more closely follow the issues that it doesn’t make a difference either. But it’s a campaign gimmick — and a tired one at that.

But last Friday, California GOP Senate nominee Carly Fiorina took it to a new level downing a shot of tequila before taking the stage and then patronizingly rolling her r’s, and then GOP gubernatorial Meg Whitman followed her on stage and commented that they should do more events like this. This event comes after Meg Whitman has spent the last few weeks dealing with her undocumented housemaid issue, trying to reconcile her employment of the housekeeper with her get tough on the employers of undocumented immigrants stance. Additionally, Carly Fiorina has expressed support for the controversial Arizona immigration law.

The issue of liquor, mariachis and marketing is one that I have explored on the blog, especially when it comes to 5 de Mayo events and the funding of our issue organizations (often underwritten by Anheuser-Busch or even Miller Coors). Does our community’s relative ease in allowing the alcohol and spirits industry into our non-profits and cultural events give politicians like Fiorina and Whitman an opportunity to pander to us this way? Is this the way that Latino politicking in public should be done with a tequila shot in hand and a mariachi band in the background? What do you think?

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 SpicyMermaid // Oct 11, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    But, but, but, Carly forgot to say the Arriba, arriba, andale, andale part!

  • 2 Chicano future tense // Oct 12, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Meg y Carly..shame on both of you for resorting to such insulting,disgusting racist stereotypes…
    Your implied message:Mexicans are a bunch of stupid drunks,moral degenerates and dumb people who like to sleep beneath big cactus in the desert wearing big sombreros to shade our eyes while we take a long siesta..
    Damn them for using these stereotypes to appeal to Mexican voters.
    AND, damn those of us Mexicans who fall for that kind of garbage.Unfortunately,that they use this kind of stuff means to a certain extent that it is effective and it does work.That’s why they do it.
    The fact that such tonterias,estupidez,babosadas appeal to many Latinos is indicative of how backwards and ignorant many Latino voters remain.
    The Republicans aren’t the only ones who run this game down on naive Latinos.The Democrats too in many respects are even better and more masterful in playing taco mariachi “ay yay yayay” politics on Latinos.
    It makes me want to puke everytime I see political rallies where Mexicans if possessed by some devil.. overwhelmed,ecstatic and hysterical when some idiotic clown of a candidate gets up on the stage or podium and eats a taco,mumbles a few words of mangled Spanish,wears a sombrero or sings a few bars of some Mexican song.
    I hate to say it but Latinos will never progress politically (or for that matter in any other arena) as long as they stay at such a childish,primitive,simplistic level.
    If we are to advance Latinos must become more critical,analytical and observant in evaluating politics and issues.More sophisticated and informed.
    The mainstream parties,politicians and their legions of compliant Latino flunkies,pimps and procurers have powerful poltical and economic motivations in keeping Latinos backwards,ignorant and foolish.It is infinitely easier to exploit,manipulate and oppress such a class of people…to keep them down.
    Thanks to the internet and blogs such as LPB and others we at least have a vehicle for sharing knowledge,information and alternative points of view we would never get on the MSM.
    It is in the interests of democracy all our interests that we spread the word,actively urge others to read these blogs.Teachers,students,professors all levels of education should use these blogs as resources and as study material.
    We need to get more and more Latinos to use these blogs as tools.I have no doubt that in the future the internet will become a more significant source of information for Latinos gradually eroding the stranglehold,the power the MSM has had over us.
    Some of our goals should be to get urge the youth ease off the useless and petty BS chisme and celebrity scandal crap websites..get them off the adoration of music that celebrates pathological values ..racism,sexism,drugs and alcohol,machismo,criminality,the twisted infatuation with gang culture.
    This will not be easy..We have a long,long way to go doubt we have an extremely high mountain to climb before we Latinos even begin to achieve a modicum of self-determination,knowledge and true advancement.As the old Mexican saying goes..”the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.

  • 3 Alisa // Oct 12, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Great post. These GOP ladies are pathetic.

  • 4 Wendy Carrillo // Oct 12, 2010 at 10:04 am

    wait, wait, what kind of tequila was it? if it was Jose Cuervo, forget it!

  • 5 The Meg vs Jerry Show pt.2 « Chicano future tense // Oct 12, 2010 at 10:07 am

    […] Mariachi Politics Taken to a New Level with Carly Fiorina & Meg Whitman October 11th, 2010 […]

  • 6 Chicano future tense // Oct 12, 2010 at 10:48 am

    @ Wendy..
    I heard it straight from the horse’s mouth that what they were actually drinking was “Arizona Southern Style Sweet Tea” ; )

  • 7 leesee // Oct 12, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Excellent blog posts this week.
    Still waiting though on your take on Ms. Sanchez and her crazy rhetoric regarding Vietnamese opponent in political race.
    Has she lost her mind?

  • 8 webmaster // Oct 12, 2010 at 11:44 am


    I might attend the Loretta Sanchez/Bill Clinton rally later on this week…so if I do, I will have more to say, but yes, she (Loretta) has lost her mind this time and is getting desperate. And should she lose, it will be her fault as she has had years to actually produce something for that district. More to come on that later in the week, but thanks for stopping by.

  • 9 Anna // Oct 12, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Isn’t there a second Hispanic person on the ballot in an attempt to split the Hispanic vote? That’s the only way Van Tran can win.

  • 10 webmaster // Oct 12, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    This post isn’t about Loretta Sanchez. Please stay on topic, and we can discuss that on a more appropriate blog post soon.

  • 11 RAMON // Oct 13, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I agree that having mariachis and drinking shots of tequila at political rallies is the worst kind of pandering to Chicano/Mexican American voters. This is especially true when it comes from 2 republican candidates like la meg y la carly. At worst, meg is a self-serving politician who once claimed that she was “going to be tough as nails” on the issue of ‘illegal’ immigration”. Now she has billboards in Spanish erected in Latino comunities. carly fiorina supports racist legislation like Arizona SB 1070 but realizes that she has to win some “Hispanic” voters if she is to have a chance of becoming the next US Senator from California. Estas dos speak with forked tongues.

    Chale con la meg y la carly tambien!


  • 12 Southern Cali // Oct 13, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    She hasn’t had a Afrocentric rally yet. Still practicing her ebonics….

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