Some of Tonight’s Latino GOP Winners

November 2nd, 2010 · 15 Comments

The states of New Mexico and Nevada will have new Latino governors with Susana Martinez and Brian Sandoval respectively. Florida will have a new Latino senator, Marco Rubio. In Texas, Francisco Canseco beat out Democratic Congressman Ciro Rodriguez, and Republican Bill Flores beat out ten term incumbent Chet Edwards. In Washington state, Jaime Herrera, who I thought was a male based upon the first name, will represent Washington’s 3rd district. It will be interesting to see if these new GOP congressional representatives will join the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. While in the Southwest many Latinos tend to lean Democratic, there still is room within the GOP for Latino candidates. One still cannot assume that Latinos will automatically go along with the Democratic party line.

What are your thoughts about these new Latino GOPers on the scene? Will they help moderate the immigration rhetoric? And what kind of contribution do you think they will bring to the political discourse?

Tags: Congressional Hispanic Caucus · Democratic Party · GOP · Rep. Ciro Rodriguez · Republican Party

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  • 2 WhatThe.. // Nov 3, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Latino’s don’t realize that we are all not poor and work manual labor jobs. Many Latino’s I know are very conservative and come from all walks of life, and many our small business owners who see increase taxes effecting their business. These are not the Latino’s asking for handouts of entitlement or a free ticket to citizenship, but those who have assimilated to the American way of life and are aspiring to make this melting pot even better, and not forgetting you have to earn it.

  • 3 webmaster // Nov 3, 2010 at 10:04 am

    “Latino’s don’t realize that we are all not poor and work manual labor jobs.”

    Why do you put an apostrophe after Latino? I have seen this more often in the past few days, so I’m wondering if this is a new grammatical convention that I’m not aware of.

    Interesting comment otherwise.

  • 4 irma // Nov 3, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I don’t vote Latin.

    Chet Edwards loss in Texas is bad, bad news for

  • 5 WhatThe.. // Nov 3, 2010 at 10:38 am

    In my old age, it has been a long time since I took that English class, so many of the rules have long been forgotten, but your absolutely right, “Latinos”, no apostrophe. Since I’m writing, I’d like to further my point to say that this recent political shift is more a reflection or response to the level of frustration all Americans are feeling in the political representaion we are receiveing in government. No one is listening! There is no doubt in my mind that the feet of these newcommers will be held to the fire, and they know it, and will be thrown out as quick as quickly as they were elected in. I believe many of the candidates were chosen only to send a message to Washington, not because of their political platform, while others were chosen based on their political platform.

  • 6 Anna // Nov 3, 2010 at 11:10 am

    It’s a grammatical error.

    As for the comment, the poster has a misguided notion that if you are middle class, or a small business owner, that you are a better fit for the GOP. That’s what political advertising can do. It can make you forget that the GOP always ruins the economy whenever they take power. This has been true since 1929.

    Maybe part of the problem is that within the Democratic party, the only Latinos you hear about are poor, dysfunctional, and undocumented. Those seem to be the ones who dominate the debate. You know like the people attracted to that poster. What normal person wouldn’t flee from an appeal like that?

    One person I can think of who doesn’t sound like that is Loretta Sanchez. Yes, I know you hate her, but she comes across as normal, even if she’s a little bit ditzy. At least she doesn’t sound like Queen for a Day.

    She beat Van Tran, even with Cecilia Iglesias trying to split the vote.


  • 7 Anna // Nov 3, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Some info on Susana Martinez. OH OH

    “Martinez got lots of cash from a few notable out-of-state sources: Koch Industries (famous for their deep pockets and far-right views) and The CEO Group of Florida, which oversees private prisons in New Mexico. The latter is particularly interesting, since private prison money help bankroll the push for Arizona’s draconian immigration laws.”

  • 8 Chicano future tense // Nov 3, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    WhatThe writes..

    “Latino’s don’t realize that we are all not poor and work manual labor jobs. Many Latino’s I know are very conservative and come from all walks of life, and many our small business owners who see increase taxes effecting their business.”

    I agree,-that is very true WhatThe.

    And that’s all the more reason why I believe Latinos should ask themsleves why is it that even though they have been voting in greater numbers over the years,mostly supporting the Democratic party,that things are actually getting worse for them in almost all areas of life.

    The recurring scenario Latinos find themselves faced with after every election is becoming old and stale .I hope Latinos start getting wise to the scam of the two-party system and the controlled manipulated electoral process.The Democrats betray us – decade after decade they keep stringing us along like fools with their lies and empty promises in order to get our vote.And,we Latinos unfortunately continue to take the bait over and over..

    The GOP on the other comes right out and slaps us in the face with their cold-blooded philosophy ..

    “take it or leave it..this is America -a competititive capitalist system which dictates that to the victor go the,if you Latinos can’t cut-it or compete with other groups in education,employment,business and politics than it’s your own damn fault don’t complain…Oh,and by the way we don’t want your illegal alien brethren here in america unless we can exploit the hell out of them.. and if you don’t like that then that’s just too damn bad..we’ll deport all of them back to Mexico.”

    Unfortunately,we see this same attitude being expressed in a more stealthily,reservedly manner behind closed doors by the hypocritcal Democrats.

    The Democrats will always tell us what we want to hear in order to get our votes..they are a pretty cynical,hypocritical and manipulative bunch..

    While this BS con-game of elections and GOP vs Dems keeps going on decade after decade we Latinos see the quality of our lives steadily going downhill-.Here is an example of what I mean:

    The numbers are foreboding and ominous for Latinos.. a 50% drop in good jobs 1979-2008. what the economic policy institute is telling us is that only 15% of Latinos in 2008 make more than $14.51 an hour(their definition of a good job) relative to earnings in 1979 when more than 30% of Latinos were making more than that in real earning power. That’s a 50% drop in good jobs lost for Latinos 1979-2008!”

    My point is that the GOP and the Democrats are not truly two parties..they are a fiction…in reality one party controlled -bought off,manipulated, representing and preserving the interests of their bosses the corporate rich elite..

    they are in fact one party- the party of the rich..

  • 9 GREEN // Nov 3, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    From what I was hearing Susana Martinez would be bad for New Mexico’s schools, we will see what happens, she was a Sara Palin endorsed bimbo. I think Dian Denish would have been a better pick for New Mexico.

  • 10 webmaster // Nov 3, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    “they are in fact one party- the party of the rich..”

    I agree that in many ways the Dems and the GOP are very similar, especially those Blue Dog Democrats, who took a beating last night. Those Blue Dogs didn’t really offer an alternate vision of what the GOP was more clearly articulating…so many people went and voted GOP. Plus the GOP has such an infusion of cash post-Citizens United.

    If people start to become more aware of third party candidates, it will still be better for those in the third party to gain some of the electorate (even if they don’t win) because it will push some within the parties to listen to the third party platforms. The big problem that third parties face now is $ and the media… they hardly get any coverage. Perhaps, I should try to focus on some third party candidates just to get some alternate points of view on this blog.

  • 11 Miss Karma // Nov 3, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    James Mtume of 98.7 KISS fm in NY said it best:

    “Right Wing, Left Wing same bird”

    President Obama, and the Democrats have no giant sets of brass “nads.” The appointments of Emmanuel, Summers, and Geitner along with his constant attempts to compromise with these Hades are why the keys have been returned to the drivers who crashed the van in the first place.

    If this was a real referendum, then the incumbent GOPs in congress would have also been voted out along with the incumbent Democrats but those of us who know the real deal know what’s really going on.

    Having said that, the GOTP leadership are definitely going to parade the Latino, African-American (Allen West and in SC) and Sikh (Nikki Haley) congressional victors in front of the cameras to prove their inclusion while (as my grandmother calls them) the Confederate relics like Rand Paul, Jim DeMint, Joe Wilson, Mitch McConnell and along with John Boehner promote and pass the policies (yet to be announced)

    Third parties would be great ( I am an Independent) but this is (and has always been) a capitalist society (contrary to the unadulterated bs that was spewed by the not-so Right) and unless a third party gets:

    a) A Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, or George Soros type to back the third party candidates

    b) get a corporate backed equivalent to “Citizens United”

    c) get a news and radio network, that is not afraid to ask the right questions and unabashedly call out the liars like Beck(erhead) and ignore the cuckoo birds like O’Donnell and Palin

    d) Continually have 18-29 year olds in the loop via internships, voter education, and in a-c.

    e) be able to master the language of tax dollars (i.e. using the word tax cut instead of stimulus)

    Unless you can get these five elements to create a third party that REALLY reflects populism, then we are enslaved to a two-party system.

    I hate to say this, but Progressive and Screw—I mean Blue dog Democratic voters should have played dumb for this election cycle and tried to find ONE issue in which they could have been unified. Even with the divisions in the Reputea party, they still vote and maintain a unified front.

  • 12 Miss Karma // Nov 3, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    One thing is for sure, many people got “their” country back and it’s clear that 30 years of deregulation, tax cuts for the super-rich, and spending on two wars which have created more enemies than killed wasn’t rockbottom enough.

    While Obama appointed the Wall Street theives (Geitner and Summers,) yesterday the people in Indiana elected a lobbyist (Dan Coates) and Florida elected a financial fallacy Medicare fraudster (Rick Scott) as its governor.

    For the next year I will be the Crow perched above the highest tree organizing, watching this upcoming Congress, and reading “The Fall of the US Empire–and Then What? by John Galtung for sure.

  • 13 RAMON // Nov 4, 2010 at 8:05 am

    The republican party will now parade the 2 newly elected governors of Nevada and New Mexico in a feeble attempt to “reach out” to “His/Herpanic” voters. Don’t expect that these two will help to moderate the party’s anti-immigrant (read Latino) rhetoric. Sandoval in Nevada supports Arizona’s SB 1070 and was quoted as saying that his children would not be tageted by similar legislation because “his kids don’t even look Hispanic”. Wasn’t the governor of NM supported/endorsed by the tea party? These two will make for perfect window-dressing at the 2012 republican national convention. If one wants to measure the strength of republican support for Latino candidates, look at the case of Abel Maldonado.

  • 14 Anna // Nov 4, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    You have to wonder why any Latinos even voted for them. How could they be turned off by Sharon Angle, but then cast a vote for Sandoval? He’s no better than she is. Same goes for Susana Martinez. Isn’t New Mexico usually liberal?

  • 15 HispanicPundit // Nov 4, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    As a longtime Republican, I am looking forward to a more diverse Republican party. I’ve been waiting a long time…very happy!

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