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?