August 14th, 2009
11:29 AM ET

GOP's problem with Hispanics

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Ruben Navarrette Jr.
Special to CNN

David Iglesias, the former U.S. attorney for New Mexico, is a cautionary tale for young Hispanics who think the road to political power leads through the Republican Party.

If so, it's a road with a lot of potholes. Iglesias went from the GOP's golden boy to its whipping boy - all during one administration. When the former Navy lawyer was appointed by President George W. Bush, Iglesias was thought to be a symbol of Republican inclusiveness and someone who might help lure Hispanic voters to the party.

But by the time Iglesias was fired - in December 2006, along with eight other U.S. attorneys - he had become a symbol of something else: how schizophrenic Republicans are on the issue of Hispanic political participation.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Hispanic
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. SandraWI

    Any Hispanic or person of color who joins the GOP is delusional. The GOP has shown their dislike of anyone who's immigrant whether they're legal or not. They tried to blame the Swine Flu on Mexicans. Lou Dobbs does entire shows on how America needs to keep these people out of this country. And at there worst, they discourage anyone who isn't white by calling themselves the real americans like Pat Bucanan said when he was on Rachel Maddows show. Why on earth would anyone of color join the GOP is beyond me. Even if you don't care for Obama, this is not the party for persons of color to join. Not in this era.

    August 14, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  2. Ismania, Houston Tx

    The Latino influence is like a sleeping child that has grown into a giant and is slowly becoming aware of it's power. As our confidence and sence of self become more organized, our growth is becoming a challenge to those who have ignored us for so long.

    August 14, 2009 at 2:22 pm |