Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Republicans Cause Another Latino to leave their Party

Republicans just don't get it. They should change their acronym from GOP to GOB (good ole boys). They only call on minorities to serve as tokens. Examples: Michael Steele and Sergio Garcia. Sergio Garcia said "Thanks but No Thanks!" to the GOBs!
Latina Lista reports:
Another Latino quits the GOP
If anyone ever thought New Mexican politics was boring, they haven't been keeping up. Aside from the ongoing investigation that cost Gov. Bill Richardson a return trip to DC as part of the president's administration, there's what happened recently with the state's GOP party and their Latino deputy executive director. It seems Sergio Garcia, who was hired only three months ago by the New Mexico GOP as its political director and deputy executive director, to: develop party strategy, expand the party's fundraising base, and coordinate the party's Hispanic outreach, has quit.
His reason? Well, it's all in his resignation letter:

...It has become evident that my hiring was to placate national GOP
leadership, local Republican activists / donors and the media. From the moment
of my official hiring, an operation began to undermine my professional
credibility and integrity such as attempting to tarnish my name within
Washington, DC circles.
In addition, a whisper campaign throughout the state
that insinuates that I will never really handle the day-to-day operations long
after the current Executive Director leaves is offensive. Did you think that
this quiet campaign would not come back to me just like the operation undertaken
in Washington, DC? Again trust is a two-way street and last night in Santa Fe
was the final straw.
I have come to the realization that the current
environment is no longer conducive for moving forward with any strategic plan of
positioning the Party for the future. I can no longer justify earning a paycheck
from our donors for leading a Party that in truth will always be a two man - and
at times - three man show.
I sincerely appreciate the genuine trust
placed upon me by Congressman Pearce, Congresswoman Wilson, Jim Manatt and a
handful of county chairpersons. The Republican Party of New Mexico supposedly
hired me as a symbol of a new day for a Party that has been plagued with deep
divisions that led to historic political loses on 2008. I was looking forward to
re-building a stronger, broader Party but due to unforeseen circumstances, this
will not be the case...

Needless to say the New Mexican GOP leadership has gone on the defensive but no matter how this is looked at, one thing remains clear -- some members of the GOP didn't get the memo that Latinos are no longer puppets whose strings can be pulled at will. Garcia's resignation letter was the politically correct version of reasons for his decision to (literally) pack up a U-Haul and leave but he's not shy telling New Mexican journalists/bloggers why he left.

Garcia also cited as a frustration a lack of understanding among party leaders about how to reach Hispanics, which he said is critical to making the GOP relevant in New Mexico.
"What bothers me is that most of our party leadership at a state level does not understand what Hispanic outreach means... It does not mean pandering to Hispanics. It does not mean trying to buy their votes," He said. "It's about messaging to Hispanics. It's about trying to bring Hispanics home because this is where Hispanics started, in the Republican Party."
"They didn't get it," he said, adding that the resulting disconnect created a climate of suspicion about him.
...Also, it is especially disappointing that this happened in New Mexico. In a state where 45% of the population is Hispanic, the highest of any state, it is beyond unbelievable that the state's GOP hasn't yet learned how to message/connect with Latino voters.

Why? Of all the states in the Union, they should be ahead of the game, and they aren't? If they were, Garcia wouldn't have been asked to create a Hispanic Outreach Strategy but instead asked to strengthen the one they should have formulated years ago.

Garcia's resignation doesn't just highlight the GOP's resistance to including Latinos in a full and meaningful way in party leadership positions, at all levels, but his resignation also shows that there still exist GOP members who refuse to see that Latinos are developing into an electoral force that can't be dictated to, contained or duped into being used only as political pawns for the purpose of image damage control.


Anonymous said...

So pray tell how does the Republican party reach Hispanics? Do they require some sort of special treatment? Lets face it the only way to reach most Hispanics is by adopting Democrat policies of government handouts and socialism. If the Republicans did that then there would be no need for a two party system then. Who would represent Americans who want to make it on their own and keep taxes lower? Oh and last but not least Republicans would have to defy our immigration laws for Hispanics with an ethnocentric agenda. Don't hold your breath. Thank God the Republicans think more of our laws and our country than illegal invaders and their traitorous aiders and abettors.

ultima said...

If this is the complete story, the GOP did indeed screw up. Of course, this might also be a case of sour grapes.

I would like to see Garcia's recipe for outreach to Hispanics that does not involve pandering. He is right that they belong in the Republican Party as the party that can best serve their interests of family and church. I wonder if Garcia understands the reluctance of the GOP to deal with those who seem to be opposed to secure borders, and who want amnesty above all else whether or not it is in the national interest. I wonder how Garcia feels about Official English.

Anonymous said...

"State GOP spokeswoman Janel Causey said the resignation "came out of left field" and that Garcia had not discussed any of the allegations in the letter around the office."

Now if I were to quit a job or step down from public office I would make sure that the powers that be knew why "specifically". The fact that Garcia only generalized rather than pointing out specific incidents or policies that he didn't agree with causes one to wonder, doesn't it? Attempts by the GOP of New Mexico to clarify the specific reasons with Garcia were ignored.

Dee said...

Garcia's message to the NM GOP was very clear. Anyone who says they do not understand it did not READ what he said.
1. They utilized him as a token. Did not listen to him. They undermined him and did not respect him.(In other words, they treated him like the RNC is treating Michael Steele)
2. They started a whisper campaign saying he could not handle the day to day operations.
3. They do not understand what Hispanic Outreach means. It does NOT mean Buying Latino Votes!

As LL summarized: their GOP didn't get the memo that Latinos are no longer puppets whose strings can be pulled at will.

Vicente Duque said...

Republican House Representative Lynn Jenkins from Kansas `Great white hope' to defeat the Democrats

Even if Lynn Jenkins was naive or innocent .... this gaffe defeats all the contestants of Super Imbecility !!

"Great White Hope" is also a White Horse that is expected to be another Seabiscuit hero, the horse that everybody loved in the 1930s .... the Horse is very White ... and that name was given to White Boxers that were supposed to defeat a tough Black Heavy Champion

Jenkins may be a nice human being but she is today a "White Elephant" ....

Jenkins: `Great white hope' remark not about Obama

Some excerpts :

By JOHN HANNA (AP) – 1 hour ago

OTTAWA, Kan. — A freshman Kansas congresswoman said Thursday that her remark about fellow Republicans seeking a "great white hope" was not a reference to someone who could challenge President Barack Obama or his political agenda.

Rep. Lynn Jenkins said she was instead making a comment about GOP leaders in the House and was trying to reassure Republicans that the party has bright leaders there. She used the phrase during an Aug. 19 forum in Hiawatha and someone in the crowd recorded it and gave the video to the Kansas Democratic Party.

Both she and an aide apologized Thursday if the comment offended anyone. But when she was asked about the remark after a town hall meeting in Ottawa, Jenkins also suggested it had been taken out of context.

"Let's remember the context of this situation," she said. "I don't know how the president got injected into this debate."

The phrase "great white hope" often is associated with pre-civil rights-era racism and is widely believed to have entered usage in the U.S. when boxer Jack Johnson, who was black, captured the heavyweight title in the early 20th century. Many whites reacted to Johnson's achievement by trying to find white fighters — or a "great white hope" — who could beat him. The boxer's story inspired a play, then a movie, with that title, both starring James Earl Jones.

Vicente Duque

ultima said...

In an interview, Chairman RPNM, Yates said Garcia never expressed concern about ideologues and said that explanation of Garcia’s departure, in his view, is “simply smoke covering (Garcia’s) failure to do his job.”

Garcia’s job, Yates said, was to raise money, “and he maybe raised $500.”

“That may be the climate,” Yates said, referring to the economic situation, “It may be him. I don’t know but, in any case, he didn’t get it done.”

Yates said there were other problems with Garcia, including “a lack of work ethic… He was the first guy out the door every day” and that Garcia was “rather naïve” and “in need of training politically.”

As to Garcia’s claim that party leaders didn’t understand how to reach Hispanics, Yates said there were very few conversations about that involving Garcia because it wasn’t the initial focus of his job. Garcia was supposed to be getting to know the 3rd Congressional District and raising money there, Yates said.

He also said Garcia presented, about two weeks ago, “a rather poorly drafted and rather naïve Hispanic outreach proposal.” Yates said that Garcia’s statement that the party needs to work to “bring Hispanics home because this is where Hispanics started” is “is almost exactly out of a speech I was making.”

Yates said that’s nearly the same thing he recently said on KKOB-AM radio. He also said he has told Garcia in the past that, early in New Mexico’s history, the majority of Hispanics in the state were registered Republicans.

As to Garcia’s claim of a climate of suspicion, Yates said, “Surely if there is a climate of suspicion in an office, a rational person would go to the boss and talk to him, and he did not do that.”

Dee said...

Yates' comments tell you that Garcia was correct in his assessment of the situation and had good reason to resign. He was hired as a mere token, just like he said.

Yates sounds like a crybaby.. "I wrote that he didn't". What a lame response. If Yates was professional, yates should have responded with "no comment" or "this is a personnell issue and Garcia was free to leave at his own discretion." Sounds like the "whisper campagn" Garcia alleges was not validated by Yates.

ultima said...

dee wrote, "He was hired as a mere token, just like he said."

There is nothing to indicate this but there is evidence that he failed in his job. That kind of failure tends to create a negative impression and atmosphere.

Did it ever occur to you that Yates was telling it like it is? This could have been handled better by both parties but I believe you are reading more into the situation than it warrants.

What exactly did Garcia have in mind as far as outreach is concerned? It would be hard to outdo the pandering of the Democrats but it would be a worthwhile if he had some concrete ideas on how to go about this outreach to Hispanics "without pandering".

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