Archive for February 15th, 2011

Quien es mas macho?  Mexican American Legislative Caucus o Republican Hispanic Conference!

A couple of months ago there were no Latino GOPers in the Texas House.  Today there are five.  So I guess we can expect the piece that was in today’s SA Express News.  Here is how it starts:

An accusation by a freshman Republican Hispanic legislator that the nonpartisan Mexican American Legislative Caucus is often the Democratic Party’s media outlet for Hispanic issues” has triggered a sharp response from the group, which tracks issues important to Latinos.

Rep. Raul Torres, R-Corpus Christi, recently touted the newly formed Republican Hispanic Conference as “another voice in Austin that will represent the voices of millions of Texans” after he linked MALC with the Texas Democratic Party.

Torres’ characterization didn’t sit well with many MALC members, including the group’s chairman, Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio.

“Whenever anybody tries to portray us in a negative light or a partisan light, we take that very seriously,” Martinez Fischer said of the 40-member group Monday. “We defend our name. It’s respected in the Capitol. People know what our policy is. They know how hard we work on issue after issue that impacts the Latino community.”   Check out the article.

Commentary doesn’t have a problem with the GOP Latinos organizing and speaking out because that means more Latinos hear about the issues and positions.   Debate is always healthy.  In particular, I want to hear what the GOPers are going to say about redistricting and paperless folks.

The MALC has been around for about four decades and has 40 members or so.  I don’t have any doubt that they will land more punches on the GOP Latinos in the coming weeks.

Here is more from the piece:

In a letter to Peña, Martinez Fischer proposed that Peña allow “any current MALC member into your conference, in a show of solidarity, to advance the causes of all Latinos in this state.”

Martinez Fischer also urged Peña to “remove any partisan or political reference to your organization so as to be inclusive of all Latino perspectives.” And he encouraged Peña “to educate your members about our (MALC) history” to prevent “false statements.”

I don’t know about having them remove “Republican” from their name.  I definitely want to know where they are coming from.  I don’t want them to call themselves something like the Latino Leadership Caucus – yikes!

I also wonder if any current Dem MALC member will want to join the new GOP Latino group.  I doubt it.

Whitey Ford the Hall of Fame Yankee holds the pitching record for starting the most World Serious games with 22.  Who comes in at number 2 on the list?

Yesterday Guv Dude didn’t show me the sanctuary cities and Quanell X didn’t release any more videos.

Yankee great Andy Pettitte of course comes in at number 2 on the list with 13 World Serious starts.

Pitchers and catchers report in a couple of days and the full squad reports this Sunday. 



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