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Not Latinx 

Commentary has never been a fan of Latinx.  I don’t know who invented it and for what. Maybe it being a vote loser can get folks to eliminate it from the vocabulary.  See this from Politico: 

As Democrats seek to reach out to Latino voters in a more gender-neutral way, they’ve increasingly begun using the word Latinx, a term that first began to get traction among academics and activists on the left. 

But that very effort could be counterproductive in courting those of Latin American descent, according to a new nationwide poll of Hispanic voters. 

Only 2 percent of those polled refer to themselves as Latinx, while 68 percent call themselves “Hispanic” and 21 percent favored “Latino” or “Latina” to describe their ethnic background, according to the survey from Bendixen & Amandi International, a top Democratic firm specializing in Latino outreach. 

More problematic for Democrats: 40 percent said Latinx bothers or offends them to some degree and 30 percent said they would be less likely to support a politician or organization that uses the term. 

At a time when Republicans appear to be making inroads among Latino voters, the survey results raise questions about how effectively the party is communicating with them, according to pollster Fernand Amandi and other Democrats and Latino vote experts. 

“The numbers suggest that using Latinx is a violation of the political Hippocratic Oath, which is to first do no electoral harm,” said Amandi, whose firm advised Barack Obama’s successful Hispanic outreach nationwide in his two presidential campaigns. “Why are we using a word that is preferred by only 2 percent, but offends as many as 40 percent of those voters we want to win?” 

Here is the entire Politico read: Hispanic voters: Latinx term isn’t helping – POLITICO. 

Commentary is not a fan of the leadership of the Texas Democratic Party. It looks like the leadership is being challenged.  See this from the Chron: 

A retired Air Force colonel and former nominee for agriculture commissioner is running for chair of the Texas Democratic Party. 

Kim Olson is the first major candidate to announce a challenge to the party’s current leader, Gilberto Hinojosa, who was elected nearly a decade ago. Party delegates will decide whether to retain Hinojosa at the Texas Democratic Convention next summer. 

Olson said the party’s recent struggles, including a disappointing 2020 cycle, stem partly from what she called an overconcentration of resources in Austin and other urban centers. 

The Mineral Wells resident who ran for Texas’ 24th Congressional District in the Dallas-Fort Worth area last year said her time on the campaign trail revealed the need for more investment in Democratic parties in smaller counties, along with the down-ballot candidates running in those areas. 

“I have an understanding of what it’s like to be the customer, if you will, of the Texas Democratic Party as a candidate, and where we have gaps in some of our support for candidates and the infrastructure that’s out there for us,” Olson said. 

The state party needs to improve its messaging to voters across Texas, faulting the party for playing defense instead of pushing “a message around how Democrats deliver,” she added. 

“A lot of times we get wedged and we get rocked back on our heels because we’re not very aggressive in our messaging and reminding people what the Democratic Party stands for,” Olson said. 

Olson launched her campaign Sunday while touting endorsements from more than 200 party officials, candidates, former candidates, donors and activists, including the chairs of the Fort Bend and Galveston County Democratic parties. 

Here is the Chron story: Kim Olson announces bid for Texas Democratic Party chair (houstonchronicle.com). 

Let’s see how this plays out.   

I won’t be saying anything about the Astros because there is a lockout. 

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