A California pro-family leader says a Democratic mayor is
touting the "politics of race" in saying Latinos won't vote
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D)
told reporters at a press conference organized by the
Democratic National Committee last Tuesday that the GOP should not
invite Latino speakers and expect Latinos to instantly vote for
Republican candidates. "You can't just trot out a brown face or a
Spanish surname," he stated, noting that a party's policies are
Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com,
thinks the mayor's argument is racist.
"For Villaraigosa to say that if you have a brown face, you
are not likely to vote Republican is the politics of race, and
he is basically disparaging the intellect of every single person
who has a Hispanic background," he contends. "He's basically saying
if you are Hispanic, you can't think, because you only
have to use your eyes and be a racist and vote only for people who
have skin color that looks like yours, or who says they're in favor
of illegal immigration or something."
During his speech, Villaraigosa pointed out the Republican
Party's platform calls for the deportation of 11 million immigrants
and also that Latinos flocked to support President Barack Obama
during the 2008 presidential election.