by David Mendez
Congressman Raul Grijalva, running against Gabrielle Saucedo Mercer in this year's race for Arizona's new Congressional District 3, blogged about the forthcoming impact of Latino voters in this upcoming election. His belief, he writes, is that Latinos are going to make their presence felt this year because they value substance over style.
Consider what we saw at the Republican convention: a parade of high-profile Latino conservatives was presented as an argument, all by itself, to vote for Mitt Romney. The speakers were not presented as emissaries from the Latino community, or signs of a changing and better future, but modern-day Horatio Alger stories who tried to prove that when you vote Republican, you too can succeed in America.
This is simply not going to work. It shows a profound Republican misunderstanding of the Latino community. Latino voters are not impressed by window dressing any more than other voters. They know the difference between style and substance. They know that when [San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro] talks about an America that includes rather than separates us, he’s telling the truth and speaking to their hopes for their own children. They also know that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio votes to cut Head Start and child nutrition programs and Medicaid even while he talks about his own exclusive version of the American Dream.
For the rest of Grijalva's article, visit The Hill's Congress Blog.