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Tea Party leaders to reach out to Latinos

The conservative Republican group plans a bus tour to some of the nation's most Hispanic cities.

By Jeannie Rivera Feb 19, 2013 5:54PM

Coming to a barrio near you, a friendlier, warmer, fuzzier Tea Party.  Yes, my friends, ailed by dwindling support and growing inability to influence elections that matter, the most conservative sector of the Republican Party is organizing a bus tour to reach out to Latinos.

 

A co founder of the Tea Party Express, the largest Tea Party’s PAC, said to reporters that the group is discussing ways to earn the trust of the nation’s Hispanics.

 

“We’ve been trying to do a bus tour that would focus on communities that we don’t normally talk to,” said Sal Russo according to FOX News reports.

 

There’s something refreshingly funny on those words. Candidly, the Tea Party leader admits it wouldn’t “normally” talk to us. In their previous mindset (the one before Nov. 4) we weren’t relevant. But when almost 3 out of 4 Latino voters rejected the GOP presidential candidate handing the election to the other guy, many in politics had a sudden epiphany: It may not be a good idea to pretend we don’t exist. Or better yet, we don’t cease to be –and vote-  just because you ignore us.

 

“The bus tour is the iconic symbol of the tea party,” Russo told Fox. “When we’ve gone to some states, like Texas, we’ve had good Hispanic participation. We’re trying to do a [nationwide] bus tour that would be more directed that way.

 

I’m curious as of what the message would be. So far, the Tea Party has preferred to focus on the topic of spending, taxes and its own definition of patriotism that seems to exclude anyone who doesn’t agree with them. As fascinating as the first two topics are, the apocalyptic terms they have been employing to present their points of views are a turn off to those that don’t believe for one minute the Republic would collapse if the Bush tax breaks are rolled back.

 

Can the Tea Party reinvent itself? I suppose the answer could be a short bus ride away.

 

 

 

7Comments
Feb 21, 2013 6:47AM
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Right on target Ms. Rivera. The Republican Party gave away the last election. Their polling numbers kept rising; until the next "women have a way of shutting that whole thing down" comment. They kept tripping over themselves. Nevertheless, a week later the poll numbers would start to creep up again. That's the way the entire election went, approval numbers up, stupid comment, approval numbers down, approval numbers up, another stupid comment, numbers down. No, they weren't defeated: they gave the election away. With comments today like, "...communities we don't normally talk to" it's clear they still haven't learned from their mistakes.
Feb 21, 2013 8:57AM
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Yeah, I can see this working well for them, lol. Keep flushing away whatever money you still have left, Teabaggers. Anything that hastens your demise is good for the country.   :D
Feb 21, 2013 2:31PM
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There's "NO" Latino/Hispanic that will side with those racists and arrogant people of the Team Party.  They ONLY can get Rubio because he's a racist Cuban which sides with his white masters.  Hispanics (Latinos are also whites because Latin is the mother language where Spanish and English derived); are tired of being used by Republicans.  Then; the so called Tea Party only represents those RACISTS Republicans that just want to get in power and when they reach it, they'll start crucifying Hispanics.  A good question to them is WHY they concentrate on Hispanics when emigrants are from all over the world (non Hispanics).  Maybe they are afraid of the Chinese, Russian, Middle East, and European  mafia's.
Feb 21, 2013 2:31PM
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There's "NO" Latino/Hispanic that will side with those racists and arrogant people of the Team Party.  They ONLY can get Rubio because he's a racist Cuban which sides with his white masters.  Hispanics (Latinos are also whites because Latin is the mother language where Spanish and English derived); are tired of being used by Republicans.  Then; the so called Tea Party only represents those RACISTS Republicans that just want to get in power and when they reach it, they'll start crucifying Hispanics.  A good question to them is WHY they concentrate on Hispanics when emigrants are from all over the world (non Hispanics).  Maybe they are afraid of the Chinese, Russian, Middle East, and European  mafia's.
Feb 24, 2013 12:56AM
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Now, for political expediency the Tea Party seeks Hispanic votes. Hispanics are not fooled by Tea Party politicians. They represent the same anti-Hispanic sentiment the Republicans do. It is sorrowful though, that in our country there are only two viable political parties. The Tea Party, will in time I believe, go the way of the dodo.
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  • Jeannie RiveraJeannie Rivera

    Jeannie Rivera is an independent writer and former newspaper reporter who lives in Central Florida with her family, a guitar, a few orchids and a bunch of books. She doesn't have pets and this is unlikely to change. She's penned stories for The Miami Herald, The Orlando Sentinel, BBC Mundo, AOL and others. She was raised in Puerto Rico where she learned to sing, cook good food, be a good mom and throw boisterous parties (she gets great story material from these.) She enjoys traveling, good wine, great books, her two boys and sleeping.