GOP-tied group to Latinos: ‘Don’t vote’

There’s quite a to-do today about this ad, launched in English and Spanish versions by a Republican Latino organization:

More on Latinos for Reform here. Univision, which says it “prides itself on promoting civic engagement and our extensive national campaigns encourage Hispanics to vote,” already has pulled the plug on this ad in Nevada.

“It is the height of irresponsibility to use the Latino community as a ping pong ball between parties,” Lillian Rodríguez-López, chair of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, said in a news release. “The Latino community is not a spigot that can be turned on or off to meet a partisan agenda. Voting is a civic responsibility and privilege. Generations of Americans, women, blacks, and others fought for this right for decades – no one has the right to send this message.”

What do you think? Is it appropriate for an organization with clear partisan leanings to urge minority voters to stay home rather than cast votes for its opponents? At what point does electoral gamesmanship become voter suppression?

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    Another rotten, immoral dimmiecrat trick.

    They have no shame.

  • John W

    Good for Univision for not taking the money. Looks to me like this effort at voter suppression will do just the opposite.

  • Elwood

    Re: #1


    First time I’ve ever been wrong!

    What this forum needs is a delete or edit button.

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    This assault on Democracy, Liberty, Motherhood and The American Way of Life cannot be ignored! We demand a special program to teach Latino voters that they Have the Right to Vote! This vicious scheme to persuade The People that they might as well stay home on Election Day was invented years ago by some clever Enemy of Freedom who noticed low turnout in certain areas. To make the most of this deplorable situation is ANTI-AMERICAN! Shame on politico schemers!