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

By Josh Richman
Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 at 5:03 pm in 2010 election.

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?

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  • 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

    Oops!

    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!