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?