Californians help lead Gingrich’s Latino outreach

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich today named his national Hispanic Steering Committee, and two of its three co-chairs are from California.

Rosario MarinOne of the co-chairs is former U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin, who served in that capacity from 2001 to 2003 under President George W. Bush. Marin 53, of Huntington Park, was born in Mexico (making her the only foreign-born person ever to have served as U.S. Treasurer) and lost the 2004 GOP U.S. Senate primary to former California Secretary of State Bill Jones. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger later appointed her first to the Integrated Waste Management Board and then, in 2006, as secretary of the California State and Consumer Services Agency; she resigned from that latter post in early 2009 after news reports and a Fair Political Practices Commission probe of speaker’s fees she had improperly accepted, and later paid a $5,400 penalty levied by the FPPC.

“Newt’s unqualified respect for and deep understanding of the Hispanic community, coupled with his reasonable plans for dealing with our most pressing issues; have earned him the loyalty and support of countless community leaders across the nation,” Marin said in the campaign’s news release.“Come November he will be rewarded by the Hispanic voter.”

Mario RodriguezAnother of the co-chairs is Mario Rodriguez, chairman of the Hispanic 100 and president of Jonathan Grey & Associates, a promotional products company. Rodriguez, 55, of San Clemente, is a former California Republican Party vice-chairman; was the Pacific regional chairman for Bush/Cheney 2004; served on the National Hispanic Steering Committee for McCain/Palin 2008; and is a former chairman of the Latino Coalition Foundation, a policy advocacy group.

“Newt is the only candidate who has the experience and understanding on how to get the economy growing again,” Rodriguez said in the news release. “As Speaker of the House, Newt created millions of jobs for all Americans. It is going to take this type of leadership to bring back America to prosperity. This will help millions of Latinos who are the fastest growing work force in America.”

The third co-chair is Massey Villareal of Texas, former national chairman of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Also among Gingrich’s committee’s “original leaders” is Miguel Orozco, 58, of Mission Viejo. Per the OC Weekly, the Ecuador-born Orozco is “an actor, producer and professional consultant who heads the international affairs practice at the Law Offices of James Roche in Santa Ana and a member of the business group the Hispanic 100 of Orange County. Orozco is also a community leader with the Lincoln-Juárez Opportunity Center of Santa Ana, which helps immigrants acquire employment, health care, ESL classes and immigration services.”

Gingrich said in his news release that it has always been clear to him “that Hispanics are amongst the most pro-life, pro-religion, pro-entrepreneurship, pro-jobs, pro-family Americans in our country. It is clear to me that Hispanics should be welcomed as true American conservatives.”

Read a list of the “extended members” of Gingrich’s committee who hail from California, after the jump…

(All identifying information is as provided by the Gingrich campaign.)
Isaac G.D. Barcelona
Joe Bello
Diane Cachenaut
Dinorah Carmenate (Real Estate Broker)
Geneviève M. Clavreul
Dr. Carl F. Davis, Jr./ Past Chairman Los Angeles County, California
Saul Delgado (Real Estate Broker)
Art Diaz
Ed Diaz
Jacqueline Dwight
Martha Flores-Gibson
Alex Fortunati (Business Owner)
Julio Gudino (Allstate Ins Agent)
Ivan Guerrero
Jack Guerrero
Xavier Hermosillo (President & CEO, CrisisPros)
Juan Carlos Herrera
Albert Hofman
Cecilia Iglesias
Ed Jordan (COO, Ketel One)
James Juarez (Allstate Insurance)
Carl Kepner (Business Owner)
Rosendo Lomeli
Ben Lopez
Carol Malott
Suzette Martinez
Irene L. Mills (Former President of the Palos Verdes Peninsula
Republican Women, Federated and former 1st V.P. of the Los
Angeles County Republican Women, Federated)
Frank Montagner
Rocio Montagner
Robbie Munoz (student)
Manuel Padilla (retired insurance executive)
Daniel Garcia Payne (CEO, Cablelink Inc., Service Disabled Veteran Business)
Travis Pritchett
Chris Puentes (businessman)
Manuel Puentes (business owner)
Joseph Randall
Julie Rosales
Eric Santos
Magda Santos (family support counselor)
Christina Shea
Abel Sierra
Rod Venegas
Carlos Yanez
Carlos Yanez Sr.
Jaime Yanez
Maria Yanez

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.