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GOP jumps on Reid for Rubio comment

The Republican National Committee and conservative Hispanic groups are skewering Sen. Harry Reid for comments he made to POLITICO’s Glenn Thrush about U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.

The article detailed moves by Rubio to block the appointment of Mari Carmen Aponte as ambassador to El Salvador in hopes of convincing the U.S. State Department to take stronger stances with Nicaragua and Cuba.

Thrush then quotes Reid criticizing Rubio’s two votes against Aponte before he agreed to back the appointment:

"He’s struck out twice. I mean, he says he’s for her now, but he (voted) against her twice," Reid, D-Nev., told POLITICO.

"In Nevada, this woman (Aponte) is seen by the Puerto Rican community, the Hispanic community, as really somebody who is an up-and-rising star. I just think it’s a mistake for someone who is supposedly representing Hispanic issues to do what (Rubio) has done," added Reid, who said Rubio hasn’t delivered the votes on Aponte that he promised.

Thrush then followed up the article with a reaction piece with comments from Hispanic conservatives who said Reid’s reference to "Hispanic issues" was a “smear," "condescending" and "racial identity politics."

From Thrush’s follow-up piece:

"Only a day after Jim Messina’s insensitive chimichanga comment, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid makes an inflammatory remark regarding one of the Republican’s rising stars Senator Marco Rubio from Florida," RNC spokeswoman Alexandra Franceschi told Univision. "By implying that Senator Rubio represents 'Hispanic issues,' Senator Reid is creating an unnecessary separation between the Hispanic community and the general population. Hispanics in the United States care about the same issues as everyone else such as job creation, the economy, education, and healthcare."

And a reaction from Reid’s camp:

Jose Parra, of Reid office, sent over the following pushback: "From supporting Arizona's law legalizing the racial profiling of Latinos, to opposing the DREAM Act, to attacking Justice Sonia Sotomayor and voting against Ambassador Aponte twice, Sen. Rubio's record speaks for itself."

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  1. I love it when the righties get their feathers ruffled. We got to watch the job creators stuff it down our thoats when King George was in office. I love watching the righties make fools of themselves on a daily basis. Were in the cat bird seat and I don't think you wack jobes have a chance. I think I'll go to bed tonight and rest assured and laugh at the circus. Maybe I'll put a Bayer aspirin between my legs.

  2. Jose Parra's comments at the end of this piece said it all. Rubio represents Rubio and nobody else. Just another political opportunist trying to make a name for himself.

  3. The GOP has made it not only a tradition, but a mission to make sure they go after Hispanic Americans all the time; making sure they group them in with illegal alien issues all the time. They seem to believe to their despicable racist souls that it's perfectly acceptable in their antiquated view of America to use them, dehumanize, utilizing all their hysterical powers of xenophobia, stereotyping and outright prejudice, all in order to stir up and scare Caucasians to vote for them. They wrote off the Hispanic American vote a long, long time ago.

    But one thing happens regularly lately. Everytime they get thrown out of any discussions because of their views centered around victimizing an entire race of Americans, they seem to like to always bring Rubio out to run interference.

    It's like they grab him, shine him up like a used and well handled piece of gold, brighten and shine him up again and again like brand new, then throw him out there to proclaim, loudly and repeatedly, look!, it's not US, IT'S THEM, we're sympathetic to their needs, THEY are the ones who are racist bastards, we care for them, my party is the savior of Latino mankind all throughout the planet, we really do care about their issues, no, no, no, don't look at our abysmal track record, JUST LISTEN TO WHAT I'M SAYING AND BELIEVE IT!

    Really stupid. And really transparent the constant bull puckey they throw out there constantly.

    Look at the track record. The GOP never ever cultivates the Hispanic American vote. At all. Hell, they don't even treat them as humans. They group them in with illegal aliens and proclaim all of them criminals...even the ones who are American citizens. They seem to think this course of action is more advantageous to their goals of getting into power.

    Senator Reid's comments are right on the money. And he's going to be proven right in November 2012. I guarantee that section of Nevada voters will absolutely crush the Tea/Republican Party.

    I am very sure they are sick and tired of being used in rather disparaging terms for political purposes all the time. There's only so much they can take of this constant GOP lip service, then they don't back up their words with any action at all. Gets old when all that happens is you are not listened to, and when they are listened to, it's only when it fits their agenda to curry favor and votes.

  4. It is Harry Reid ""He [Reid] was wowed by Obama's oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama -- a 'light-skinned' African American 'with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,' " what is all the fuss about?