It appears Hispanic Texans may have been “played” again by state Republican leaders seeking to promote themselves rather than truly grow the Party.
On Wednesday, May 17, Texas GOP chairman Tom Mechler was in San Antonio supporting a Hispanic outreach event called “Hispanic Engagement Dime” tour. Accompanying Mechler was Rick Figueroa, a member of the Trump Hispanic advisory council and key figure in organizing the Tour.
The “Tour”, which has been to several cities including Laredo, the Rio Grande Valley, Houston, and Dallas, was designed as a “listening” session for Hispanics to tell the GOP leaders what they want and suggest for greater Hispanic support of the GOP. People in attendance were divided into groups and notes were taken by facilitators.
There was some skepticism from grassroots activists because there have been so many “Hispanic outreach” projects and events in the past 40 years, and Democrats still dominate South Texas and most Hispanic communities.
Unfortunately, it now appears this was another one of those “dog & pony shows” meant to promote someone’s agenda. Less than 48 hours after the event in San Antonio, it was learned that Mechler was going to resigned his position, and the Tour was a vehicle to promote Figueroa as his replacement.
Figueroa is considered a “moderate”, and he was part of Hispanic group that criticized Trump during presidential campaign regarding his strong immigration comments. Some of these Hispanics also criticized Tea Party and conservative grassroots as being “anti-
Hispanic” and “racist” for their anti-illegal immigration positions.
The fact is that there many “professional Hispanics” in the Republican Party who use their ethnicity to promote themselves and their agendas. These professional Hispanics make a living off being experts in all things Hispanic, and claim they can deliver the Hispanic vote. They also don’t hesitate to claim “racism” against anyone who disagrees with them.
Hispanic voters are accustomed to GOP party outreach occurring only when their votes or money is needed. Sadly, for all that outreach, most Hispanic communities in Texas are still dominated by Democrats who keep them politically segregated and economically dependent.
The Public Integrity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice South Texas District, which covers 50 counties from Houston through the Rio Grande Valley to Laredo, recorded 369 convictions in the Democrat dominated communities during from 1996-2016. Unfortunately, the Texas GOP has failed to take advantage of this issue.
Hispanics, like all other American voters, want personal freedom, economic freedom, and small, deft-free local/state/federal governments. They help in fighting the corruption of Democrat political bosses that dominate local governments. Suggestion: Republican support in fighting that local corruption would better serve Hispanic recruitment than events with food and beer.
It is very disappointing IF the Republican Engagement Hispanic Listening Tour has been nothing more than a front to promote Figueroa. They’ve listened, now what?
The Texas Republican party needs leaders who will support Texas and the U.S. Constitution first, not play race/ethnic politics. Hispanic Texans do not need a special message or outreach. They need the same approach as any other Texans, and help in fighting for freedom and liberty against local Democrats’ tyranny.