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RNC Staffing Up In NJ For Hispanic Outreach

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Considering how badly the GOP has stumbled in reaching out to Latinos in the past few years there’s not a lot to worry about here, though it’s possible they’ll finally get it right.

Continuing to strengthen the Republican Party’s relationships in Hispanic communities across the country, the Republican National Committee (RNC) is announcing its Hispanic engagement staff in seven states – California, Florida, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. The engagement team will build a grassroots infrastructure and engage with voters at community events, as well as strengthen our ties with Hispanic Republicans. As part of the RNC’s effort to build a permanent ground operation, the RNC will work in partnership with state parties to ensure a year-round presence in Latino neighborhoods. Additionally, by the end of the year, the committee will make investments in 11 other states.

The emphasis is not in the original, just to highlight NJ.

I have to wonder why NJ is one of the first places they’re reaching out to, and the only thing I can figure is they think the Garden State would be in play with a Chris Christie at the head of the ticket.  Maybe they think pulling a couple percentage points out of the growing Hispanic population in the state could put him over the top, or at least force the Dems to play in a state they usually consider an ATM but ignore electorally.

I don’t see them thinking NJ would help in Congressional, since no objective observer sees any district — D or R — as in play right now, and any momentum that puts it in play is not going to be muted by a couple staffers spending 12 months at community events.  

I also don’t see them really worrying about the state legislative elections because that’s not what national party organs do.  That’s the state’s problem. Plus the next time they could impact would be 2015 and there’s not enough evidence the leg would be in play then to start putting money here now.

That leaves the 2016 Presidential, and an early effort like Howard Dean’s 50 state strategy to put a traditionally blue Presidential state into a real contest.

Any thoughts?

h/t ThinkProgress

He Said What??

Although it’s not a surprise that a Republican said something stupid what is surprising is that no one in the main stream media really wrote about it.

Last October Congressman Scott Garrett was at an event where a supported made the comment that doing business in the American Midwest was easier because of their “straight-forward” attitude.  

Congressman Garrett had this to add to that;

“Other ethnicities are not that way,” Garrett said. “They’ll say yes to you constantly and then you’ll realize they really didn’t mean it.”

Then in typical republican fashion he tried to back track, but that wasn’t very successful either he clarified his statement by saying that “he meant people in other countries”.  

One of the few places it was covered was MotherJones.com you can read the whole article here: http://www.motherjones.com/moj…  

Corzine Bilingual TV Ad: En Tus Manos

The Corzine campaign put out this bilingual television ad today featuring the President. Here’s what the campaign has to say about this ad:

President Obama asks New Jersey Latino voters to support Governor Corzine in his upcoming bout for re-election. The half-Spanish, half-English (with Spanish subtitles) ad features President Obama telling voters that the future of New Jersey is “in your hands,” or “en tus manos.” This is the first direct to camera political ad that President Obama has recorded since taking office.

Citing the similarities between his fight on a national level and Governor Corzine’s fight here in New Jersey, President Obama praises Corzine as “the leader New Jersey needs in these tough times,” for his focus on improving health insurance, getting the economy back on track and ensuring everyone gets a quality education.

They say it will air on broadcast television in both the NJ/NY and Philadelphia markets. The TV ad is just the latest as they are also running the radio ad and they have just scheduled the 3rd visit for the President to campaign with the Governor next Sunday.

The political and economic power of Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians in New Jersey

The Immigration Policy Center is out with a new study talking about the political and economic power of Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians in New Jersey:

Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians account for large and growing shares of the economy and electorate in New Jersey. Immigrants make up roughly 20% of the state’s population, and more than half of them are naturalized U.S. citizens who are eligible to vote. “New Americans”-immigrants and the children of immigrants-account for 15.1% of all registered voters in the state. Moreover, Latinos and Asians wield roughly $67.3 billion in consumer purchasing power, and the businesses they own had sales and receipts of $25.7 billion and employed 125,593 people at last count. Immigrant workers contributed at least $47 billion to the state economy in 2006, representing almost one-quarter (or 23%) of all earnings statewide. At a time of economic recession, New Jersey can ill-afford to alienate such a critical component of its labor force, tax base, and business community.

I’ll put the full findings below the fold. Bottom line, almost 1 in 5 residents are immigrants. Over half of them are naturalized meaning they are eligible to vote. In fact, they say that 15% of the total registered voters are naturalized citizens or US born children of immigrants.

New Corzine TV Ad: “Nuestro Gobernador y la Educación”

From the Corzine campaign:

In the :30 second ad U. S. Senator Robert Menendez speaks to the Latino community on Governor Corzine’s education initiatives and his support for Governor Corzine’s re-election in November.

The ad will be on broadcast television across the major New Jersey/NewYork metropolitan area and Philadelphia region.

And here’s the ad:

It’s interesting, the only words Corzine speaks in the whole ad are, “Senator, come here!” The rest of the ad has Menendez talking in the foreground about education and his support for Corzine, while you see the Governor speaking with a group of people in the background. What do you think? I’ll put the script in english below the fold.

Leading the Latino GOTV effort

Wally Edge had this over at PNJ yesterday talking about the team leading the Latino GOTV effort for Governor Corzine across the state:

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-Hoboken) is playing a key role in a statewide effort to increase voter turnout among Latino voters for Gov. Jon Corzine’s re-election campaign.  This weekend, Menendez presided over a meeting in New Brunswick that was attended by over 200 statewide Latino leaders, including U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York), State Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark), Assemblywomen Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D-Camden) and Annette Quijano (D-Elizabeth), Assemblyman Albert Coutinho (D-Newark) and Vincent Prieto (D-Secaucus), Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz, Paterson Mayor Joey Torres, and Passaic Mayor Alex Blanco.

Many of those leaders endorsed the Governor yesterday and they talked about how significant the Latino vote is in the Garden State:

At full strength, Latinos form 14% of the electorate, according to Patricia Cabrera, Corzine’s outreach director. Regardless of Christie’s aggressive efforts, the Corzine ally is confident of the governor’s ability to pull Latinos come Election Day.

“Latinos composed seven percent of the electorate when McGreevey ran,” said Cabrera. “In 2005, that was up to nine percent. Last year, Latinos came out to make up 11 percent of the electorate in New Jersey. We don’t anticipate having numbers like that this year, but they will be high, and we anticipate the majority of them voting for Gov. Corzine.”

Along with the importance of the healthcare issue, another topic was the 1st Latina Supreme Court Justice and Christie’s critique of her:

Everyone from Menendez to Trenton Councilman Manny Segura plugged away, too, at Christie’s comments about Sonia Sotomayor, a Supreme Court Justice nominee when Christie pronounced, “She’s not my kind of judge.”

“If Sotomayor was not good enough for that individual, none of us would be good enough for him,” Segura said.

It will be essential for the Governor to see Latino voters turn out in number to help him win on Election day. It’s good to see all these leaders across the state aggressively planning their work and working their plan. They’ll need that work to show up in the form of results at the ballot box for the Governor.

Why isn’t Chris Christie a Republican in Spanish too?

Dailykos makes this catch in their mid day roundup:

Republican NJ-Gov candidate Chris Christie doesn’t seem too interested in letting Spanish-speaking voters know he’s a Republican. Compare the English and Spanish versions of his new “Bringing Back Our Cities” web ad. The Spanish one omits the word “Republican” in a couple places where the English one identifies Christie with his party.

Here’s the first ad in english.  In the opening 30 seconds, he mentions the fact that he is a Republican twice:

And here is the ad in spanish.  While I’m no expert, I don’t hear the word Republican at all:

A viewer of the Spanish version was insulted by the omission and left this comment:

Hablamos diferente idioma, no somos estupidos.

That’s exactly right, they may speak a different language, but they’re not stupid. So what gives with the Christie campaign and what is their explanation for only being a Republican in English? Maybe it’s just like he was only a conservative for the primary too.

NJ Hispanic voters go huge for Obama

New Jersey Hispanic voters outperformed for Barack Obama compared to nationwide statistics from other states:

Of the states with the largest Latino populations, New Jersey ranked first in the percentage of Hispanic voters — 78 — that cast their ballots for Sen. Barack Obama, according to exit poll data by the Pew Hispanic Center.

Nationally, 66 percent of Latinos voted for the president-elect, said Mark Lopez, associate director of the Pew Hispanic Center.

GOP candidate Sen. John McCain got 21 percent of the Latino vote in New Jersey, and 32 percent nationwide.

Wow, that’s some margin.  And how does this compare with recent numbers?

In 2004, President Bush captured 40 percent of the Hispanic vote nationally, and 43 percent in New Jersey.

That’s an impressive turnaround.  A winning Obama got 35% more of the Hispanic vote in 2008 than a winning George Bush in 2004.  Along with the fervor of the immigration issue over the last 4 years, there’s this:

“Hispanics are largely working class,” said Cid Wilson, a Leonia resident who was a member of the Obama campaign’s National Hispanic Leadership Council. “Many of them saw McCain, and the Republican Party, as favoring the wealthy, and having a reverse Robin Hood policy of robbing from the poor to give to the rich.”

The Republicans are going to have to figure out a way to reverse this trend because nearly 10% of eligible NJ voters are Latino. You start yourself in a pretty deep hole if you lose three out of every four of those voters from the jump.

What is LASO-NJ? What I do…What our/my goals are…

Having posted the invitation for LASO-NJ’s inaugural meeting on January 24, I received a most unexpected email with questions regarding the organization. Our history, purpose and goals. I wrote frantically to cover as much as I possibly could. To this brief introduction I will be adding more detailed bits and pieces of my experience as a Latin American immigrant from Colombia and a citizen of the City of Englewood.