A collective of Latino elected officials and labor leaders rallied to boost Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito’s speaker candidacy today, comparing her to President Barack Obama and celebrating her closeness with organized labor.
The rally, held at the headquarters of 32BJ SEIU, served as a reminder to the many council members who were not backing Ms. Mark-Viverito that influential forces were coalescing around her candidacy.
One of the most prominent Latinos in the Republican Party, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, addressed remarks about Latinos Mitt Romney was caught on tape making at a fundraiser during a press conference call today. The video of Mr. Romney sparked a massive firestorm after it was published by the liberal magazine Mother Jones, Mr. Rubio said he wasn’t bothered by the portion of the clip where the Republican presidential candidate said he would have a better chance of winning the election if he was Latino.
“Well, I think he meant it as a joke,” Mr. Rubio said with a laugh. “I think that’s how most reasonable people would take it.”
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Mitt Romney released a new Spanish-language ad today, “Country of Immigrants” featuring his son, Craig, discussing the family’s roots in Mexico.
“I’m Craig Romney. I would like to tell you how my father, Mitt Romney, thinks. He values very much that we are a nation of immigrants. My grandfather George was born in Mexico. For our family the greatness of the United States is how we respect and help each other, regardless of where we come from,” Craig says in the ad.
The Obama campaign released a new set of Spanish language television ads today that end with the president giving his standard “I’m Barack Obama and I approve this message” spiel en español. While his accent is not perfect, his Spanish is far better than Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s.
Always outspoken State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. is not pleased with redistricting proposals that would use space in the Bronx to create a predominantly Latino Congressional district or extend Charlie Rangel’s district into Westchester. Mr. Diaz sent one of his periodic “What You Should Know” missives to supporters yesterday slamming the proposals.
“The Bronx is not a colony,” Mr. Diaz wrote. “You should know that I am just calling it the way I see it: the way the district lines have been drawn for New York’s Congressional seats indicates to me that there are some people who still believe in colonies.”