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Conservative Latino leader knocks Harry Reid
photo by the Associate Press
Alfonso Aguilar, a former Bush administration official who now heads the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles think tank, said he was especially offended by Reid’s suggestion that Rubio was “supposedly” representing all Hispanics – and therefore should have backed Aponte from the start.
“It’s appalling for the Senate Majority Leader and Obama surrogates to question Sen. Rubio’s commitment to the Latino community, and more specifically the Puerto Rican community,” Aguilar wrote in an email. “This blatant attempt at racial identity politics is offensive and condescending to all Latinos.”
“Sen. Reid, based on Sen. Rubio’s initial opposition to the confirmation of Aponte, questions whether Senator is defending ‘Hispanic issues.’ The hypocrisy cannot be more shocking. Wasn’t Reid the man who helped lead the Democrats‘ filibuster of Bush nominee to the federal bench, Miguel Estrada, a Harvard trained and extremely experienced attorney, who was also a Honduran immigrant? Was Reid working against ‘Hispanic issues’ then?” he wrote.
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