January 26, 2015
By Linda Valdez
When it comes to Latino voters, last weekend illustrated the stark contrast between the GOP and the Democrats.
Like you needed one.
While immigration bad boy Rep. Steve King was welcoming GOP 2016 presidential hopefuls to his Iowa Freedom Summit by likening "dreamers" to people "from the other planet," Arizona's Democrats were naming the first Latina as chair of the Arizona Democratic Party.
Tempe resident and new head Democrat Alexis Tameron served as former U.S. Rep. Harry Mitchell's chief of staff and managed Richard Carmona's 2012 U.S. Senate race, according to a press release from the party. She's 39 and works for a Tempe-based technology company.
Her election is no great surprise. She was first vice chair of Arizona's Dems for the past two years. But still.
The juxtaposition of these events is deliciously telling.
King is getting major love from the GOP even as he flaunts his extremist anti-immigrant agenda. Before President Obama's State of the Union address, King tweeted his objections to having "a deportable" sitting with First Lady Michelle Obama.
He was referring to a young woman who benefits from the president's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
King makes Mitt Romney's 2012 call for "self-deportation" look like a love letter written in Spanish.
Romney stayed away from the Iowa event. As did Jeb "Dynasty Boy" Bush. Both are too easy on immigrants for King's brand of real Republicans.
But some of those who did show up are supposedly mainstream: Wisconsin Gov. Scott "Union Buster" Walker and New Jersey Gov. Chris "Bridgegate" Christie.
Conventional wisdom says the GOP needs to attract Latino voters to win the White House in 2016 – or maybe just get them to stay home in droves like they did in 2014.
But with spokesmen like King using dog breeding as his model for a successful immigration policy, the GOP's only hope for winning Latino voters is a severe case of collective amnesia.
Source: The Arizona Republic