“Yes, I have changed my political affiliation to the Democratic Party. It doesn’t take much to see the culture of intolerance surrounding the Republican Party today. I have wondered before about the seemingly harsh undertones about immigrants and others. Look no further; a well-known organization recently confirms the intolerance of that which seems different or strange to them.”
– Pablo Pantoja, announcing his resignation as Director of Hispanic Outreach for the Republican National Party in Florida.
Pantoja cites the RNP’s inaction on immigration reform as a catalyst for his decision, but says a report by the extremist Heritage Foundation that suggested Hispanics have lower IQs finally just pushed him into the other camp. These days a southern Republican switching to the Democratic Party is like an Indian joining Custer’s army. I know a few Hispanics who vote Republican on a regular basis – including some in my own family – but I love them anyway. I keep saying that immigration is not the only issue affecting Hispanics. To most of us, the economy and jobs are top priority. And, since the Republican Party seems hell-bent on doing nothing about that, their “outreach” efforts will keep falling on its collective ass.