I hardly know what to say about the list put out by a Phoenix-based group called “Southwestern Hispanic Republicans.” SHR has characterized political candidates in various southwestern states as friendly or unfriendly towards the Hispanic community for election year 2010. Quoting from the release: There is a need for Hispanics to determine where candidates stand on issues that are near and dear to our hearts: immigration and children. The base of our organization and our volunteers want to know where 2010 candidates in the Southwest stand on SB 1070, legislation related to the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, the DREAM Act, and similar laws that impact our family units. The 2010 candidates we have listed as being “Hispanic-friendly” are candidates who either have a strong history of advocacy, or whom [sic] have a record of doing extensive outreach for the Latino community. The list for Texas: OFFICE Governor: Unfriendly: Bill White; Friendly: Rick Perry Lieutenant Governor Unfriendly: Linda Chavez-Thompson, Friendly: David Dewhurst [note: “Chavez” is conveniently left out of Chavez-Thompson’s name] Attorney General Unfriendly: Greg Abbott; Friendly: Barbara Ann Radnofsky Congressional District 17 Unfriendly: Chet Edwards; Friendly: Bill Flores Congressional District 23 Unfriendly: Ciro Rodriguez; Friendly: Quico Canseco Congressional District 29 Unfriendly: Gene Green; Friendly: Roy Morales Supreme Court, Place 9 Unfriendly: Blake Bailey; Friendly: Eva Guzman State Senator, District 7 Friendly: Dan Patrick (unopposed) State Representative, District 35 Unfriendly: Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles; Friendly: Jose Alisedo State Representative, District 117 Unfriendly: David Leibowitz; Friendly: John Garza State Representative, District 137 Unfriendly: Scott Hochberg; Friendly: Sylvia Spivey State Representative, District 150 Unfriendly: Debbie Riddle; Friendly: Blake Neal This is a totally nutty list. And how did they manage to overlook Leo Berman? Even so, you have to give them a little credit. The two Republicans rated as “unfriendly,” Abbott and Riddle, definitely deserve it. Abbott has gone to court to defend the Arizona immigration law, having previously taken the position, as his opponent, Barbara Ann Radnofsky, has pointed out, that “Developing and enforcing immigration laws is the exclusive domain of the federal government.” Abbott’s and Riddle’s Democratic opponents both get “friendly” rankings. I don’t want to dwell on this too long, but I’d also like to know how Dan Patrick earned a place on the “friendly” list.
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