Congressional Hispanic Caucus May Not Let Latino In … Because He’s Republican

By NTK Staff | 11.02.2017 @9:02am
Congressional Hispanic Caucus May Not Let Latino In … Because He’s Republican

The mission of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) seems simple, according to their website: advocate “for issues important to Hispanics through the Congressional legislative process.” The group’s “About” page makes no mention of partisanship, instead saying the Caucus “is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, […]

The mission of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) seems simple, according to their website: advocate “for issues important to Hispanics through the Congressional legislative process.”

The group’s “About” page makes no mention of partisanship, instead saying the Caucus “is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.”

Why, then, is it so hard for the CHC to admit Latino Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL)?

It seems the issue is that Curbelo is a Republican.

Politico reported on Wednesday that the CHC “could decide by Thursday” whether Curbelo will be admitted to its ranks “over the protest of several Democrats.”

The CHC is waiting on guidance from the House Administration Committee about whether it has to let Curbelo join the historically Democratic Caucus and hopes to receive the verdict by Thursday’s weekly meeting, CHC Chairwoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) told POLITICO.

…The CHC decided to table the issue last week after outcry from some members about Curbelo joining the caucus, calling it a political ploy on his part to improve his reelection chances.

Of course, it’s possible Curbelo wants to join the CHC because, well, he’s Hispanic. Curbelo’s official bio notes that his parents “fled Fidel Castro’s regime in the 1960s” and that his family grew up in Miami.

If the CHC rejects Curbelo, who by all standards seems poised to advocate “for issues important to Hispanics through the Congressional legislative process,” they may want to update their mission to reflect a liberal bent.

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