The 30 members of the all-Democrat Congressional Hispanic Caucus denied Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo’s membership, since to the Caucus you’re not “Hispanic” enough unless you are a liberal:
CHC Chairwoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) said the group’s decision wasn’t just based on the Dream Act but also Curbelo’s support for Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare and the GOP tax bill.
“Many of those votes in this climate gave members who voted no, and maybe other members, pause about whether or not this was a good time for changing membership,” Lujan Grisham told reporters after the meeting.
I’m sure the Dems are not pleased that Curbelo won in Hillaryland, too.
But I digress.
Never mind that there’s a new member of Congress; if you’re not a Dem, you’re not welcome,
In a statement after the decision, group spokesman Carlos Paz tried to dispel the notion that the CHC should admit Curbelo simply because he is Hispanic.
“This vote reflects the position of many of our members that Rep. Curbelo and his record are not consistent with those values,” Paz said.
I’m of two minds on this. On the one hand, I believe there’s no such thing as Hispanic. On the other hand, policy making comes through alliances.
Either way, it’s useful that the Caucus again shows itself as a group of partisan hacks.
The Congressional Black Caucus accepted Republican Mia Love as a member.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus ought to make it official and rename itself as the Democrat Hispanic Caucus.
Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog