Curbelo’s not “Hispanic” enough, says CHCaucus

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Curbelo's not "Hispanic" enough, says CHCaucus

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.

Sev­eral Florida Repub­li­cans walked out years ago over dif­fer­ences on Cuba pol­icy and formed their own group, the Con­gres­sional His­panic Con­fer­ence.

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

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.

Several Florida Republicans walked out years ago over differences on Cuba policy and formed their own group, the Congressional Hispanic Conference.

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