One thing that was quite obvious at last week’s Texas Democratic Convention was the diversity of the Democratic Party. And one positive aspect that showed the diversity of Latinos in the Party was the fact that there were three different Latino-oriented caucuses which then would meet as one official caucus in a show of unity for our candidates and our platform.
Bottom line: The Democrats are diverse and the recently approved Democratic Platform is one based on progress, rather than backwards thinking (like the GOPs).
So, when the TDP sent out a list of quotes from a notable and diverse set of Democrats, Harris County GOP Chair Woodfill wasted no time in attacking the diversity of the Democrats by promoting a political agenda that Latinos and other people of color simply would never support.
“At their convention, Republicans followed up their purging of Hispanic candidates in March’s Primary with an emphatic message of hate and division to the Hispanic community,” said State Representative Jessica Farrar, Chair of the House Democratic Caucus. “While the Democratic convention is focusing on the excitement around the Bill White campaign and hearing the concerns of all citizens, Republicans mainly used their convention to identify Texans they view as undesirable and laying out the steps that can be taken to block their path to prosperity.”
We take exception to Jessica Farrar’s comments, which completely misconstrued the business of the Republican Convention recently held in Dallas, TX. As usual, Farrar’s tired rhetoric was meant to confuse and obfuscate Republican advocacy for border security, responsible immigration process, and the rule of law.
Actually, I think Rep. Farrar hit the Republican platform and record spot-on. Woodfill’s Republicans want to criminalize immigrants, racially profile Latinos, continue starving public and higher education which have growing numbers of Latino students, and continue the divisive politics as usual that has driven the Texas economy and its education system into an abyss that only Democratic policies can save. The Republicans have nothing to offer Texas, except window dressing. And to Latinos, they offer a “conservative like me” hand-shake with a knife in the back to follow on policies that best benefit Latinos and all Texans.
The rest of Woodfill’s e-mail is a right-wing attack on Farrar with a money-demand for her opponent. Now, I know Rep. Farrar and she happens to be a good representative for her constituents and a tireless fighter in Austin for the issues that matter to the vast majority of Texans. She does not run from her record, nor does she promote an agenda that would set Texas back over half-a-century.
Woodfill and the GOP on the other hand, they need to come up with something better than their “we think just like you Hispanics” tag line which has continuously failed, given their continual support of racist and anti-Latino laws.
List of TDP Official Quotes on Diversity Below the fold.
“We believe that our neighbors and friends should have a path to citizenship. We believe that Texas should not become another Arizona,” State Representative and Platform Committee Chairman Garnet Coleman (Houston Chronicle 6/27/2010).
“At their convention, Republicans followed up their purging of Hispanic candidates in March’s Primary with an emphatic message of hate and division to the Hispanic community,” said State Representative Jessica Farrar, Chair of the House Democratic Caucus. “While the Democratic convention is focusing on the excitement around the Bill White campaign and hearing the concerns of all citizens, Republicans mainly used their convention to identify Texans they view as undesirable and laying out the steps that can be taken to block their path to prosperity” (HC2010 Press Release 6/25/2010).
“Seeing all those young Hispanic State Representatives and state house candidates on stage together felt like a glimpse into the future,” said Texas Democratic Party Vice-Chair Lenora Sorola Pohlman. “With a rapidly increasing Hispanic population, a Democratic Party clearly fighting for all Texans and a Republican Party spewing hate-filled rhetoric towards minorities – it’s pretty obvious which Party is on the upswing in Texas” (HC2010 Press Release 6/26/2010, referencing Democratic House Caucus and candidates appearance on stage).
“The Republican Party in Harris County purged minorities from their party in their primary and local Republican legislator Debbie Riddle is leading the charge to bring discriminatory Arizona-style immigration laws to Texas,” said Mini Timmaraju who helped craft the Party platform as a member of the convention platform committee. “It’s disgraceful that attacking minorities is the preferred method for Republicans to pander to their far right base voters” (HC2010 Press Release 6/26/2010).
“This issue perfectly illustrates the difference between Democrats and Republicans,” said A.J. Durrani, President of the Asian American Democrats of Texas. “Democrats have spent our convention talking about common sense policies and inclusiveness while Republicans spent their convention trying to figure out how to make people who they don’t think “look American” live under more stringent rules than everyone else” (HC2010 Press Release 6/26/2010).