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GOP recruiting more Hispanics to run as Republicans

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

They want more GOP candidates like Marco Rubio, Brian Sandoval and Susana Martinez.

The Republican State Leadership Committee, a group chaired by veteran GOP strategist Ed Gillespie, is planning a concerted effort to recruit more Hispanics to run for office on the GOP ticket at the state level. With the Hispanic population continuing to boom, Gillespie said Republicans need to move fast to attract those voters to the party.

“The fact that is that five cycles is not very far off,” Gillespie said Monday in a conference call with reporters. “If we don’t adapt now to changes that are taking place in the country, we will face a very different electorate in a few cycles than we do today.”

A memo provided to The Daily Caller about the Future Majority Project describes its purpose this way: “Republicans should not only be planning for elections in 2011, 2012 and 2013, but for elections well beyond. Elections held in just 10 to 15 short years will feature an electorate that looks substantially different from that of today and is vastly different from the electorate that decided a major US election as recently as 2000.”

The document states that if the Republican presidential nominee in 2020 – at the current rate of demographic changes — wins the same percentage of the Hispanic vote that GOP nominee John McCain received in 2008, that candidate would lose by a 14-point margin, doubling McCain’s seven-point loss.

Gillespie’s group has set a goal of recruiting 100 Hispanic candidates to run for state legislative seats and providing them with campaign resources. They also hope to recruit state attorney general and secretary of state candidates.

The group’s president, Chris Jankowski, estimated that the effort would cost at least $3 million.

Gillespie said the Future Majority Project will also focus on attracting female and youth voters.

Its advisory board includes Hector Barreto, the president of the Latino Coalition, and Rosario Marin, the former U.S. treasurer.

“It is important for Latinos to see themselves reflected in their leaders,” Marin said.

  • jaydickb

    Oh if all of them could only be like Rubio. He will be President some day.

  • golperuano

    It’s so overdue to be almost scandalous. The Republican Party for too long thought that all it needed as far as Hispanic Republicans were the Miami Cubans but many of them are dying off and their kids aren’t as conservative as their parents. The fact is most Hispanics are more conservative than the general population. We have that from our upbringing and the liberalism of the left is anathema to most of us. But the fact also remains that the Democrat party tries to perpetuate the myth that there is racism and intolerance in the Republican party and that their only home is in the Democrat Party. The home for Hispanics IS the Republican Party. In the Republican Party we believe that you succeed because of your hard work and diligence whereas the Democrats tell Hispanics that you’ll succeed with government hand outs and that upward mobility only comes from government largesse. The Republican Party treats people as adults while Democrats try to create dependency among minorities. The Democrat party is the party of racism because they only think of Hispanics in terms of blocks of votes. In the Republican party, race is irrelevant. All that matters is your ability and your character.

  • Redford1974

    Great news…it’s about time