Ruth Guerra joins the list of Republican staffers who have quit since Donald Trump emerged as the clear nominee.
Guerra, who is an American of Mexican descent, informed aides in casual conversation last week that she was uncomfortable with some of the comments that Trump was making. In her statement, Guerra wouldn’t comment on her reasons for leaving the party, but did say, “I had a great two years at the RNC and I’m excited for the new opportunities that I will have at the American Action Network.
The American Action Network (AAN) is a national super PAC that has nationwide reach, and a representative of the AAN told reporters that Guerra will be working in individual congressional campaigns to expand reach into the Latino community. According to insiders, this position is a step up at a time when party leaders are concerned that candidates running for Congress or the Senate will suffer in November.
To fill the spot, the Republican National Committee is drafting Helen Aguirre Ferré, a former Jeb Bush for President staffer and Univision personality. In a prepared statement, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus told reporters, “Helen will be an integral part of our party’s ongoing commitment to build relationships and communicate our message directly with Hispanic voters. Her wealth of experience is complemented by a keen strategic vision, top-notch communication skills, and outstanding leadership qualities, and she is going to be a tremendous asset to the RNC as we seek to stop Hillary Clinton and elect a Republican president.”
Ferré added, “This is one of the most important elections of our lifetime, and I’m eager to make the case to the Hispanic community why Republican ideas and values are the way forward for our country after eight years of an Obama agenda which has failed all Americans.”
Trump, the nominee of the Republican Party, has had a tough time attracting Hispanic voters to his side. He has vowed that he will win over Latino voters and is polling better than former Republican candidate Mitt Romney, but his personal feud with a federal judge is just the most recent fight to give voters pause.
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