The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) is struggling with whether to allow a Hispanic Republican to join the group, according to a Tuesday report.
The CHC was set to vote on allowing Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo into the caucus, but the Democrat group instead voted to delay making the decision in a 19-8 vote, two members of the CHC told the Washington Examiner.
“The truth of the matter is we got ahead of ourselves. It was an overwhelming vote [to table],” a member told the outlet.
The group made it clear last week that it would be welcoming the Republican representative into the group. CHC Chairwoman Michelle Lujan Grisham said that Curbelo would more than likely be joining the caucus, noting that other GOP members are welcome to join the group.
But one CHC member told the Washington Examiner that another member threatened to go “ballistic” if Curbelo was accepted, and others wanted to review the bylines of the caucus to see the laws on the books are about letting in Republican congressman into the caucus. The group has been exclusively Democrat since the early 1990s, when a few Republicans joined and quickly left over disagreements on Cuban policy.
The CHC is expected to meet again later this week to hold another vote on Curbelo’s membership. The representative and the caucus did not return request for comment in time for publication.
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