DNC Congratulates ‘Latina’ Texas Candidate — But She’s Filipino-American

Virginia Kruta Associate Editor

The Democratic National Committee tweeted “felicidades” (congratulations) to Texas Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones on May 22, saying, “The future is female. And Latina too!” The group deleted the tweet a short time later after realizing that Ortiz is not Latina at all, but a Filipino American.

Ortiz Jones, 37, defeated Rick Trevino to win the Democratic nomination for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District. She will face incumbent Will Hurd (R-Texas) in November.

The DNC later corrected its mistake, posting a second congratulatory tweet.

Ortiz Jones will face an uphill battle going into November’s general election, because the district definitely leans Republican — but if she wins, she will be the first lesbian, the first Filipino-American, and the first Iraq War veteran to represent the state of Texas in Congress.