RNC’s Florida Hispanic Outreach Director has had it with the “intolerance”, vows to join Dems

The Republican National Committee’s State Director of Florida Hispanic Outreach says he’ll join the Democratic Party. He has had it with the Republican “culture of intolerance”.

Pablo Pantoja’s resignation from the Republican Party is a huge setback for the RNC’s Reince Priebus. In mid-April Priebus pledged to kickstart a renewed effort to lure Hispanic voters to the GOP in Florida, New Mexico, Colorado, Virginia, North Carolina and Nevada.

Pantoja’s email – which was sent to the editor of Florida Nation – begins with,


Yes, I have changed my political affiliation to the Democratic Party….”

He says the recent discovery that Jason Richwine of Heritage Foundation cultivated white supremacist views and propagated them in his writings was the final straw.

From the email:

A researcher included as part of a past dissertation his theory that “the totality of the evidence suggests a genetic component to group differences in IQ.” The researcher reinforces these views by saying “No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against….”

Pablo Pantoja was disappointed in the “pseudo-apologies” that followed:

Although the organization distanced themselves from those assertions, other immigration-related research is still padded with the same racist and eugenics-based innuendo. Some Republican leaders have blandly (if at all) denied and distanced themselves from this but it doesn’t take away from the culture within the ranks of intolerance. The pseudo-apologies appear to be a quick fix to deep-rooted issues in the Republican Party in hopes that it will soon pass and be forgotten.”

The constant flow of hateful right wing rhetoric against immigrants has also disturbed Pantoja [Man. How could it NOT.]:

The complete disregard of those who are in disadvantage is also palpable. We are not looking at an isolated incident of rhetoric or research. Others subscribe to motivating people to action by stating, “In California, a majority of all Hispanic births are illegitimate. That’s a lot of Democratic voters coming.” The discourse that moves the Republican Party is filled with this anti-immigrant movement and overall radicalization that is far removed from reality. Another quick example beyond the immigration debate happened during CPAC this year when a supporter shouted ““For giving him shelter and food for all those years?” while a moderator explained how Frederick Douglass had written a letter to his slave master saying that he forgave him for “all the things you did to me.” I think you get the idea.

Pablo Pantoja was born in Puerto Rico, attended Florida State University and worked as a field director in the 2010 midterm elections.

You can read the email in full at Florida Nation

IF you missed it, I briefly chronicled the discovery of Jason Richwine’s racist writings at the blog post “White supremacist and critic of Wisconsin Retirement System Jason Richwine has resigned from Heritage Foundation

Learn more about the RNC’s big plans in GOP Pursues Latino Voters in Six Battleground States source=Latino.Foxnews.Com


One thought on “RNC’s Florida Hispanic Outreach Director has had it with the “intolerance”, vows to join Dems

  1. According to the Daily KOS Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 08:08 AM PDT
    “Even the GOP’s Spanish-language outreach is English-only”

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