"Oh, Republican governors! When they’re not losing track of the one Latina they hired, they’re digging up a Latino white supremacist to serve on their reelection committees. Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) has come under fire this week after the Southern Poverty Law Center noticed that one member of her “Grassroots Steering Committee,” Roan Garcia-Quintana, is a board member of the Council of Conservative Citizens, which SPLC calls a “white nationalist hate group.”
MSNBC’s Rev. Al Sharpton reported on Gov. Hayley’s pal on last night’s PoliticsNation, citing the SPLC, which, when convenient, conservatives like to label as partisan. However, even the Anti-Defamation League calls the CofCC a “white supremacist” organization, and reported on Garcia-Quintana’s membership last month:
Roan Garcia-Quintana, a director of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC), is closely tied to anti-immigrant organizations in the United States. Garcia-Quintana is a well-known leader in the CofCC, a group descended from the White Citizens Councils, which opposed desegregation of schools during the Civil Rights era.
He is a frequent speaker at CofCC regional events and national conferences. The CofCC has called mixed-race marriage “the mongrelization of the races” and is openly hostile to immigration. The CofCC statement of principles says, “We therefore oppose the massive immigration of non-European and non-Western peoples into the United States that threatens to transform our nation into a non-European majority in our lifetime.”
I know I know, the guy was Hispanic, but you republicans better start doing your homework before you go grabbing the first so- called minority you see. Just think of my man E. W. Jackson in Virginia.
But wait, it gets better.
In my homestate of Pistolvania, the GOP governor says that he can't find one Hispanic in the entire state to put on his staff. Well as it turns out.....
"The liberal media can be so very, very unfair to Republicans. In remarks being widely publicized this week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett ......responded to a question about whether he had any Latinos on his staff by replying “No, we do not have any staff members in there. If you can find us one, please let me know.”
Predictably, the likes of MSNBC’s Rev. Al Sharpton tried to use this to malign GOP minority outreach, but it turns out Corbett does have one Latina staffer. So there.
Gov. Corbett, who last month said that part of Pennsylvania’s unemployment problem is that area employers “can’t find anybody that has passed a drug test,” made his remark at a Philadelphia Union League roundtable last Friday. Moderator Sabrina Vouroulias, Managing Editor of Philadelphia’s Al Dia, asked Corbett “Do you have staff members that are Latino?”
“No, we do not have any staff members in there,” Corbett replied. “If you can find us one, please let me know.”
“I am sure that there are Latinos that…” Vouroulias began.
Corbett turned to the crowd, and asked “Do any of you want to come to Harrisburg?” and, to laughter from the crowd, exclaimed “See?”
So, what’s worse than being asked if you have any Latino staff members and replying that you can’t find any Latinos to hire? Maybe being asked if you have any Latino staff members, and forgetting that you do. Philly Magazine‘s Simon van Zuylen-Wood reported this yesterday:
Calm down lefty media hyperventilators! After you all jumped down Tom Corbett’s throat for his comment about having no Latino staff members, the Governor’s people put out a press release smack-down, pointing out that in fact they’ve actually got ONE Latino staffer, Maria Montero, the Director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs.See, liberal left loons? Governor Corbett’s Director of Latino Affairs is Latina, which his office totally remembered days later, so SHUT UP!"
I would have published this sooner, but I was waiting from a response from Corbett’s people confirming that there’s really no one else. In fairness, the administration also used to employ preternaturally grumpy Eli Aliva as Secretary of Health and nominated Ken Trujillo for Commissioner of the PLCB.
Yes, that Corbett dude is no rocket scientist, but I am not sure if that makes him racially insensitive like the rest of his GOP pals.
I mean the man did have a black son in law (no "Jungle Fever" jokes, please) for crying out loud.