The Inevitable Creation of the Hispanic Politician

486343_414886481939939_112290005_nWho would think that Communism would change the entire paradigm of how politics is run in Florida. In the 50’s there were many prosperous Cubans that had their businesses and their residences here and in Cuba.  After Castro took political power and started taking lands and businesses, most of the more affluent Cubans along with many less fortunate decided to leave the island.  The most prosperous saw that their vision was very different from that of the revolutionaries.  Angry at their losses and the pain the regime brought toward the people they loved, they vowed to make sure that the Castro regime would fail, thus, creating in them a passion for political power in Florida.

Almost 60 years later, the inheritance of this Cuban-American passion is seen in the corridors of Tallahassee and in groups such as the Florida Hispanic Legislative Caucus (FHLC) whose purpose is to discuss, educate and advocate issues that are important to the advancement of Hispanics and the Hispanic community in the State of Florida.

Several Republicans and a handful of Democrats are members of this group. A majority of them are Continue reading

Being Very “Guapo” Attracts the Hispanic Vote in Florida

By Evelyn Perez-Verdia

Welcome to 2014 and in Florida, we will be selecting a governor in November.  The two top contenders have name recognition, Republican Governor Rick Scott and Democratic candidate and former Governor, Charlie Crist.  Governor Scott and his advisors do not forget that in 2010, Marco Rubio won 62% of the Latino vote and Governor Scott himself took 51% of Latino votes.

I was a witness to many Hispanic women having no idea what Marco Rubio stood for.  However, he seemed like a “good kid” and by golly, he was muy guapo!  He got the ladies vote.  This situation hits close to home, as some of those individuals are members of my family. In 2010 Hispanic women voted in higher numbers than Hispanic men.  The ages of Hispanic women who voted the most were over the age of 41.

The news of Carlos Lopez-Cantera being appointed the first Hispanic lieutenant governor by Florida Governor Rick Scott might not be exciting for many; however for the politicos who do the numbers, it is a brilliant choice.  The former Miami-Dade Property Appraiser is a charming, good looking 40 year-old Cuban American man from South Florida.  He almost seems a bit of a Marco Rubio clone…clever.  Kudos to whoever orchestrated this one.  By the way, I would love to meet you…whoever you are.

Since the famous televised debates of Kennedy and Nixon on September 1960, we have seen time and time again that facial appearance may influence voting decisions in elections.  The visual appearance of someone has a remarkable effect on what individuals think about Continue reading