Are All Florida Gubernatorial Campaigns Failing to Reach Out to Hispanics?

 

Rick Scott Paella

By Evelyn Perez-Verdia

It has been going so well lately for Governor Rick Scott.   As governor, he has finally started appearing in touch with the multicultural Hispanic community that represents Florida.  He stood with the Venezuelan community when they needed someone from the government to show that they cared about the current uproar in their country.  He appointed Cuban-American Carlos Lopez-Cantera as his Lieutenant Governor.  He went to a Paella festival in Miami.  He has stopped the voter purge that many say would affect Hispanics going to the polls.  We Hispanics might as well start calling him “Ricardito Eskot” for his savvy choices in reaching out to the Hispanic community–regardless if they are sincere or not.

Governor Scott has done everything right to attract Hispanics to his campaign. However, due to recent events, the opposition and media believe Scott is hiring people who do not understand the political landscape of Florida and the importance of being sensitive to Hispanic culture. I am referring to the recent incident of former co-finance chairman Mike Fernandez resigning for Rick Scott’s campaign due to his feeling a lack of connection to Hispanic outreach in the Scott campaign. Is the lack of connection towards Hispanics only being felt in Scott’s campaign? I believe it is larger than this, and if you sit down with each campaign and ask them to inform you of the amount of money that they will allocate toward Hispanic engagement and media during the campaign, you will come to the conclusion that even though they point their finger at Scott, sadly, there might be three fingers pointing back at them. How much is each gubernatorial campaign allocating toward Hispanic engagement and Hispanic directed media? Kindly I would like to ask them to show us the numbers. My next concern is the following: why is it so difficult to get in touch with the Scott and Crist campaign?

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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