The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEAO) held its annual conference in Phoenix June 21 – 23, and Elvia Diaz, the younger but equally charming version of Linda Valdez went for the political jugular, with her editorial, “When will Latino Republicans kiss off the party that snubs them?”
She wistfully wonders where the leading Republicans speakers were, blaming them for not being there, while longing for the days when men of stature like John McCain and Mitt Romney addressed the NALEAO attendees. She neglects to mention that this conference like any other, has an agenda and invited guest speakers. People don’t walk into the Biltmore Resort and demand a podium and microphone. Blaming people who weren’t invited for not addressing the conference is preposterous, but par for Diaz’ deceptive course. Recently she opined on children of detained illegals being held in “cages” when that farce has been discredited. She blames Pres. Trump for the border detainments though the program has existed for decades, escalating under Barack Obama. She also blames Trump for an “isolationist and white supremacist agenda.” She must have missed the big story about the historic Singapore meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
In 2012 when Mitt Romney spoke to NALEAO he was met with boos amid restrained applause. Addressing reducing the size of government, cutting taxes or topics that would appeal to a broad base of Americans are not on the group’s agenda. Members remain nearly singularly focused on what they referred to as “immigration” and the rest of us view as an illegal invasion.
There is a difference. One is legal. The other is not. Grousing Diaz makes no such distinction. Instead, she questions why Hispanics would register as Republicans. Group think and marching in ethnicity-based lockstep is her offensive stock in trade.
In Elvia Diaz’ bigoted world view there can be no deviation from your gene pool.
How does she view major black intellectuals who espouse a conservative ideology? Notables include Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas; former Congressman and Army Lt. Col. (ret.) Allen West; economists and prolific authors Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams. Businessman Herman Cain and Dr. Ben Carson, a renown neurosurgeon, were each considered leading contenders for the U. S. Presidency on the GOP ticket. Vanderbilt Political Science Professor Dr. Carol Swain, a frequent conservative guest on televised political talk shows and conservative political columnist Star Parker, are rank renegades.
Included in the lengthy list of Hispanic Republicans appointed by President Trump, are Mercedes Schlapp, who serves as White House Director of Strategic Communications; U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta; U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza; White House Director of Media Affairs Helen Aguirre Ferre; Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Anna Maria Farias.
Elected Republican Hispanics are also too numerous to name individually, but include Governors Susana Martinez (NM) and Brian Sandoval (NV); U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (TX) and Marco Rubio (FL) were both GOP presidential contenders; Texas Commissioner of the General Land Office, George P. Bush; U.S. Congressmen Carlos Curbelo (FL), Alex Mooney (WV), Ron DeSantis (FL) and Illinois Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti.
Does Diaz consider them and the many other Hispanic Republicans, traitors to their biology? Is that oppressive boot-on-the-neck her idea of a better America?