Lati-NO!

From The Guardian:

One of the fiercest races in next month’s midterm elections has turned ugly, with the Nevada senator Harry Reid accusing his Republican challenger, Sharron Angle, of encouraging a TV advert that tries to persuade Hispanics not to vote.

The Spanish-language ad was pulled from TV stations yesterday following an outcry. It said: “Don’t vote this November. This is the only way to send them a clear message – you can no longer take us for granted.”

Angle’s camp denied any connection to the ad, saying she encouraged as many Nevadans as possible to vote. The ad was placed by Robert de Posoda, president of Latinos for Reform.

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Angle, a darling of the Tea Party movement, was the surprise winner of the Republican nomination and has gone on to give Reid a tougher race than expected. Her extreme positions, including favouring the privatisation of social security and allowing the dumping of nuclear waste in Nevada, have made her a bogey figure of the left but endeared her to rightwing voters disillusioned by the local economic crisis. Nevada has the highest unemployment and foreclosure rates in the country.

In addition to the furore over the TV ad, Angle got into deep water this week for telling a group of Hispanic schoolpupils: “Some of you look a little more Asian to me.”

Barack Obama said De Posoda’s ad was “terrible”. “It is a cynical political ploy to try to drive Latino votes to benefit a Republican candidate in Nevada who would never vote for immigration reform,” the president said.

From Mario Solis-Marich at THE HUFFINGTON POST:

Robert Deposada has sold out his community. Deposada, a GOP operative from the failed Bush Presidency, crossed a critical line this week by developing and placing ads urging Latino voters to stay home and not vote during this important election cycle. The ads are not only despicable in purpose but they are abhorrent in execution. Not since La Malinche, the infamous traitor in Mexican history who used a combination of her language skills and let’s say “bedside manner” to help conquer the Aztecs, has there been such a blatant and cynical transaction as the one between consultant Deposada and the GOP. Like La Malinche, Deposada is using his language skills and his ability to bed down with those that despise his community to make some hard cash and improve his personal fortunes.

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The Republicans, aided by their translator Deposada, have decided that instead of correcting the failure of their candidates and their party to attract Latino voters it is easier and faster to beg folks to stay home. The tactic is beneath contempt, wholly un-American, and very anti-Latino.

Latino voter registration and outreach has always been a priority of progressive Latinos. The leading Hispanic voter education projects, while nonpartisan, have been consistently led by the Latino left. Latino conservatives have never engaged in wide scale Latino voter registration preferring that others roll up their sleeves while they sit comfortably in the beltway. It has always been speculated that the emergence of Latino voter activity would be to the determent of the conservative movement and this direct attempt to ask those voters to stay home is proof positive that the right believes the speculation to be accurate.

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Deposada and his cohorts are from the family tree of George Bush and other politicians who are devoted to securing power not through action and empowerment but by trickery. The Bush political family finds it easy to spoil the hard labor of others having never engaged in it themselves. Like his political parents Deposada cannot truly appreciate the work he is attacking.

This is not to say that the Democratic Party does not need to step up their Latino game. Honest criticism of the relationship between the Democratic Party and Hispanics is valid and valuable and in fact the competition for voters is essential to democracy. However, asking key constituencies to stay home is not valuing competition at all.

Some say that Deposada is not a threat as much as he is a beltway political hit man with a small contract. But we all must remember that any GOP gains this tactic is tied to will lead to more of the same in future elections. La Malinche succeeded in helping Cortez destroy the Aztecs because they trusted her. La Malinche spoke more than the Aztec language she learned their dialects — she spoke to their frustrations and fears, and skillfully delivered them to their conquest. Hopefully, the Latino voters of Nevada will be more judicious about the messengers they listen to and the envoys that they trust.

Watch the Spanish version of the video at THE HUFFINGTON POST link, and then watch Lawrence O’Donnell take this dipshit apart, as well as see the English version of the ad at MSNBC.

From THINK PROGRESS:

Earlier today, ThinkProgress reported that Latinos for Reform — a Republican 527 group — purchased an $80,000 buy on Univision to air ads urging Nevada Latino voters not to vote. We urged Univision not to air the ads. The network, which heads the non-partisan Latino civic participation campaign, Ya Es Hora, has decided to do the right thing and not broadcast the ads.

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ThinkProgress did some digging into de Posada’s group, and here’s what we found.

To begin with, the group’s 8872 form lists the same P.O. Box number as the one belonging to the Admiral Roy F. Hoffmann Foundation, an organization founded by the chairman of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth (SBVT), Roy F. Hoffmann. For those who don’t recall, SBVT was another 527 group formed during the 2004 elections aimed at opposing Sen. John Kerry’s (D-MA) presidential bid by distorting and misrepresenting his war record.

De Posada told Talking Points Memo the address was a “mistake”: “In 2008, because the laws were so strange, we hired a political compliance company that handled our reporting and accounting.”

The connection doesn’t stop at a P.O. Box. Latinos for Reform, the Hoffmann Foundation, and SBVT have all employed the services of the same consulting firm, Political Compliance Services. Susan Arceneaux, a “long time aide of Dick Armey” heads the company. The firm markets itself as “an accounting services vendor specializing in FEC regulations. Our comprehensive approach to your individual accounting needs will deliver you from the headaches and legal ramifications of FEC non-compliance.” Latinos for Reform hasn’t filed anything with the IRS since April 2, 2009.

Latinos for Reform’s post-election 2008 report also lists an expenditure of $1,203 that went towards Paul Sullivan & Associates, a law firm recommended by the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA).

Finally, John T. Finn, who donated a total of $70,000 to Latinos for Reform, is listed as a “Producer & publisher” on the group’s contribution form. However, the address attached to his name also belongs to Pro-Life America and Lovematters.com.

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35 responses to “Lati-NO!

  1. GreenApples

    Sickening! There is always voter suppression by the rethugs. They are always for wars and our spreading of ‘democracy’ abroad but vehemently try to suppress voting here. Our problem is not that too many people vote…it’s the opposite…not enough people vote. The same ole, attacking something that isn’t a problem as if it was one. And this crap gets press!

    • can you believe that they thought being this blatant would be a good idea, apples? that’s what really floors me. they pick this shmuck who can so easily be connected to rightwing hacks, and they put him on tv to open his eyes really wide and try to act innocent. i was laughing when i watched the lawrence o’d interview with him. when l o’d was asking him if he worked for the rethugs, the guy had more tics than a hooker in a convent. for his sake, he should never take up poker as a career.

  2. Don’t vote.

    Seriously?

    There are a lot of low-down,dirty slimy things that happen in politics. But very, very few sink to the level of encouraging people not to vote.

    Vote for a third-party candidate without a chance? Okay.

    Send a message by voting for someone? Fine.

    Stay home and don’t vote?

    That’s anti-democratic, and really un-American.

    Vile, vile, vile …

    • if they don’t vote, they are giving up what it means to be american. the rethugs will use that as the excuse to say see? they don’t want to be assimilated! this is just so disgusting. i hope it backfires in a huge way.

      • I was in North Carolina in college for one of Jesse Helms’ “make sure you don’t vote illegally” campaigns … it was one of the things that persuaded me to leave the GOP.

        But at least in that, there was this pretense that it wasn’t really racist voter suppression. Thin, but at least you could pretend.

        • i think the scariest part is that they don’t even feel a need to pretend. they’re fine with being out-and-out racists. they think that the white vote will be more important than the minority vote, so why not appeal to racists?

  3. Joanaroo

    I hate these GOPer/Tea Party motherfuckers more everyday and am surprised I haven’t reached my quotient yet! That bitch Palin told the Teabaggers to write in that asshole Raese in our election of senate between Sestak and Toomey to fuck things up. I hate that bitch and hope a grizzly tears her to shreds during a TLC taping. WTF is up with TLC anyway? Damn Duggar baby machine, then Palin. I’m waiting to read Duggar’s uterus fell out during a taping of *How Many Fucking Kids We Got Anyway And Counting?!*

    • What do you think? Have Republicans just rebranded their bullshit or is the Tea Party “genuinely” new?

      • i think the tea party is the ugliness that has always been in the rethuglican party, and they feel that they now have permission to let the ugly fly. after all, what’s a black guy doing in the white house?

        • There’s definitely a continuity nastiness, but nastiness has the mike on a regular basis now.

          • it’s sort of like the gop is bipolar. it can appear to be perfectly normal when it’s taking its meds. however, when it’s off its meds, the nuttiness comes out. the gop knows that, if it continues to take its meds, it can behave like civilized people. however, they started skipping their meds every once in a while. then they decided they liked the euphoria they feel when they aren’t on meds, so they decided they won’t take them at all. one day, they’ll be forced to take meds again, and they’ll look back and realize how much damage they did to themselves when they made the choice to stop taking their meds.

    • princess loves to hand out endorsements, but she really has no idea what anyone’s stands are, and she doesn’t even know what state they’re from. she’s a true palignoramus.

  4. And now for an even bigger laugh.

    I’m helping this video go Elviral!

  5. At least the ad was pulled. Hopefully the story will motivate a wave of anti-Angle votes.

    Amazing that they keep trying to pull this stuff, when time after time it blows up in their faces. Maybe they think everybody is as dumb as they are?

    Maybe somebody can come up with an ad to encourage teabaggers to “send a message” by not voting?

  6. I just heard that SOB on NPR claiming that he’s not really saying “Don’t vote” but wanted to say “Don’t vote for people who betrayed you,” but he had to cut it for time.

    Funny thing about that … he could have put it on the screen. When it says “Don’t vote,” he could have gone on with the rest of his point.

    I’m thinking about going back to one of my blogs with three nominees for Most Disgusting Political Ad of 2010 … this is one of them. Two of them are from the Right, by the way … and one of them I even support the cause, but that makes the ad all the more disgusting, really.

    • amazing that these guys spend so much money on these ads, but they never get to edit them enough so that they say what they want them to say. this guy is such an asswipe, and he’s a really, really lousy liar.

  7. Every week another previously unknown teabagger appears on the scene and gets news coverage for making even more insane statements than last week’s teabagging nut case.
    If they keep upping the ante at this pace, sooner or later one of them will snap and shoot a Democrat or Latino or Muslim or any person of color.
    These people are fucking nuts and dangerous.
    And the females in this wolfpack are worse than the men! We thought Palin was stupid and crazy, but compared to Sharron Angle and that O’Donnell dipshit, Palin seems like a moderate.
    If Nevada elects Angle, they deserve whatever happens.

    • the worst thing is that they all turn on their own. this guy is a latino telling other latinos not to vote. that’s in the same league has the log cabin rethuglicans or women who were pissed off that hillary lost and voted for capt underpants intead.

  8. jeb

    Since De Posada is fluent in English and Spanish, I wonder if he can translate this?

    What a Tool!

  9. Kip

    The other day I read a post encouraging democrats to vote their conscience – on November 3rd…

  10. Univision – that pathetic piece of shit garbage television network that airs shitty novelas was going to air those spots for a lousy $80K – a company that takes over $1 billion has to snivel for pennies.

    univision is also on a council to encourage Latinos to vote

    i thought i reached my limit on hate for the right – i discovered it has no limit – without therapy

    ps – i used to work for Univision and can only say really awful things about that place – really awful

    • i don’t know anything about univision, except that it’s one of the 7,000 spanish-language channels i have to pay for on comcast. in this case, they did the right thing, so i’ll cut them some slack.

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  12. Why waste money telling people to do what they excell at during any election usually claiming it “too much trouble” or the even better “my vote doesn’t matter”. Voter turnout is political kryptonite to gopers.

    • ‘zactly! i still think more dems are going to come out of the shadows and vote, and all the dreary predictions of the talking heads will go down the toilet. poo-poo-poo (have to spit in order not to jinx anything).

  13. Still catching up. Already commented so put brain in shutdown mode till tommorow. Onward, through the fog………….

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