Priebus: Eva Longoria's Latino Group 'Totally Bogus'

Saturday, 17 May 2014 12:39 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Eva Longoria's Latino Victory Project is not a nonpartisan organization, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says — it only champions Latino Democrats running for office.

"It's a totally bogus organization," Priebus told Fox News' Greta van Susteren on her "On the Record" show Friday.

The Latino Victory Project said it started out because it wanted the political landscape to match the realities of the American people, said Priebus, but then when you look at Longoria's role, it raises questions.

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"Eva Longoria was the co-chair of Barack Obama's campaign in 2012," said Priebus. " But the other co-chair [Henry Munoz] is the finance chair of the Democratic National Committee. Then he's doing interviews on TV with the DNC logo behind his head. Kind of looks [like] when sometimes I do interviews and behind my head is the RNC logo."

Then, Priebus said, the group endorsed five candidates, all Democrats, including an endorsement for Florida Democratic candidate Charlie Crist, who is campaigning for governor against GOP incumbent Rick Scott, whose running mate is the state's first Latino lieutenant governor, Carlos López-Cantera.

The RNC and Republicans in general, said Priebus, are "just kind of sick and tired of our party sitting around and doing nothing about the fact when people are purposefully and very openly, I think lying about what they are doing [and] putting front groups out in front of the entire country."

Such groups, said Priebus "file as a C4 [tax exempt status] under the IRS code and then they go and do interviews in the studio of the DNC."

Groups like Longoria's claim they back everybody, but in this case, "it's just a Democrat front group," said Priebus. "Do you think they mentioned in their releases and in their documents the fact that the only two Hispanic governors in America happen to be Republicans and Susana Martinez in New Mexico and Brian Sandoval in Nevada? No. Did they mention probably the two most popular Hispanic politicians in our country right now which is [Texas Sen.] Ted Cruz and [Florida Sen.] Marco Rubio? No."

Meanwhile, Priebus said, Republicans are engaging in an operation to engage "Hispanic, African American, and Asian communities across the country."

The RNC is putting field organizations in communities across the country, said Priebus, that will remain across the country for all four years during a president's administration.

"Part of the problem is the Republican Party has become a party nationally that shows up about once every four years, five months before an election," said Priebus. "This is the entire basis of our growth and opportunity project that we put together last year."

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