RNC Accuses Eva Longoria's Latino Group of Only Backing Democrats

Image: RNC Accuses Eva Longoria's Latino Group of Only Backing Democrats Actress Eva Longoria speaks at an event launching The Latino Victory Project, a Latino political action committee.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 02:22 PM

By Drew MacKenzie

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The National Republican Committee says a Latino advocacy group co-founded by actress Eva Longoria to elect more Hispanics candidates is basically a "front" to elect Democrats, according to BuzzFeed.

RNC Hispanic media communications director Izzy Santa has written to the leaders of the Latino Victory Project  — Longoria, co-founder Henry Munoz and president Cristobal Alex  — saying that group must prove that it supports Republicans as well as Democrats.

"It won’t be hard: in future interviews spotlight the accomplishments of Republican Latinos; display them prominently on your website; and answer a simple question: which Latino Republicans will you be supporting in the midterms?" Santa wrote.

The RNC noted that the "Desperate Housewives" actress failed to mention any Republicans during a recent interview she gave about influential Hispanics in politics, such as Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas.

"You didn’t highlight the leadership of Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who are two of only three Hispanic U.S. senators," Santa wrote. "Nor did you mention either of the nation’s Latino governors — Brian Sandoval of Nevada and Susana Martinez of New Mexico — both of whom are Republicans. The list goes on."

According to The Hill
, the Latino group endorsed several Democratic candidates earlier this month, while last year the project said it planned to target candidates in large Hispanic populations who oppose immigration reform, mostly Republicans.

BuzzFeed reported that Alex, the group’s president, has fired back at the RNC. saying, "It’s ridiculous that the RNC would question our mission to raise the political participation among Latinos."

And citing the conservative groups such as American Crossroads, Americans for Prosperity and the Libre Initiative, Alex said, "This sense of justice doesn’t seem to affect them. Instead of attacking organizations such as ours, they should be looking at ways to attack these disparities."

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