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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Rejects Republican Rep. Curbelo

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Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla. (Bill Clark/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 16 Nov 2017 02:49 PM

A bid by Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., to join the Congressional Hispanic Caucus was rejected Thursday, The Hill reported.

He would have been the first Republican to join the once bipartisan group since 1997, according to the website. Curbelo had met with the group in the morning to make his case.

"After due consideration, the CHC determined not to accept Rep. Curbelo's request to join the Caucus," CHC spokesman Carlos Paz Jr. said.

"The CHC isn't just an organization for Hispanics; it is a caucus that represents certain values. This vote reflects the position of many of our members that Rep. Curbelo and his record are not consistent with those values."

And Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., who serves as chairwoman of the caucus, echoed that statement.

"We discussed several items – healthcare, tax bill, relief for Puerto Rico," she said. "Many of those votes in this climate gave members who voted no, and maybe other members, some pause about whether or not this was a good time for changing membership."

But Curbelo said he was singled out for being a Republican.

"It is truly shameful the Congressional Hispanic Caucus has decided to build a wall around the organization to exclude Hispanic-Americans who aren't registered in the Democratic Party," he said. "This sends a powerful and harmful message of discrimination, bigotry, and division."

Curbelo represents a Latino-heavy district in Miami, Politico noted. It is one of the top targets for Democrats in 2018.

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