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Resignation from TEA Party is not about bond election
Guest ColumnMay 16, 2012 | 1,477 views | 2 comments
In light of Brian Chasnoff’s editorial piece on May 12 in the Express-News, I feel I should provide some background regarding my resignation as president of the SA Tea Party and the change in my position on the recent bond.
First let me say that I am used to being criticized in the media because I am an outspoken conservative, and I do not fit the mold of a typical “Hispanic.” When I dared to become the first Hispanic president of a Tea Party in the nation in 2011, I broke the mold again. I was attacked throughout last year, even being called a Nazi at one point.
Second, my personal experiences in politics over the past 25 years have led me to believe that there is a bias against conservatives in the media and definitely among opinion writers. I also believe that many in the media view all Hispanics as a monolithic group that cares only about immigration and who vote Democratic.
Thus, when one is a conservative Republican Hispanic, and outspoken, the critics can have a field day. I have seen this bias in the SA media sometimes, but I am also pleased to say I have also seen a change in the willingness by some media representatives to listen to conservative Hispanics.
As for my departure from the SA Tea Party, the facts are that I had been discussing my next move with many people for some time. Having worked in local and national political campaigns since 1976, I felt the need to work with a more focused group. My resignation could have been better timed, but it had nothing to do with bond election.
As to why I changed my position on the bond from my initial comments in January 2012, the vast majority of the rank and file of the SA Tea Party were opposed to the bond and I heard them and changed my public position as an obligation in representing the will of group.
A poll by the SATP showed that 86 percent of the rank and file opposed the bond. I did what the members wanted me to do as their president, and I’m not sure why that is so hard to understand.
As for my new position, I have become executive director of two new organizations, the “South Texas Political Alliance,” and the “South Texas Alliance for Progress.” These organizations will work in concert to recruit, train, and elect fiscally conservative candidates at the local level, and they will also educate voters about local issues. The goal is to change the political culture of city hall and the county courthouse, as well as certain surrounding counties.
A press release on these new organizations will be forthcoming.
Let me conclude by responding to Chasnoff’s editorial comment that conservatives or opponents to the bond should go back into their caves.
Conservatives are not Neanderthals who oppose everything and anything. Conservatives are Americans who are tired of the financial waste and abuse by federal, state, and local politicians who can’t manage our money, but rather use public money to buy votes as career politicians. We will push a practical, common-sense conservatism, not an emotional, reactionary conservatism.
Secondly, please recognize that all Hispanics are not the same. We don’t all fret about immigration, and we don’t all vote Democrat. We have many liberal Democrat voices in SA, who are willing and ready to speak out, and to use the race card to advance their cause. I would hope and ask that the local media let conservative Republican Hispanics be heard, too.
Please be assured that I am not crawling back into my cave. Liberals will continue to hear from me personally and I hope you will allow my voice (our voice) to be heard in the media.
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