Rebuttal to AR Republican Party Chair's Statement
"Hispanic voters relate to the Republican Party best."
Only 18% of Hispanics Are Republicans
In the controversy over creating a Hispanic Majority District in Northwest Arkansas and the letter by Charlie Collins on the issue, the Democrat Gazette reported: "Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb said Wednesday by e-mail that Hispanic voters relate to the Republican Party best. Hispanic Arkansans are growing in population and we would not object to a Hispanic district if by law one is warranted,” Webb said.
According to a Gallop poll in 2008, 18% identified themselves as Republicans. See this link for the article:
According to exit polls, "Hispanics voted for Democrats Barack Obama and Joe Biden over Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin by a margin of more than two-to-one in the 2008 presidential election, 67% versus 31%, according to an analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center of exit polls from Edison Media Research as published by CNN.1 The Center's analysis also finds that 9% of the electorate was Latino, as indicated by the national exit poll... Obama carried the Latino vote by sizeable margins in all states with large Latino populations...He carried 78% of the Latino vote in New Jersey, 76% in Nevada, and 74% in California.
See this link for the article: http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1024/exit-poll-analysis-hispanics
So we know why the Democrats want a Hispanic majority district, but why would the Chair of the Republican Party make such a statement when the truth is totally opposite from what he stated and why would Republican Charlie Collins want to support and enlist others to support such a district? Someone who talked to Representative Collins last night understood him to say the Hispanic district would not be created after so many people objected to it and he understood their concerns. But the article below sounds quite different.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
LITTLE ROCK — Anti-immigrant advocacy group Secure Arkansas came out against creating a primarily Hispanic legislative district Wednesday and said doing so would increase the number of illegal aliens and increase benefits for welfare recipients...Tuesday night Secure Arkansas sent a “high priority emergency” e-mail to its members about a meeting scheduled between the constitutional officers responsible for redrawing the legislative districts and lawmakers who support creating a majority district for the growing Hispanic population in Northwest Arkansas. [Note: Secure Arkansas is an Anti-illegal alien advocacy group and not anti immigrant. There is a world of difference]
The e-mail focused on a letter from Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville.
Collins said Wednesday that the letter was a draft and had not been sent to the Board of Apportionment. [Note: Collins' letter was addressed to Beebe, McDaniel, Martin & the Board of Apportionment. The first sentence of Collins letter read: "We are writing to express our support for creating a Hispanic majority House district in Northwest Arkansas" - evidently written to enlist other Republicans to sign on to it.]
The meeting was held in the office of the board’s director, Joe Woodson. He said by phone after the meeting that he told the group that all three board members are considering a majority Hispanic district but he can’t guarantee that one will be on the final map.
Collins said he wants to make sure the Voting Rights Act is applied fairly to Hispanics.
“It was important in my view that we think very seriously about how the Voting Rights Act would affect this new group whose population was growing,” he said.
“Hispanic citizens are going to be a big, big part of the future and it’s important that we realize that. I just want to make sure that we as Republicans have our eyes on that.”
Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb said Wednesday by e-mail that Hispanic voters relate to the Republican Party best.
“Hispanic Arkansans are growing in population and we would not object to a Hispanic district if by law one is warranted,” Webb said.
Arkansas, Pages 9 on 07/07/2011
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