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Racist Nickname for GOP Congresswoman Shows How Badly Dems Are Dealing With Their Hispanic Problem

Rep. Mayra Flores, D-Texas, has led backlash against her Democratic rival in the midterms over a series of blog posts referring to her as “Miss Frijoles” and other racist nicknames.

SO WHAT

Democrats aren’t coping well with losing minority votes they’ve long taken for granted.

WHAT HAPPENED

On Twitter this week, Flores accused the Democrat, Rep. Vincent Gonzalez of Texas, of paying Texas political blogger Jerry McHale to hurl the insults at Flores online.

In the past week, McHale referred to Flores, the first Mexico-born congresswoman, who flipped the heavily Hispanic 34th District in a special election in June, as “Miss Frijoles” at least 21 times, as well as “Miss Enchiladas.”

  • McHale also accused Flores of “playing the race card” and called her a “cotton pickin’ liar,” referring to her claim that she picked cotton as an immigrant child.
  • The racist attacks started three days after Gonzalez’s campaign wrote a $1,200 check to The McHale Report on June 24 for “advertising services,” according to the Democrat’s Federal Election Commission finance report.
  • But the blog has not run any ads for the campaign, NBC News reported.

SORRY, NOT SORRY: Under fire from Flores and other Republicans, Gonzalez’s campaign and Texas Democrats condemned the inflammatory posts.

  • The Gonzalez campaign and McHale told NBC News that the timing of the payment was coincidental and the congressman had no knowledge of the blog posts.
  • Still, McHale was unapologetic, saying: “I am a liberal Democrat. And it’s war against the Republican … I’m going to be merciless with her.”

QUE PASA?

Democrats have not appeared to be coping well with what looks to be a historic political realignment of Hispanics, whose votes they have long taken for granted.

  • On the generic congressional ballot, Democrats are statistically tied with Republicans among Hispanics, according to a New York Times-Siena College poll published last week.
  • In the 2018 midterms, Democrats held a 47-point edge with Hispanics.
  • As Josh Kraushaar wrote for Axios last week: “Democrats’ hopes for retaining power rest on nonwhite voters remaining a reliable part of the party’s coalition. Democrats’ theory of the case collapses if Republicans make even incremental gains with those voters.”

Reacting to Flores’ win in June, Gonzalez told Politico: “I hope the DCCC learns their lesson with this before it happens across the country. They have just forgotten about the brown people on the border. And that’s basically what it is. I’m not going to try to sugarcoat it anymore. They are taking Latinos in South Texas for granted.”

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