Labrador denounces Harry Reid's comment on Hispanics and the GOP

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told a group of Hispanic activists Tuesday, "I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, OK? Do I need to say more?"

Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador, who was born in Puerto Rico,
joined other Hispanic Republicans in condemning Reid and asked Democratic U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick to do the same.

A Minnick spokesman said Minnick "absolutely" believes Hispanics can be Republicans, but stopped short of condemning Reid.

In a news release, Labrador said:

“I cannot believe an elected leader of Harry Reid’s stature can continue to make racist comments about huge numbers of Americans," Labrador said in a news release. "Harry Reid’s latest race-baited comments are simply unacceptable to all members of the Hispanic community. Denigrating the entire Republican Hispanic community, including myself, is simply outrageous. Contrary to Senator Reid’s beliefs, the Latino community is perfectly capable of making choices of political affiliation that are in its best interests, including being Republicans.

“Statements such as these prove the message of the Democrat Party as one of inclusiveness and tolerance is nothing more than cynical political posturing. I expect the Democrat Party that continues to keep Reid in a position of Leadership to denounce his statements and I fully expect my opponent Walt Minnick to condemn these terrible comments immediately.”

Minnick campaign manager John Foster told the Statesman: "Walt believes that all Idahoans should choose the political party which suits their beliefs and the candidate best suited to do the job."

Asked if Minnick would condemn Reid, Foster said Labrador, who lives in Eagle, is the only constituent who has complained. "Just because Raul issues an attack doesn't mean we jump. I'm sure if the congressman hears more about this he'll consider saying something."

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Once again, Labrador spends his time and effort reacting to

others and whining about their statements. I also happen to disagree with Reid's statment. However, when you have limited financing and are running behind in the polls, should you really spend your time reacting to someone you aren't even running against on an issue that many in your party are already uncomfortable with? Labrador just keeps demonstrating that he is not ready for congress.

LOL, Oh boy

Mr. Labrador, please be worried about your own campaign. This type of behavior continues to make you look amateurish and desperate. Harry Reid's statement was just plain stupid (not racist) but you're focusing on the wrong things. In addition your bandwagon statement to try and lump all democrats in with Harry Reid (read : Walt Minnick) is reaching at best. Lets talk about you. Tell me what you're going to do to make Idaho a better place. Tell us why in the world we should vote for you. I've yet to see you do anything of the sort.

Even the articles about

Even the articles about Labrador are mostly about giving voice to Minnick. Amazing.

That's Labrador's own fault...

He calls out Minnick to denounce Reid. Of course the media is going to ask Minnick if he intends to do that. This is really stupid campaigning to give the media reason to write about your competition. Really bad strategy.

Put the blame where it belongs

There would be less discussion of Minnick if Labrador shut his piehole once in awhile. Why is it that Labrador has yet to show me why I should care that he is in this election?

He has nothing else

to say...

He's not Hispanic, he's a Puerto Rican. Sheesh.

What's a hispanic any way? When I was six, we had a 'Chicano' movement.

I don't believe Reid has political life support anyhow, still there was a time when Cubans were Cubans and Puerto Ricans were Puerto Ricans.

Get crazy with the names. I don't care. It's garbage.


"Say a prayer for the pretender..."-Jackson Browne

I've never quite understood the use of generic "hispanic" label

Is it too much trouble to actually say Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Nicaraguan, Spanish, etc? Are we just too lazy and it's easier to lump them into one group?

Gee Raul,

you and Harry are of the same faith. Are you saying there is a hint of racism amongst your faithful?

All in all, it doesn't matter what the content of complaint is

The end result if the same...draw attention to your opponent and let him respond to the free publicity.


This tree was not on my GPS!


"Say a prayer for the pretender..."-Jackson Browne

If a Repub would have delivered the Reid line DP would houze'em

Mabey get his own icon. Lindsay Lohan awaits your call.

Republicans make stupid comments all the time

Democrats don't hold the prize for stupid comments all by themselves. Republicans make just as many stupid comments. I have yet to see Raul denounce any of their stupidity. Rep. Michele Bachmann is one of the worst offenders, yet he refers to her as "visionary". Raul needs to focus more on why he's running for office, why I should give my vote for him, and how that is a benefit to me. He has yet to do that. I don't have high hopes that he ever will but we'll see.

Hey, look over there? There's one! HE'S TALKING TOO! AIIIIIIE!

get him- GO GO GO

I'd better be careful or I'll blow diet Shasta out me nostils.


"Say a prayer for the pretender..."-Jackson Browne


If Labrador wants to prove that Reid is wrong about Hispanic interests being best served by democrats perhaps he could explain in detail how he would work to fix the immigration issue in any way shape or form that differs from the hard line taken by republican leadership. What Harry Reid should have said is why would any person of hispanic descent, who has relatives living in the United States illegally, want to vote for or support the republican party in any way shape or form? Of course, such a statement would be seen as pandering to those who support a path to legalization for workers living here illegally. Such a path was once endorsed by moderates of both parties, but is increasingly seen as a goal of democrats only as formerly moderate republicans pander to the far right for primary election support. So, at least during this primary season, common sense on immigration takes a holiday.

Immigration ain't a racist issue.

Every kind of non-citizen wants to get with us.

Now get your lame brains scraped off the sidewalk, folkies and figure out how to make America strong with EVERYONE.

You can't gripe about people wanting to destroy us and turn our fans away. It's plain stupid.


"Say a prayer for the pretender..."-Jackson Browne

Why would any working person vote GOP ?

Senator Reid commented his amazement that Hispanics in Nevada could be Republican since the current GOP Crazy, Sharon Angle, runs from the Spanish Media; the Spanish media say they have never had a candidate that won't interview with them.

In case Mr. Labrador hasn't noticed that his remarks of outrage are verbatim with his fellow GOP (nothing original here ) why doesn't he tell us how the GOP will help every common worker? Oh, that's right, the GOP just wants to save those that make over $250,000 - after deductions .

Racist Comment?

Truly & monumentally hypocritical! The Republican party has race-baited since Nixon era Republicans established the southern strategy and continue through today. The Republican party has become, at least demographically/socially, the party of white southerners. Republicans have made a living from dividing Americans along racial & religious lines while obscuring the economic lines that actually do divide us.

Minnick should thank Raul

Minnick should thank Raul for the free positive publicity while Raul continues to shoot himself in the foot. I'm sure Idaho voters in his hoped for district would be interested in hearing some constructive comments from him instead of the negative GOP political verbiage. Raul isn't running against Reid; he's running against Minnick. The NRCC was right the first time in omitting Raul from the possible list. He is so far behind he's looking at himself.

Adolf hairless reid..........

nothing short than a "RACIST" remark...........bad case of idiot arrogance

This stupid comment doesn't meet the definition of racism,

unless you believe Democrats are the superior political party "race" or that Hispanics are superior to all other racial ethnicities. But yeah.

Main Entry: rac·ism
Pronunciation: \ˈrā-ˌsi-zəm also -ˌshi-\
Function: noun
Date: 1933
1 : a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
2 : racial prejudice or discrimination

But he is impressed with light skinned black folk,

who don't speak in a negro dialect, unless they have to of course.