RNC Hispanic Outreach Director becomes a Democrat, points to GOP's 'intolerance' and 'hate'

The GOP’s attempts to reach out to minorities so far  have been an abysmal failure. That failure is highlighted by Pablo Pantoja, who was the State Director of Florida Hispanic Outreach for the Republican National Committee, that is, until he changed his voter registration to become a Democrat on Monday, via a letter published on Tampa Bay Times











Pantoia wrote Monday, “It doesn’t take much to see the culture of intolerance surrounding the Republican Party today. I have wondered before about the seemingly harsh undertones about immigrants and others. Look no further; a well-known organization recently confirms the intolerance of that which seems different or strange to them.”

Pantoja then points to Heritage Foundation’s  Jason Richwine, who just resigned, “Studies geared towards making – human beings – viewed as less because of their immigrant status to outright unacceptable claims, are at the center of the immigration debate. Without going too deep on everything surrounding immigration today, the more resounding example this past week was reported by several media outlets.

A researcher included as part of a past dissertation his theory that “the totality of the evidence suggests a genetic component to group differences in IQ.” The researcher reinforces these views by saying “No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against.”

The rest  of his letter, plus his epic ending with a donation to the ACLU:

Although the organization distanced themselves from those assertions, other immigration-related research is still padded with the same racist and eugenics-based innuendo. Some Republican leaders have blandly (if at all) denied and distanced themselves from this but it doesn’t take away from the culture within the ranks of intolerance. The pseudo-apologies appear to be a quick fix to deep-rooted issues in the Republican Party in hopes that it will soon pass and be forgotten.

The complete disregard of those who are in disadvantage is also palpable. We are not looking at an isolated incident of rhetoric or research. Others subscribe to motivating people to action by stating, “In California, a majority of all Hispanic births are illegitimate. That’s a lot of Democratic voters coming.” The discourse that moves the Republican Party is filled with this anti-immigrant movement and overall radicalization that is far removed from reality.  Another quick example beyond the immigration debate happened during CPAC this year when a supporter shouted ““For giving him shelter and food for all those years?” while a moderator explained how Frederick Douglass had written a letter to his slave master saying that he forgave him for “all the things you did to me.” I think you get the idea.

When the political discourse resorts to intolerance and hate, we all lose in what makes America great and the progress made in society.

Although I was born an American citizen, I feel that my experience, and that of many from Puerto Rico, is intertwined with those who are referred to as illegal. My grandfather served in an all-Puerto Rican segregated Army unit, the 65thInfantry Regiment. He then helped, along my grandmother, shatter glass ceilings for Puerto Rican women raising my aunt to become the first Puerto Rican woman astronomer with a PhD in astrophysics (an IQ of a genius as far as I’m concerned). Puerto Ricans, as many other Americans still today have to face issues of discrimination in voting and civil rights.

Regardless of what political affiliation people choose, my respect for some remains. I don’t expect all Hispanics to do the same (although I would hope so) but I’m taking a stand against this culture of intolerance.

I am also making a modest contribution (here: http://bit.ly/12uf3g8) to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for the efforts in helping protect the rights of immigrants and civil liberties in general.

With warm regards,


Pantoja was born in Puerto Rico, attended Florida State University and worked as a field director in the 2010 midterm elections. Republicans have desperately been seeking out ways to get the Latino voters in their camp, but instead of reaching out to them, they’ve kept the same platform with the same results, some of it based on racism, such as with the Heritage Foundation, and countless politicians who have forgotten how to actually like the voters they seek out.

My only question is, what took him so long?

H/T: Political Wire. 

  • alan carter

    I agree, what took him so long? I guess we come to the light in our time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=624238756 Lloyd Lachow


  • That Guy

    I don’t think that “self-deport” brainstorm helps them either. Just a hunch.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kurt.steinbach Kurt David Steinbach

      That was just another way of saying, “Go home your furners (foreigners), we don’t want you here!” I thought it was very telling that Mitt Romney was still invited to CPAC again this year despite his embarrassing failure in November….

  • http://www.facebook.com/fairmont66 Rodney Neal Powell

    another person flees the asylum!

  • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla

    There are a few good Republican’s around working hard to make a difference like Pantoja. People who recognize times have changed and the party needs to evolve. Derek Khanna is a Republican miracle, they have all but burnt him at the stake. These men and other’s like them could be or could have been the new face of the party but they are so stuck in their rhetoric – “I’m right-you’re wrong” mentality they are cutting off their nose to spite their face. Come on over Derek, join Panjota – we love your tech and copyright ideas over here on the left.

  • Jim Hubbard

    When Republican policies remain “Deport first, ask questions later”, it doesn’t matter what words come out of their mouth to promise they’ll change.

  • http://plus.google.com/u/0/111051039748078110427/about novenator

    Minorities voting GOP are like women voting for rapists

  • http://twitter.com/bwdn2008 Anita Wills

    I hope more folks wake up and see what is really going on! These folks do not like African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Liberals, or themselves for that matter. They are full of hate and guided by ignorance. If you want to join the Democrats leave the negative thinking with the Republicans.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kurt.steinbach Kurt David Steinbach

      You forgot that they also don’t like Jews, Muslims, Hindi, Buddhists, or anyone else that is not a white, Christian, male either…. My reaction to them is visceral, like when my grandparents used to say a neighborhood went bad because “the blacks moved in”. You mean poor people moved in while all the people with money abandoned the neighborhood for the suburbs? It made me want to cry, and Republicans today make me want to vomit….