If there is any doubt about the importance of the not-at-all homogeneous Hispanic vote in Florida’s gubernatorial race, consider what has occurred in just the last 24 hours.
First, Gov. Rick Scott issues one of the oddest press releases of his time in office, congratulating who-knows-who on the occasion of Cinco de Mayo.
Gov. Scott said, “Ann and I are excited to join many Floridians who are observing Cinco de Mayo. We congratulate the Mexican community in Florida for their invaluable contribution to our state. With their work and talent, the Mexican community has been growing for many years in Florida, coinciding with my efforts to make Florida the best state in the country to live, find a job, raise a family, educate our children and achieve the American dream.”
As Martha Jackovics wrote over at Beach Peanuts, I have nothing to add to the silliness of that press release. The ridiculousness of that press release speaks for itself.
Meanwhile, Charlie Crist went on Fusion’s America with Jorge Ramos and basically called the GOP the party of racists.
Explaining why he felt uncomfortable being affiliated with Republican ideals, Crist said the GOP is perceived as “anti-women, anti-minority, anti-women, anti-gay, anti-education, and anti-environment.”
If that wasn’t interesting enough, this morning Crist’s campaign leaked that the former governor is considering visiting Cuba.
According to Adam Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, Crist is looking into visiting Cuba this summer.
“The embargo has done nothing in fifty years to change the regime in Cuba or end the suffering of the Cuban people,” said Crist campaign spokesman Kevin Cate. “Gov. Crist is exploring every opportunity to help bring economic freedom and democracy to the people of Cuba.”
I really don’t know what to make of it all, because there seems to be no end to either candidate’s efforts to reach out/pander to the Hispanic community. I guess I’d be more interested in hearing what the Hispanic community thinks of all this overt attention.