Hispanic lawmakers to #DNC2012: Award more convention biz to Latinos, or else

Posted by: ST on August 4, 2012 at 10:54 am

It is to laugh, my dear readers:

Hispanic lawmakers are peeved at the Democratic National Convention Committee for not hiring more Latino-owned businesses for next month’s convention.

Upset over the lack of contracts, Hispanic lawmakers exchanged heated words Wednesday with a top DNCC official in a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill. Afterward, Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif., suggested that DNCC Chief Executive Steve Kerrigan should be fired if things don’t improve.

If the situation isn’t rectified, “there will be a recommendation that the person who is in charge will not be in charge,” Baca told Politico.

The DNCC says it’s made minority contracting a big priority for the Charlotte convention, but Hispanic lawmakers believe there should be more Latino-owned businesses getting a cut of the money. It’s unclear how many contracts the DNCC has awarded to minorities because the committee doesn’t publicly release that information.

“Our concern is that we think the numbers could be better,” Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus chairman, told Politico. “We just want to make sure they are aggressively pursuing the goals that we understood were set.”

Gonzalez said they want Kerrigan to “show us what they will be able to accomplish between now and the next five weeks.”

Too bad these time-wasters in Congress don’t get that instead of handwringing over “minority-based contracts” at a political convention, they should be focused on working with the GOP on REAL solutions that would impact business owners in a positive way, which would pave the road to job creation for ALL Americans, no matter your race, sex, or whatever!  I know this and I’m not even in Congress. Why they heck don’t they??  :-w

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  1. Phineas says:

    I know this and I’m not even in Congress. Why they heck don’t they??

    Umm… Let me guess. Because they’re Democrats, and the Democratic Party is tangled in the ropes of clientelism and identity-group politics, which means they have to pay off groups (and their leaders) to maintain their coalition, rather than deal with people as individuals and govern in the broad national interest? Did I get that right? *-:)

    (Not saying the Republicans don’t at times have a similar problem, but, at least in their case, it goes against their ideology, and the brakes can be applied. For the Democrats, clientelism *is* part of their governing philosophy, and it’s destroyed them as a party fit to govern.)

  2. Synonymous1 says:

    ….what will they want next -hold the convention in Mexico City ? Yeesh!!!

  3. Carlos says:

    “I know this and I’m not even in Congress. Why they heck don’t they??”

    A faulty assumption, ST, that being that if they are elected by the people, they must be smarter than the people.

    First, a majority of American voters can be assumed to be easily-led fools, as demonstrated by the results of the 2008 presidential election, but also by things like re-electing Billy Bub in 1996. And don’t even get me started on GW. The only saving grace to that debacle was who he was running against both times.

    And then there is the trump proof: electing such intellectual luminaries as DWS, Pelousy, Reid, Grahamnesty, Boehner, Murray (WA), and the list, if not confined to the present,could be almost endless.

    The total wattage of workable ideas for those mentioned couldn’t be more than a dim 40, and that’s giving them all the benefit of the doubt.

    Finally, don’t ever assume an elected official (local or national) is ever intelligent enough to listen to a constituent. The only time that ever happens is when the politician thinks it will help directly in his/her re-election.

  4. Great White Rat says:

    the Democratic Party is tangled in the ropes of clientelism and identity-group politics,

    You nailed it, Phineas. The Democrat party has beome a coalition of special interest groups, each of which has their hand out for a bigger portion of as much largesse as they can confiscate from the taxpayer. And not coincidentally, for more power over everyone else as well.

    Think about it. Pick a Democrat-aligned interest group that doesn’t expect the taxpayer to pony up more or demand more power. The Latino pressure group in this case is one example: give our people more (and to hell with whether they cost more or provide an inferior service) or we’ll pout. You see the same for the black activists/racists like Sharpton and Jackson. Environmental fascists want the government to give them power over how you live your lives (although they’re exempt from their demands – see Al Gore’s home energy costs). The pro-abortion lobby demands that the taxpayer fund their activities. The unions, especially public sector unions, want to bleed the taxpayer dry to pay for gold-plated insurance, extremely early retirement, and huge pensions. And Obama’s crony capitalist buddies like George Kaiser want hundreds of millions of your hard-earned money from the government with the undestanding that they’ll launder a nice proportion of it back to Democrat campaign committees.

    Oh, and Synonymous1? Don’t give them any ideas, OK?

  5. Drew the Infidel says:

    These Hispanic commiecrat congressmen who, instead of being proactive in leadership, wait until things go wrong and then raise all hell are like a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.

  6. Carlos says:

    Actually, GWR, I’d love to see the Democratic convention in Mexico City. They have a fully socialist government there, anyway, have had for decades (but, of course, the LSm doesn’t tell us minor details like that.)

    Better yet, why not have it in a reconstituted USSR (which the Dems would just LOVE to see), or in the PRC? Those would certainly be in line ideologically with the donkeys, and socially are light years ahead of where the jackasses have been able to push this country, kicking and screaming, even with the Marxist-in-Chief we have.

    We know it could never be in North Korea because those goobers could never afford the lavish lifestyle of the jackass elite and would get p.o.’d when they got stiffed for the massive cleanup bill.

  7. foxmuldar says:

    A picture says it all.
    http://foxmuldar-conservative-thinker.blogspot.com/2012/08/entitlements.html A
    And Obama and his socialist party continue to cater to those who keep wanting more handouts.

  8. Lambchop says:

    The biggest mistake that Demon-crats are making – assuming that Latinos are a monolithic (and universally Democrat) vote.

  9. Sefton says:

    Hispanic lawmakers exchanged heated words Wednesday with a top DNCC official in a closed-door meeting. Afterward, Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif., suggested that DNCC Chief Executive Steve Kerrigan should be fired if things don’t improve.

    Sounds like a scene from “The Untouchables”, complete with Baca walking behind Kerrigan with a baseball bat.

    If the situation isn’t rectified, “there will be a recommendation that the person who is in charge will not be in charge,” Baca told Politico.

    “Capisci?” (or in this case) “Comprende?”

  10. Tex says:

    So that’s why Obama announced this week that our San Antonio Mayor, Julian Castro, has been picked to be a keynote speaker at the Democratic Party convention – to appease the Hispanic vote.

    Lord knows he wasn’t picked for his ability or success as a mayor since he is the absolute worst mayor this city has had in the 32 years I’ve lived here, and old timers here say he’s the worst they’ve had in their lifetime here.

    Crime and gangs have just exploded all over the city under his administration and all he and the city council have done with their time the past two years is find different ways to condemn the Arizona Immigration Law rather than find different ways to fight gangs and allocate valuable police resources to fight the out of control murder, robbery, and burglary rate here.