Latinos For Texas Blog

2005-May-19

When Latinos run, Latinos vote

Filed under: — kevin @ 11:34 am

Exhibit A: Villaraigosa’s victory this week in LA. From a report in the AP:
“Antonio Villaraigosa attracted substantial support from Hispanics, Democrats, liberals and younger voters to be elected mayor of the nation’s second-largest city, an exit poll shows.

Villaraigosa captured 84 percent of the Hispanic vote and, perhaps energized by his candidacy, Hispanic turnout reached a record 25 percent, according to a Los Angeles Times exit poll published Thursday. When Villaraigosa ran four years ago the Hispanic turnout was 22 percent.”

It’s that simple. Any questions? Go forth and do likewise.

3 Responses to “When Latinos run, Latinos vote”

  1. Marco Says:

    I have started a new blog on the San Antonio mayor’s race, and wanted to forward an article on similarities between Villaraigosa in LA and Castro in SA:

    Similarities between LA and SA Mayor’s Race
    A writer on the Jeffersonian blogspot writes that there are differences between the Los Angeles and SA Mayor’s Race. The reality of things is that the two races are very similar.

    Castro, like Villaraigosa, is a moderate and well-respected Latino leader with city government experience in city council. Also, like Villaraigosa, Castro has reached out to a broad spectrum of groups to form a coalition that reaches out to all parts of the city. Additionally, both candidates have advanced pro-business, pro growth agendas designed to expand jobs and opportunities.

    Castro’s record as a city government leader actually is more extensive than Villaraigosa’s in terms of legislation introduced. I think Castro’s record, especially his leadership in addressing domestic violence, will help him do well among a broad range of voters, including the North Side districts.

    Another similarity between the two races involves the negativity of Hahn’s and Hardberger’s (both “Hs”) campaigns thus far, as both candidates poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into nasty attack ads on TV against their opponent.

    I think Castro and Villaraigosa’s campaigns have actually been quite comparable both in terms of their positive message and vision and the fact that both candidates have reached out to a broad coalition of voters city-wide.

  2. mario Says:

    thanks for the link and the info, Marco.
    i’ll definitely be checking it for more info.
    good luck to Castro!
    adios
    m

  3. Alfredo Rodriguez Santos c/s Says:

    Regarding the similarities between Antonio Villaraigosa and Julian Castro: Julian Castro is a boy scout compared to Tony Villar. (His name before he changed it in 1988) Contrary to popular belief, Antonio Villaraigosa is neither a moderate nor well respected. Instead he is a tough Chicano labor leader who has battled the establishment since before Julian was born. Villaraigosa has spent the last 30 years plus building alliances and compromising principles in order to advance his own political career. He is a consumate politico and survivor. And as the former speaker of the assembly in the California Legislature, Villaraigosa understands what it means to be more feared than respected. Julian, at his young age is not even close. To be sure, we all want Julian to win in June. But to do so, he might have to show La Raza en San Anto that he knows how to throw patadas al estilio Westside. El hecho de ser boy scout esta bien, pero ya cuando uno anda en los major leagues de la politica, helping little old ladies cross the street safely is not enough. Deep down many voters want to see a candidate that is a fighter and not afraid to offend those who will not support him anyway. Que vaya Julian a Penners por la Commerce y que compra unos Stacy Adams si quiere que la raza salga a votar el 7 de junio. Es Todo!

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