Hero of the Week: May 17, Pablo Pantoja

17 May
Hero of the Week

Hero of the Week

The Republican National Committee was very happy to have Pablo Pantoja on its payroll. Energetic, savvy, a decorated National Guardsman — what could be better? As a Latino in Florida, a state the GOP needs to win or steal to have a shot at the White House, he was well positioned to represent the hypothetical rebranding the party rolled out earlier this year. As the RNC Hispanic Outreach Director, his role was very important.

Sadly for the GOP, Pantoja also possesses a heart and a mind. Reflecting on the corrosive failure of the GOP’s fake embrace of minorities after their loss in November, he decided he’d had enough. In a powerful statement, he left his position and switched parties, becoming a vocal Democrat.

Yes, I have changed my political affiliation to the Democratic Party. 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 […]

The complete disregard of those who are in disadvantage is also palpable. We are not looking at an isolated incident of rhetoric or research. … 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.

It’s a scathing indictment of the othering done by the GOP as it attacks immigrants and minorities at every turn while callously courting their votes. Coming from an informed insider, it is particularly damning. As a nice parting shot, Pantoja also made a contribution to the ACLU for efforts to protect immigrant rights. Well done, sir, and welcome.

4 Responses to “Hero of the Week: May 17, Pablo Pantoja”

  1. Central Oregon Coast NOW May 17, 2013 at 7:48 am #

    Reblogged this on Central Oregon Coast NOW.

  2. Rich McIntyre May 17, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    Hello Michael

    I was wondering what your thoughts were on the trial of the “Doctor” in Pennsylvania. Also what do you think of the current issue with the IRS?

    You need not post these on your blog I just wanted your thoughts on these issues.


    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt May 17, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

      Rich, I was quite sad to learn about the doctor in Pennsylvania, primarily because he gives ammunition to the anti-choice folk. Regarding the IRS feels like a “tempest in a teapot” to me.

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