Sunday, September 15, 2019

Highest Ranking Hispanic in Florida Fights Back Against anti-GOP Letter by Latino Celebrities

Lopez Cantera

Days after a group of Latino celebrities, which included Carlos Santana, America Ferrera, George Lopez, and others, released an open letter to Latinos pleading them to go out vote against Republicans who have used fear-mongering tactics in regards to Latinos and immigration. Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Florida’s highest ranking Latino elected official, responded in an open letter to Latinos that these celebrities’ “ideological and political views do not give them a license to denigrate the views and beliefs held by other”.

Lopez- Cantera is currently supporting Sen. Marco Rubio for President and is also running in a three way Republican primary for the Senate seat currently held by Sen. Rubio. He also said “Three things are very important to Hispanics,” Lopez-Cantera said in an interview with Fox News Latino. “Being able to have a job, making sure your child gets an education that prepares them to get a job and living in a safe community” touting republican polices in that state.

The celebrities’ letter stated that the Republicans running for president are “pandering to the anti-immigrant base of the Republican Party that idolizes Donald Trump.” Stating that even the most centrist Republicans are taking hard-line stances on immigration to appeal to conservative voters.

“Our communities have the power to decide who wins in the 2016 election,” said the letter, “we hope that power is used to vote for candidates who support our community, share our values and will fight for working families. Neither Trump nor any of his fellow Republican candidates meet that standard.”

Lopez- Cantera was asked about his opinion on some of the statements made by Donald Trump and other Republicans, he responded by stating it wasn’t his place to respond to every candidate’s comments. He did acknowledge in his letter that, “I do not agree with, nor do I defend, every piece of rhetoric from every Republican candidate runs for office … However, as a Republican I know that myself and the overwhelming majority of the Republicans I have served or interacted with understand that Americans have different beliefs, and they have the right to voice those beliefs.”

Fox News Latino