Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Latinos for Reform: WTF?

Posted By on Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 3:02 PM

According to a report from CNN today, the Spanish-language television network Univision is pulling TV and radio ads asking Latinos not to vote.

The group behind the ads, Latinos for Reform, is a conservative PAC affiliated with other conservative PACs, the Virginia Liberty Fund and the American Spirit Fund. Read more about the group here.

You can read the CNN report here, as well as this little snippet:

In the ads, which were set to begin airing on Univision on Thursday, a Spanish speaking narrator cites the Obama administration's lack of action on immigration reform and tells viewers "This November we need to send a message to all politicians. If they didn't keep their promise on immigration reform, then they can't count on our vote."

"Don't vote this November," the narrator says as a bell tolls. "This is the only way to send them a clear message, you can no longer take us for granted. Don't vote."

Robert Deposada, chairman of the activist group Latinos for Reform and a conservative political analyst for Univision, told CNN that a sales representative called him Wednesday and said that the "concept of the message was not in line with their views."

"Univision will not be running any spots from Latinos for Reform related to voting." Univision spokeswoman Monica Talan confirmed in an email to CNN.

"It is also important to clarify that while Mr. Robert de Posada has on occasion provided political commentary on Univision, representing one of various points of views, he is not in any way affiliated with Univision. Univision prides itself on promoting civic engagement and our extensive national campaigns encourage Hispanics to vote." ...

About 6.5 million Hispanic voters will likely cast their ballots this year, according to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials nearly 1 million more than in the last midterm elections in 2006.

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