Reid Courts Hispanic Voters in Univision Appearance

John Stanton, Roll Call, October 31, 2010

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In an interview on “Al Punto,” Univision’s Sunday public affairs television show, the Nevada Democrat [Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid] said he would bring up the immigration legislation, known as the Dream Act, in the Senate’s lame-duck session.

Reid also took aim at conservatives–including Sharron Angle, the Republican challenging him in the midterm elections for his Senate seat–when asked about ads urging Latinos in Nevada not to vote, arguing that they are racist.

“To think that she would never even denounce efforts made to tell Hispanics not to vote,” Reid said. “Anybody [who has seen the ads] says that they’re racist in their nature.”

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Reid also addressed the recent resignation of Diana Tejada, his press secretary for Hispanic media. She left Reid’s staff last week after Fox News reported that she had entered into an illegal marriage to try to help a Lebanese man gain U.S. residency.

“As soon as I learned about this situation with her, we conducted an investigation, and it appeared she did some things that were absolutely wrong,” Reid said. “And as a result of that, I felt it was appropriate that . . . I accept her resignation.”

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