Investigation Urged After Latino Caucus Rejects Republican Lawmaker

Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times, July 10, 2014

Shortly after he was elected, state Assemblyman Rocky Chavez took what he said was a natural step and asked to join the California Latino Legislative Caucus. The Oceanside Republican said his request last year was at first met with silence.

“When I didn’t get a response, I asked what the deal was and they said that I wouldn’t be allowed in,” Chavez said. “They do not allow Republicans to be part of the group.”

That rejection has sparked debate in and out of the Legislature about the diversity of opinion in Latino politics and whether taxpayers should be supporting legislative caucuses that have a partisan agenda.

The discussion comes at a time when the 24-member Latino Legislative Caucus has become a major force in the Capitol, racking up a series of victories, including approval of new laws providing driver’s licenses and college scholarships for immigrants who are in the country illegally.


Chavez said his primary concern involves the restrictions on membership when the group is using taxpayer resources, including an office in the Legislative Office Building, two staff members and a spot on the official state Legislature website. “I think it should be inclusive in that case,” he said.

Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), the caucus chairman, said there is nothing improper about the caucus’ membership policies, which have been in place since the caucus was founded 40 years ago by five Democratic lawmakers.


The official state website says the caucus exists “to identify key issues affecting Latinos and develop avenues to empower the Latino community throughout California.”


The caucus has been in the news lately not only for its legislative victories but also because of controversy.

Sen. Ronald Calderon (D-Montebello), vice chairman of the Latino caucus in 2011-12, has been indicted on charges of accepting nearly $100,000 in bribes for official favors.

An FBI affidavit includes an allegation by Calderon, disputed by caucus members, that he agreed not to challenge Lara for the caucus chairmanship in exchange for a $25,000 contribution that was provided to a nonprofit run by Calderon’s brother.


About 55% of Latino voters in California are Democrats and 17% are Republicans, according to Paul Mitchell of Political Data Inc.


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  • The non-Latinos in the California legislature would have very likely voted for and approved those line items listed as “victories” for the Latino caucus.

    • Al Rex

      Latino is only a language and it comes from Italy and not from Spain and not from Latin America.

  • JackKrak

    “Chavez”, “Ricardo”, “Calderon”, etc.

    Is this the California state assembly or the cast of one of those Univision soaps I keep hearing about ?

    • Sick of it

      The Univision soaps are much more entertaining.

  • 4321realist

    Latino Caucus? Black Caucus?

    Soon to be an Asian Caucus. A Middle Eastern Caucus. A Muslim caucus.

    In other words this Orwellian scheme to declare diversity a strength is no more than a break up into tribes along lines of race. It illustrates the abysmal failure of multiculturalism and reveals better than anything else that people want to live and work among their own kind and concern themselves with issues that are for the betterment and benefit of their own respective tribal members and their tribe as a whole.

    It is because diversity is a dangerous weakness that an Orwellian psy-ops campaign calling it a strength was initiated.

    The power and money boys wanted cheap third world labor, consumers and tax payers, so it was necessary to fool as many gullible types as possible into accepting the lie that diversity is a strength to keep the unwashed masses from openly killing each other thereby jeopardizing the elites’ wealth and power.

    But actually all they’ve done is delay the inevitable a bit, because it’s starting to come apart right now.

    • Greg Thomas

      But what we will not see anytime soon is a White caucus. So who’s representing our political interests?

      • Einsatzgrenadier

        It keeps me awake at night just thinking that whites are going to allow themselves to become a minority in their own country without putting up a fight. Let’s hope that whoever does end up representing white political interests does more than just run for office and tell us to vote. Whites are going to have to abandon the “democratic” political process once and for all if they want to make themselves heard.

    • r j p

      You forgot the Homosexual LGBT …. Caucus.
      Rumored to be more than just a few gay / down low senators / congressmen in DC.
      BHO would know, so would his happy-ending body man Reggie Love.

    • Jacobite2

      In case you hadn’t noticed, white people are the only people who refuse to accept that race is, in fact, everything. You notice not one doubt about this among non-whites. If you’re white, better start reading travel folders.

    • bilderbuster

      While “The power and big money boys” may have enjoyed the cheap labor that came from the obviously stupid slogan “Diversity is our strength” one must give credit where credit is due.
      “Diversity is our strength” is the slogan that the Anti-Defamation of B’ani B’rith (A Jewish supremacist hate group that especially targets European Americans to oppress them and weaken their group identity promoting policies like “diversity” and “tolerance”.) came up with for it’s propaganda courses that were/are taught at American public schools, police and government offices.
      President Clinton took this absurd slogan one step further into stupidity when he claimed “Diversity is our greatest strength”.
      This stupid Jewish propaganda one liner has been repeated over and over for decades by the kosher media without anyone once asking the obvious question “How can having nothing in common with others, or having divisive issues with others possibly unite us let alone make us stronger?”

  • Truthseeker

    Memo to the Republican Party: Hispanics want nothing to do with you, so stop trying to recruit them. Simply being a Republican is enough to get you labeled a “racist,” so instead of bending over backwards to fight the charge, just go where the real potential voters are: Whites. We’re still the majority for the time being, so listen to what we actually want and maybe you’ll stand a chance at winning.

    • Dave West

      Republicans in congress and state legislatures are cowards, I’m sure most of them know they should do what your saying; but they’re too afraid to get called the dreaded R-WORD by the Democrats and the media.

  • IstvanIN

    Would the legislature fund a “Gringo Caucus”? Bet not.

    • We’re not the right skin color =(

  • Greg Thomas

    Are non-latinos allowed to join the latino caucus?

  • dd121

    The leftist are true Stalinists. All opposition will be crushed.

  • AngloCelt

    Where’s the Europa Caucus? Or would that be a hateful outlet of white supremacist patriarchy?

    • Zimriel

      I’d say, they might tolerate one on a Jupiter moon… except for the certainty that they’d follow us there too.

  • A Freespeechzone

    Typical liberal minority inclusion attitude.

    White Conservatives will never be included in the process under liberal control.

    Get used to it; or fight back–it’s not about inclusion, but survival.

  • Albert

    It seems the same level of immorality and corruption that exists in Mexican politics is well present and accounted for in the CLLC.

    • Jacobite2

      It’s in the DNA. And will be 1,000 years from now.

  • IKUredux

    People! Let us take our country back, by any means. As they say, “The end justifies the means”. So, screw Anglo-Saxon fair play crap. “the end justifies the means”, should be on our White banner. No more bending over backwards for the coloreds and pretending they are our equals. Hey! They know it is all bullshyte. I’m sure, deep down inside, they hate us even more for pretending they fit in, and had anything to do with Western Culture. Hey, here’s a thought: How much longer are the inferior races going to be the White Man’s burden? Well, I’ll tell you: forever. There is a plot to have all these dumb ass stupid third worlders move into White countries. Mind you, they are not moving into China, or India, or South Korea, or Japan,or Taiwan, or Singapore, all of whom have great economies.NOPE! These POS’s are only being moved into White countries. Now, should we be asking why? Or, should we be asking;”What is the best way to get rid of them”? Cuz, they need to go. I don’t want them here. I don’t want anything to do with diversity. It does not work. These non-Whites form their own communities, they end up being nothing than a thorn in our side. We don’t trust them, we are not sure where they are coming from, they are not like us, we do not trust them. What the hell do any of us know about Somali, Hmong,Iraqi, Chinese, Nigerian, blah,blah,blah, customs? NOTHING! And, furthermore, most of us don’t care. If any White actually gives a Shyte about any of these ethnic groups, nothing is preventing said White from going to that ethnic groups country. Diversity sucks! I am so not interested in Diversity so called art. I am not interested in Diversity pretend cultural achievements. GO AWAY! GO AWAY! GO AWAY! If I fing care, I will visit your God Forsaken country, on penance for my White superiority only if I am a dumb ass guilt feeling liberal.