Another example of biased journalism from the Republic. In a large feature article in yesterday’s paper, DeeDee Blase’s efforts to register Hispanics as Republicans was profiled. What the article completely omitted mentioning, however was that Blase represents the liberal wing of the Republican Party and not the average Hispanic Republican. The article created the impression that Blase represents Hispanic Republicans. She doesn’t. The average Hispanic Republican generally supports enforcing our borders, and they are not focused on hatred for Sheriff Arpaio. Hispanics on the far left who have predominantly Democrat viewpoints may naturally take that position, but not the ones in the middle who Blase is trying to recruit. Most moderate or Republican Hispanics are reasonable and are not open borders advocates like Blase. Blase’s position on illegal immigration would be more at home in the Democrat Party.
One of the most active Hispanic Republicans in the Valley is Alice Lara, who sits on the Special Healthcare District Board. She was endorsed by both Sheriff Arpaio and County Attorney Thomas, and is an officer in the Arizona Latino Republican Association. She is more representative of Arizona’s Republican Latinos than Blase. Blase’s approach is divisive, and would cut people out of the party instead of being inclusive, shrinking the party. It would also move the party further to the left. Many Hispanics would be turned off by her criticism of Arpaio and Pearce. It is unfortunate that the Republic would choose to profile someone as radical as Blase as representative of Hispanic Republicans, instead of Lara. Lara has been active in the Valley political scene for years, as a former KFYI producer and current assistant to lobbyist Stan Barnes. Where did DeeDee Blase come from and has anyone heard of her? Blase calls her group Somos Republicans (somos in Spanish is the plural of “to be,” or “we are”). It is telling that she didn’t join Arizona Latino Republicans, but formed her own group. She is likely too radical for ALRA.
One Hispanic friend of mine had this to say about the article:
Yes I saw the article – I do not agree with her illegal immigration stance. I do not think our party should be defined around the dislikes of fellow Rs. We don’t have to be in love with each other but we have important common political philosophies to strengthen and it disturbs me to see misplaced compassion used in this way to further a personal agenda.
Her action in my opinion demonstrates/promotes/illustrates further division in the Republican party and more so in those who happen to be prospective Republican Hispanics. This is America and there is room for all opinions.