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Fla. Gov. Rick Scott campaign staff made racist jokes (allegedly)

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Psst! Rick Scott! Outreach means exactly that: reaching out. Outreach is also what the Republican Autopsy called for. Yes, they referred to their own post-2012 election report as an autopsy, because... suicide. They admitted that they needed "to do things differently."

The GOP not only needs a reinvention, they need an intervention.

Via Think Progress:

On late Thursday, billionaire Mike Fernandez abruptly resigned his post as the finance co-chair of Governor Rick Scott’s (R-FL) reelection campaign. The prominent Cuban-American health care mogul’s departure has fueled rumors of racism among Scott’s campaign staff.

Tensions between Scott’s campaign staff and Fernandez had been building for weeks. And the last straw, according to people within the campaign who spoke with the Miami Herald this weekend, was an incident in which several of Scott’s campaign staffers allegedly began joking around in a cartoonish, over-the-top Mexican accent while on the way to a Mexican restaurant.

They just can't help themselves.

Think Progress has more.

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AK Rep. Don "Young's Republican Party should not think that Americans like myself will be swayed by outreach."

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For the back story, see this previous post: VIDEO: The “stupid party,” er, Republicans blast GOP Rep. Young for his “wetbacks” comment.

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And with that, here is today's L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Republican apologizes for slur against Latinos," March 30

As an American with a Hispanic last name, reading the story of the Alaskan member of Congress using the term "wetback" brought back childhood memories.

I grew up in San Antonio, a predominantly Hispanic city, on the mostly white north side of town. Any time I heard "wetback," it made me uncomfortable because of the view underlying it: I and the people like me were less than everyone else. Passing off using the term as just the common vernacular of a bygone era doesn't fool anyone.

For Don Young (I don't respect him enough to call him a congressman) to speak in those terms so easily betrays an ingrained view of Hispanics. Young's Republican Party should not think that Americans like myself will be swayed by outreach.

Andrew Ximenes

Los Angeles

All our other GOP "outreach" posts can be found here.

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VIDEO: The "stupid party," er, Republicans blast GOP Rep. Young for his "wetbacks" comment

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Alaska Rep. Don Young:

"My father had a ranch; we used to have 50-60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes."

House Speaker John Boehner, per CNN:

"Congressman Young's remarks were offensive and beneath the dignity of the office he holds. I don't care why he said it – there's no excuse and it warrants an immediate apology."

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus:

"Our party represents freedom and opportunity for every American and a beacon of hope to those seeking liberty throughout the world. Offensive language and ethnic slurs have no place in our public discourse."

Is Priebus kidding? Does he have no awareness of what his party has said and done to diminish the dignity and rights of not-white people and how all too many conservatives still refer to them (scroll)?

Rep. Young:

"I used a term that was commonly used during my days growing up on a farm in Central California. I know that this term is not used in the same way nowadays and I meant no disrespect."

Psst! Don! It's 2013.

Psst! Don! Your statement, excuses, and non-apology have now been documented and will be available for review forever.

CNN:

The word is widely considered an ethnic slur and generally refers to those from Mexico who come to the United States illegally by crossing the Rio Grande River. It was used by the government in the 1950s for "Operation Wetback," a massive crackdown on illegal immigration along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Let's take a gander at the ol' GOP playbook, shall we?

1950s mentality:

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Slurs:

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Massive crackdown on immigrants:

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How's that reachy-outy thing workin' for ya?

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UPDATE via Think Progress:

By Friday afternoon, Young had issued a full apology:

“I apologize for the insensitive term I used during an interview in Ketchikan, Alaska. There was no malice in my heart or intent to offend; it was a poor choice of words. That word, and the negative attitudes that come with it, should be left in the 20th century, and I’m sorry that this has shifted our focus away from comprehensive immigration reform.”

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"Is it just Mexicans whom people want to stop?"

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Today's L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Is the border secure?," March 10

Supporters of building a nearly impenetrable fence along the U.S.-Mexico border say such a barrier would go a long way toward stopping illegal immigration.

However, an estimated 40% of the illegal immigrants already in the United States (more than 4 million of the total) are visa abusers. These are people who came to the United States with a valid visa (tourist, student or others) and stayed past the expiration. Many of them don't look like Mexicans, and they blend into our society. They work as physical therapists, accountants and other middle-class professionals.

So how will the United States stop the flow of illegal immigrants to this country? Or is it just Mexicans whom people want to stop?

Odille Hansen

Culver City

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