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Latinos May Be Key To Future Of GOP In California

Aired 2/27/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Ruben Barrales, President GROW Elect


The California Republican Party holds its convention in Sacramento this weekend as it continues to pick up the pieces after a disastrous election last November.

Both houses of the state legislature are now Democrat controlled. In San Diego, the Republicans lost the 52nd Congressional Race, the Mayor's race, and a key seat on the County Board of Supervisors. So what does the party have to do to get back in the saddle? The key could be the Latino vote.

That's where Ruben Barrales, former head of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce comes in. He's now leading Grow Elect, a relatively new political action committee focused on recruiting and electing Latinos. According to Grow, the organization has elected 30 Latino Republicans to local offices across California.

"It's not about outreach it's about inclusion. If we want more Latinos in the Republican Party we have to bring more Latinos into the Republican Party" said Barrales.

Barrales says the Republican Party needs to reflect the demographics of California.

By next year, Latinos will be the largest single ethnic group in California.

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CaliforniaDefender | February 27, 2013 at 6:52 p.m. ― 4 years ago

"Both houses of the state legislature are now Democrat controlled."


Both houses of the state legislature have been Democrat controlled for the last 43 years. Not just "now" as if it is a sudden result of changing demographics.

The ONLY thing that will permit a more democratic process and inclusion of a diverse range of voices is making California a right to work state.

Unions have financially backed our one one party system for over four decades and the result is clear: Roads are crumbing, schools are failing, and California is bankrupt.

It is time for change. It is time for freedom.

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