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Florida's Former Head of GOP Hispanic Outreach Joins Democrats


The fallout from the doctoral dissertation by Heritage Foundation's Senior Policy Analyst Jason Richwine, "I.Q. and Immigration Policy" continues.

The Atlantic Wire reports that the GOP’s former head of Hispanic Outreach in Florida has just registered to become a Democrat.

Pablo Pantoja worked on the 2010 and 2012 elections. Although he quit last summer, he recently left the Republican Party completely after Richwine’s doctoral dissertation became public.


In an email originally posted on a friend's blog, Pantoja wrote:

Although the organization distanced themselves from those assertions, other immigration-related research is still padded with the same racist and eugenics-based innuendo. Some Republican leaders have blandly (if at all) denied and distanced themselves from this but it doesn’t take away from the culture within the ranks of intolerance. The pseudo-apologies appear to be a quick fix to deep-rooted issues in the Republican Party in hopes that it will soon pass and be forgotten.

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Richwine resigned last week after public outcry erupted over his dissertation, which stated “No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against.”

Richwine was the co-author of last week's controversial Heritage Foundation study that stated the Gang of Eight's immigration reform proposal would cost $6.3 trillion. The high number has been disputed by experts across party lines.