November 12, 2004


Hispanics Applaud Gonzales Nomination: But Some Civil Rights Leaders Express Concern (Darryl Fears, November 12, 2004, Washington Post)

Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organizations yesterday hailed President Bush's nomination of White House counsel Alberto R. Gonzales as attorney general, which put the Texas Republican on track to become the nation's most powerful Hispanic public official. [...]

Many Hispanic leaders agreed that a Senate confirmation of Gonzales would make Bush even more appealing to Hispanics, who gave the president about 44 percent of their vote a week ago, more than any previous Republican presidential candidate.

"This is probably the most meaningful nomination ever for the Latino population," said Brent A. Wilkes, national executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens. "I think Hispanics pay close attention to these types of things."

Larry Gonzalez, Washington director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEAO), agreed. "Oftentimes in our community people look at things and say, 'We'll never have a person in a position like that,' " he said. "Well, it's happening, folks. It's only taken hundreds of years."

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 12, 2004 1:03 PM
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