January 11, 2005

ADVANCEMENT OF CERTAIN PEOPLE:

Asian caucus weighs bid by Republicans (Aurelio Rojas, January 11, 2005, Sacramento Bee)

The Legislature's Democratic Asian Pacific Islander Caucus is scheduled to meet today to discuss an issue that has sparked a spirited debate within the group:

Should the five-member caucus grant a request by the Legislature's three Republican Asian Americans to be allowed to join?

"Appreciating the API Caucus' goal of 'representing and advocating for the diverse interests of the API communities throughout California,' we believe our participation would lend an important voice to your discourse," the Republicans wrote in a letter to Assemblywoman Judy Chu, the caucus chairwoman.

The letter, dated Jan. 4, was signed by Assembly Republicans Alan Nakanishi of Lodi, Van Tran of Garden Grove and Shirley Horton of San Diego.

Chu, D-Monterey Park, said she is receptive to the idea.

"I think we should entertain it (and) see if we can try to work formally in this caucus together," said Chu, who does not expect a quick decision.

Debate over party exclusivity in the Legislature's ethnic caucuses is not new. In 1999, the Democratic Latino Caucus turned down membership requests by Republican legislators.


Including Republicans is too diverse.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 11, 2005 6:02 PM
Comments

On the other hand, it's going to be funny a few years from now when over half the California Legislature's Asian representatives aren't part of the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus.

Posted by: John at January 11, 2005 11:21 PM
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