The future of California’s Republican Party is getting hammered out at the party convention in downtown Sacramento this weekend. And California’s Latino community is getting VIP tickets to that party.
Republican leaders in the state have crunched the numbers, and they know they can’t keep giving up 75% of the Latino vote, and have any hope of winning a statewide race.
“Admittedly, we’ve put a lot of zeros up on the scoreboard lately. Is this a process that’s going to get a turn around in two years? No. But we’ve got to start doing the hard work now,” said Mark Standriff, party spokesman.
And that’s where guys like Marcelino Valdez come in. He’s just been elected Vice Chair of the Party in the Central Valley.
“I would challenge any of our Republicans that believe we have to change our message. We just have to go out there and talk to our voters,” Valdez said.
They’ll be saying three things: First, Republicans support a safer, more secure and modern border. Second, that they support a guest worker program. And third, that they support driver’s licenses for those guest workers.