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Texas Republican Says He Lost Republican Primary Because Of Hispanic Surname

Incumbent Republican Texas Railroad Commission member Victor Carrillo blames his Hispanic surname for his defeat in the recent Texas Republican primary.

Here is some of what Mr. Carrillo said in an e-mail message to supporters–

“As you now surely know, last night I was defeated (61% / 39%) in my statewide Republican Primary by my opponent, David Porter. Porter, an unknown, no-campaign, no-qualification CPA from Midland residing in Giddings filed on the last day that he could file while I was waiting in Abilene to bury my dad. He has never held any elected office, has no geoscience, industry, or legal experience other than doing tax returns for oil and gas companies.”

Here is the full message.

As the Marshall (Texas) News Messenger reported, there is precedent for Hispanic last names costing Republicans in primary elections.

I have nothing but the back of my hand and a hearty good riddance for Mr. Carrillo. What did he expect from the Republican primary electorate?

If you’re a fair-minded Texan,—or a fair-minded person from any place— you see here the nature of the Texas Republican party.

This November, Jeff Weems is the candidate for Texas Railroad Commission who is running on experience instead of on his last name.

It is wrong to feel you know something about a person just on the basis of a name.

March 4, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. One guy argued on my blog after the election that the Democratic nominee for CD22 was elected based on her name — in response the my arguing the several Hispanics got beat out by white men. The easy response is that CD22 is drawn for republicans — always has been. That republicans voted for the non-Hispanic in their primaries shows their party here in Texas better than anything else.

    Republicans may try to make their party more diverse by appointing minorities, but following through is iffy at best.

    Comment by michelle | March 19, 2010

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