Yesterday, I was honored to take part on a panel discussion at the First Annual Americano’s Hispanic Forum in Washington D.C. The two-day forum served as an opportunity for conservative Hispanics from across the country, and globe, to discuss issues important to the Latino community. Much of the talk was on how to expand the movement.
During my presentation I discussed the need to reform how conservatives implement Hispanic outreach and communication in order to create a long-term strategy. (I’ll post more on my presentation later.)
The Washington Post did a writeup of the Americano forum, which is a part of Gingrich Communications, “Newt Gingrich wants conservatives to hablar espanol, or at least show they care about Latinos“:
“Nearly 60 speakers on more than a dozen panels will offer a largely conservative take on domestic and hemispheric affairs of interest to Latinos. The speakers include Jose Maria Aznar, the former Spanish prime minister; Arturo Sarukhan, Mexico’s ambassador to the United States; and Carlos Gutierrez, who served as commerce secretary during George W. Bush‘s second term in the White House.
Topics for discussion include: “Why Hispanics are Natural Conservatives” and “Hispanics and the American Experiment.” A gala awards dinner Thursday will follow a concert by the Miami Symphony Orchestra.
This wonkish fiesta is not necessarily designed to boost a potential presidential campaign, says Gingrich, who has not yet made a decision on whether he will run in 2012. But it couldn’t hurt. “There’s a substantial number of Latinos now in Iowa,” he says.
He adds, “You can’t have a major party that doesn’t pay substantial attention to the most rapidly growing single part of the country.”
In House races last month, 60 percent of Latinos voted for Democrats. Republicans, however, boast of electing GOP Latinos to the Senate from Florida, to governorships in Nevada and New Mexico, and to several House seats…”
In the last few years Newt Gingrich has become a leader within Republican circles on how to communicate to Latinos. While he has had his ups and downs with the Hispanic community, his outreach efforts throughout the last few years towards the Hispanic community have proven to be forward thinking and show a real respect for Latinos and their culture. I was happy to be part of the forum and look forward to more opportunities in the future…