Group urges Nevada Hispanics not to vote
October 18, 2010 - 5:11 pm
Here’s a different message.
Latinos for Reform, a group with Republican links, is paying for a Spanish-language commercial to air in Nevada urging people not to vote.
"Don’t vote this November. This is the only way to send them a clear message," a narrator says. "You can no longer take us for granted."
"Them" refers to President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats whose images are flashed during the 60-second spot, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada.
The commercial is generating a quick response in Nevada, where Reid is counting on a heavy Hispanic turnout to help him when. Democrats have scheduled a press conference at the Latin Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas at 7 p.m. tonight to talk about it. The chamber is at 300 N. 13th Street
Latinos for Reform is headed by Robert Deposada, a political consultant and former director of Hispanic affairs for the Republican National Committee. The group posted an English-language version of the commercial on its website.
Deposada told Politico the ad was born from frustration with the Democrats’ failure to deliver immigration reform. The ad will air in targeted states that Deposada said includes Nevada.
Deposada told Politico he could not ask Hispanics to vote for Republican Sharron Angle, either. He said her position on immigration is "completely irresponsible."
The "don’t vote" ad would not be the first provocative message delivered by Latinos for Reform. In 2008 it aired ads charging that Obama would put African Americans before Latinos.