When U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison meets with Hispanic constituents next week in Dallas, she may be looking beyond just lining up votes for what looks like a run for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in 2010.
She may also looking at the shifting demographics of Texas and what that means for a Republican elected to statewide office, especially in a state that may be becoming more Democratic.
"Kay Bailey knows how important relationships are going to be with elected officials and constituents in a state that may be trending purple," said Alberto "Beto" Cardenas Jr., who is heading up the Hispanics for Kay campaign committee.
What does it take to reach out to Hispanics? Having a few meetings with Hispanic leaders? Having Hispanic staffers? Dropping Hispanic names in speeches? Speaking Spanish in radio and television advertisements? Tangibly, what will Kay do to reach Hispanics? For that matter, what will Rick do?