A grass-roots group of Latino Republicans who oppose Arizona-style immigration laws is establishing a foothold in Iowa and wants to influence the GOP's presidential selection process in the 2012 Iowa caucuses.
Somos Republicans, which in Spanish means "We are Republicans," began two years ago in Arizona and claims 6,000 members in 10 states, primarily in the Southwest. The organization has appointed Bob Quasius Sr. of Ankeny, a Republican activist, as director of its fledgling Midwest organization.
"Although we have a small group in Iowa, we are gaining in members and have solidified ourselves with the Hispanic media," said DeeDee Garcia Blase of Scottsdale, Ariz., the founder of Somos Republicans.
The group is already making it clear it won't support Sarah Palin for president because of her endorsement of illegal immigration hard-liner Tom Tancredo in his unsuccessful bid for Colorado governor.
The group has urged Texas Gov. Rick Perry to run for president because he opposes an Arizona-style immigration law in Texas.
Rick did win at least 38 or 39 percent of the Hispanic vote according to most observers, and if you talk to Rick's peeps they say they have numbers to show he won more like 42 or 43 percent of the Hispanic vote... and closer to 48 or 49% across the state if you take out a few of the most heavily Democratic counties in South Texas and look across the rest of the state where Hispanics are more assimilated into anglo-majority society...
I do think aligning herself with Tom Tancredo was a terrible mistake... he is a bomb thrower for the sake of bomb throwing...