Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Double standard for Latino politicians

Let’s say you’re a smart and accomplished Latino politician with big dreams, impressive credentials and what many people agree is a bright future. Only one thing stands in your way: You don’t speak Spanish.

Will that fact cause you any grief, open you up to criticism or prompt the media to pounce? If you’re a Republican, the answer is likely yes. If you’re a Democrat, then probably not.

The 2016 election is adding a new twist to familiar accusations of bias in the media. Latinos are at the center of the controversy, with two of them waging well-funded and credible campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination (Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida) and three more in the wings as possible running mates (Republican Govs. Brian Sandoval of Nevada and Susana Martinez of New Mexico, and Democrat Julian Castro, the secretary of housing and urban development).

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