'Tequila Party' aims to increase Latino voting bloc
May 31st, 2011
03:02 PM ET
11 years ago

'Tequila Party' aims to increase Latino voting bloc

(CNN) - By now, people in the United States and elsewhere in the world are familiar with the Tea Party, but there's a new social movement on the political block - it's called the "Tequila Party," and its leaders say the group is serving as a wake-up call to the Latino voting bloc.

Tequila Party organizers describe their movement as a nonpartisan group that launched this year on May 5 - Cinco de Mayo, to mark the Mexican holiday. It has enlisted both Democrats and Republicans to get the more than 20 million eligible Latino voters to become "consistent primary and general election voters," the movement's website says.


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  1. Rudy NYC

    "My impression is that it's 99.9% driven by Republican Latinos."
    My first impression, also. They are upset about all of the right things for Republicans.

    May 31, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Queue GOPer/conservative/Teatroll postes obliviously making racially insensitive comments in 3...2...1....

    May 31, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    First GOPer/Teatroll to use this as an excuse to rant about illegal immigration gets a cookie.

    May 31, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Jeremy

    They named themselves after an alcoholic beverage? Just keep reinforcing a stereotype...

    And this group is a joke just like the No Labels Crowd. It's suppose to be for "both" sides when it is always for the Democrats. Look how No Labels turned out.

    May 31, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. vet in texas

    If AZ had only made it a requirement for all citizens to carry citizenship papers, then the GOP could have had a huge number of the potential 20 million new voters. No, they had to let ALEC and the CCA persuade them and only brown citizens must carry that documentation. Oh well.

    May 31, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Sounds like their meetings might be more fun!!

    May 31, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. gt

    they need to work on there relatives and freinds south of the boarder... the mass killing there is unbielveable.... the value of life in mexico is not very much it seems ,,7 more kiill today in acapulco

    May 31, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. ABM

    Good to hear more folks getting involved in the political process. Maybe they would be a good monitor for polling stations on Election day to ensure minorities are not turned away by ultra-conservatives.

    May 31, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. diridi

    Are they going to sell USA to Mexicans for five pesos???? For votes???Now you understand, why writers write we need stringent immigration.......ha!!!

    May 31, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. once upon a horse

    not sure about a national movement, but the so-called Tequila Party they are trying to organize here in Texas is just another Tea Party with Latinos. They are seeking conservatives that have no interest in supporting the current president. The fear here is that the growing Latino population here will continue to vote Democrat and that desn't bode very well in the great red state of Texas. And the Tea Party didn't seem to welcome Latinos with open arms seeming to think more were illegal than legal. And talking to some of my Latino friends here there are some what they like to call "coconuts" that will fall for the GOP talking points. I hope the national movement is more open minded than the one here.

    May 31, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. Vanessa

    Hispanics 4 Obama!!

    May 31, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. Four and The Door

    We have seen since November how much of a difference voters can make. Look at the drastic changes in government spending now that there are checks and balances. If Nancy Pelosi was Speaker of The House, I guarantee the new debt limit would be close to $20 trillion already and we would blow by that within the next 2 years. That will not happen now. The voter is powerful. People can get things done by participating.

    May 31, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. John

    I don't know why any Latino would give a Republican the Time of day, let a long voted for one. After what they are trying to do in all these states. Like Arizona and a few other state ,that are all got Republican GOV.

    May 31, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    The Tea Party began under the cover of "concerned citizens' worried about reasonable, rational issues. The Tea Party pointed to a desire for lower taxes during a period when many locally elected Democratic leaders were faced with the prospects of hiking property taxes to offset reduced state and federal funding. I point this out because Obama was campaigning on eliminating the Bush Tax cuts when the Tea Party formed in July/August 2008. Some Democrats resonated with the message of lower taxes, as if who wouldn't. Eventually, the true motive came to light.

    The Teaquila Party is starting under similarly clouded circumstances. A reasonable message that resonates with most every talking point that that the Republican Party has put forth. The stated goal is a non-partisan effort to increase voter registration. Let's wait and see how this organization pans out, and what message it really puts out there. A non-partisan voter registration drive is technically not supposed to have a message. but yet this group does have a message.

    May 31, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. michaelam

    ANY Latino that would vote for a Republican or Teahadist needs his or her head examined! The GOP/Teahadists do NOT, let me repeat--DO NOT care for you or your families. They do not support the working and middle-class and will stop at nothing to destroy them! Please, before you register to vote, do some research and find out which party is behind all legislation to supress minority/women/elderly/ and college students from voting. Research which party drafts the most anti-immigration laws and want to imprison you just for being brown!


    May 31, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Gut check report:
    The Tequila Party is a Republican voter registration drive aimed at Latinos. (Jury is still out here.)
    The "Tequila Party" is a racially insensitive name for a group of Latino voters. (I'm just the messenger here.)
    Their angst over non-passage of the DREAM Act is totally off the mark. (They criticize those who are for it.)
    People do not change their stripes overnight. (Look at the disenfranchised leaders of this group.)

    May 31, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Garcia-Blase, a sixth generation Mexican-American whose parents worked in the potato fields of Idaho when she was a child, says that for now, 100% of her focus is on the pro-Latino movement."

    Geesh...more "Amurikan" than my 3rd generation irish. I hate to ask, but at what point do you stop using a hyphen? Seriously. I'm not one for the whole "reverse discrimination" garbage we get treated to from the Teatrolls et al. or comlpaniing about everything as "PC", but isn't there some unwritten threshold/limit at which you drop the hyphen and melt wih the rest of us in the pot? I mean, come on. If I ran around yammering about being Irish-American I'd get laughed at and my family has been here half the generations hers has.

    May 31, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |