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Rick Scott's Latino Outreach: March Edition

It’s no secret that Rick Scott, like many Republicans, is struggling to reach out to young and Latino voters. Last month, Scott attempted to up his Latino outreach with what appeared to be an awfully convenient election-year change of heart to “consider” giving in-state tuition to DREAMers. Now? Mike Fernandez, Scott’s finance co-chair, has quit and emails from Fernandez have surfaced claiming that “his Hispanic business partner was subjected to “cultural insensitivity” by campaign aides on their way to a Mexican restaurant.”

Check out American Bridge’s new video on the Scott Campaign’s Latino Outreach – March Edition: http://youtu.be/BFaA1XAIzDE

Background

Rick Scott’s Top Campaign-Finance Co-Chairman Resigned From Scott’s Campaign. According to the Tampa Bay Times’ “The Buzz” blog, “On Friday, the Miami Herald reported that Gov. Rick Scott’s top campaign-finance co-chairman, Mike Fernandez, raised a concern in an email last month about campaign associates joking around in over-the-top Mexican accents. Insiders whispered about the email for weeks, but some of the contents became public only after Fernandez suddenly quit his campaign post, citing the need to spend more time with his family while expressing confidence in Scott’s chances.” [Miami Herald, 3/23/14]

Fernandez Sent An Email Complaining Of Cultural Insensitivity On The Part Of Campaign Staffers, Said “It’s Culturally Insensitive For Him To Hear A Senior Staff Members Mimicking A Mexican Accent”. According to an email from Mike Fernandez obtained via the Miami Herald, “Luis works with me, he is my partner and it’s culturally insensitive for him to hear a senior staff members mimicking a Mexican accent on the way to Chipotle. It shows that the team does not understand the culture YOU need to win.” [Mike Fernandez – Miami Herald, 3/25/14]