Op-Ed: Hispanic Bashing by Stewart Becomes Cuccinelli’s Convention Liability

cortez_headshotIn less than two short weeks conservative delegates gather in Richmond to formally elect a Republican slate. The mission is to bolster the 4 point lead Ken Cuccinelli has in recent polls and maintain conservative control for Virginia’s three top elected offices. But that slim 4 point margin could quickly turn into a huge deficit if Prince William County’s Cory Stewart, the most anti-immigrant candidate in Virginia becomes Cooch’s running mate.

If that happens, the election may be doomed.

With Virginia’s changing demographics the minority vote will loom large during the November election… but not at the convention.  Topics such as immigration and race are being down played irresponsibly by the majority of Republican and Tea Party candidates as to not divide their base.

The failure of Virginia conservative candidates in mass to address the difficult immigration issue and their failure to stand shoulder to shoulder with the respected Senator Marco Rubio as the leading voice of immigration change has angered a Latino community that Republicans and Tea Party organizers badly need to advance.

So expect a boycott in Richmond of Hispanic voters with only token representation of die hard and respected Latinos primarily represented by ladies such as Theresa Speake, Lolita Mancheno-Smoak and Marta Saltus of Northern Virginia.

But in my 40 plus years of media and broadcast experience, I know of no candidate that has alienated and insulted the Hispanic community the way Corey Stewart of Prince William County has.

It’s not that he is vigorous in his desire to promote the rule of law and is against amnesty.  Most conservatives are.

The rap on Stewart in the minority community is that he is a Latino-basher when in his own words stated at CPAC in March he said “I detest the word minority outreach”.

What did he detest more the word minority or outreach?

His zeal in the constant beat down of minorities validate his presentation as insensitive and lacking compassion in a locality that boasts thousands of minorities that have played by the rules and defended this country in war and peace. For conservatives it must be all about minority outreach if they are to survive as a party.

If not the minuscule numbers of minorities in Virginia that embrace the Republican party can be blamed on the lack of outreach directly by racial dividers like Stewart. Outreach is why Virginia’s Tea Party has plummeted in effectiveness…And who are some of their organizers embracing? Sadly Stewart but many Tea Party supporters are rethinking that call.

That and Stewart’s abysmal tax increase record in Prince William County will also become front and center news as reporters have another reason to lampoon Cuccinelli’s ticket.

But there is still time.  As a reminder, delegates could vote for Lieutenant Governor candidates Pete Snyder, Scott Lingamfelter, E.W. Jackson Sr., Steve Martin, Jeannemarie Devolites Davis or Susan Stimspon… anyone but Stewart.

My sources say Pete Snyder and Scott Lingamfelter have the respect and clout to help the Cuccinelli campaign but it will be your vote that counts.

I recall an old election convention years back in Virginia where conservatives put an equally polarizing candidate of Iran-Contra fame ol’ Ollie North on the ticket for Senate. His ego and alienation of the minority community gave Democrats a victory that was virtually assured for Republicans. I see an Ollie moment in the making and Cuccinelli does not need an anchor around his neck named Stewart when the media begins its enfilading fire during the battle of who has the most liability as a running mate.

And they will.


Daniel Cortez a distinguished Vietnam veteran is a long time Hispanic activist active in minority and veterans affairs. He is a frequent Op-Ed contributor for various Virginia publications. While he leans conservative he states he votes the person not the party. He can be reached at dpcortez1969@yahoo.com

  • Sean

    In Stewart’s defense, going after illegal immigrants is neither racist or hateful, but following the rule of law. Now, his quip about minority outreach, assuming that it is not taken out of context (I suspect it is) is wrong-headed. Don’t get me wrong, Corey hurt himself with the illegal ads and he should not be our nominee. But coming at Corey from the Left isn’t going to do a damn thing for us come November.

    • Mikey D

      Rule of law sends Rosa Parks to the back of the bus…

  • DJRippert

    Cuccinelli’s winning strategy is to keep the Democratic turnout low. If it gets to a GOTV battle the Democrats will win. They are better organized and better automated. Corey Stewart will have Democrats coming out of the woodwork to vote against him. They will vote against Cuccinelli while they’re at it. Pete Snyder is the obvious candidate to keep the Democrats at home. He has no voting record to get the Dems in an uproar. He’s a businessman from Arlington (or Alexandria – it’s hard to be sure). He seems smart enough to keep his mouth shut on irrelevant social issues. And, best of all, he’s a Richmond outsider.

  • “Topics such as immigration and race are being down played irresponsibly by the majority of Republican and Tea Party candidates as to not divide their base.”

    Why would Cortez think that Tea Party movement leaders are concerned about “dividing their base” if they talk about “immigration and race?” Is Cortez part of that leadership? Or is he some sort of outsider ignorantly whining about what he has no knowledge of?

    Given that in the next paragraph he’s pushing this ridiculous amnesty devised by the “Gang of 8,” I think we have the answer.

    What patent nonsense.

    • Greg sadly your presentation and inability to grasp the nature of realistic immigration reform with compassion and the tough codifiers great men like Senator Rubio are suggesting, again demonstrates why the Republican party may be headed to extinction with men like Stewart who may share your views. But it is not too late if the business oriented Pete Snyder or the distinguished veteran and statesman Scott Lingamfelter are helping Cuccinelli and he will need a lot of help. Thank god the GOP does not share your lack of vision or the tea party’s lack of effort in outreach and has the moral courage to invest 10 million dollars in Northern Virginia to demonstrate what you simply lack the intestional fortitude to support.

      • George from Cleveland

        I don’t support Mr. Stewart in any fashion, I’m a supporter of Mr. Snyder.

        Mr. Rubio is in my humble opinion, a spineless hack who if the Gang of 8 bill passes will hand the Democrats a permanent electoral majority.

        The reason most blacks and hispanics vote Democrat is because they largely agree with center-left interventionist economic policies. There is data from poll after poll that agrees with that. Outreach does little because it does not address why they like those center-left policies, arguably the GOPs fiscal polices are far more hated than anything relating to immigration or social issues. The “tax the poor party” piece on here explains that.

        The laws of supply and demand make it clear that more immigration, which has been quite high since 1965, does lower wages.

        Why do you want to do that?

        How is that going to win more votes for a center-right fiscal policy?

        • George vote for anyone but Stewart to help Cuccinelli. But that won’t be enough with your attitude. Your assertions are typical establishment conservative dogma where without a change of perspective to deal with the real world issues of immigrants and America’s jaded history you will simply hand a defeat to Cuccinelli no matter who his running mate is. Your view of Senator Rubio and his leadership is typical of an out of touch conservative party hack bent on implosion. My half Irish son was greatly amused at your racist remark earlier. But that won’t deter his commitment or mine to elect the most responsible individuals to serve all people regardless of race creed or party affilation. I know first hand the color of blood shed by me and my fellow Vietnam veterans and patriots today was all the same… It is about all the people George. Have a blessed day.

  • Dems are having wet dreams waiting for this dude to become LG..

    • John Fredericks

      LOL James that is a classic!

    • A disturbing thought….but yes Jim salavation clearly will be at an all time high by the highly excitable liberal base if Mr. Stewart is the Cuccinelli running mate…..as well as other releases as you suggest.

  • TheGipper

    Just wait until the mailer comes out this week attacking E.W. Jackson’s business bankruptcies from 15 years or so ago. Corey himself is neck deep in that hit piece. Sure, it will say “not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee,” but that is a bold faced lie as he not only authorized it, but solicited it.

  • George from Cleveland

    By and large, Mr. Stewart has no chance of winning this, Mr. Cortez once again shows that he puts his ethnic minority interest above the interest of the majority. He’s got a problem with white people that don’t submit to high levels of immigration.

  • For the record my appologies to Mr. Stewart for the typo in the first paragraph…His name is of course Corey….I did send a correction but it was missed. But no appologies for my position.

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