Thoughts on the California Elections, or, She Ain’t Heavy, She’s my Maid

6 Oct
The Latina in this Election- Meg Whitman's Former Maid

The Latina in this Election- Meg Whitman's Former Maid

Is it just me, or is it crazy that in a state where some 1/3 of the population is Latino, the only way a Latino is remotely involved in the race for governor is when a candidate’s former housekeeper comes forward with allegations of mistreatment?

I know, this doesn’t have the upbeat tone of my previous post, “Still Waiting for that Latino Revolution”.  But it irks me that of the four candidates for governor and senate- Meg Whitman, Jerry Brown, Barbara Boxer and Carly Fiorina- are hopelessly white and out of touch in California, the most diverse state in the Union. California is home to every culture, every religion, every language in the world (well, I don’t know about that last part, but you can get a court interpreter in Armenian if you need one.  Not sure they offer that in Tennessee). And yet we get these milquetoaost, run of the mill candidates, bland in every way.  And I mean the incumbents, too (sorry, Barb).

Never mind the fact that the two men running California’s two great cities, and doing great things in both of them, Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa, opted out of the Democratic primary, leaving us with Linda Ronstadt’s former boyfriend.  Why did Antonio not run? I’m sure pixels and pixels have been spilled over the reasons why, but suffice it to say, L.A.’s handsome, Telemundo-loving lothario-mayor could have been California’s great chance for a Latino in the Governor’s mansion in Sacramento. But it was not to be.

Granted, I am not a believer in identity politics-  I don’t vote for candidates solely based on race or gender. Nevertheless, I believe that there should be some sort of representation of the electorate by its leaders.  It’s no coincidence that Hawai’i, a state that has an Asian-American majority, is represented by two Japanese-American senators.   And yet California, Mexicalifornia, state of brown, black, yellow and pink, has a candidate for governor whose knowledge of Latinos and their concerns comes from her acquaintance with her housekeeper.  Will this be the case in the next gubernatorial election- will Latinos remain on the sidelines or will we take center stage? I certainly hope it is the latter.

One Response to “Thoughts on the California Elections, or, She Ain’t Heavy, She’s my Maid”

  1. Benito October 6, 2010 at 5:26 pm #

    The Republicans are so funny, when the economy is good you say let’s all celebrate “Cinco de Mayo, my brothers” but when the economy is down “it’s all your fault, you damn immigrant”. When most Americans (with Latin America roots) go to the polls this November we will remember that the GOP has gone on a nationwide rant in proposing and passing several anti-immigration legislation (that our US Courts continue to strike down) and have continue to blame the immigrant for the flat economy or worse. We will remember who stands with us and who stands against us, so trying to stop it now is somewhat funny, but go ahead, you will not change our minds.

    Plus the more radical of the GOP are now attacking our Constitution and our Bill of Rights, in their crazy notion of wanting to take away rights that all of us take for granted in their misguided attempt to garner some much needed votes, they really are fools, and leading the GOP towards obscurity because they are no longer a party of ideas, just of empty suits. Your hate made you do it, in November; you will reap what you have sown. I wonder what Abraham Lincoln would say about todays GOP, he unlike the current GOP was a man of ideas.

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