For Cuban-Americans in Connecticut the success of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio in the Iowa presidential caucuses on Feb. 1st may have generated some pride and appreciation for the progress made by Latinos in American politics, but ethnic affinity may not necessarily result in support or votes by their fellow countrymen.
“I am proud that we have two presidential candidates of Cuban ancestry even when I may or may not support either of them,” is how Orlando Rodriguez, an associate legislative analyst with the state’s Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission, summed up his personal position.
“Rubio and Cruz are very different, which reflects the differences among Hispanics nationwide. We are not a homogenous group,” said Rodriguez, a Cuban American who over the last 14 years has held various education and nonprofit positions aimed at bettering the lives of Latinos.
Cruz, a …