Tea Party Discovering Latino Voters


The Tea Party Express campaigned on behalf of Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in 2012.
The Tea Party might consider changing its name to the Partido Café Con Leche as it begins an outreach program to Latino voters. The outreach could take the form of a bus tour to areas not normally reached by the conservative group that favors lower taxes and other conservative issues.
Officials with the Tea Party Express, the nation’s largest Tea Party political action committee, have been discussing their own Latino outreach, said Sal Russo, the group’s co-founder. “We’ve been trying to do a bus tour that would focus on communities that we don’t normally talk to,” Russo told FoxNewsLatino.com.
Tea Party supporters like to point out that some prominent Latino politicians have already run under the party’s banner. That would include U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla) and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Rubio was forced to share the spotlight with his response to last week’s State of the Union address by President Obama with Tea Party favorite, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky).
Republicans, in general, have stepped up their outreach to Latino voters. On Feb 11, the House Republican Conference, which essentially represents the chamber’s GOP, launched a Spanish-language Twitter account, @gopespanol. The account is part of a broader plan – still being hashed out – to reach out to Hispanics, and repair their image with them, according to the article.