The Republican Governors Association is demanding that New Mexico Attorney General Gary King apologize to Gov. Susana Martinez after he was captured on video saying she “does not have a Latino heart.”
King, the Democratic challenger to Martinez in the gubernatorial race, has come under fire for his comments, which he made during a private fundraiser on Saturday and was later posted on YouTube. In the video, King is said to be quoting national labor activist Dolores Huerta who had spoken in New Mexico.
“And the last thing she said, and the last thing I’ll say is, you can’t go out there and just vote for somebody for governor, because they have a Latino surname,” King said at the fundraiser. “She said: ‘you have to look at them and find out if they have a Latino heart.’”
He then finished, “and we know that Susana Martinez does not have a Latino heart.”
The Republican Governors Association said King should apologize.
“Gary King should consider the impact of his insensitive comments on the Hispanic community and immediately apologize. No matter how much his campaign is struggling, is it reprehensible that he would stoop so low to this kind of personal attack,” the statement said.
Alfonso Aguilar, executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, went even further – saying King not only owes Martinez an apology but all Hispanic in general.
“He’s assuming the Hispanics are a monolithic community committed to the big government agenda. To make that kind of a generalization is insulting. It’s treating Hispanics as a herd and not as thinking individuals,” Aguilar told Fox News Latino.
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