In a bizarre twist that could only be described as a publicity stunt gone bad, Lt. Governor Diane Denish, NM Chair for Hillary Clinton, held a joint press conference with Obama supporter State Representative Al Park to criticize the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) choice of Santa Ana Pueblo’s Tamaya Resort.
Supporters of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama stood shoulder-to-shoulder at a community center in Albuquerque’s Barelas neighborhood, home to many low-income people, the while Republican state party chairmen met at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort at Santa Ana Pueblo.
Would Lt. Governor Denish have preferred that the RNC hold their Chairman’s meeting in a downtown location as opposed to showing their support for the Native American community by choosing to introduce people from all over the nation and as far away as American Samoa to the entrepreneurial success story of one of New Mexico’s pueblos?
This is just another unfortunate example of prominent Democrats attempting to cause friction among hard working Americans by pitting one minority against another. In this case, the Democrats choose to hold a press conference in the largely Hispanic Barelas community to decry the RNC’s support of Native Americans.
What makes this intentionally racial manipulation even more transparent is that only a few weeks have passed since the Democratic Party of New Mexico chose to hold their State Pre-Primary Convention at the Santa Ana Center as opposed to say the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Barelas.
While the Democrats were holding their hate based press conference, the Republicans were reaching out to members of New Mexico’s grassroots community. How do I know, well, I was one of those members.
Carly Fiorina, RNC Victory Chairman and former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, picked up the phone to give me, a local Hispanic blogger, a call and discuss a variety of issues important to New Mexicans. I didn’t ask for the opportunity to visit with Chairman Fiorina, but it is obvious the RNC is eager to talk to everyday New Mexicans to get their input.
Over this weekend, I plan on doing a series of posts about the topics we discussed, so make sure to check back. Until then, I’ll leave you with this question: When was the last time the Democratic National Committee held their Chairman’s meeting in New Mexico?