Republicans Urge Latinos Not to Vote in Nevada

As if a recent Pew Hispanic Center report stating that half of Latino registered voters plan not to vote on November 2 weren’t shocking enough, now a Republican group calling itself Latinos for Reform, headed by Robert de Posada, is actually encouraging a poll boycott in online and TV ads.

Univision yanked the group’s ad, which was aimed at Nevada Latinos, after Democrats denounced it as a low blow against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is in a fierce battle against Republican tea party favorite Sharron Angle for his seat.

In Spanish, a male voice told voters “Don’t vote this November. This is the only way to send them a clear message: You can no longer take us for granted.”

Even Angle, (who is by no means enlightened when it comes to Latinos—she recently told a group of Hispanic high school students, "Some of you look a little more Asian to me") has distanced herself from the ad. President Obama called it a “cynical political ploy,” but De Posada stands by it, saying that Democrats have done nothing in two years to address immigration reform.

Watch the ad below and tell us: What do you think?

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Damarys Ocaña Perez,

Damarys Ocaña Perez is Director of Editorial Content at Latina Media Ventures. She leads its magazine, Latina, the pre-eminent beauty, fashion, culture and lifestyle magazine for acculturated U.S. Hispanic women and is responsible for maintaining Latina’s voice, vision and mission across all LMV platforms. Born in Havana and raised in Miami, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

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