RNC Says Eva Longoria's Latino Initiative is a Democratic Front

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The Republican National Committee (RNC) recently sent a letter to BuzzFeed claiming that Eva Longoria's Latino Victory Project, which aims to empower Latino voters and political candidates, is really just a partisan group created to elect more Democrats.

The RNC said that while Latino Victory Project is a worthy cause, it is not being truthful about its intentions. The committee also called out a recent interview Longoria did where she named Latinos who are making an impact  in politics and whom her project would support, but none of those she mentioned are Republicans.

“You didn’t highlight the leadership of Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who are two of only three Hispanic U.S. senators,” the RNC letter stated, according to BuzzFeed. “Nor did you mention either of the nation’s Latino governors—Brian Sandoval of Nevada and Susana Martinez of New Mexico—both of whom are Republicans.”

The RNC also called the Latino Victory Project "wannabes" and said it "is far more preoccupied with pushing a Democrat agenda than being nonpartisan and supporting Hispanics across the ideological spectrum."

Latino Victory Project's president, Cristobal Alex, responded to the RNC's claim in a statement.

"We’re very surprised that the Republican National Committee is attacking Eva Longoria, who has done nothing more than support the movement to empower fellow Latinos nationwide throughout her career, and spur more to vote and engage in public service,” he said. "The question remains, why aren't they doing everything they can to promote opportunities for the Latino community and work with the Latino Victory Project?" 

"We’re saddened that the RNC has yet to reach out to see how we can best work together, preferring to issue statements and talking points from the sidelines," Alex continued. "We're waiting for their call."

What do you think about the RNC's claims? Do you agree or disagree?

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