Latino Democrats confronted their campaign chair Wednesday after Republican Texas Rep.-elect Mayra Flores flipped a South Texas seat red in a special election Tuesday, according to Politico.
Democratic Texas Rep. Sylvia Garcia and Democratic Texas Rep. Veronica Escobar were among the Congressional members who demanded a meeting with Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chair and Democratic New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, according to Politico. They reportedly wanted to discuss the Latino exit from the Democratic Party.
“I don’t know that it’s an intervention, but it’s gonna be a hard talk. It’s going to be a good, healthy family discussion,” Garcia told Politico. “The DNC [Democratic National Committee], the DCCC, and all the Democratic national groups really need to take a hard look at what happened. I realize this is a special, but it’s still given the Republicans a narrative to say: ‘We flipped a seat.’ And we should have done better.”
Democratic Texas Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, who is set to face Flores in November, pulled Maloney aside on the steps of the Capitol to implore the Democratic Party leader to make changes in Latino outreach before the trend seen in Texas goes national, according to the outlet.
“I hope the DCCC learns their lesson with this before it happens across the country,” Gonzalez told Politico. “They have just forgotten about the brown people on the border. And that’s basically what it is. I’m not going to try to sugarcoat it anymore. They are taking Latinos in South Texas for granted.”
The district Flores won was held by Democrats for 100 years, reported Politico.
Democratic Illinois Rep. Chuy García, who represents a majority-Hispanic district near Chicago, told Politico the Democratic Party stopped financially prioritizing Latino districts, and the Flores win is the result.
“I think our historic disinvestment caught up to us,” he told the outlet. “We’re on our heels, and we need to invest heavily.”
The Hispanic vote shifted toward the Republican Party in 2020, and the momentum hasn’t slowed since, according to recent polling.
A May Quinnipiac poll showed President Joe Biden’s approval rating among Hispanics dropped to just 26%. Forty-six percent of Hispanics said they would support a Republican-controlled Congress over one controlled by Democrats, compared to 45% who support Democrats more, according to the same poll. (RELATED: ‘Trying To Silence Conservative Voices’: Hispanic Orgs Fight Back Against Soros Funded Latino Media Company)
The trend seen in predominantly Hispanic districts, like the 85% Latino district Flores won Tuesday, has Democrats asking why the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) isn’t investing the necessary resources to keep these districts blue, reported Politico.
Sanchez (D) concedes in #TX34 special election:
“Too many factors were against us, including little to no support from the National Democratic Party and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.” pic.twitter.com/jUk4npviC7
— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) June 15, 2022
Maloney told Politico he believes Flores’s win was a fluke paid for by GOP financing. He promised that redistricting maps would allow Democrats to take back that seat in November.
“Look, I think the Republicans spent millions of dollars to win a seat that’s going away. We’re going to win this seat when it matters,” the DCCC chair said, according to Politico. “You never like to lose, and I understand why people were upset by that. I think Republicans burned a lot of money, and we’re going to end up with that seat.”
National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chief and Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer told Politico the Flores win was about the Party platform, not the amount of money spent on her campaign.
“Our guys were talking about inflation and the economy and crime and the border. What were they talking about? Jan. 6,” Emmer said. “The border’s a big deal, and they’re not doing anything about it. We are actually more in touch with the voters than our colleagues on the other side of the aisle.”
Gerrit Cole’s strong outing wasted in Yankees’ no-no loss
This wasn’t what Gerrit Cole had in mind earlier in the week when he laughed at how being on the mound for a no-hitter has eluded him.
Cole spun a gem of a start Saturday, but wound up on the losing end because he shared the rubber with three Astros pitchers who combined on a no-hitter in a 3-0 victory over the Yankees. In a reminder of how cruel baseball can be, Cole twice took no-hitters into the middle of the game or beyond this week and wound up with a no-decision and a loss on his record (6-2).
“The cold hard truth is we got outpitched and outplayed,” Cole said. “Credit to the opponent. Magical day for them.”
Cole lost a no-hitter in the eighth inning Monday against the Rays, but the Yankees still won, which created a light moment when he joked he has never completed the job despite building a résumé with four All-Star selections and an ERA title. There was no such luck or levity Saturday when he would needed perfection — or better — to outduel Astros starter Cristian Javier and two relievers.
Instead, Cole settled for striking out eight and scattering four hits over seven innings.
“Gerrit’s just going to keep doing that,” catcher Jose Trevino said. “That’s good for us in the long run.”
Cole walked two, but did not allow a hit until back-to-back, two-out singles by Jake Meyers and Martin Maldonado in the fifth inning. He survived that jam unharmed, but his 101st pitch was his big mistake in the seventh inning of a scoreless game.
J.J. Matijevic turned on a low-inside fastball and deposited it into the right-field seats for a homer as his reward for showing patience laying off a first pitch in the dirt. The rookie first baseman’s only two career hits have been solo home runs.
“I tried to make an adjustment and I obviously overcorrected and threw the pitch into an area that he was anticipating or he wasn’t going to be late on,” Cole said. “Not the side of the plate that we were trying to go to. It was honestly just a bad miss, but I don’t want to take any credit away from the guy who put a good swing on it.”
The solace is that Cole is pitching like an ace. He has allowed one run or fewer in five of his last six starts. Matijevic’s home run snapped Cole’s 21-inning scoreless streak at home.
“Right away he was getting swing-and miss-with his heater, which was big while he was finding it those first two innings,” manager Aaron Boone said. “I thought his stuff was really good. Once he settled in, he was terrific.”
4 wounded, including 8-year-old, in Brooklyn scooter shooting
Four people were wounded — including an 8-year-old boy — in a scooter shooting in Brooklyn on Saturday night, police said.
Two men riding on a scooter pulled up around 11:30 p.m. to a large gathering of people in front of the Stuyvesant Gardens Houses on Quincy Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant and opened fire into the crowd, cops said.
An 8-year-old boy received a graze wound in the leg. A 27-year-old male, a 35-year-old female and a 46-year-old female were also each shot in the legs.
All four victims were transported to Kings County Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
The suspects fled on a green and white scooter in an unknown direction, according to police and sources.
Six shell casings and two live rounds were recovered at the scene, sources said.
No arrests have been made at this time as police continued to canvas the area early Sunday morning.
Man arrested for attempted murder of LAPD officers amid Roe v. Wade protests
A man was charged with attempted murder of Los Angeles police officers Friday night amid protests of the Roe v. Wade reversal, cops said.
A woman was also charged with resisting police after four officers were injured following a barrage of projectiles, fireworks and a makeshift blow torch, according to officials.
The mayhem unfolded around 8:20 p.m. in Downtown Los Angeles, the LAPD said.
Michael Ortiz, 30, is accused of throwing a makeshift flame thrower at an officer, who was treated for burns, according to a Saturday press release.
Juliana Bernado, 23, allegedly attempted to steal an officer’s baton. A “less-lethal” bullet was fired at her, and she was taken into custody, police said.
“I condemn the violence against officers that occurred last night and into today,” Chief Michel Moore said.
“Individuals participating in such criminal activity are not exercising their 1st Amendment rights in protest of the Supreme Court decision, rather, they are acting as criminals.
The Department will vigorously pursue prosecution of these individuals.”
Large scale protests in other cities large and small around the country were mostly peaceful.
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