GOP NV Hispanic Caucus Chairman Speaks Out About National RNHA Leadership
Our country is heading to probably the most important election year in the past two decades. As we have seen the downturn of our economy, jobs lost in record numbers, unemployment at levels that threaten the future of our prosperity and an administration that has not led in the face of these challenges, today more than ever the conservative Latinos ought to be united in one voice to demand from our elected officials to represent the interest of all Americans and secure the future of our children. Four years ago in 2007 a group of Latinos in Nevada decided to form a state caucus to help inform and organize conservative Hispanics in Nevada. At that time it made sense to pursue to join an existing organization that had been at that time working for over 30 years as the voice of Republican Latinos in our nation. However, after much disappointment based on the dysfunctional, dishonest and dictatorial leadership in the past two years, Nevada decided to not renew their chapter of the RNHA and decided to stand independent and seek other state and national groups with similar missions.
One of the characteristics we looked for in a political group like the National RNHA was its governance model where the board including its national members who lead each chapter are not only part of the decision making process but also an intricate part of the managing proceedings. The RNHA, under its current leadership since 2009, has grown more and more authoritarian, defeating all bylaws and procedures and setting a bad example to new and upcoming leaders in our party. That is not how we run political organizations in this country and does not benefit our mission. After all, we honor a system that functions under the rule of law. This does not seem to be the modus operandi of the RNHA under its current leadership. Instead of expanding nationally, the RNHA in the past 2 years has been reduced to fewer state chapters and some existing ones have dwindled to the point of being inactive. This is not the direction we want to see our Hispanic conservative community go.
Being in politics and volunteering like most of us for the future protection of conservative values and in partnership with state and local Latino leaders is not only essential but also imperative. The current RNHA chair has forgotten about service for others and has focused on serving her own controlling ambition. When you forget that you are here to serve others for the greater good in cooperation and in an environment of honesty, there comes the moment to change your job.
With 2012 in our footsteps already, each state Latino leader must keep organizing, unifying and partnering with the community to inform all voters about the reality of our nation’s politics and what each of us can do to make it better.
Nevada Latinos, today, are proud that after becoming independent from the RNHA, we have become stronger and expanded to a statewide grassroots organization that is dedicated to inform, educate, train and respond to the needs of Latinos in Nevada. We have formed new alliances with state and national groups, and continue to seek ways in which we can partner with other likeminded Republicans whose purpose is to elect Republican candidates into office. We have trained dozens of operatives and surrogates in Nevada, and I have helped train hundreds across the nation.
Without the dysfunction, arrogance and restrictive interference of our former partner, the RNHA, we strive as we grow to serve Nevadans in getting a better understanding of our political landscape.
Don’t wait to be called, just listen to the whisper and take action.
Republican Nevada Hispanic Caucus (former RNHA chapter), Chairman and Founding Member
Nevada Latinos for Prosperity, Founding Member (in alliance with)
Latino National Republican Coalition, National Secretary (in alliance with)