LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (The Adobo Chronicles) – It has become clear that the Republican strategy to regain The White House in the 2106 U.S. presidential elections is to field Hispanic candidates, a testament to the growing political clout of what has always been considered a minority population in the U.S.
The latest Republican to declare his candidacy for president is Marco Rubio, junior senator from Florida. He is of Cuban descent. Before him, the first to announce his candidacy was Ted Cruz, junior senator from Texas, born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father.
Although Jeb Bush, former Florida governor, has not yet officially declared his candidacy, he, too, is Hispanic– a Mexican-American — according to his 2009 voter registration.
So that leaves the other declared Republic candidate, Rand Paul, junior senator from Kentucky, and the only non-Hispanic candidate thus far.
Not too fast.
Today, speaking at town hall meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, Paul told his audience that he is part Hispanic. He cited his family history, noting that the Paul family resided in Lake Jackson, Texas.
Lake Jackson is one of the nine towns comprising the coastal community of the Brazosport Area in Texas. Brazosport was part of Mexico back in the early 1800s before Samuel “Sam” Houston, American politician and soldier, defeated Mexico’s General Santa Anna in the Battle of San Jacinto, securing the independence of Texas from Mexico.
So there you have it. Four declared (and semi-declared) Republican candidates for president. Hispanics all.