25 Jan 2008 01:13 Africa/Lagos
Latino Officials Deliver Wake-Up Call
CHICAGO, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ --
An Illinois Coalition of Latino Elected Officials today called on liberal Democratic colleagues to endorse qualified Hispanic candidates or not expect their support in return.
Calls were made today by a majority of Latino elected officials representing Illinois, Cook County and Chicago political districts.
"Hopefully, this will be a wake-up call for non-minority liberal Democrats," said Alderman/ Committeeman Manuel Flores, 1st Ward. "Unless they are willing to endorse qualified Latino candidates, they should not expect to seek our support for their candidacies in their wards and districts."
The decision to make outreach calls came after a Wednesday meeting of the Illinois Coalition of Latino Elected Officials representing nearly two dozen Hispanic, public office holders at the city, county, state and federal levels.
"It is unfortunate that so many non-minority lakefront and liberal Democrats have such short term memories," said State Sen. Antonio Munoz, 1st District. "They ask us to help them with Latino support in their communities and then when we seek backing for our qualified Hispanic candidates the liberals make excuses or don't return our calls."
Latino officials were also calling on all registered, Chicago area Hispanics to vote for qualified Latino candidates in the February 5 Democratic Primary Election.
Source: Illinois Coalition of Latino Elected Officials
CONTACT: Manuel Galvan, +1-312-933-4733, or +1-773-784-9150, for the
Illinois Coalition of Latino Elected Officials
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