JUNE 01, 2007
Hillary Clinton’s endorsement from Los Angeles’ self-proclaimed Chicano mayor officially gives her campaign the Three Musketeers of the radical Mexican La Raza movement as well as the nation’s most influential illegal immigration advocates.
With two renowned and controversial pro illegal immigration figures recently named to co chair her presidential campaign, Clinton actively pursued L.A.’s popular Chicano mayor (Antonio Villaraigosa) for months to round out the team.
The former First Lady finally got a commitment this week and named Villaraigosa to yet another national co chair position in return for his unconditional support. The mayor says he finally picked Clinton because she is “the only candidate with the ability to hit the ground running on her first day in the White House.”
Villaraigosa, a longtime member of an extremist Mexican group (Mecha) that advocates overthrowing the U.S. Government, has played a key role in his city’s huge and disruptive pro illegal immigration marches. He even encouraged massive student walkouts – that cost the city’s already ailing public school system nearly $1 million in state funding – to participate in the protests.
Clinton believes Villaraigosa and her other illegal immigration advocates will help secure the Latino vote in 2008. That is why in April she named two of the movement’s best known leaders to co chair her campaign. The first, Raul Yzaguirre, was president of the extremist Mexican group National Council of La Raza for three decades.
Within weeks the Clinton camp announced with great fanfare that the Speaker of the California Assembly, Democrat Fabian Nunez, would also be a national co chair. Nunez is well known for referring to U.S. lawmakers as rednecks and threatening to bring Washington to its feet at a 1990s event in which 100,000 rowdy Mexican flag wavers protested legislation they considered discriminatory.
A few years ago Nunez publicly declared war on California’s governor because the governor supports securing the southern border as well as legislative measures to help curb the state’s illegal immigration crisis.
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