According to a report in Politico, the 527 group Latinos for Reform is airing a television ad on Spanish language television stations encouraging Nevada Latinos not to vote this November. The ad says Hispanics have been betrayed by Democrats who promised to pass immigration reform during the last campaign season.
“Don’t vote this November. This is the only way to send them a clear message,” says the ad’s narrator of Democrats. “You can no longer take us for granted.”
Here is a translated version of the ad that is now airing on Spanish television airwaves statewide:
Many local Hispanic leaders are condemning the ad. Some, including vice president of the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce Luis Valera, have urged television and radio stations not to run the ad and are calling on both Sharron Angle and Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Sandoval, who is Hispanic, to denounce the ad.
Sandoval was out with statement late Tuesday morning, saying, “The television ad imploring Hispanics not to vote should be taken down immediately. It is outrageous, and has no place in Nevada. No voter should have their right to vote suppressed or denied.”
The Las Vegas Sun called the ad a “commercial campaign to suppress the Hispanic vote” and did a profile on Latinos for Reform, including mention that the group “made a name for itself during the 2008 election cycle by campaigning against Obama, on the ground that he favored blacks over Hispanics.”
Robert Despoda, leader of the group and a conservative pundit on Spanish-language station Univision, has defended the ad, saying Hispanics should boycott the polls because President Obama has not kept his promises on immigration reform.
Update (4:50 p.m.): A statement from Univision released a few moments ago:
Univision will not be running any spots from Latinos for Reform related to voting.
It is also important to clarify that while Mr. Robert de Posada has on occasion provided political commentary on Univision, representing one of various points of views, he is not in any way affiliated with Univision.
Univision prides itself on promoting civic engagement and our extensive national campaigns encourage Hispanics to vote.