Missouri native Dana Loesch–with no knowledge of race history or Pueblo politics–wants you to believe that the recall against Senator Angela Giron in Pueblo is in no way race or gender motivated. She cites the fact that Latino Representatives Ed Vigil and Leroy Garcia aren't being recalled as proof positive that the recall against Giron isn't in any way race related. The problem is those gal darn conservative pals of hers who spent an entire legislative session race and gender baiting Senator Giron and others.
Before we get to the nitty gritty, we'll cast misogyny aside for a lesson in Colorado race history: Assuming that people identify as Latino based on their surname is prejudiced in itself. Loesch likely assumes, since she probably didn't ask Representatives Vigil and Garcia, that their Spanish surnames mean they think of themselves as Latino. Colorado reality check: The Spanish are European and many families with Spanish surnames have been here since the Spanish granted them land long before the Mexican-American War. Hence, many people with Spanish surnames in Colorado don't identify as Latino.
Loesch's barely-west-of-the-Mississippi mentality certainly makes an ass out of her, but what's got me hot are the racist, misogynist asses she's dismissing or, worse, parroting.
Get ready for the really nasty stuff.
You've met Nik Andrasik before, but here's a reminder from the Colorado Springs Independent:
During the legislative debates surrounding high-capacity magazines, [Andrasik] had this to say about Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora: "Fields back up, being a vacuous cunt as usual."
On Rep. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood: "Rep Pettersen asking about more limitations – she's a stunning cunt."
On Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton: "Salazar is a fucking retard."
Or how about the time Franklin Sain sent Representative Rhonda Fields a nice letter reported by 9News…
“There will be blood! I’m coming for you, n—– b—–.”
And while Colorado Peak Politics actively decried racism when one of Tom Tancredo's buddies stereotyped Rep. Fields by saying she looked
kinda gangsta in Bronco orange
Only minutes earlier they tried to teach a Latina Senator from Pueblo how to pronounce her own name.
— CO Peak Politics (@COpeakpolitics) March 4, 2013
So when Senator Giron "turns up missing" at a town hall meeting, maybe its because some of the people who turned out for it are just plain scary, racist misogynists who make death threats. And when Senator Giron tells The Pueblo Chieftain that the recall effort against her is
partially about me being a Latina and being in this position of authority
Dana Loesch should just shut up or, better yet, admit that Giron has a point and quit whining about how people of color "play" the race card when its the card that jerks like Colorado Peak Politics keep dealing.