June 7, 2016 2:10 pm -


If Hispanics won’t take jobs at the Republican Party because of Trump, they’re certainly not going to vote for him.

First, the RNC’s Hispanic media director left to work on down ballot races because of discomfort with Donald Trump.

Then, the person filling the role, Helen Aguirre-Ferre — a seasoned journalist and commentator — had spent months slamming Trump for his comments about Latinos and immigrants, violence at his rallies, and past positions out of step with conservative values.

But Aguirre-Ferre wasn’t the only person approached for that job, according to a source familiar with the proceedings. Mario Lopez, president of the Hispanic Leadership Fund, was spoken to regarding the role. He decided it wasn’t a good fit, the source said.

The RNC denied this to BuzzFeed News. “The only person we considered and offered the position to was Helen Aguirre-Ferre,” an RNC official said. “No one even came close to her experience and qualifications.”

While Lopez confirmed but declined to discuss conversations with the RNC, he criticized Trump’s latest crusade against U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, a Mexican-American from Indiana, who is presiding over cases against Trump University. Trump has said the judge is biased against him because of his heritage and Trump’s plan to build a wall along the border.

“It’s clear what I think about Trump,” Lopez said. “The latest thing on that judge is beyond the pale and very much calls into question any of his so-called attempts at trying to right the ship with Latino voters.”

The RNC also reached out to a second operative — Joe Culotta — regarding Hispanic outreach in Florida, he said. Culotta said the party’s message was that they are staffing up now that a nominee is in place.

“That means I have to go on the record to defend Trump. He’s a ticking time bomb and you have to defend that,” said Culotta, who is currently working freelance public relations for state senate candidates in Florida.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.