Carlos Curbelo speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr Creative Commons https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/

 

At first blush, Carlos Curbelo, who represents Florida’s 26th District, would look like a prime catch for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. He’s young (38), he has two solid wins under his belt in a majority Hispanic district. His parents are both immigrants. So it should have been a surprise when the CHC blackballed him for membership. Unfortunately, Curbelo is Republican, his parents are Cuban, he’s actually had a job outside of politics, he opposes open borders, and, though not a Trump supporter, is insufficiently imbued with Trump-hate.

This simply underlines the fact that the CHC and CBC are not dedicated to the interests of Hispanics or blacks but to the interests of the Democrat party and machine politicians of the correct complexion. They have shown they aren’t in favor of American values like hard work and entrepreneurship but prefer quotas and handouts as a way of locking in a captive voting bloc and securing their own future. In the meantime, Curbelo should take comfort in the immortal wisdom of Groucho Marx: “I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.”