The Republican Party appears to be uninterested in speaking to Latino voters, so says one Univision on-air personality.
Univision news anchor and Fusion special correspondent Enrique Acevedo told Politico’s Hadas Gold that with the exception of a few Miami-based Republican congressmen and women, the overwhelming majority of Republican politicians have been avoiding Univision since inauguration day despite repeated efforts to reach out to them.
The DC-based Acevedo tells Gold:
“It’s happened more since the inauguration. It’s harder to get access to Republicans than it is to get access to Democrats and I understand why that is. Republicans think they have more to lose going on Univision,” Acevedo said, citing his attempts to get Republican senators like Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on the air. “If we get an answer, which is an exception, the answer is: ‘It’s a busy week, they’re not doing media,’ and then we see them on Fox or CNN.”
Acevedo went on to say that Republicans on Capitol Hill “have already built the wall around Univision and our audience,” and that ignoring them would not only be a dangerous move, but it’s also “a disservice to the 55 million Latinos who want to hear from their members of Congress regardless of affiliation and they deserve to hear from them.”
He maintained that stance on Twitter this morning:
I’ve spent the last 60+ days sending e-mails, making calls, knocking on doors and chasing them in hallways. We’ll keep pushing for answers. https://t.co/02gEOgbsAf
— Enrique Acevedo (@Enrique_Acevedo) March 27, 2017