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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

El Diario: Clinton Turned Solis Doyle into Her “Fall Person”

New York’s leading Spanish-language daily:

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is in trouble and the highest ranking Hispanic in her camp is paying the price…

With Clinton’s losing streak looking like it might extend all the way to March, the campaign probably had to project some internal shift – a fall-person, as it were, was needed. The irony is that back when Solis Doyle, the daughter of a Mexican immigrant who worked as a janitor in Chicago, came on board, she was celebrated as the first Hispanic woman to run a presidential campaign. One of the key constituencies that has actually turned out for Clinton is Hispanic voters. Indeed, Clinton’s chances of winning the nomination may rise or fall on the Latino turn-out in the upcoming Texas primary. What effect Solis Doyle’s resignation will have on Hispanic voters remains to be seen. But it cannot help.

There is an old saying from the factory floor – last hired, first fired. This practice is sadly well known to African Americans and Latinos, who have had to fight to gain access to jobs and opportunities, and struggle just as hard to hold on to them without the safety nets of a social network or seniority in status.

Clinton has worked hard for the Hispanic votes she has won so far in this tight race, and it would be a mistake to risk alienating that base.

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