The Texas state director of Somos Republicans, a Latino activist group whose mission is to bring more Latino voters into the GOP fold, has left the party over recent comments by Herman Cain about installing an electric border fence to kill illegal immigrants, TPM reports. Lauro Garza now identifies as an Independent.
Cain tried to backtrack on his comment, calling it a joke, but the audience at his speech wasn't laughing; they were cheering.
Garza was an original Reagan revolutionary, voting in his first presidential election (like me) in 1980. So he's a dyed-in-the-wool conservative.
His defection may not amount to much in the grand scheme of things, but it is indicative of the GOP's insensitivity to minority issues, and why the GOP will actually suffer a huge defeat in 2012.