On TheAlyonaShow, the Tequila Party was featured and posted on YouTube (Watch). The founder of the new political movement is DeeDee Garcia Blase of Scottsdale, Arizona. After carefully watching and listening to the video, one easily discerns that the call by President Obama in El Paso, Texas, for a Latino grassroots action and bipartisan support is taking form, and soon function. Whether it is bipartisan or not, remains to be seen.
The motivation for this movement is immigration reform, mainly, but also, the economy and jobs, especially for young people. Blase maintains that “for every farmworker job, that job produces three middle income jobs.” No support for this assertion is presented, but that’s her message.
Blase’ premise is low Latino voter turnout. This grassroots movement wants to energize that low Latino voter turnout by neutralizing the “anti-immigrant crowd.” Blase perceives that the Tea Party and the GOP have become part of the anti-immigration crowd. She said that the anti-immigrant crowd has hijacked the Tea Party, and the GOP is hostile to the Hispanic population.
Blase recognizes what the Tea Party is good at: motivation, empowerment, GOTV, micro-targeting states, and primary election voters.
For the Tequila Party, the strategy shall be to neutralize the anti-immigration crowd similar to the way the Tea Party neutralizes. The tactics shall be to motivate and empower the Latino voter; get out the vote (GOTV); micro-target certain Latino states, e.g., Texas, Utah, and Arizona; and focus on primary election voters.
Blase acknowledges her movement is comprised of young although powerful voters. Blase sees the “enemy” as the anti-immigration crowd. She was once a Republican and has recently become a no party preference.
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