LatinaLista — It's no big secret that a lot of Latinos like Senator John McCain. In fact, rumor has it that some Latinos will actually switch parties to vote for the Arizona senator if their candidate of choice isn't selected as the Democratic presidential nominee.
Sen. John McCain
Latinos like McCain's military service and the fact that McCain's own son is serving in Iraq. With so many Latino families in his same shoes, it's no wonder they feel a kindred spirit with the man.
McCain's efforts to try and get Congress to reform the immigration issue did not go unnoticed either. Regardless of how imperfect the proposed legislation was, it was more than what most members of Congress have done.
The fact that he's from a border state and is intimately familiar with the Latino culture doesn't hurt either.
So why isn't McCain reaching out to Latinos, especially if he's been invited?
Last fall, Latina Lista invited the presidential candidates of both parties to blog at Latina Lista. To date, all the major Democratic candidates accepted the invitation. Of the Republican candidates, only Mitt Romney accepted.
When it became clear that Sen. McCain was the Republican nominee for President, the invitation was extended again to him â€¦and again, and again. Latina Lista has been trying to get Sen. McCain to post a guest blog for several months now. An email to the person handling his press queries told Latina Lista that the request had been forwarded.
No word yet as to whether or not Sen. McCain will accept.
Is it because the immigration issue is too highly connected with Latinos? McCain even admitted in August that his stand on illegal immigration angered a lot of people to the point he received death threats.
"It is unbelievable how this has inflamed the passions of the American people," the Arizona senator said in remarks at The Aspen Institute, a public policy forum. In an interview, he declined to elaborate on the threats he had received.
But you don't ignore one segment of the population to appease another.
And the Republican Party wonders why it might be hard to attract more Latino voters to their side.
It's one thing to be ignored. It's another to act like we don't exist.
A simple acknowledgement can work wonders.