Somos Republicans (based in Arizona) became the largest Hispanic Republican Grassroots organization in the country due to immigration advocacy and putting People before Party. It is also led by Latino leadership. Somos endorsed Newt Gingrich, but if Newt doesn’t become the GOP Primary winner in 2012 — then they are instructing their members to write in Ronald Reagan.
From NBC Latino:
A key factor in Tuesday’s primary and the larger Latino Republican landscape in Arizona is Somos Republicans. They were founded in 2009 in Arizona and have grown to over 6000 members with a concentration in the Southwest. Their main engine of growth came in the aftermath of the signing into law of Arizona S.B.1070. Somos Republicans opposed S.B. 1070 and continues to take a firm stance in opposition to anti-immigrant rhetoric and policy within the Republican Party. Their mission is to support humane immigration reform that conforms to a market economy, in other words, not the recent crop of anti-immigrant measures.
Somos Republicans continue to believe in general Republican principals but reject the anti-immigrant platform that has come to be identified with the Republican Party. In an effort to best balance these views, Somos Republicans have put forward a two-pronged strategy this primary season. First, endorsing Newt Gingrich, the candidate they perceive as having the least anti-immigrant platform. And second, actively campaign against Mitt Romney, the candidate they view as having the most anti-immigrant platform. In fact, their rejection of Romney is so strong that Somos Republicans have instructed their membership to write in Ronald Reagan for President if Romney wins the GOP nomination.
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