With less than two weeks until the midterms, one GOP-linked group is urging Hispanic voters not to cast a ballot this election.
"It's about making people accountable for their promises," said President of Latinos for Reform Robert de Posada in an interview with Msnbc's Lawrence O'Donnell. De Posada, a conservative consultant, said Democrats should "pay for their mistakes."
"Right now we're trying to make sure that people start respecting the Latino voters and people stop taking us for granted and telling us we have no option but to vote for the people who are promising everything every years and then ignoring us," he said. "[Sen. John McCain] started to act irresponsibly like most of the Republican Party" in regards to immigration reform. "At the same time we cannot just focus on the irresponsibility of the Republicans when the Democrats have had full control of Congress."
De Posada denies he is part of some Republican scam to suppress the Latino voters. He sent us his official resume for the record.
Talking Points Memo reports, "In 1994, according to de Posada, he helped create the Hispanic Business Roundtable, which later became the Latino Coalition, where he was president until 2007. He served as co-director with Dick Armey on Americans for Border and Economic Security, on George W. Bush's Social Security Commission, and as director of Hispanic affairs at the Republican National Committee until becoming disgruntled with the GOP and settling into conservative advocacy. He founded Latinos for Reform during the 2008 campaign."
And according to NPR, de Posada "has served in the leadership of the Hispanic Business Roundtable and The Latino Coalition, and was formerly director of Hispanic affairs for the Republican National Committee. In 2001, President Bush appointed de Posada to a commission to advance the administration's plan for privatizing Social Security."
The English-version of the controversial ad says, "Don't vote this November. This is the only way to send them a clear message. You can no longer take us for granted." There is a difference between the English and Spanish ads. The English version singles out Democrats while the Spanish version says all politicians have betrayed Hispanic voters.
Nevada Senator Harry Reid called the "Note Vote" ads "unpatriotic," saying that the stakes are too high in this election for anyone to sit out.
Univision released a statement today, saying the network will not be running any spots from Latinos for Reform related to voting.
Latinos make up roughly one-fourth of Nevada's population, which is enough to determine the outcome on November 2.
ENGLISH VERSION OF "NO VOTE" AD
SPANISH VERSION OF "NO VOTE AD: