Sandoval ended up winning the election with 53 percent of the votes, and the Democratic contender, son of the powerful U.S. Senator and Majority Leader Harry Reid, only scored 41 percent of the votes.
This election is different; Sandoval is not running against a member of a powerful Nevada family name and he is also an incumbent; so, as always the Latin Chamber of Commerce goes with the incumbent and the most likely-to-win candidate.
What those former prominent generous members and friends of the Latin Chamber of Commerce may not have known is that the organization they had helped and supported is in debt to Senator Reid and that could not be ignored.
The Latin Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 endorsement of Rory Reid proved two things that the Las Vegas Tribune had been saying all along and no one wanted to listen or believe: the Latino vote is very much unpredictable and does not follow anyone’s ideas or suggestions as far as voting is concerned.
We were not surprised to see the candidates selection of the Latin Chamber of Commerce because the organization always tries to jump on the winning wagon.
The Latin Chamber of Commerce cannot endorse or get involved in any political issues due to their non-profit status, so a few years back the group created a political arm and founded Hispanics in Politics to deal with issues that legally they may not be able to address, but later lost control of the organization when the group clashed with the ideas and modus operandi of the Chamber.
Now the Latin Chamber of Commerce is trying one more time to indirectly participate in the political process of our state and formed a Political Action Committee (PAC) and the group has recently announced its first campaign endorsement.
There is no secret about this political move by the Latin Chamber of Commerce; in a press release they openly explained that “BizPAC is a Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce political action committee,” and
they went on to announce their endorsements of all the alleged “anointed” candidates for the 2014 General Election.
Brian Ayala, the Chairman of the new Political Action Committee (BizPAC), is also a member of the Latin Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, proving that there is no hidden agenda.
However, not all the endorsees are favorable to the Latino community of Clark County — in fact, the endorsement of Sheriff candidate Joseph Lombardo could be a disaster to the Latinos living in Las Vegas, but
the BizPAC chooses him because he is the anointed one to inherit the position and is the one that has collected more than a million dollars from the gaming industry.
We believe that Sheriff candidate Larry Burns will work better with the Latino community and will be more fair to the Latino issues than BizPAC’s choice for that position, and some members of the Latin Chamber of Commerce agree with this newspaper. Just last week two members of the Latin Chamber of Commerce visited the Las Vegas Tribune office and openly told the newspaper that their choice for Sheriff is Larry Burns.
Playing politics with such a delicate matter as the safety and security of the Latino residents in Clark County is not the best thing to do in a crisis moment such as the country is experiencing at the present time, when people are not sure what side to take or who to listen to.
We are not touching the Sandoval race because we do not see — as the mainstream media would likely say—another real viable candidate in that race; Lucy Flores for Lieutenant Governor? Please.
We have already predicted many times that Sandoval will not finish his term, as usual, and will run for a federal office, thereby putting Lucy Flores in the Governor’s mansion without any experience or background in leadership; is that what the Latin Chamber of Commerce wants for our community and our State?
With the exception of only six Republican candidates, the Latin Chamber of Commerce political arm endorsed all Democrats across the board, putting themselves on the same level as Local 226 of the Culinary Union and several other labor unions, making it obvious that they still want to please their Democrat Idol, Senator Harry Reid, and bow to his orders and commands. What a shame on the Latino community!