- The Washington Times - Monday, August 17, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In her recent article (“A vote to remember,” Opinion, Aug. 7), Janet Murguia, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, wrote, “While [Sonia Sotomayor’s] confirmation to the Supreme Court is a proud and historic moment for Latinos everywhere, it is also a watershed moment for the Republican Party. It has the potential to define your relationship with our community.”

La Raza cares less about Latinos who do not share its political philosophy than those who do. Did La Raza support Miguel Estrada? Had he been confirmed to the Supreme Court, would it not have been a proud and historic moment for Latinos everywhere? Yes, except perhaps for Ms. Murguia and La Raza (of which Justice Sotomayor is a member and Mr. Estrada is not).

The Republican Party should define its relationship with the Hispanic community by continuing to espouse conservative principles, which I believe most Latinos share.

DAVID SLATTERY

Fredericksburg

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