Luis Gutiérrez and Chuy García Team Up to Help Latino Candidates
Outgoing Congressman Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) and his successor, Democratic Congressman-elect Jesús “Chuy” García, have teamed up to launch the Latino Leadership Council, a new PAC to help Latinx candidates and highlight issues important to the Latinx community. The pair said that the PAC will raise money and use it to back political candidates who will tackle problems such as immigration, neighborhood gentrification, and income inequality. “We want to create opportunities for people, both in politics and business, by making sure everybody knows the buying power of Hispanics, the entrepreneurial spirit of Hispanics, and that Hispanic representation matches that, which hasn’t always been the case,” Gutiérrez said. García said the Council was a result of discussions about how to build on Latinx turnout in the midterms. “We need to take advantage of this enthusiasm,” he said. “What we lack in the community, and what we hope to instill, is a culture of giving, to candidates, potentially to ballot initiatives that are important to the Hispanic community.” More here.