Despite all the racial turmoil going on in the great state of Arizona today, from SB1070, banning ethnic studies and teachers with accents from teaching English, to upcoming bills denying citizenship for US-born children, Arizona is making history as being home to the only US Senate race with a Latino running in the Democratic primary!
When Obama became president, there were a total of three Latinos in the US Senate. One resigned to become a member of Obama’s Cabinet as Secretary of Interior, the other one resigned after casting his final vote in favor of Sonia Sotomayor, the nation’s first Latina/o justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
That left just one Latino in the United States Senate, Robert Menendez from New Jersey.
In the 2010 US Senate election, Arizona’s Randy Parraz is the only Latino in all the Democratic primaries across the nation, and he is running against SB1070 supporter and militarization-of-the-border backer John McCain.
Randy Parraz was also in Tucson yesterday to speak to the Democrats of Greater Tucson, and his speech is the politico talk of the town! Within a couple of hours Randy Parraz’s speech was even being talked about up in Phoenix among politicos.
Luckily for those who couldn’t make it, your favorite writer at the TucsonCitizen.com was able to capture the entire event, which you can view below. If Randy Parraz wins, he would also single-handedly double the number of Latino US Senators.[tnivideo caption=”Randy Parraz speaks in Tucson” credit=”David Morales”]http://www.vimeo.com/12777267
Disclosure: Three Sonorans has volunteered for Randy Parraz and also financially donated to the Glassman campaign for US Senate.