I suppose that when your political party publicly opposes creating opportunities for children of undocumented immigrants, while supporting draconian anti-immigration laws in Arizona, it makes sense that you wouldn’t be so keen to face a conference full of Latinos:
…when former Gov. Jeb Bush, former Sen. Norm Coleman and former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez open the first Hispanic Leadership Network conference next month in Miami, the only potential presidential candidate confirmed to attend — so far — is Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney declined the invite. So did South Dakota Sen. John Thune, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Texas Gov Rick Perry.
Newt Gingrich is “amenable” to attending but hasn’t committed yet, his spokesman said.
And others in the group, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, didn’t respond to inquiries from POLITICO.
Harry Reid survived his Senate re-election thanks in no small part to the Latino vote in Nevada, and poll after poll shows that more and more Latinos are leaving the Republican party. Now I’m no campaign strategist, but it seems to me that alienating the largest growing minority group in the country might not be the best way to win in 2012.