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How Is NOM Drumming Up Latino Support For Carly Fiorina? By Lying Latinos About What They Think

In addition to parading around bigoted famous actresses on its Latino bus tour, how else is the National Organization drumming up support for Carly Fiorina’s Senate bid? By reminding Spanish-speaking voters incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer supports same-sex marriage — which, supposedly, Latinos don’t.

Released online ahead of today’s television debut, the ad says (in English):

Our values make our people special.
Work. Family. Children.
Barbara Boxer doesn’t share our values.
She supports abortion and homosexual marriage…
…and voted against immigration reform to permit our people to come here legally to work.
We’ve had enough of her talk.
Carly Fiorina for US Senate. Our values. Our senator.

Except, as is typical of NOM’s messaging, it’s filled with blatant lies. Like marriage discrimination supposedly being among California Latinos’ “values.” Relays Hispanic LA:

NOM’s ad is based on the false premise that because the majority of Latinos identify as Catholic and Christian, they oppose civil marriage rights for same-sex couples by default. Yet we know that Catholic Latinos are among the most supportive groups of the freedom to marry. In fact, in July, the Public Religion Research Institute released poll findings that show 57 percent of Catholic Latinos are supportive of the right for same-sex couples to marry. Furthermore, the California Field Poll published in June also found that a majority of Latinos in California support the right for same-sex couples to marry. The misleading ad is not simply problematic because of the anti-gay messaging, but also because it attempts to scare Latinos away from supporting Senator Boxer by lying about her stance on immigration.


While the ad fabricates the notion that Boxer is not supportive of immigrant rights, the reality is that Carly Fiorina poses a huge threat to immigrants and Latinos. Fiorina has publicly expressed her support for Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, SB 1070, which legalizes racial profiling and burdens local governments with the responsibility of criminalizing undocumented people (see video at the end of this post).

Yet conversely, Senator Boxer continues supporting legislation that promotes the basic rights of immigrants, including the Uniting American Families Act, which seeks to eliminate barriers for bi-national same-sex couples, as well as the federal DREAM Act, which she co-sponsored and would allow a path to citizenship for undocumented students.

In a debate last month, Fiorina and Boxer debated the issue, giving Fiorina the chance to secure her name in history’s list of bigots: