A coalition of Latino organizations, including the Latino Action Network, the New Jersey Coalition of Latino Pastors and Ministers, and the Hispanic American Political Action Committee, are saying that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin “has never and will never support the Latino community.”
“The stark-contrast between Bob Menendez and Bob Hugin could not be clearer. Throughout the entirety of his career, Senator Bob Menendez has shown his unwavering commitment to our community, while Bob Hugin has aligned himself with the bigotry, hatred, and xenophobia spewed by Donald Trump,” the coalition said in a statement released today.
The coalition wants to link Hugin to Trump.
“Bob Hugin has proven to be no different than Donald Trump. When Donald Trump has gone against our community, Bob Hugin has been silent. When Donald Trump called Mexicans murderers and rapists, Bob Hugin donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to his campaign. When he unilaterally rescinded DACA and TPS, Bob Hugin stood by him. When Donald Trump threw paper towels to the people of Puerto Rico, Bob Hugin said nothing. Bob Hugin has never supported us and he sure won’t stand up for us in Congress,” They said.
The coalition consists of the Dominican American Council of NJ; Forum Latino Coalition; Latinos Transportation PAC; Latino American Democratic Association (LADA); Latino Action Network (LAN); Latino Democratic Leadership Alliance of Passaic County; NJ Coalition of Latino Pastors and Ministers; Hispanic American Political Action Committee; Colombian American Congress; Dover First; Peruvian American Coalition of New Jersey; Peruvian American Political Organization; Colombian Political Association; and the Latino Coalition for Dignity.
The groups also praised Menendez’s record.
“As a member of the ‘Gang of Eight’ in the Senate, Bob fought to pass compassionate, comprehensive immigration reform, and he has consistently stood up for Dreamers to give them the opportunity they deserve to stay in the only country they recognize as home,” the statement said. “From working to secure millions of dollars in federal funding for public education, fighting to provide millions of New Jerseyans with quality, affordable healthcare, and staunchly opposing the Trump Tax Bill that hurt working and middle class families, Bob Menendez has proven he’s on the right side of the issues for Hispanic Americans.