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Governor Ritter Earns Major LatinoEndorsements
(Denver) Governor Bill Ritter’s campaign received a major boost today asdozens of prominent Latino community leaders endorsed his re-electioneffort. “Bill Ritter is a principled leader and a man of conviction” said StateSenator Abel Tapia from Pueblo, “He is the type of leader who does what hebelieves is the right thing to do – even if it isn’t easy politically.”Nearly 50 prominent members of the Latino community took part in today’sendorsement event, touting the Governor’s leadership on education, healthcare and the economy. “This governor continues to lead Colorado forwardeven during the worst economic downturn in generations,” said former statesenator and small-business owner Paul Sandoval, “Our unemployment rate iswell below the national average. We are ranked as one of the best states inthe nation in which to do business, and most experts believe Colorado ispoised to emerge from recession well ahead of the pack. That’s leadership.” Joe Salazar, former chair of the Colorado Latino Forum, contrasted Ritter’sleadership and track record against that of Congressman McInnis. “Bill Ritteris leading us forward – but Congressman McInnis wants to take us back to theold politics of George W. Bush and Tom Delay when lobbyists wrote the rulesand government put special interests ahead of real people. CongressmanMcInnis represents the kind of politics that got us into this mess in the firstplace.”Others said they were worried about McInnis’ debt to Tom Tancredo.“Congressman McInnis’ close ties to Tom Tancredo and Republican bigmoney spell danger for the Latino community. His willingness to cut deals forpolitical profit behind closed doors will harm us all,” said former StateSenator Polly Baca. The endorsement by so many prominent Latino community leaders this earlyin the campaign is significant. The Latino vote played a major role in recentstatewide elections and is seen as a critical coalition for candidates.