Romney unveils Virginia Hispanic leadership team


Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, greets attendees at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials conference in Orlando, Fla., Thursday. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

The presumptive Republican nominee recently unveiled his national Hispanic Steering Committee, “Juntos Con Romney,” which translates to “Together with Romney.” Friday’s announcement named local “Juntos” leadership in Virginia, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.

Named to the Virginia panel were: Victor Cabral; Sergio De La Peña; Aleyda Kasten; Tito Muñoz; Genaro Pedroarias; and Danny Vargas.

“I am honored and humbled by the overwhelming support our campaign has received from Hispanics across the country,” Romney said in a prepared statement. “These state leadership teams will play a key role in making sure Hispanic voters know that they have an alternative come November. The Hispanic community has felt first-hand the devastating effects of President Obama’s failed economic policies and broken immigration promises. Hispanic voters should know that I will work long and hard to earn their trust and vote. And, when I am elected president, I intend to keep all the promises I have made to them.”
Obama has enjoyed a substantial advantage with Latinos, leading Romney 61 percent to 27 percent among Hispanic voters last month in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll. But Romney has been actively courting Hispanics.

Laura Vozzella covers Virginia politics for The Washington Post.

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