Independent Journal Review: His Parents Were Cuban Exiles — But the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Still Denied Him Membership

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Washington, D.C., November 16, 2017 | comments

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) was elected to serve Florida's 26th District in 2014 and easily won re-election in 2016. The son of Cuban exiles, Curbelo was born and raised in Miami.

Curbelo, not surprisingly, petitioned for acceptance into the Congressional Hispanic Caucus — but he hit an unsuspected roadblock:

The CHC spokesperson explained the move:

After due consideration, the CHC determined not to accept Rep. Curbelo's request to join the Caucus. The CHC isn't just an organization for Hispanics; it is a Caucus that represents certain values. This vote reflects the position of many of our members that Rep. Curbelo and his record are not consistent with those values.

But Curbelo, a moderate Republican who after just three years in Congress was ranked the 11th-most bipartisan member, seems like he should have been a good fit:


“Since I first came to Washington, bipartisanship has always been an essential part of my legislative strategy,” said Curbelo. “From introducing bills to grant legal permanent residency to Venezuelan refugees and reforming assistance programs for Cubans‎ arriving in the U.S., to protecting our coastal communities from foreign oil spills and launching the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, I've worked hard with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to build support behind issues that are important to our community.”


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