Politician Ted Cruz Accused of Not Being Latino Enough

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Texas Politician and Cuban-American Ted Cruz is getting criticism from those who accuse him of not being Latino enough to represent Texas Hispanics in Congress.

The Republican Texas Senator hopeful is going up against Democrat Paul Sadler, and while his father is Cuban and immigrated to the United States, many say his stance doesn't align with that of the average Texas Latino, reports the Huffington Post.

Gilbert Hinojosa, the Democratic party's state chairman, told the Houston Chronicle, "His last name may be Cruz, but there is nothing, not an ounce, about the way he thinks and the way he has led his life that in any way is similar to Hispanics in the state of Texas and all across America...Ted Cruz is as much Hispanic...as Tom Cruise."

Republican state Rep. Aaron Peña, who once identified as a Democrat, said that the remarks were "highly offensive" and a "base attempt to reach the ugliest part of our human nature, to despise people because of their racial and ethnic origins."

But some agree with Hinojosa, who believe the Cuban-American politician doesn't identify nor support the positions of the mainly Mexican-American liberals that make up Texas' Hispanic population. Cruz is backed by the Tea Party, opposes expanding Medicaid and opposes the DREAM Act. 

Polls show that around 90 percent of Latino voters support the DREAM Act, and 85 percent support a path to citizenship for the undocumented. 

Cruz is predicted to win the race, and in doing so he'll become the third Latino in the U.S. Senate, along with fellow Cuban-Americans Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) He may also be joined by Richard Carmona, in Arizona, who is in a dead heat with conservative Jeff Flake.

What do you think? Do you think it's ridiculous to call out Cruz for not being Hispanic enough, or do you think he represents our diverse community? Share in the comments!

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