Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion was recently named president of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials, and takes control at the organization’s annual convention in Orlando this weekend. This year’s convention will feature—in addition to Carrion’s ascension to his vaunted office—a Saturday debate of the major Democratic candidates for president, including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards. The Latino organization invited all the Republican candidates to come as well, but none of them accepted the invitation, despite the fact that the outgoing president of the organization is a Republican. All of which prompted Carrion to make the first of what is sure to be many, many official statements on behalf of Latino officeholders everywhere:
"It's outrageous that Republican candidates would ignore such a large and growing voting population. Not two years ago Republicans were banging at our doors and now for reasons unknown, they have decided to skip an extremely important event. These candidates have made a major miscalculation. Discounting this population will not go unnoticed."