Tuesday, April 19, 2011

EL lloron de Boehner passes on traditional Cinco de Mayo celebration

Boehner fights off Cinco de Mayo celebration easier than he fights off tears

It looks like the Republicans are going to punt on making any positive gestures towards the Hispanic caucus in the US House. The Speaker of the House's office notified the Hispanic Caucus that the GOP leader will not be hosting any Cinco de Mayo events and will instead break with recent tradition.

The Huffington Post reported today:
An aide to Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-Texas), who chairs the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said his group got a formal response from Boehner’s office Monday saying the speaker won’t be putting on the event.
“The letter didn’t really answer our question of, ‘Will you host one?’" said Gonzalez spokeswoman Patricia Park. "It was more a response like, ‘That’s a good idea. You should host something.'”

Gonzalez is currently talking with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute about the possibility of hosting a reception with them, added Park, since “the speaker pretty much handed off the responsibility.”


  1. That picture seems to be making the rounds through the blogosphere.

    It's unfortunate that Boner won't plan anything for Cinco de Mayo. It's not really something that Mexicans look forward to; I think El 16 de Septiembre is more significant.

    But the gesture would've been nice.

  2. I lived in San antonio for 12 years and Cinco de Mayo was always a big deal and a great excuse to throw a party. Here on the border you wouldn't even know it exists. If it had not been for the defeat of the French Army by Mexico the American Civil War may have turned out differently... scary!! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinco_de_Mayo

  3. I agree, it's not a big holiday around here but the point is that Boehner thinks that it may to many of us and so he dismisses it, as they say in the vernacular. He should give it a try. I think there's even a brand of Jalapeno named after him- El LLoron brand.