|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.”