As part of his effort to expand his party's base, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is meeting with Hispanic community leaders in Santa Ana this morning.
A press announcement for the 10:30 a.m. event calls the affair “a listening session” for Priebus, who is meeting with Hispanic 100 Chairman Mario Rodrigue and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Rosario Marin at The Green Parrot Villa on Main Street.
“The listening session is part of an ongoing effort by the Republican National Committee to engage with different communities across the country to help grow and expand the GOP,” the statement states.
Orange County Republican Party boss Scott Baugh has previously told the Weekly that he plans to expand efforts to recruit Latino candidates and activists into the local party, where occasional signs of embarrassing bigotry flare.
One big, obnoxious problem Priebus and Baugh have is Dana Rohrabacher, Orange County's senior, career politician and a man who stakes out absurd positions on immigration.
For example, Rohrabacher called for self-deportation before last year's Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney advocated the laughable idea.
But Rohrabacher's version was to force Mexicans into self-deporting by backing a new federal law that would ban hospital emergency room doctors from treating dying or seriously wounded patients who couldn't prove citizenship.
In the Costa Mesa Republican's mind, a pile of dead brown skin people outside of hospital doors would serve as proper notice that Mexicans should go home.