On Friday, a BBC blogger published comments from Fernando C. de Baca, chairman of Bernalillo County Republicans in New Mexico, on why Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will do well in that state:
The truth is that Hispanics came here as conquerors. African-Americans came here as slaves. Hispanics consider themselves above blacks. They won’t vote for a black president.
C. de Baca’s comments set off a firestorm of intense criticism, including from other state Republicans. Even the McCain campaign said that the remarks were “extremely offensive and insulting.” Watch a local report on KOAT in Albuquerque, which aired yesterday:
C. de Baca has tried to claim that the BBC blogger took his comments “totally out of context.” However, in another recent interview obtained by the New Mexico Independent, C. de Baca said African-Americans “took advantage” of government programs during the civil rights movement, while Hispanics were “left sucking air.”