from the Washington Free Beacon:
Democrats Embrace Identity Politics Roadmap for Victory in Arizona Gov Race
A longtime Democratic operative in Arizona says he is disappointed that David Garcia, the frontrunner in his party’s gubernatorial primary, has embraced a strategy of using his race to court Latino voters in the state.
Mario E. Diaz, who led Democrat Janet Napolitano’s successful campaign to be Arizona’s governor in 2002 and remains a prominent political strategist in the state, says he’s not aligned with any candidate for governor, but thinks Garcia’s aim of using his last name to win over Latino voters is both “insulting” and a “losing strategy.” He says the strategy has been overtly clear.
“This is not a dog whistle, this has been a dog howl,” Diaz said. “They are making the Latino community feel compelled to vote for somebody with the last name Garcia, which to me is an insult to the Latino voter.”