Expanded campaign to hold GOP candidates accountable for their extremist “friends” expands to an additional Hispanic candidate in battleground races: Yesli Vega (VA-07)
Visit campaign website in English and Spanish at: https://showmeyourfriends.org/
Washington, DC – Today, America’s Voice expanded its bilingual campaign, “Show Me Your Friends,” to add four additional Latino candidates in battleground races to the campaign including Yesli Vega (VA-07), along with Lori Chavez-DeRemer (OR-05), Carlos Giménez (FL-28) and Maria Elvira Salazar (FL-27). These races will be key in deciding who controls the House, but this GOP candidate has remained silent as their Republican friends and colleagues have lied about the 2020 election, echoed the same conspiracy theories that inspired domestic terrorists who committed massacres in cities like Buffalo, El Paso and Pittsburgh and promoted extreme, harmful policies such as blocking legislative solutions for Dreamers.
In this election cycle, Republicans are trying to walk an impossibly thin line between making appeals to Latino voters while simultaneously embracing white nationalist conspiracy theories that have inspired hate-filled mass violence and promoting anti-immigrant policies that are disproportionately harmful for Latinos across the nation. Exposing this contradiction and holding Republican candidates accountable for the extremism that many in the GOP have embraced is the driving idea behind the campaign. There’s a wise saying in Spanish, “Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres” – “show me your friends and I’ll show you who you are” – that is the campaign’s inspiration.
The campaign launched in June, targeting the six battleground districts and GOP candidates along the southern border in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, and later expanded to include five GOP candidates and representatives in Latino-heavy districts in California. The campaign is asking the featured candidates to refute, reject and denounce the extremism of those in their party who promote extremism and dangerous lies.
According to Zachary Mueller, Political Director of America’s Voice:
A vote for a Republican House candidate means the voter gets all of the GOP in all of its extremism. In fact, the first vote every member takes is for the Speaker. So a vote for a Republican means a vote for Kevin McCarthy, who has vowed to block legislative solutions for Dreamers and any form of legal status for immigrants if he is Speaker. It also means putting the likes of Marjorie Taylor Greene, who openly peddles deadly white nationalist talking points, in power. Candidates should publicly refute these dangerous ideas and their would-be constituents should know about the type of friends they keep and will empower if they get the chance
- Visit the Dime Con Quién Andas/Show Me Your Friends website with content available in both English and Spanish: https://showmeyourfriends.org/
- Watch the explanatory video about the campaign HERE
- Watch the individual videos highlighting the new Republican candidate in the campaign, Yesli Vega (VA-07)