Who is really behind the invitation of Republican Senator Ted Cruz visit to Cleveland?
While a group so called Hispanic/Latino Key Business Networking Group (apparently “Key” for KeyBank) invited the Cuban-American Republican for Texas Senator Ted Cruz to bring to Cleveland his anti-immigration reform views, his healthcare reform opposition and his extreme right wing Tea-Party ideology, more than 200 of Cleveland residents and leaders from the Mexican, African American, Chinese, Jewish, Puerto Rican, Nigerian, Lebanese, Colombian, Russian, Guatemalan, Israeli, French, Taiwanese, Palestinian, Bhutanese, Pakistani, Somali, Vietnamese, Ukrainian, Indian, Serbian, Paraguayan, Spanish and many other communities will hold an inaugural Multicultural Happy Hour at TOMO Sushi & Hibachi Restaurant & Lounge, on the same afternoon and just few blocks west from KeyCenter, to create a sense of community and commitment around support for national immigration law reform and local efforts to make Northeast Ohio cities more immigrant friendly.
The Houston Chronicle reports that Democrats like Gilbert Hinojosa, the party’s state chairman, continue to question Cruz’s “Hispanic credentials.” “His last name may be Cruz, but there is nothing, not an ounce, about the way he thinks and the way he has led his life that in any way is similar to Hispanics in the state of Texas and all across America … Ted Cruz is as much Hispanic … as Tom Cruise.”
Senator Ted Cruz “has an affinity for opposing, a yen for obstructing. He belonged to the minority of 22 senators who voted against the Violence Against Women Act, which passed with 78 votes. He also voted against suspending the debt ceiling for three months and against aid to victims of Hurricane Sandy. He has already flagged his disagreement with the immigration reform proposal by a bipartisan panel of senators. He has already indicated antipathy to the new push for meaningful gun control. During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” when he was twice asked about the broadly reviled National Rifle Association ad that brought the president’s daughters into the debate on guns, he more or less defended it.”
The invitation of Senator Ted Cruz to Cleveland and the involment of KeyBank, such important institution for our community, is extremely worrisome.
Below you can read the controlled and “not transferable invitation” sent to a select member of the community:
Please join the Hispanic/Latino Key Business Networking Group as we welcome the Honorable Rafael Edward (Ted) Cruz, United States Senator from Texas. Senator Cruz will speak briefly on issues of interest on: Thursday, February 21 at 4:00 PM at the KeyBank Tower, 127 Public Square.
Senator Cruz represents the state of Texas and is a graduate of Princeton University (B.A. 1992) and Harvard University (J.D. 1995). He served as a law clerk to Chief Justice of the United States William Renquist, and worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Policy Panning and the Federal Trade Commission. Before being elected, he served as Solicitor General of Texas. He attributes his commitment to public service to his family. His mother was born to a working - class family and she was the first to attend and graduate from college. His father fought in the Cuban revolution, was tortured and imprisoned before he escaped and moved to Texas where he completed college and began a business. Senator Cruz serves on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; the Committee on Armed Services; the Committee on the Judiciary; the Special Committee on Aging; and the Committee on Rules and Administration.
For registration and security reasons, please confirm your attendance by Wednesday, February 20 at 3 PM.When you confirm your participation please provide your exact name as it appears on your identification card. To gain access to to the event, you will begin your visit at the KeyBank Security desk , located in the southwest corner of the lobby. This invitation is not transferable.
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday as we welcome Senator Cruz to Cleveland.