Hispanic Caucus Rejects Latino Republican

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) on Thursday rejected Rep. Carlos Curbelo’s (R-Fla.) request to join the once-bipartisan group.

“After due consideration, the CHC determined not to accept Rep. Curbelo’s request to join the Caucus,” CHC spokesman Carlos Paz Jr. said in a statement after the group held a closed-door majority vote.

Curbelo appeared before the group in the morning to plead his case. His appearance was followed by deliberations that included several CHC members and ended with a meeting between Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), the group’s chairwoman, and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), it’s vice chairman.

“[Curbelo] made a presentation and it was a good presentation,” Lujan Grisham said after the vote.

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