Republicans in Orange County are now outnumbered by Democratic and third party affiliation, where Latinos make up about a quarter of the electorate. In light of that, comments like this one made by Lew Oliver, the Chairman of the Orange County Republican Executive Committee, certainly won't improve those numbers:
"The great grand irony of it all is that the massive predominantly Puerto Rican influx that has accounted for nearly all of this is the result of Puerto Ricans almost without exception fleeing Puerto Rico and other states whose economic opportunities have diminished. What do all those places have in common? Puerto Rico, Chicago, Illinois, New York? Democrat governments. You would think at least of few of them would figure that out. If you like a semi-socialist government where the highest aspiration is a nice secure government job, Puerto Rico is heaven on earth, PLUS nice weather! Sadly, it is also a terrible basket case. As is Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Illinois, New York and just about every other Democrat-controlled state and city in the country."
Wow. Another stellar GOP "outreach" tactic to woo the voters. If a particular minority won't vote for you, just insult them, and their heritage!
Something tells me those numbers in the Orange County Republican Party are about to diminish even further.
By the way, this trend -- Republicans falling into "third place" -- already has happened in four other counties, Osceola, Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach, according to the Dems.
Minority voters may merely be a laughing matter to the Florida GOP, but Democrats may get the last laugh in November.