Yesterday, Mark Krikorian posted the following on The Corner:
Not to be outdone by Arlen Specter, Lindsey Graham has become the latest pro-amnesty Republican senator to be feted by a left-wing, post-American racial identity group; he will be honored by the National Council of La Raza at a gala next month. More on La Raza here. Maybe I should start a pool to see who will be the next pro-amnesty Republican senator to accept an award from leftist open-borders advocates — maybe John McCain and Soros’s Open Society Institute? Mel Martinez and the Southern Poverty Law Center? Or maybe Sam Brownback and the National Lawyers Guild? Such bipartisanship!
Now, immigration is not my issue, but I do think La Raza is a bit much. And I also think–based on a 1999 press release–that at least one of the GOP heavyweights Krikorian mentions has already been honored:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 1999 Lisa Navarrete
John P. Ximenes
SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN AND HOUSE MINORITY LEADER RICHARD GEPHARDT TO BE HONORED AT 1999 NCLR CAPITAL AWARDS
Washington, D.C. – The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) – the nation’s largest constituency-based Hispanic organization – will honor two members of Congress for their staunch support of the Hispanic community at its tenth annual Capital Awards, formerly known as the Congressional Awards, on Tuesday, March 2, 1999. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-MO) will be recognized for their work on civil rights, immigration, education, and other issue areas affecting Latinos, at a gala event to take place at the National Building Museum, 401 F Street, N.W., beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Soledad O’Brian, an MSNBC news anchor, and Nestor Carbonell, co-star of the NBC comedy, Suddenly Susan, will serve as co-emcees. Florenzia Lozano, from the ABC daytime television program One Life to Live, and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Lucille Roybal-Allard will be the award presenters. Mezzo-soprano Susanna Guzman and Broadway performer Perry Laylon Ojeda will perform to an expected audience of 1000, representing the public, corporate, and nonprofit sectors.
“It is a great pleasure and honor for NCLR to recognize Senator John McCain, a longtime friend of the Hispanic community. Throughout his tenure in both the House and
Senate, John McCain has been a strong voice for compassion, fairness, and inclusion in his party,” noted Raul Yzaguirre, NCLR President.
“During the past few years Representative Richard Gephardt has brought Latino issues to the forefront of the House minority leadership’s agenda. He has gone out of his way to be a leader who is both knowledgeable about the Latino perspective and inclusive of the Latino community,” continued Yzaguirre.
The 1999 Capital Awards is hosted by Frito-Lay, Inc., Fannie Mae Foundation, and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). For tickets and table information, please contact John P. Ximenes, NCLR Marketing & Promotions, at (202) 776-1709.