New Mexico FBIHOP: BREAKING: C. de Baca Resigns

New Mexico FBIHOP (9/25/08)

BREAKING: C. de Baca Resigns

Fernando C. de Baca, the embattled Bernalillo County Republican Party Chairman, has resigned according to Peter St. Cyr of 770-KKOB and What’s the Word.

From his blog:

Embattled Bernalillo County Chairman Fernando C. De Baca has resigned. Nearly a week after making controversial remarks to a BBC reporter at the NM State Fair, the 70-year-old former White House staffer has decided to step aside.
Sources tells 770 KKOB Bernalillo County Party Treasurer Ryan Cangiolosi will take over as chariman [sic].

He compounded his error with audio from another BBC interview which aired on Santa Fe’s KSFR-FM station:

I feel strongly that Hispanics will not support, in my generation and the generation around my age, are not going to support the Democratic candidate for president primarily because there is a strong feeling that African Americans during the civil rights movement took advantage, full advantage, of all the benefits and programs that the government offered, that were supposed to be offered to all minorities. But we were left behind, we were left sucking air, and we resented that ever since the 60s, and I don’t see how a black president is going to change that.

One Response

  1. Good riddance Fernando. He also said, “the truth is, Hispanics came here as conquerors…African Americans came here as slaves. Hispanics consider themselves above blacks. They won’t vote for a black president” (

    For those who don’t know about the racial politics in NM, the term Hispanic carries a different meaning than in other states. There are people there who are proud of the roots they can trace back to Spain and for some, bolster their ethnic pride by stepping all over “those that have been conquered.” One can see this play out in local politics–from debates on the naming of university buildings after former, brutal conquistadors (some celebrate them fiercely) and to debates on what kind of statue stands in front of the Museum of Art (native American or conquistador). So C. de Baca is representative of some crusty, backwards folks there who really do think they are above black folks and folks from the pueblos. He probably does not ever talk to folks who have a different identity as a Latino/a or Chicano(a). He probably gets offended when people suggest naming Onate Hall at UNM something else. I’m just glad he said what he did, so people can see him for what he his.

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