— by Igor Volsky, Think Progress
Last week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett brushed away a question about Latinos working in his administration during a round-table discussion at The Union League in Philadelphia, telling the moderator, “If you can find us one let me know.”
At the same event, Corbett said:
I represent every one of you. I’ve been elected by the people of Pennsylvania to make it better than I found it. We need to be able to develop a stronger relationship with all communities…. we’re in the process now of getting much more connected with everybody, that we did not have before.
More after the jump.
|Open Letter to Governor Tom Corbett from Pedro Rodriguez, Lorenzo Canizares and Michael Morrill of Keystone Progress
When you told Al Día that you didn’t have any Latinos on your staff, you added, “If you can find us one, please let me know.”
There are more than than 750,000 Latinos in PA. That’s more than 6% of the population. Here are some ideas on how you can find some of your Latino neighbors:
If you need more ideas, please contact me.
Last year, Corbett proclaimed September 15 to October 15 as “Hispanic Heritage month,” noting, “I commend the many social and economic contributions of Latino-Hispanics in our state and celebrate the rich and diverse culture of Pennsylvania’s fasting growing minority group.”
Corbett said and noted that Pennsylvania’s 800,000 Latino residents represent approximately 6.8% of the overall population. A 2008 survey found that the Harrisburg-Carlisle metropolitan region “is home to more than 18,000 people of Hispanic or Latino origin,” one third of whom live in the city of Harrisburg. The city is also home to the Latino Hispanic American Community Center.
Corbett has established a commission of Latino affairs, which his website describes as “the Commonwealth’s advocate agency for its Latino community:”
The GACLA makes recommendations to the Governor on policies, procedures and legislation that would affect the Latino community in Pennsylvania and serves as the Governor’s liaison to Latinos in order to ensure that state government is accessible and accountable to the Latino community.