Today, Mitt Romney announced his “Juntos Con Romney” leadership teams in 15 states, including Coloradans Sal Gomez, Christine Mastin, Jerry Natividad and Lilly Nunez. With Hispanic unemployment rising from 10.3% to 11% in May, the Hispanic community certainly can't be pleased with Obama's leadership. Here are the four folks who will help lead Romney's effort at reaching out to the fastest growing community in Colorado:
Sal Gomez is the owner of Source One Management. He also founded the National Business Information Clearinghouse (NBIC) in 2005 and was a co-founder of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Gomez served on staff at the Reagan White House, as well as the Reagan-Bush Transition Team. He also served on the staffs of former Kansas Governors Bob Bennett and John Carlin.
Jerry Natividad is the founder and CEO of American Facility Services Group, and has served on the boards of Colorado Republican Hispanic Assembly, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. A graduate of the University of Denver, Mr. Natividad also serves on Mitt Romney's National Hispanic Steering Committee.
Lilly Nuñez has worked for Sen. Bill Armstrong, as well as a Special Assistant to the Regional Administrator and the Acting Regional Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Nunez also has served as the Republican National Committeewoman from Colorado, Secretary of the Colorado Republican Party, and the State Chairman of the National Hispanic Assembly, among other roles.
Christine Mastin is the founding partner of law firm Mastin, Hoffman & Crews PC. She was the Republican candidate for State House District 3 in 2010 and currently serves as the Treasurer of the Colorado Republican Party. She was named one of Denver’s “40 under 40” by the Denver Business Journal, and a “Rising Star” by SuperLawyers (in 5280 Magazine).
Mastin, whose mother and grandmother immigrated to the United States from Chile, described the disappointment the Hispanic community has with President Obama’s lack of leadership on immigration reform:
“We had high hopes for President Obama, but he did not meet his campaign promises on immigration reform. We need long-term solutions that will reunite Hispanic families; the last thing we need is last-minute, politically-motivated, and temporary measures from a President who has not delivered for our community."
Obama’s challenges with (and resulting pandering to) the Hispanic community have been widely-publicized. With the importance the Hispanic community places on business ownership and the way Obama has paralyzed the small business community, Mitt Romney has a chance at making some serious inroads.