DNC Chair Tom Perez to Speak at ‘Is Texas Turning Purple?’ Election Panel Co-Sponsored by the Mexican Govt

Tom Perez, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is scheduled to appear this Friday at a Texas election panel in Austin, Texas co-sponsored by the Mexican government.

The panel titled, Post-Midterms: Is Texas Turning Purple?, is co-sponsored by CasaMexico, a promotional group set up the Mexican government for the annual SXSW festival, as well as the Mexican Consul General in Austin. Perez described the discussion as a talk “about Democrats winning in the Lone Star State.”

Sharing the panel with Perez is Daniel Garza, the president of The Libre Initiative, a ” non-partisan, non-profit grassroots organization that advances the principles and values of economic freedom to empower the U.S. Hispanic community so it can thrive and contribute to a more prosperous America”; and Matt Barreto, co-founder and managing partner of Latino Decisions. Latino Decisions brags on its website that Barreto and co-founder Gary Segura were hired in 2015 by Hillary Clinton’s campaign: “In 2015, Barreto and Segura were hired by the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign to run polling and focus groups on Latino voters.”


The pro-DACAanti-socialist Garza appears to be the balance on the panel.

The website for CasaMexico is based in Mexico:


The description for the panel at Eventbrite:

The lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections sparked an energy and excitement among Texas voters across the political spectrum. While some would argue that the energy surrounding Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s campaign was not enough to overtake Senator Cruz, it did lead to a surge in voters that helped secure key seats for Democrats across the state. Among the big winners were Representatives Silvia Garcia and Veronica Escobar, the first Latinas elected to the U.S. Congress from the state of Texas, and beyond Austin, we are seeing more and more urban areas of the state turning blue – among them Houston, San Antonio and Dallas. As everyone is starting to gear up for the 2020 presidential elections, what does this mean for Texas? Will the energy among the state’s progressive voters hold and maintain the shift toward a more purple state?

The organizer is The Raben Group, a progressive consulting firm, which brought in groups in its orbit as co-sponsors: Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino (repped by the Raben Group) and the March on Washington Film Festival (founded by Robert Raben of the Raben Group)–along with the Mexican government.

The Raben Group ‘about‘ on Twitter reads: “Founded by , we are a progressive public affairs firm w/deep roots in advocacy & communications.  &  DC, NYC, LA, ELP”


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