Updated: 10:15 AM ET December 21, 2011
THE GOP'S HISPANIC SECRET WEAPON
(And It's Not Marco Rubio)
There is a Hispanic Republican who, as the Republican candidate for Vice President in 2012, would pave major inroads into the Hispanic American vote and help put the Republican ticket over the top. He's handsome, conservative and well spoken. He is fluent in Spanish and English. He could be the Republican's secret weapon. And he is not Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. Meet Luis Fortuno, Governor of Puerto Rico. He is experienced in Washington as Puerto Rico's non-voting member of Congress and leading a crusade to restore Puerto Rico - whose economy is suffering after years of bloated spending, high taxes and an expanding government sector under a line of previous Democratic Governors - to economic prosperity. Governor Fortuno has been on the frontline of cutting spending, hacking back business-killing overregulation and taking on the public employee unions and their rich benefits and compensation in a commonwealth where six in ten people work for the government. Fortuno is tall, handsome and articulate. He has been active in the National Republican Party and is a member of the Puerto Rican Statehood Party. Puerto Ricans are the fastest growing segment of the Latino community and Hispanic Americans are the largest growing sector of the American electorate. Hispanic Americans are increasingly dissatisfied with the Democrat Party. The GOP presidential nominee would be wise to consider a sitting Republican Governor who would bring charisma, star power and excitement to the campaign and launch a crusade to win Hispanic American votes based on shared conservative values on many issues. Luis Fortuno is that man.