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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 07:56 PM
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Democrat won't name senator she says made rerogatory (sic) remark
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By W. Gardner Selby
Express-News Austin Bureau

Web Posted : 10/07/2003 6:10 PM

AUSTIN - Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio says a Republican senator last month privately used racially charged language, telling her that if Democratic senators were "going to act like Mexicans, you will be treated like Mexicans."
Van de Putte, who chairs the 12-member Senate Democratic Caucus, said she took the remark as meaning that "if we speak up, we're going to be punished, the same thing that happened to us in grade school, the same thing that happened to me in college. I thought we were beyond those days."

Two fellow Democrats who Van de Putte said were there could not recall the comment when asked about it today.
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She refused to identify the Republican senator or four other GOP senators she said were also present, saying that would violate a Senate tradition of confidentiality covering conversations in the lounge off the Senate floor, where she said the remark was made.
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http://news.mysanantonio.com/story.cfm?xla=saen&xlb=184...

The confidentiality of the Senate lounge possibly explains why Madla denied knowing about the incident even though he was standing right there. But then, Madla is a weasel anyway. But, he's our Democrat weasel.

Just a little insight into the world of white male dominance in the state of Texas.
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in_cog_ni_to Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 08:03 PM
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1. She should name names!
Enough of this play fair, by the rules...tradition of confidentiality bullshit. I'm sorry. The Democrats need to start playing dirty....just like the Repukes do.
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snippy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 08:37 PM
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2. "you will be treated like Mexicans." How very republican.
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jburton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 08:42 PM
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3. Van de Putte will speak up, won't she?
She was the leader of the senate delegation to New Mexico. I don't see her falling on her sword to keep in good graces with the Repukes.

The Repukes aren't giving an inch to the Dems. All hopes of cooperation are GONE. Refusing to name a name because of some decorum tradition is outdated bullshit. She should know this the most.
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karlschneider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 08:44 PM
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4. I can see why the "senator" may have said that...
I've spent quite a lot of time in Mexico and most of them "act" like
Democrats. IOW, they're friendly, tolerant, polite, accomodating, fair,
reasonable, kind, generous and gracious. All the evil qualities Repugs despise. Ho.

Come, we drink tequila.
;-)
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kainah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:13 PM
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5. and they believe in COMMUNITY! shudder, shudder
I appreciate your humor, karlschneider, because this has a very threatening overtone and it inserted the psychic chill in me that was intended. Thanks for helping me shake that off.

This kind of veiled threat makes me very, very scared for this world.
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mumon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:16 PM
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6. How do you act like a Mexican?
Geez, what jerks!
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:21 PM
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7. Work your butt off.
That's how to act like a Mexican.
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BQueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 02:19 AM
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8. and then, stop putting up which their crap...
and organize against them.
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