The Politics of Politics

Juan Ciscomani makes his play in Arizona as Republicans look to expand their Hispanic ranks

The last time I wrote a blog post was in November of 2008 when, according to the Arizona Secretary of State, my cousin Juan had filed to run for the State Senate. He’d filed just one month after my family’s family members in Mexico had fled during a bloody revolution and he had been running for the Arizona Senate since then. I wondered, with some skepticism, if I could make the jump from a blogger to a political candidate. I hadn’t been elected to anything yet and I had no experience with political campaigns.

I had hoped that by writing about Juan I could help get more Latinos involved in politics, but I figured I could have helped him by just making sure his campaign had a good website. It never occurred to me that the fact that Juan was a cousin would actually help me and that as a blogger I would be able to offer insights into the world of politics that would be helpful if I was actually elected.

I have been blessed that way. As it turns out, some of the information I learned while writing about Juan helped me on the campaign trail. Some of it, in fact, helped change the political landscape in Arizona in ways that I couldn’t have predicted. If you haven’t yet been introduced to my good friend, David Garcia, then I’ll tell you a few things. He is a brilliant young man. When he graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in economics in 2009, he became the first Hispanic student ever to do so in the history of the University. And he is running for Congress this year.

That’s why Juan Ciscomani is our featured blogger this week. He is also the son of my good friend, David, but he didn’t make it to class that day at the University to meet his classmates and the world of politics. Juan Ciscomani was born in Mexico. When you give birth to a baby, you are no longer a citizen of the United States, and that includes the right to vote here in Arizona. That is why Juan C

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