The state GOP has chosen Sergio Garcia as the party’s political director and deputy executive director. Garcia, who lives in Corrales, has lengthy political experience, according to a release from the party.
Among other things, Garcia was a member in 2004 of the Republican National Committee’s Bush-Cheney 72-hour legal task force. In 2000, he was appointed southern California’s Hispanic grassroots director for the Bush-Cheney campaign. Eight years before that, Garcia worked at the RNC's college Republican grassroots coordinator for southern California.
Garcia, a native Spanish speaker, also worked in Nicaragua as the country director for the International Republican Institute, according to the release.
While there, "he supported 147 mayoral candidates in their bids to thwart an authoritarian regime led by Dictator Daniel Ortega."
Garcia also worked at the U.S. Department of State, where he was deputy political counselor at the Bureau for Western Hemisphere Affairs. He also worked for the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs as asenior policy advisor for Latin America and Multilateral Affairs.
"Mr. Garcia’s impressive background is complemented by his deep commitment to working within the Hispanic community," GOP chairman Harvey Yates said in a statement. “This experience will be a significant asset as Republicans look forward to 2010.”
The hire could be seen as putting the Democrats on notice that the GOP is serious about reaching out to Hispanic voters in the coming elections.