GOP Activist Leaving Party Over Herman Cain’s ‘Electric Fence’ Idea

GOP Activist Leaving Party Over Herman Cain’s ‘Electric Fence’ Idea

"Lauro Garza, 49, has been a Republican as long as he remembers, proudly casting his vote for Ronald Reagan in 1980 and sticking with the party ever since. But after hearing Herman Cain’s “joke” about killing illegal immigrants with an electric border fence, he’s seen enough. Garza is the Texas state director for Somos Republicans, an activist group whose stated mission is to bring Latino voters into the GOP fold. On Tuesday, he announced on the group’s website that he’s cut up his Texas GOP membership card (he posted a picture) and will identify as an independent from now on. ... Garza’s certainly no border security dove: a 25-year law enforcement veteran, he says he spent a two-year stint as a special agent for US Customs tracking drug smugglers from Mexico. And he repeatedly couched his complaints in the Constitutional arguments of the Tea Party, saying that he was upset that the GOP was increasingly trying to tackle immigration issues at the state level when the task is clearly delegated to the federal government."

TPM, Oct. 18, 2011.