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Spotlighting LegisHaters.

September 13, 2017

What is a legisHater? It’s an elected official whose campaign and governing strategy is solely based upon identity politics. One example is Representative Luis V. Gutierrez.  Currently he is in the news for calling White House Chief of Staff Kelly a white supremacist and a disgrace to his uniform.

So who is Luis Vicente Gutierrez, aside from being one of a growing number of legisHaters running for re-election next year?

Representative Gutierrez represents the 4th Congressional District of Illinois, sometimes  known as the “earmuff” or “horseshoe” district for its geographical configuration.

Through some creative gerrymandering, the vast majority (65%) of his district is comprised of some form of Latino/Hispanic ethnicity. He has served since 1993 and is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and is the Chair for the Democratic Hispanic Caucus.

A former community activist of Puerto Rican descent, and Chicago city councilman (26th Ward),  he has sponsored or co-sponsored a number of bills mostly specific to benefitting his constituency. Five of those have passed, although none passed in the 114th Congress, the last year for which complete figures are available.

He apparently satisfies his constituency , since he has represented them for 24 years. He has never served in the military, making it unlikely that he is an expert on what would or would not dishonor the uniform.

Most important of all, he is up for re-election in 2018, which may explain his recent racially charged vitriol.

Frank Sharry of America’s Voice has opined that he is the closest thing the Hispanics have to Martin Luther King Jr. although it is doubtful that MLK would have been OK with demonizing all whites on the basis of race alone.

So much for the political biographical stuff.  Look him up if you need more. Suffice it to say, he has a fairly narrow vision for America.

What doesn’t appear on his legislative or voting record is any origination or co-sponsorship of a bill to codify the status of the Dreamers.

Which brings up the question, why would anyone in his district vote for him again?

The whole DACA thing is now solely in the hands of the legislative branch, so what’s the big deal about writing legislation to protect this group? It certainly seems that the original (albeit unconstitutional) Obama executive order would provide at least a springboard for a bill.

DACA (which covers more than just Hispanics)  is one of those issues that is begging for a bipartisan solution. The public at large is predisposed to be on the Dreamers side.  The President has been actively trying  to get legislation written that would remove the issue of constitutionality from the discussion.

Maybe because if passed, given that President Trump has already all but promised to sign any reasonable legislation produced, it will remove it as a campaign issue.

Nothing can scare a legisHater more than losing a target for their hatred.

Representative Gutierrez is certainly not the only legisHater, just the one currently trending on Twitter.  Musings will give him some company as the situation warrants.



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