GOP group's Spanish radio ads target Dems
The Arizona Republic
Apr. 14, 2006
Republicans on Thursday disclosed a Spanish-language radio advertising campaign
that blames Democrats for thwarting progress on immigration reform.
The 60-second spots will play early next week, a Republican official said, on
Univision's KOMR-FM (106.3) and KKMR-FM (106.5), KQMR-FM (100.3) in Phoenix, and
Arizona Lotus Corp.'s KCMT-FM (102.1) in Tucson.
They also are scheduled to air in the heavily Hispanic states of New Mexico and
The ads are paid for the Republican National Committee and are meant to point
out that "Democrats are not serving as honest brokers in the debate. . . . They
are manipulating the issue for political benefit," said Danny Diaz, spokesman
for the RNC.
The ads, in part, say: "Terrorists coming across our borders. Drugs smuggled to
America's shores. But just last week, there was hope. Congress was working on
immigration reform . . . to secure our borders and protect American families.
But Democrat Leader Harry Reid let us down. Harry Reid played politics and
blocked our leaders from working together. Reid's Democrat allies voted to treat
millions of hard-working immigrants ... as felons."
Diaz said he "fully expects" Republicans to continue running Spanish-language
radio ads in the months leading up to the fall congressional elections.
Valley Democratic strategist Michael Frias said the ads are an attempt to
reverse a public-relations beating the Republicans are taking on the issue of
"Their senator, Senator (Jon) Kyl, got marched on by 20,000 people in a
spontaneous protest, and they're trying to figure out a way to provide political
cover to him," he said.