They have become political rock stars in the region.
The front door of the Republican Office in McCarran, Texas-Hidalgo County is covered with photos of the party’s high-profile politicians: Governor Greg Abbott, Senator John Corning and former President Donald J. Tron general. Most of them are white.
You walk in and see a bulletin board with photos of local Republican leaders: Adrienne Pena-Garza, Hilda Garza DeShazo) and Mayra Flores (Mayra Flores). Almost all Hispanic women.
Hispanic Republicans, especially women, have become political rock stars in South Texas. Previously, voters in the Rio Grande Valley were heavily biased towards the Republican Party, which surprised the leaders of both parties in November. In McAllen, one of the largest cities in the region, Trump has almost twice as many votes as four years ago. In the Rio Grande Valley region, President Biden won only 15 percentage points, a sharp drop from Hillary Clinton’s 39 percentage points in 2016.
The rise of conservatives and the decline of liberals have inspired the Republican Party to hope for its ability to attract Hispanic voters to join the long-standing overwhelming white political coalition and challenge Democrats in major Hispanic regions across the United States. Now, party officials, including Governor Abbott, are flocking on the pilgrimage to the Rio Grande Valley, eager to meet those who help Republicans quickly gain a foothold in their long-term democratic stronghold.
Ms. Peña-Garza, chairman of the Republican Party in Hidalgo County, is one of them. He is the daughter of a democratic state congressman. He said that like most Hispanic families in the area, voting for Democrats is a must. But after her father changed the executive party in 2010, Pena-Garza quickly followed suit, arguing that the Democrats had moved to the left, especially on issues such as abortion and gun control.
He said: “The politics here makes me feel scared because it does not violate the rules.” “If someone wants to say to you,’Oh, you are a brunette, you must be a Democrat’ or’Oh, you are a woman , You must be a Democrat,’Well, who are you going to tell who I am?”
Peña-Garza said that they called her cocoa (brown, white inside) and self-hatred Latino. It wasn’t until the number of Hispanic Republicans she met in recent years that she exceeded her. It began to fade away. They believe in helping small business owners and uphold their religious beliefs.
He said that now, political elections are a sense of pride.
He said: “I can’t humiliate or intimidate me to vote for a political party just because it has always been the case.”