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California Assemblyman Says He Faces Discrimination for Being Republican

 
Posted Thursday, May 22nd 2014 @ 2pm  by KFBK News

A California assemblyman claims he's being discriminated against by fellow lawmakers because of his party affiliation.  

Republican Assemblyman Rocky Chavez tells KABC-TV the California Latino Legislative Caucus is denying him entry because he's a registered Republican.  

Chavez said he applied, but was told he couldn't join because he's a GOP lawmaker.

He also claims state Senator Ricardo Lara told him to go create his own caucus where Latino Republicans would be more welcome.

Lara admits telling Chavez he couldn't join and should instead act as his own caucus.  

Chavez says the move shows the division in Sacramento between Democrats and Republicans.  

He also says the Latino Caucus' own website claims one of their five guiding principals is diversity, but they can't be very diverse if they aren't allowing Republican lawmakers to join.

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