Tom's no "wab," y'know
As you know, DtB has noted Tom Fuentes’ time as an assistant to now forgotten OC Supervisor Ronald Caspers. In 1974, Republican Caspers and nine others disappeared at sea somewhere off the Baja California coast. Very mysterious. (See Even Beelzebub had a mentor.)
Gustavo Arellano just posted about the fellow:
Mexican-Bashing OC Politicians of Days Past: Ronald Caspers
Gustavo relates a story from 1972:
Caspers, annoyed that a Mexican-American group of county employees were demanding affirmative action (he had accused one of the leaders of not being an American citizen), called them "bandidos" during a board meeting, then asked county counsel to explore moving the county seat from SanTana to whiter environs because "we are in an area which does not have a normal ethnic balance."Gustavo notes that, at the time, one of Caspers staffers was Tom Fuentes, “who would eventually become the longtime chair of the GOP and has always proudly stated he has Spanish blood in him, not wab.”
…Caspers ended up apologizing for his gaffe during a board meeting, and the other supervisors reprimanded him publicly. Caspers claimed he didn't know bandido was an offensive term to Mexicans, a bullshit excuse considering Chicanos had just successfully axed the Frito Bandito the year before.
Tom certainly made that point at a board meeting four years ago, when he described his people leaving from Spain on a boat, yadda yadda.
Really. Check it out:
The notorious "Frito Bandito"(1969)