NEW YORK—Republican presidential candidate, Rick Perry, yesterday attended an informal meeting with Latino leaders Monday in Upper Manhattan.
Perry, governor of Texas, arrived at the Mexican restaurant, Papasito, on Dyckman Street in Inwood around 4:30 pm. He refused to talk to the 50 journalists who had gathered at the entrance.
However, after the event, which lasted about 40 minutes, the community organizer Fernando Mateo said, “He sent a clear message: He will help the progress of small businesses. The less government is involved, the better.”
Mateo, a Republican, and the organizer of the event, said that this was not about about which party the candidate belonged to — but that the candidates come to the community.”
Upper Manhattan is an area that is historically Democratic and many of the people who came to the event were curious about the visit of the conservative politician.
“I’m here for the same reason you are here,” said Rep. Charlie Rangel upon entering the Mexican restaurant, “to find out why he is here.”
State Senator Adriano Espaillat released a statement saying, “Gov. Rick Perry, an extremist rightwinger … has proven to be an anti-immigrant, anti-family workers, anti-union, and anti-commonsense.” “His so-called ‘outreach to Latinos’ is so obviously manufactured and is embarrassingly inauthentic.”
Donna Deming, an area resident for 43 years, went to Mateo as he talked about the candidate’s visit and said, “Many people here depend on Medicaid and food stamps. Perry wants to take those benefits. away
How do you reconcile these two things? ”
Mateo did not answer.
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