The wait is over.
California Governor Gavin Newsom appointed California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to be the Senator who will replace Kamala Harris, the presumptive Vice President Elect.
Political activist groups such as Latino Decisions praised the nomination of Padilla to the Senate, making him the state’s first Latino Senator in its history. In an article by Anais Lopez, Padilla was portrayed as “an offspring of California’s Proposition 187, a watershed moment for Latino politics, and the first modern shot against undocumented immigrants.”
During an interview with NBCNews Latino, Padilla stated, “Demographics already were what they were [in 1994], but Proposition 187 encouraged people like my parents who had been here for years and years as legal permanent residents to finally begin the naturalization process to become citizens to not only protect themselves and their families but to vote to not be scapegoated again.”
Padilla served in the California State Senate from 2006 to 2014 and then Secretary of State from 2014 until the present.
According to Lopez, “Padilla’s appointment now makes him the fourth Mexican-American US Senator in the last 20 years, with Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada now in office, and Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico elected to US Senate this year. Ken Salazar of Colorado served from 2005 until 2009 until he was appointed Secretary of Interior by President Obama.”
Padlla’s appointment likely represents a calculated move on the Democrats’ part. There was speculation that Barbara Lee and Karen Baren Bass were replacement candidates being considered for Harris’ spot. A number of journalists were demanding that the replacement be a minority and preferably a woman. However, due to Trump’s improvements with Hispanics nationwide, California Democrats felt it necessary to find a qualified Hispanic replacement for Harris. And Padilla fits the bill.
The modern-day Democratic Party is obsessed with identity politics and political correctness. Padilla will likely be a loyal footsoldier for those causes in a modern-day Democrat party that is fixated on race and divisive politics.
Ohio Republican Rob Portman Announces that He Won’t Be Seeking Re-Election
America first nationalists must capitalize on this opening in the senate.
On January 25, 2021, Ohio Senator Rob Portman announced that he will not be seeking re-election in 2022. The 2022 election cycle will be a critical mid-term cycle which will determine what course the Republican Party will take in the wake of Trump’s defeat.
According to a report at The Epoch Times, Portman cited “partisan gridlock in Congress and political polarization” as his main reasons for leaving the Senate.
“I feel fortunate to have been entrusted by the people of Ohio to represent them in the U.S. Senate. Today, I am announcing that I have made a decision not to run again in 2022,” Portman said in a statement.
The Republican senator continued, “I don’t think any Senate office has been more successful in getting things done, but honestly, it has gotten harder and harder to break through the partisan gridlock and make progress on substantive policy, and that has contributed to my decision.”
In Portman’s view, the United States has become “increasingly polarized where members of both parties are being pushed further to the right and further to the left, and that means too few people who are actively looking to find common ground.” Portman also contended that “This is not a new phenomenon, of course, but a problem that has gotten worse over the past few decades.” He concluded by stating that “This is a tough time to be in public service.”
Portman accompanies his colleagues Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and North Carolina Senator Richard Burr in retiring from office. Portman’s presence won’t be missed. He voted for the Iraq War and even betrayed President Trump by voting against his national emergency declaration at the border. To add insult to injury, Portman has routinely talked smack about President Trump behind his back.
2022 is shaping up to be an interesting year for Republicans with numerous seats in play. With regards to open seats, there will be unique opportunities for America First nationalists to shine in. Ohio is ground zero for the emerging populist realignment taking place in America. Once a state that could go either way during a given election cycle, Ohio is now a safe Republican state.
America First nationalists should milk this opening for what it’s worth and place a staunch nationalist to run for the open GOP seat in 2022. This will be the first midterm where populists can begin purging the party of neocons and other establishment types.
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