State Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) has been called the 'future of the Republican Party, and he has started a statewide tour in San Antonio in which he wants to make sure the party has a future, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Villalba was given that designation by former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Villalba told Republicans at two events in San Antonio that Texas' status as a red state is 'very much on the line.'
"We face an existential crisis in our party, with respect to our outreach and engagement with Hispanics," Villalba said.
Even though Republicans dominate both houses of the Texas Legislature, Villalba is one of the handful of Hispanic Republicans in the Legislature. This comes at a time when the state's Hispanic population, and the number of Hispanics who are voting, are growing.
"The time is coming closer when we will see the sleeping giant awaken, and it will make a tremendous difference for the future of our party if we cannot do a better job winning the votes of Hispanics."
Even though surveys show that Hispanics in Texas are more likely to self identify as Republicans than Hispanics nationally, the majority of Hispanics still lean Democrat. And we just finished a Republican primary for Lieutenant Governor where the key issue was determining which candidate hates illegal immigrants the most and who would be the most aggressive at closing the border.
"Unless we can engage and win Hispanics for the Republican Party, then we will actually fail to be a red state," Villalba said.