Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush gathered a group of prominent Republican leaders in Miami to outline a Hispanic political strategy for 2014.
“Today we laid out the plan for the next few years on how to engage the Hispanic community on center-right issues as we look forward to the future,” says Emily Benavides, communications director for the Hispanic Leadership Network (HLN). “The thoughtful contributions from all our attendees resulted in a very successful meeting.”
Bush chairs HLN, a group conservatives launched in 2010 to engage the Hispanic community, and convened the meeting as a “gathering of the minds” to map out strategy, says Benavides.
Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutiérrez and former U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin were also in attendance.
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Other Hispanic lawmakers and business leader in attendance include Jovita Carranza, Vice President of Air Operations for UPS and former Texas Congressman Francisco Raul “Quico” Canseco.