Tea Party, Meet the Tequila Party; Latinos Launching Vote Drive Organization

DeeDee Blase, Arizona's Republican immigration activist, has a message for the Tea Party:

"Move aside, the Tequila Party is here," she said at an afternoon press conference.

The Tequila Party is a non-partisan voter-registration outfit designed to increase Latino political participation across the country.

Blase announced at today's event that the group plans on hosting concerts and parties all across the country, from Los Angeles to Miami, to register voters.

Blase said there are 20 million eligible Latino voters in the United States, and she wants to get each of them.

Despite their growing number as a percentage of the U.S. population, Latinos just aren't voting. Sixteen percent of the country's population is Latino, but only seven percent voted in last year's election, according to MSNBC.

The Pew Hispanic Center reported last month that 14.7 million Latino voters didn't vote in last year's election, which was a record for the group, according to the Washington Post.

Blase's group is looking to change that with live events and musica, and hopes to attract Tea Party-style crowds to future events.

"The Tea Party didn't start as a large movement," she stated.

But the Tea Party didn't have Tequila.

Correction: this post originally reported that Voto Latino was working in conjunction with the Tequila Party. A Voto Latino employee, Samuel Ramirez, was present at the press conference but, according to Voto Latino, he was not there as a partner on behalf of Voto Latino. We regret the error.

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