The immigration activist who upset a lot of people for suggesting there are too many Hispanics in the Texas Legislature took the time to answer her critics today.
Since we only had a few minutes on the radio, Forest also provided the written statement below:
“If you have viewed other videos of my presentations you will note that I ALWAYS have my notebook in front of me to give prepared presentations. I simply have too much information floating around in my head and it helps me to stay on track. At the rally on 6/11/11 the PA system was giving very loud feedback so I had to step away from the podium and my notes. Unfortunately, in my haste to get through my comments (on a very hot day), I inadvertently left out some important words when referencing the majority of our Hispanic legislators “liberal Democrat.”
Actually, I personally endorsed Rep. Larry Gonzales and also worked on a great video to help elect Congressman Canseco. If I had the opportunity to meet Garza and Aliseda before the election, I’m certain I would have endorsed them as well.
Sad to say, but I have been so accustomed to referencing in my presentations the “Hispanic Democrat Legislators” for my 7+ years of working on this issue that my CPU simply failed to remember the 4 new Republican Hispanic legislators while speaking that day. Given my efforts to get conservatives elected over the years, I am delighted they were elected and hope we elect more.
There are many things I should have said differently that day but I’ve always hated it when politicians (in particular) try to cover their tails when they mess up by saying “I mis-spoke” though obviously — I did.”