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Award by Lincoln Diaz-Balart's group baffles fellow lawmakers

From Roll Call via Huffington Post: "House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence is receiving a leadership achievement award for his contributions to the Hispanic community, but nobody - including Pence - can seem to figure out why.

"The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute is bestowing its 2010 public service award to Pence in a Thursday night ceremony because of 'his extraordinary sensitivity toward and friendship with the U.S. Hispanic community,' according to a statement by Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), who is board chairman for the nonprofit.

"But GOP and Democratic lawmakers who have played a hand in advancing priorities to the Hispanic community, including comprehensive immigration reform, said they were puzzled by the honor. Even Pence was unsure of why he was being given the award.

“ 'I’ll know better tonight after they say why they gave it to me,' ” the Indiana Republican said. He laughed when asked if he was waiting to see what he was being recognized for, adding that he hoped he was being honored because he has 'heart for the Hispanic American community, their principles and their values."

Here's an excerpt of his remarks that night, via Capitol Hill Cubans.


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