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"Nicaraguan" is a slur to some Cubans, and other signs that Florida's Hispanic vote isn't monolithic

Rep. Ana Rivas Logan’s opponents call her loads of names on the campaign trail.

But one seemed to bother her more than others: “Nicaraguan.”

“They’re making calls to the little old Cubans, telling them, ‘Don’t vote for her. She’s a Nicaraguan. Your commitment is with the Cuban vote,’” a choked-up Logan said last week about her bare-knuckle race against fellow Republican Rep. Jose Felix “Pepe” Diaz.

Welcome to Miami.

This is a place where calling the daughter of Cuban parents a “Nicaraguan” is a slur even though she was born in Nicaragua and says so on her website. Diaz denies participating in or authorizing the attack.

The fact that it was 1) used against the Cuban-American lawmaker and 2) worked enough to deeply unsettle her is a sign of the hardball politics in Miami-Dade. And it stands as a clear sign that Florida’s Hispanic vote is anything but monolithic.

Just beyond the Spanish-English language barrier is a not-so-brave world of ethnic tensions, borderline racism and nationalistic pride that will subtly play out this election season — from the Logan-Diaz state House District 116 race to the top of the presidential ticket.

In the presidential race, Puerto Ricans are overwhelmingly Democrat and are expected to vote heavily for President Obama in Central Florida. Cuban voters, overwhelmingly Republican, are largely Romney supporters in South Florida. Nationally, the majority of Hispanic voters have ties to Mexico and vote for Democrats.

Pollsters beware. Sample Hispanics in one Florida region and you’ll often get different survey results than if you polled Hispanics in another part of the state.

The intramural Hispanic rivalries are bewildering to anyone from outside the state.

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Danny Ricco

Ana Logan is not Cuban and that is irrelevant and the people behind the robocalls should be ashamed. There is no need for that, she just sucks period. Her professional career shows she only cares about corporations, appeasing the religious right, and that she is out of touch with the average person. She became conceited and was playing the part of the Lady in White. FAIL

Doesn't matter is she is Chinese, Cuban, or Nicaraguan.

Jorge Gonzalez

there is a myth of how important the Cuban vote is, in every presidential election since 1992, Miami-Dade has gone Democratic

Javier

Cubans have a great culture with the exception of their deaf dumb and blind political allegiances. These types of politics should be shunned by everyone.

Michael

And here I thought, on Naked Politics, that Mark Caputo had finally managed to write a political piece that wasn't full of crap, lies, and misinformation, which he is prone to writing about. But then he couldn't resist letting out his opinion that the Democratic case in the 90s was "pathetic". What kind of journalist heading a political department is that bad at being unbiased?

I am a Democrat, but Caputo is an embarrassment to the Herald. By the way- 60% of your article is wrong on the Nicaraguan/Cuban relationship anyway. There is no animosity between the communities, and they are actually two of the closest Hispanic communities in Florida. Nicaraguans and Cubans live with a shared and overlapping culture, especially in Hialeah. But I wouldn't expect Caputo to know this. If he has to do more than a little research for a story, it seems he doesn't consider it worth it.

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