The honor of your presence is requested

Joe “Joedilocks” Garcia, candidate for congress, cordially invites you attend his fund raiser in New York City on the twenty-first of April, two thousand eight. Please join us for cocktails, dinner and an address by Mr. Garcia’s special guest, Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY). The subject of the speech will be the Cuban exile community about which Mr. Rangel is very passionate. Pearls of wisdom to be dispensed will surely include such statements as:
The reaction in Miami was one of the most sickening displays of political hatred that I’ve ever seen. In television broadcasts around the world, people described as Cuban-Americans were shown dancing in the streets, expecting, if not hoping, that the man they called The Dictator would soon meet his maker.
I wrote a letter to President Castro expressing my sympathy and offering an apology for my countrymens’ heartless celebration.

-Charles Rangel in Cigar Aficionado
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In 2006, Rangel acknowledged that the Cuban government had partly paid for a 2002 trip in which he met with Castro. He initially listed two other sponsors on a travel disclosure form.
-Miami Herald, April 8, 2008
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19 thoughts on “The honor of your presence is requested”

  1. For the second consecutive year, the House voted to gut the four-decade-old travel restrictions by withholding money for their enforcement. But the legislators turned back a proposal by a liberal New York Democrat, Charles Rangel, to block President Bush from enforcing the economic embargo on Cuba. July 26, 2001
    http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/us-cuba/cuba-travel.htm
    “You know, 34 members of Congress, both Democrat and Republican, have formed a group of friends of Cuba,” Rangel said. “It is our people’s nature to trade, to travel and we want to be able to sell food, send money, travel freely.” April 4, 2002
    http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/us-cuba/prez.htm
    But Rep. Charles Rangel, a member of the Black Caucus who was involved in restoring Aristide to power in 1994, said the United States must shoulder much of the blame for his fall and the chaos that brought it on. March 1, 2004
    http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/haiti/course.htm

  2. This is going a bit off on the tangent, but why on earth is “Cigar Aficionado” such an anti-Cuban exile magazine? The magazine is full of lift-the-embargo, attack Cuban exile articles. Yet, you look at the advertisements in the magazine and they are all either by the Bacardi’s or rich tobacco growing Cuban families. In other words, they are sustaining the magazine. Usually advertisers have power over what a magazine publishes. This is a fact.

  3. rsnlk:
    No! Joe Garcia can’t loose what he’s never had. He’s for the removal of the embargo (though he denies it) because he’s in to make mucho, mucho $$$$. He’s in bed with many people who want to do business in Cuba and keep the status quo.

  4. For the record, Garcia claims to be “for the embargo” but against the recent additional family travel restrictions on humanitarian grounds. This despite the fact that he’s never produced a single Cuban who broke the rules because of a humanitarian need and was fined by OFAC. It’s a smokescreen. For years Joe worked for CANF trying to preserve the embargo and now that he’s running for congress he’s pal-ing around with fidel’s best friend in the house. If Garcia gets elected, isn’t he going to owe a favor to “Uncle Charlie”?
    Ray,
    That’s an interesting point. Although the media claim there’s a “church and state” separation between editorial content and advertising the fact is that it gets weaker every day and it was never particularly strong in magazines. So I can only assume that the advertisers, Cuban as they might be, aren’t putting any pressure on the pub.

  5. Why would a candidate seeking office in South Florida hold a fundraiser in NY? I guess he can’t find any worthwhile support in the district he is running in. I know because I live in that district and I certainly won’t vote for him. I can’t trust a candidate that seeks support and money from outside his district. Rangel’s support is only going to hurt him, but then, “dime con quien andas y te dire quien eres”

  6. It’s not uncommon for politicos to do it. They go wherever they can find the money. I think it’s interesting though that Lincoln Diaz-Balart (who is not running against Joe) went to New Jersey where many of the Cubans are Democrats for a fund-raiser and Joe goes to the big apple to hobnob with Charles Rangel. Joe may get more money out of his trip, but he also will bring home some additional baggage.

  7. Ray, it’s simple. To them the right to legally smoke Cuban cigars is more important than the freedom of a nation.

  8. Either Joedilocks has lost it…or am I going crazy. Who’s advising this guy? Satan?!
    A few weeks ago at Versalles, My mother witnessed a old Cuban man (in his 80’s) chase Joedilocks back into his car and makng him leave. He turned and promised her that the next time he will catch him. It’s funny and very sad at the same time.

  9. Wow! What’s next? Cocktails with Serrano? Has he lost his mind? Does anyone know where the event is being held?

  10. We have bigger problems than Marifeli. Incidentally, you should take a look at the two very different introductions to the 1st and 2nd editions of her book on the origins of the Cuban Revolution. Es digna de lastima.

  11. Henry,
    It’s a shame that the Cuban-American advertisers who are sustaining “Cigar Aficionado” with their millions aren’t applying any pressure on that disgusting magazine. Perhaps they’re afraid of being accused of censorship, since Cuban Americans are constantly attacked and libeled with that horrible accusation, but the fact remains that all American advertisers exert their power when it comes to periodicals. I’ve read–and there is alot of literature out there on this—how the oil and drug companies threaten periodicals with withdrawing their advertising contracts when a story comes out that they don’t like.
    Cuban Americans are really dropping the ball if they don’t try to exert some pressure on that magazine. EVERYONE DOES IT. We shouldn’t be any different.

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