Romney 'clueless' in Cuban Miami
It is not going well for Republican presidential hopeful Mit Romney in Florida. It appears that he keeps very bad company. In this opinion piece Angel Castillo, Jr., a former reporter and editor for the New York Times and The Miami Herald, reports that his campaign team chose to hold his press conference at a restaurant and fruit market called "El Palacio de los Jugos," or "the Juice Palace."
It turned out, however, as disclosed by reporter Francisco Alvarado in the Miami New Times, that the owner of the Juice Palace, Reinaldo "Rey" Bermudez, 51, is a convicted criminal, a cocaine smuggler who served three years in prison. Bermudez was born in Cuba and is a naturalized U.S. citizen.
As a result, almost all the news coverage focused on the "controversy" over the felon small businessman. A typical headline, in Toronto's Globe and Mail, said: "Romney's host at Miami campaign event turns out to be convicted cocaine trafficker." No one from the Romney Campaign could be found to comment on whether they knew in advance about Bermudez's criminal record.
Castillo writes: "If Romney and his staff wanted to make clear that they take the Cuban-American vote for granted, and that this visit was of no consequence to them, they scored an overwhelming success."
In another apparently innocent interlude, as reported here in the Huffington Post Romney inadvertantly used the word 'Papaya' (Cuban slang for vagina) when talking about the tropical fruits that he likes. Watch this report on his 'papaya monologue'.