“Well, I’m perceived as being Hispanic. I’m perceived as being Hispanic by all of the Hispanics in my community. I’m their girl. My last name is Hispanic. I know I’m not Hispanic… I’m sorry I probably oversold myself. If you want to nail me to the cross, go ahead. Make me look foolish.”
—-Kristen Rosen Gonzalez, a Democrat running for the Miami Beach City Commission, upon being questioned about claiming to be Hispanic when she bears the name “Gonzalez” only because of her marriage to a man with that name, whom she divorced eleven years ago.
Oh, you’re perceived as being Hispanic, so that mean it’s OK to say you are Hispanic! Sure, that’s consistent! It’s like the progressive rule that if you say you are female you are female, and if you say you are black, you’re black!
This may be the ideal template for a 2021 Democratic candidate. She does have a still-active role model of sorts: President Biden’s current climate czar, John Kerry, who early in his political career in Massachusetts used shamrocks on his campaign materials to suggest that he was Irish. There was no Irish in his lineage whatsoever; his paternal grandparents were Jewish. But even Kerry, who is far from the sharpest knife in the cutlery rack, never tried to justify his deception. (He was never called on it either.)
This woman—I assume she really is a woman—referred to herself as “the most high-profile Hispanic Democrat in the City of Miami Beach.” It was an outright lie. When she was called on it, the best she could do was to justify an intentional misrepresentation by arguing that because her last name fooled people into thinking what wasn’t true was true, it was acceptable to perpetuate the misconception.
Why hasn’t this ridiculous woman withdrawn from the race yet? Why isn’t she hiding her head under a bag? Who finds these people?
The quote above gets worse as it goes along. It’s nice that she knows that she’s not Hispanic—I suppose being a liar is marginally preferable in a commission member than being insane—but she says she’s probably “oversold herself”? She’s falsely convinced all the Hispanics in her community that she’s one of them! What’s “probably” about that? And “oversold” in this case means lied. Nothing else, nothing better. Lied. Then, in a masterpiece of ethics jujitsu and gall, she actually tries to make herself the victim by comparing herself to Jesus Christ!
Will someone please tell her that nobody needs to make her look foolish, because she has done a masterful job of it all by herself?
It is amazing enough that anyone who walks around without a leash in this country would try something as slam-dunk wrongful as claiming a false ethnic heritage for any reason, but that such a sociopathic scamster would run for office suggests something really frightening. In a democracy, the best citizens are supposed to seek leadership. Increasingly, and for quite a while now, it appears that in the United States public service is attracting the worst citizens. Why is that?
Amazingly, Gonzalez has been posing as Hispanic and getting away with it for quite a while. She served on the Miami Beach City Commission from 2015 to 2018 before resigning to run, unsuccessfully, for Congress.
As Kristen Gonzalez would say, “¡Ay, caramba!”
13 thoughts on “Unethical Quote Of The Month: Miami Beach City Commission Candidate Kristen Rosen Gonzalez”
I agree that she is con artist and I bet she is not alone.
“She’s falsely convinced all the Hispanics in her community that she’s one of them! ”
My problem is with voters who choose candidates based on whether or not they are “one of them”. This is no less racist than the decision to hire people based on race, or sex. We perpetuate this behavior when we slice and dice the electorate into the “Black” vote, “Latino” vote or “Female” vote. I agree that different constituencies have some unique issues but if every group’s representative only focuses on singular issues then the issues that affect the whole are left undone.
I believe the phenomenon you describe is just another example of the degradation of politics into a quest to obtain and maintain power for it’s own sake or for narrow, selfish reasons, rather than out of “love for country” (or state or county or city).
I have read (but cannot currently locate) a quote from a candidate challenging the incumbent governor in one of the northwestern states in the early 1900s: “There are no issues in this campaign. He has a job and I want it.”
The last sheriff that I worked for before retiring in 2014 was (is) a good man, but a lackluster campaigner. He was defeated in his last race by a narcissistic charlatan who spread lies about the incumbent and his family, held big rallies, spent a ton on billboards and other advertising and created a lot of “buzz,” but put forth no real agenda to lead the agency in a “better” direction. He just wanted the job. Once elected, he proceeded to distinguish himself primarily by punishing his enemies, rewarding his friends, and getting caught in lie after lie. This resulted in a troubling four years for the agency. I had retired on the eve (literally) of his taking office, and campaigned enthusiastically for his opponent in the 2018 election. We called his overwhelming defeat “the end of an error,” but it sure lowered my opinion of the local electorate, and it still galls me that a majority of voters were deceived by this bozo. He is now, I kid you not, a used car salesman.
Just one of several examples with which I am personally familiar where the objective seems to have been to get the job “by any means necessary,” then worry (or not) about what to actually DO with the office (its duties and authority) once elected.
Our county population is roughly 91% white, 4% African-American, and 5% Hispanic, so there aren’t really enough minority voters to make race a big factor in local politics. We have thus been spared some of the community divisiveness of race-based campaigns, but there are other factors just as divisive that politicians can and will exploit. One popular one around here is whether a candidate was “born and raised” here or is a more recent arrival from some other area. Particularly suspect are candidates who hail originally from places north of latitude 39°43′20″.
Well, the folks from north of that latitude would just say your area was undiverse.
Don’t be too hard on the electorate. How are they supposed to get accurate information? I have seen almost zero nonpartisan candidate information for years. The media used to investigate candidates and inform the public. Now the media doesn’t even pretend to be anything other than the Democratic Party PR wing. My most accurate sources of candidate info are now rumor and innuendo. For example, some years ago we had a candidate run for office that was widely touted by the local news. I never would have know that 10 years earlier, he had defrauded a large number of people in an investment scam if neighbors hadn’t told me. This guy was a felon and was banned from selling any kind of investments for life, but the press loved him. We currently have a candidate that seems to have facilitated child molestation for years, but is being widely praised in the press because he is trying to unseat a Republican incumbent. How are people supposed to know these things with a lying press and a heavily censored social media?
Another career Lefty fails to acknowledge the cautionary tale of Hilaria Baldwinez and suffers the slings-n-arrows of the FUN POLICE.
Sheesh, what is it that fosters such self-loathing in White people like Baldwin, Rachel Dolezal, Shaun Talcum X King, et al, that they choose to present as something they clearly aren’t?
When there are benefits to be had from a course of action, there will be people who take it. Increase the benefits, and/or decrease the penalties, and you get more. At this point, reality is so divorced from truth that it no longer requires bold chutzpah or insanity to make these claims – it’s simple game theory. You choose the strategy that works.
To protect myself, my family, and our entire family heritage from the 21st century social justice warrior’s cancel culture, I think it’s high time that I publicly identify myself as a young Black, Hispanic, Native American progressive.
That’s about as “progressive” as you can get, right?
P.S. I posted that comment on Facebook word-for-word.
No socially constructed gender affiliation…?
PS: I identify as an aardvark.
Paul W Schlecht wrote, “No socially constructed gender affiliation…?”
Okay, if I must…
“I publicly identify myself as a young Black, Hispanic, Native American progressive female.”
Therein lies the rub with identity politics, ¿no? If you think you are, therefore, you are. Aardvarks included.
I think this problem derives from the very essential Communist revolutionary concept of “solidarity,” defined as “unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual support within a group.” This was easy when all you had to be to display solidarity was be a member of the proletariat or the working class. But now that identity politics have taken over revolutionary movements, it’s more difficult to show solidarity.
Although I am glad to see our partially Hungarian Jew John Kerry, who’s married to a Habsburg, lambasted here, surely Bill Clinton, our first black president, has to be recognized as the pioneer of identity flim-flammery.