This is a statement that The Orlando Sentinel got from Lew Oliver, chairman of the Orange County Republican Executive Committee, in response to a story that the Florida county is getting more and more blue:
Voter registration stats are nearly perfect reflections of demographics or national trends, rather than local efforts. Actually we’re a little AHEAD of what our numbers should be given the demographics. There aren’t any places in America with the same demographics with better numbers except possibly Miami Dade, although that is solely because of historic Cuban registration, which is now no longer trending the same way as in the past, so the difference is now modest.
“The great grand irony of it all is that the massive predominantly Puerto Rican influx that has accounted for nearly all of this is the result of Puerto Ricans almost without exception fleeing Puerto Rico and other states whose economic opportunities have diminished. What do all those places have in common? Puerto Rico, Chicago, Illinois, New York? Democrat governments. You would think at least of few of them would figure that out. If you like a semi-socialist government where the highest aspiration is a nice secure government job, Puerto Rico is heaven on earth, PLUS nice weather! Sadly, it is also a terrible basket case. As is Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Illinois, New York and just about every other Democrat-controlled state and city in the country.