Pablo Pantoja, the State Director of Florida Hispanic Outreach for the Republican National Committee (RNC), recently resigned because of the "culture of intolerance surrounding the Republican Party today," notes TheFloridaNation.com.
The RNC wanted Pantojas to help bring Hispanic voters into the Republican Party after those voters supported President Obama over Mitt Romney by 20 percent in Florida in 2012, reported CBS Miami.
Presently, Republicans cannot come to an agreement on immigration reform and the conservative Heritage Foundation recently released a study that claimed "Hispanics are at a permanent disadvantage because they have lower IQs."
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Pantoja announced via email this week that he was quitting his RNC job and becoming a Democrat because of Republican intolerance and the Heritage Foundation, which is tied to the Republican Party:
Yes, I have changed my political affiliation to the Democratic Party.
It doesn’t take much to see the culture of intolerance surrounding the Republican Party today. I have wondered before about the seemingly harsh undertones about immigrants and others. Look no further; a well-known organization recently confirms the intolerance of that which seems different or strange to them.
Studies geared towards making – human beings – viewed as less because of their immigrant status to outright unacceptable claims, are at the center of the immigration debate. Without going too deep on everything surrounding immigration today, the more resounding example this past week was reported by several media outlets.
A researcher included as part of a past dissertation his theory that “the totality of the evidence suggests a genetic component to group differences in IQ.” The researcher reinforces these views by saying “No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against.”
Pantoja served in the U.S. Armed Forces in Kuwait and Iraq. Pantoja was the GOP field director in Florida during the midterm elections on 2010.