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Obama’s Long Island Campaign Aide Could Cost Him Local Latino Vote

El Diario, Posted: Jun 15, 2008

NEW YORK—Jon Cooper, Suffolk County legislator and chief of Obama’s Long Island presidential campaign, faced heated criticism from the state’s Hispanic community on Wednesday, El Diario/La Prensa reported. Cooper approved IR1479, a legislation which mandates that for the next 18 months, the county’s companies use a federal E-Verify system to check new workers’ documents. Cooper says his decision was fueled by purely economic concerns and was not anti Hispanic. But his vote has been deemed discriminatory and could jeopardize support Obama hopes to receive from the community. Of the 1.5 million eligible Hispanic voters in the state, only 390,000 selected Sen. Barack Obama in February’s primary. That number could decrease in November if voters associate Obama with Cooper’s decision.



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