Following a meeting on Saturday morning, the Mexican American Democrats (MAD) announced the group's endorsement of Texas Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Farouk Shami.
Steve Salazar, State Chair for the Mexican American Democrats of Texas, said that Farouk Shami's “willingness to sit down and listen, to talk to people about issues that affect us as a group-not only the economy and jobs, but also immigration and crime-led us to make this endorsement. He is inclusive of all people from all walks of life and can identify with those of us who were not born in the United States.” Salazar added that the group felt Shami “represents to a lot of us what the American Dream is about: hard work, dedication to the community, and willingness to serve.”
“I am proud to have the endorsement of the Mexican American Democrats,” said Shami. “I fully identify with its mission and vision and hope to work with them often in the near future.”
Given the influence of Hispanic turnout in Democratic primaries, such an endorsement is a boon to Shami, though it is one of few, if not the only major statewide endorsement he has received.