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Kennedy Class on Display

kennedyReaders probably heard the news that former President George H.W. Bush plans to vote for Hillary Clinton in the November election. Of course this unsubstantiated claim is just hearsay brought to us by Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, who couldn’t even beat Republican Bob Ehrlich in deep-blue Maryland in 2002.

Politico first reported on Kennedy Townsend’s Facebook post that showed her shaking hands with the nonagenarian former president. She wrote the following as her caption: “The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!!”

Kennedy Townsend, eldest daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, verified her version of events in a phone interview with Politico. A Bush spokesman responded: “The vote President Bush will cast as a private citizen in some 50 days will be just that: a private vote cast in some 50 days. He is not commenting on the presidential race in the interim.”

CNN reports that “sources” tell them Bush made the remarks Monday in a receiving line at a Points of Light event in Maine. They also report that others in the room heard his conversation with Kennedy Townsend and that approximately 40 people were there. Kennedy Townsend later deleted her Facebook post.

Patrick Svitek of Texas Tribune tweeted some other comments from a Bush spokesman:

All of the statements from a Bush spokesman match the way the man has comported himself his entire adult life. Whether you agree with him politically or not, he is the epitome of class. Unfortunately, Ms. Kennedy Townsend showed herself to be no better than a gossiping schoolgirl. Whether she told the truth or not, it was pretty classless of her to spread it all over Facebook and give interviews about it. She was either grasping for relevance or just being hyper-partisan.

It looks bad for her, not for Bush.

More on Kennedy Class

The last time I recall her being in the news, Kennedy Townsend was lecturing Marylanders on how government knows best. I don’t have to remind you of some of the things the Kennedy family is known for including her grandfather Joe, Uncle Ted, and other members of the family who achieved greater fame.

Slate covers Quinton Report story

slateWelcome Slate readers!

Be sure to read my original story referenced in the article.

Slate.com reported today on Marco Gutierrez.  If you will recall, Gutierrez is co-founder of Latinos for Trump who made the news last week for his comments about “taco trucks on every corner.”

A story at The Quinton Report last week revealed some of the details of Gutierrez’s past – including all of his bankruptcies and the revocation of his real estate license.

In addition to the details I provided last week, Slate reports on other information that has come to light in their article by Ben Mathis-Lilley:,”Shocker: The ‘Taco Trucks on Every Corner’ Trump Guy Is a Serial Scam Artist.”

Slate points to a Mercury News piece on Gutierrez as well:

The California Department of Real Estate revoked Gutierrez’ broker’s license in 2012 after accusing him of making two unauthorized charges to a client’s bank account—one to pay $800.36 to Sprint and the other to pay $821.57 to Comcast.

Under a settlement with state regulators, Gutierrez was allowed to get a restricted seller’s license, but he surrendered that in 2014 after being alerted that he was once again being investigated for real estate law violations.

Slate also discusses the 14 bankruptcy filings:

Meanwhile, the conservative blog Quinton Report has found a court filing in which it’s revealed that Gutierrez and his wife have filed for bankruptcy a combined 14 times. A woman involved in the case testified that the family seems to use the practice of filing and then not following through on bankruptcy proceedings as a delaying tactic…

Mathis-Lilley’s closing:

This is my favorite “Guy improbably supporting Trump turns out to be a clown” story since the Trump “University” “student” who defended Trump University to CNN turned out to also have gone bankrupt. Gee, what do you think it is about the Trump campaign that deadbeats find so appealing?

Not Just Slate

Over the long weekend, Cher tweeted my original story to her 3 million followers:

Two days later, Gutierrez responded:

Bacon fire shuts down interstate

baconOn Monday evening, I-68 in Cumberland, Maryland was shut down for six hours after a truckload of bacon and other pork products caught on fire.

According to the Cumberland Times-News, “the truck was loaded with a variety of pork products including ribs.”

The fire shut down eastbound I-68 from 6 p.m to midnight Monday.

One county employee outside the Allegany County 911 Center reported smelling the aroma of bacon burning while outside. Fire Department officials told the media that “a portion of fire hose was damaged beyond repair by bacon grease than [sic] fell onto it.”

More on Bacon

In 2014, I wrote about a lobbying group that bought space on billboards in Allentown, Pennsylvania trying to get the Allentown IronPigs from selling bacon at their concession stands.

In 2015, with the help of IJReview, Senator Ted Cruz made machine-gun bacon:

In 2013, HuffPo reported on a company making bullets using pork:

South Fork Industries, based in Dalton Gardens, Idaho, claims its ammunition, called Jihawg Ammo, is a “defensive deterrent to those who violently act in the name of Islam.”

The bullets are coated in pork-infused paint, which the company states makes the ammo “haram,” or unclean, and therefore will keep a Muslim who’s shot with one of the bullets from entering paradise.

“With Jihawg Ammo, you don’t just kill an Islamist terrorist, you also send him to hell. That should give would-be martyrs something to think about before they launch an attack. If it ever becomes necessary to defend yourself and those around you our ammo works on two levels,” the company said in a press release earlier this month.

The company’s website bills the bullets as “Peace Through Pork” and a “peaceful and natural deterrent to radical Islam.” There’s a related line of apparel that feature slogans like “Put Some Ham in MoHAMed” and a target poster that says “Give Em a Spankin with some Bacon.”

It was also reported earlier this year that a Texas group is training to stop a Muslim “uprising” using bullets dipped in bacon grease and pig’s blood.

Latinos for Trump founder: 14 bankruptcies

Latinos for TrumpMarco Gutierrez, co-founder of Latinos for Trump, appeared on MSNBC Thursday evening. If you live under a rock, you may not have heard what he said.

In addition to those comments, his business credentials appear to be sketchy at best. He and his wife have filed a total of 14 bankruptcy cases. California revoked his real estate license in 2011 for surreptitiously taking money out of a client’s account, illegally collecting fees, and for engaging in real estate activities on a suspended license.

Gutierrez told Joy Reid last night that, “My culture is a very dominant culture and it’s imposing and it’s causing problems. If you don’t do something about it, you’re gonna have taco trucks on every corner.”

The remarks took the internet by storm overnight with memes, hashtags, and countless posts. The comments followed Donald Trump’s trip to Mexico and subsequent remarks on illegal immigration in a Phoenix speech.

Since then, several members have left the National Hispanic Advisory Council for Trump.

More on the Co-Founder of Latinos for Trump

Marco Gutierrez attended the University of Phoenix and received a degree from Kaplan University, according to his Linkedin profile. He also lists himself as an autodidact under his education.

Gutierrez appears to have started his career as a used car salesman. He also worked for Mortage.com and Realty World, according to his profile. He was also the founder and owner of Hidalgo Properties in Antioch, California for almost six years. He currently lists himself as the founder of Pepito International and Vice President of Operations for the American Dream Housing Agency Corporation.

A Facebook page for Pepito International is not active recently and also goes to a web domain that has no actual site on it. The American Dream Housing Agency page on Facebook has only been liked by four people.

A court record that reads like a soap opera reveals that Gutierrez and his wife Jennifer filed a total of fourteen (combined or individual) bankruptcy filings. The records also reveal that Marco Gutierrez had his real estate license revoked by the State Department of Real Estate in 2011.

Gutierrez lost his license “for various violations, including the surreptitious taking of money from the bank account of Mr. Oscar Garzon, the illegal collection of fees in advance of a modification for the same individual and his wife, and for [Gutierrez] acting in the real estate field on suspended licenses.”

Also from that court record, Gutierrez and his wife filed “a total of 14 bankruptcy cases (either jointly or individually).”

Another firm, Home Retention Team, was doing business without a real estate license in California. Both members of the Gutierrez couple were involved with HRT as well. Other records from the Department of Real Estate show more details.

Marco Gutierrez, co-founder of Latinos for Trump, also lists multiple awards from the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) on his Linkedin profile. He gave a handful of small contributions to the NRCC with his occupation listed as owner of Hidalgo Properties.

The Facebook profile of Mr. Gutierrez also shows his pictures with plenty of luminaries from the GOP and the right, including Tomi Lahren of Blaze TV (pictured with Gutierrez in the above photo.) Be sure to read the vitriol and venom he has received from commenters (many of them Latino) on his public pro-Trump status updates.

Some people might find it just a bit ironic that the co-founder of Latinos for Trump lost his real estate license over shady practices and has filed, along with his wife, fourteen separate bankruptcy cases.

Trump’s Speed Demon Hispanic Advisor

HispanicToday, the Republican National Committee and Donald Trump will hold a meeting of the National Hispanic Advisory Council for Trump. The event, at Trump Tower in New York, will include members from twelve states.

One member attending the meeting is lobbyist Jose Fuentes Agostini of Maryland. Earlier this month (on August 1 at 3:23 p.m.), Agostini was stopped by state police in Anne Arundel County. Online court records show that Agostini was charged with driving his 2017 Porsche at a speed of 95 mph or more in a 65 mph zone.  The case is marked as prepaid guilty so I presume he already paid the fine.

The picture above shows Agostini speaking on a panel at the National Hispanic Bar Association ahead of the 2000 elections. In the 2012 cycle, He bundled over $105,000 in contributions for the campaign of Mitt Romney and over $138,000 for all candidates.

Since 2000, He has contributed to campaigns including those of Spencer Abraham, George Allen, George W. Bush, Miriam Ramirez, Marco Rubio (Presidential), Carlos Romero-Barcelo, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Agostini also contributed to Marco Rubio’s Reclaim America PAC and to Phil Crane’s Fund for a Free Market America.

From 1997-2000, he was served as an appointed Secretary of Justice (Attorney General) in Puerto Rico. He has worked at Morgan Meguire, a government relations (lobbying) firm in DC and at Reed and Smith, LLP. He currently serves as Chairman of Eastport Strategies, LLC – which is another DC firm.

Agostini graduated from law school at the American University of Puerto Rico after receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Tampa. He serves as Chairman of the Board at Operation Opsail, where one of his fellow board members is former Senator Chris Dodd.

Trump and Hispanic Voters

The National Hispanic Advisory Council for Trump has members from twelve states. However, only one of these members hails from California. The council also includes six members from Texas, four from Florida, and three from Colorado.

A story from Fox News Latino this week notes in its headline that “Trump has deepened wedge between GOP and Latinos.”

From the story:

Indeed, a new Fox News Latino poll shows that Latino party identification since 2012 is leaning even further toward the Democrats, with 60 percent choosing it as the party they identify with, compared with 21 percent identifying as Republican — a 6-point increase for Democrats since 2012.

“With his emphasis on ‘building a wall’ on our southern border to keep out ‘rapists and criminals,’ Trump has apparently magnified the natural issue advantage the Democrats enjoy among Hispanic voters,” said a summary that accompanied the poll, written by report co-author and  Republican pollster Daron Shaw, who conducted the Fox News Latino poll along with Democratic pollster Chris Anderson.

As for their view of the parties, 60 percent of Latinos reported having a favorable view of the Democratic Party, compared to only 25 percent for Republicans. The poll sampled 803 Latino registered voters, and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.