Best New Republican (2003)

Houston City Councilman Gabe Vasquez

What do you do if you're an ambitious young Hispanic politico who has run afoul of the traditional Democratic powers that be in the Latino community? District H City Councilman Gabe Vasquez's solution was to change playing fields. Earlier this year, he jumped to the Republican Party. Hispanic officials have prospered in the Texas GOP in recent years, mostly through appointments to plum posts like Texas secretary of state. With Republicans in control of both the White House and the statehouse, it's only a matter of time till Vasquez receives a job summons from on high.

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