Santos for Houston
A recent article in the Houston Chronicle
, draws inspiration from the West Wing's Matt Santos
, a Hispanic Congressman from Houston running for president, and asks why not here:Veteran Houston political consultant Marc Campos, an avid West Wing viewer, is calling for local Hispanic political leaders to use the upcoming Santos-Vinick confrontation as a promotional tool to encourage Latino political participation.
Campos calls the Santos character an ideal political role model who can educate as well as entertain . "We can't just sit on our couches on Wednesday evening and root for the guy. Let's think of a way to get the local Latino community to start talking about Santos."
Since the West Wing scriptwriters have yet to flesh out their character's Houston upbringing, Campos suggests Houstonians could fill in the blanks with a Santos neighborhood, a high school, even a favorite Mexican restaurant. While the partisan cast of the Santos candidacy might limit the fun to Democrats, it's still a great way to encourage Latinos here to register to vote and perhaps turn a fictional candidacy into future fact.
Not a bad idea for a way to get people to ask why Houston can't produce a leader like Santos. Now, if we can only get Midland to produce someone like the West Wing's Sen. Arnold Vinick