Latina GOP Rep. Mayra Flores says Congressional Hispanic Caucus rejected her membership request

Flores won her special election in June and requested to join the caucus in early October.

Updated: October 27, 2022 - 1:23pm

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Texas GOP Rep. Mayra Flores says the Congressional Hispanic Caucus has rejected membership application because she is not a Democrat.

"My thoughts after the rejection by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, maybe I'm not the right type of taco," Flores tweeted Thursday.

Flores, who won her special election in June, requested to join the caucus in early October, the media outlet Townhall reported Wednesday.

Just the News has reached out Thursday to the caucus, which has yet to respond to the request for comment.

The caucus' website does not state that only Democrats are allowed to join. However, caucus spokesperson Sebastian Roa told The Texas Tribune that caucus bylaws prohibit Republicans from joining. 

"Rep. Flores’ Extreme MAGA values and their attacks on Latinos and our nation’s democracy on January 6 do not align with CHC values," Roa said.

The group started as a bipartisan caucus in 1976 but split in 2003 due to differences on U.S. policy toward Cuba.

"As the first Mexican-born Congresswoman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, I thought joining the Congressional Hispanic Caucus would be a constructive way to build bridges and work in a bipartisan manner on behalf of our constituents, Flores said. "I was wrong. This denial once again proves a bias towards conservative Latinas that don’t fit their narrative or ideology."