MURFREESBORO, Tenn., June 15, 2015– On Monday, Rep. Bryan Terry, MD co-hosted a fundraiser for Latinos for Tennessee at Reeves-Sain Pharmacy in Murfreesboro. The special guest was Rafael Cruz, the father of Texas Senator and Presidential candidate Ted Cruz. Community leader Shane Reeves graciously offered the pharmacy as a venue and joined the legislators as a co-host.
Rafael Cruz spoke about his time in Cuba including being held prisoner and being tortured. He said that he sees parallels between what he saw in his youth in Cuba with President Obama’s vision and the course of America under his leadership. Upon his release from prison, he legally made his way to Texas where he studied and taught at the University of Texas. He told of the principles he instilled in Ted Cruz including God and the Constitution. He sees a grassroots uprising and spoke of various examples across America. He encouraged everyone to become involved.
Many in the Republican Party have recognized the struggles of the Republican Party to grow without compromising on their core principles. Kentucky Senator and Presidential hopeful Rand Paul has been speaking to non-traditional Republican crowds at college campuses and to minority groups. Last month, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush told Republicans at the TNGOP Statesman Dinner that, “The next Republican that will win will campaign in the Latino community, will campaign among Asian-Americans, will campaign in the black churches, will campaign on college campuses.” The Republican State Leadership Committee understands the challenges ahead and started the Future Majority Project to recruit, highlight, and support candidates that reflect diversity of the nation.
As a member of the Choctaw Nation, Terry was chosen by the RSLC as a 14 in ’14 candidate to watch this past election cycle.
“As many of you may know, constituent outreach, and in particular outreach to those demographics where Republicans have traditionally struggled, is a passion of mine. Being Native American and having a background in self governance, I have long felt that Republicans have not effectively connected with various groups. It is my hope to be able to lead Tennessee Republicans in this area,” said Terry.
In reaching out to the next generation, Terry worked with Central Magnet High School students to co-sponsor the Right to Try Act. Additionally, he worked with minority students from MTSU to co-sponsor the Racial Profiling Prevention Act. This past May, Terry hosted his second annual Empowering Women event which highlights successful women and provides others with the tools to get involved.
Now, he is broadening his outreach by discussing issues with the Latino community. “Latinos for Tennessee has Faith, Family, Freedom, and Fiscal Responsibility as their guiding principles. We stand aligned in those principles, and I was honored to help with the event,” said Terry with regards to the Latinos for Tennessee fundraiser.