RNC’s Asian-American Outreach: Hires

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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets Asian American supporters as he campaigns at Van Dyck park in Fairfax, Va., on Sept. 13, 2012.

Jeb Bush has called Asian-Americans the canary in the Republican Party’s coal mine.

Look past the 71 percent of Hispanic voters who sided with President Barack Obama in November, the Florida Republican has suggested, and one will find the 74 percent of Asian-Americans supporting the Democrat.

Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman who has commissioned an autopsy of his party’s poor performance last year — not only in the national race, but also in Senate contests in which it could have challenged the Democrats for control of the Senate — is putting some of its findings into play.

As he and the rest of the Republican National Committee head to Los Angeles for their spring meeting  later this week — what the Los Angeles Times calls “a visit meant to illustrate the party’s commitment to broadening its reach even in the bluest of states” — Priebus has announced two new party hires to step up the RNC’s engagement with voters in Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

 The L.A. Times notes: Stephen Fong as national field director and Jason Chung as a national communications director — “the first in a series of changes that will be announced this week as the party’s members debate actions intended to reverse their losses in the 2012 presidential race.”

Fong, a California native, will lead party activists “rooted in the communities they serve to engage people where they live, work, and worship.” Chung, who has worked with Republican candidates in Connecticut, Maryland and Virginia, will oversee outreach to Asian and Pacific Islander media, the Times’ Maeve Reston reports.

“We’ve made a commitment to being a party for every state, every community, and every neighborhood,” Priebus told the Times. “This is one of many steps toward keeping that commitment.”

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