Ricky Martin and Others Call on Puerto Ricans to Vote for Hillary

Hillary Clinton got more support in Puerto Rico today.(in Spanish, my translation skills are minimal but here is what I get):

The president of the Office of Dominican Subjects in Puerto Rico, Luis Aguasvivas, today exhorted to his compatriots in the Island to vote for Hillary Clinton.

....“The triumph in Puerto Rico of the senator Hillary Clinton will contribute to the development of social projects in favor of our community, in the fields of migratory reform… federal aid to programs of improvement of health, education, allocation of resources for the development of micro-enterprises, as well as of technical-vocational programs of education”, it maintained in an official notice.

Singer Ricky Martin issued this press release in Puerto Rico today, urging voters to mobilize and vote for Hillary. [More...]

“Senator Clinton has always been consistent with her commitment to the needs of our community for education, health and social welfare”, boricua in an official notice expressed the star.

....“As all we know these elections have historical repercussions for the United States as well as for the world. In the case of the presidential primary, ... we must take this opportunity to exert our force”,

The article lists as other Hillary supporters:

Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor, Eva Longoria, Jack Nicholson, America Ferrera, Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Michael Douglas, Robert Kennedy Jr, Quincy Jones and Magic Jonson they had announced his support
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    Great news for Hillary and I hope this increases (5.00 / 6) (#1)
    by athyrio on Wed May 28, 2008 at 10:14:10 PM EST
    the turnout....Rise Hillary Rise!!!

    Hey. They forgot us! (none / 0) (#4)
    by derridog on Wed May 28, 2008 at 10:16:15 PM EST
    We're Hillary supporters (well, most of us anyway)!

    Hillary Clinton....living the Vida Loca... :) (none / 0) (#38)
    by PssttCmere08 on Thu May 29, 2008 at 12:07:17 AM EST
    I sure hope Ricky Martin (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by zfran on Wed May 28, 2008 at 10:14:38 PM EST
    has a lot of sway in PR.

    He does (5.00 / 2) (#13)
    by txpolitico67 on Wed May 28, 2008 at 10:31:25 PM EST
    in the gay community.

    that's not exactly true (5.00 / 2) (#23)
    by facta non verba on Wed May 28, 2008 at 10:51:31 PM EST
    well yes he does have sway in the gay community but his reach goes far beyond that. He has been a music sensation since he was a boy. He was the lead singer of Menudo until the age of 15 and while he has mostly stopped singing in English, he is still cutting albums in Spanish.

    Willie Colon endorsed Clinton. These endorsements are not insignificant in Latin American community,perhaps not the Mexican and Central American communities but in the others yes. I'm a Latin American and this impacted me. Martin remains "un astro".


    Love that salsa music...Willie Colon is, as you (none / 0) (#39)
    by PssttCmere08 on Thu May 29, 2008 at 12:09:54 AM EST
    know, a very well known PR salsero; and Ricky Martin is no slouch.  Let's watch them work their
    magic for Hillary.

    I think all the communities love Ricky.... (5.00 / 1) (#44)
    by PssttCmere08 on Thu May 29, 2008 at 12:17:31 AM EST
    That's because he's hott. (5.00 / 1) (#53)
    by BrandingIron on Thu May 29, 2008 at 03:50:59 AM EST

    And we forgive him for "She Bangs".

    heh (none / 0) (#14)
    by andgarden on Wed May 28, 2008 at 10:33:27 PM EST
    I know this is stupid (5.00 / 3) (#3)
    by Kathy on Wed May 28, 2008 at 10:14:55 PM EST
    but I was wondering if Madonna had backed our girl.  She must be reading the papers and seeing some very familiar stories.

    I wonder what impact this will have, though.  Oprah, I feel, did a lot for Obama (at her own personal cost, which has been discussed here).  

    Perhaps this will help motivate people to go out and vote.  It's nice to read something like this and know that I am not the only one thinking it is never too late.  Thanks for sharing the story!

    Yes! Madonna supports (5.00 / 4) (#11)
    by txpolitico67 on Wed May 28, 2008 at 10:30:42 PM EST
    Hillary! Quote from Madonna at her husband's film debut:

    Hillary or Obama?

    "Hillary," Madonna.


    "Because I've gotta support the girls," she said. "And because I'm a big fan of the Clintons."



    Maybe I'm just old fashioned (5.00 / 1) (#25)
    by frankly0 on Wed May 28, 2008 at 11:05:31 PM EST
    but sometimes you just gotta appreciate a little loyalty.

    Once upon a time it was thought a virtue.


    Madonna, Streisand and Cher (5.00 / 1) (#56)
    by stillife on Thu May 29, 2008 at 07:09:51 AM EST
    Hillary gets the diva vote!  

    Not a Madonna fan, but she has elevated (none / 0) (#41)
    by PssttCmere08 on Thu May 29, 2008 at 12:11:18 AM EST
    herself a notch in my book....GO HILLARY!!

    Michelle Williams too (none / 0) (#57)
    by nulee on Thu May 29, 2008 at 07:38:04 AM EST
    of Brokeback Mountain fame, I read it in Elle a few months ago.

    What I was wondering was (5.00 / 5) (#15)
    by angie on Wed May 28, 2008 at 10:35:33 PM EST
    why hasn't the msm been making a big deal out of these "real" star backers** for Hillary when every Tom, Dick & Harry who comes out for Obama gets, almost literally, a ton of ink. **and yes, I mean to imply that Madonna, Jack Nicholson, Barbara Streisand, Elton John, Magic Johnson et al are more of "stars" than Will.I.Am. Heck, one Jack Nicholson beats ten George Clooneys.

    Normally, i wouldn't think celeb endorsements (none / 0) (#7)
    by masslib on Wed May 28, 2008 at 10:24:02 PM EST
    matter much(outside of Oprah).  But in PR, everything is done to music, even campaigning.

    So true. Whenever we're (5.00 / 4) (#18)
    by Cream City on Wed May 28, 2008 at 10:41:23 PM EST
    in the Caribbean, at our favorite island, it seems to be election time.  And part of the culture is cacophony from cars with loudspeakers, circling the island with catchy music blaring.  Still, it's always a surprise, and initially annoying -- but then, the music sounds great after enough margaritas.  

    Wait!  There never are enough margaritas. :-)


    Kudos to Ricky Martin - looking good, too (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by bridget on Wed May 28, 2008 at 10:20:55 PM EST
    Livin' la Vida Loca ;-)

    Has everyone seen the Jack Nicholson ad he made with Rob Reiner for Hillary?

    how cool is that? Jack Nicholson for Hillary!!!

    Shake Your Vote Vote (5.00 / 2) (#9)
    by txpolitico67 on Wed May 28, 2008 at 10:28:10 PM EST
    I knew there was a reason why I liked Ricky Martin (besides the obvious!)


    Me too. (none / 0) (#35)
    by rnibs on Wed May 28, 2008 at 11:56:41 PM EST
    Also (5.00 / 3) (#16)
    by txpolitico67 on Wed May 28, 2008 at 10:37:28 PM EST
    I can read Spanish and I just clicked on the comments regarding the Martin endorsement.  One reader wrote:  "Whatever you want Ricky (baby)!  I will do whatever you say!"

    Other comments are quite positive as well.  There are a few that argue about Obama's experience (for and against)


    For Obama's experience? (5.00 / 3) (#17)
    by masslib on Wed May 28, 2008 at 10:39:26 PM EST
    What on earth could that refer to?

    A commenter (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by txpolitico67 on Wed May 28, 2008 at 10:45:15 PM EST
    argued about Clinton's experience and the response was that her resume was about as thin as his but he has more to offer, more voters like him...blah blah blah....

    OMG, no. No ones resume (5.00 / 4) (#22)
    by masslib on Wed May 28, 2008 at 10:48:17 PM EST
    is as thin as his.  I have a heftier resume.

    Arguing obama's experience couldn't have (5.00 / 2) (#42)
    by PssttCmere08 on Thu May 29, 2008 at 12:13:12 AM EST
    taken too long.

    Yessss (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by Andy08 on Wed May 28, 2008 at 10:57:11 PM EST
    Ricky !!   Bravo!!

    Over in "Opposite World" (5.00 / 3) (#27)
    by OxyCon on Wed May 28, 2008 at 11:14:09 PM EST
    Ricky Martin is getting trashed over at MyDD, the blog that used to be full of rational people, but was overrun by the DailyKos crowd a few months back.
    Just thought I'd pass this along, as I was over there earlier and that is where I learned about Ricky Martin's endorsement. Then my heart sank as I read the typical hateful comments. Gotta hate Ricky now that he's in with the Clintons!
    Remember when the right wingers bulldozed all those Dixie Chick CD's? Those were the days!

    Did you expect any less from a pro-obama site? (5.00 / 1) (#43)
    by PssttCmere08 on Thu May 29, 2008 at 12:15:57 AM EST
    When I was logging onto HuffPo...so many obamaholics were on there huffing and puffing about MyDD because they were for Hillary.  My how the tide has turned.  They think they can come in and swarm a site and take over...kudos to Jeralyn for not losing control here...nice job.

    I agree - I wish MYDD would rule (none / 0) (#58)
    by nulee on Thu May 29, 2008 at 07:43:12 AM EST
    the roost a bit more - that site has tanked over the last few months.  It must be because the caucuses are over and these aggressive Obama supporters have no one to brow beat.  If their dialogue was = blogging I wouldn't blog, all sarcasm and arrogance.

    Yes, thank you, thank you to Jeralyn and BTD for running a tight ship here.  It is almost the only place to read consistently good discussion of what is happening.


    Yeh (none / 0) (#62)
    by kenoshaMarge on Thu May 29, 2008 at 10:59:45 AM EST
    Remember when the right wingers bulldozed all those Dixie Chick CD's?

    And remember how disgusted we were with such morons? How's it feel to have the morons on our side? Yuck and double yuck. Do I just have a faulty memory or didn't our party used to have more class?


    Ricky's endorsement does matter! (5.00 / 0) (#28)
    by sotonightthatimightsee on Wed May 28, 2008 at 11:18:07 PM EST
    My fellow Hillary supporters!

    Take it from a New Yorican (Puerto Rican born in NY), Hillary will win PR and she will win it big!!! Btw, Ricki does have a lot of influence on the island, as well as Willie Colon and other famous stars!

    On a different note..Jesus himself could endorse Hillary and the MSM would completely ignore it.


    Wondering about Roselyn Sanchez and (none / 0) (#46)
    by PssttCmere08 on Thu May 29, 2008 at 12:24:00 AM EST
    Esai Morales...are they supporting Hillary...just curious.

    She will win PR big!!! (none / 0) (#59)
    by sotonightthatimightsee on Thu May 29, 2008 at 09:21:59 AM EST
    Not sure, but there are a lot of famous Puerto Ricans supporting Hillary! Don't buy the notion that some in the MSM have tried to put out there- suggesting Puerto Ricans may not be for Hillary as much as other Hispanic voters. This is a bunch of b.s!!

    All Hispanics...from Mexico, to the Caribbean, to South American and beyond are rooting for Hillary!!!


    You are so right....the obama camp will say/do (none / 0) (#63)
    by PssttCmere08 on Thu May 29, 2008 at 11:19:02 AM EST
    anything to make it look like Hillary doesn't have support.  She does...Nuyoricans love her and that will transfer to PR itself.

    Ole Ole (5.00 / 2) (#29)
    by janarchy on Wed May 28, 2008 at 11:25:50 PM EST
    My mom started laughing when I told her about this and didn't think Ricky Martin was very relevant these days (although I'm proud she knew who he was considering she's 73 and never followed any popular music). I explained that he was still a huge deal with the Latino community and that got through!

    I think it's pretty cool at any rate.

    "Willie Colon endorsed Clinton." (5.00 / 1) (#30)
    by A little night musing on Wed May 28, 2008 at 11:34:18 PM EST
    That's just jaw-droppingly awesome.

    I remember Willie Colon running for Bronx Borough Prez. (IIRC, but I'm one of those old-irrelevant people so you never know ;-))

    My dream ticket...

    A purely positive diary to this effect... (5.00 / 1) (#31)
    by citizen53 on Wed May 28, 2008 at 11:39:19 PM EST
    was met with ridicule and hate at Daily Kos.

    Pointing this out brought charges of being a troll, or that I should join the GOP.

    I don't know how much more of this hope I can take.

    Have a little Willie Colon (5.00 / 0) (#34)
    by A little night musing on Wed May 28, 2008 at 11:53:47 PM EST
    Good stuff!! Hector LaVoe...so sad....I am a (5.00 / 0) (#49)
    by PssttCmere08 on Thu May 29, 2008 at 12:27:50 AM EST
    big fan of El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico...



    Welcome... (1.00 / 0) (#32)
    by Alec82 on Wed May 28, 2008 at 11:47:10 PM EST
    ...to my hell.  I started here and migrated to dailykos .  I'm more of a law blogger anyway.  Less room for snapshot opinions.  

     Senator Clinton's supporters do get a bad rap on dailykos, but Obama supporters are targeted here.  


    As someone who frequents both... (5.00 / 3) (#33)
    by citizen53 on Wed May 28, 2008 at 11:52:42 PM EST
    and supports neither Clinton or Obama, the worst conduct, hands down, goes to the latter supporters.

    They are, after all, claiming to be about hope and unity, yet are so quick to demonize.

    Krugman was right about them.  I do not say all this gladly.


    I hear you. (5.00 / 2) (#37)
    by A little night musing on Thu May 29, 2008 at 12:05:11 AM EST
    I do not say all this gladly.

    Have I said this here before? When asked by MoveOn if they should endorse a candidate, I told them that I was torn, but on the whole I suggested they endorse Obama because I thought he'd bring new voters into play etc.

    On SuperDuperTuesday I ended up voting for HRC anyway, long story. And I schooled myself long and hard about the tendency to rationalize a close decision.

    It was Obama himself, and people acting on his behalf, and my discovery of how very thin his resume was, AND HIS FRICKIN' TRYING TO REWRITE THE HISTORY OF THE LAST FORTY YEARS, that's changed my mind. Oh, and how HRC has grown as a candidate, and I openly admit she is much better now than in February.

    In some sense I want to like Obama. I really do. But the man himself gets in the way of it, and every single bit of vitriol that's flung at HRC for no better reason than that she is a woman makes me think, that's what "they" always do to us. That's how they marginalize ME. And it becomes personal.

    Like I keep saying, Obama has to own this problem and do something about it. He could. But the window is very small: it's closing rapidly.


    Maybe... (1.00 / 0) (#40)
    by Alec82 on Thu May 29, 2008 at 12:10:46 AM EST
    ...you are right. Krugman was digging his own grave, IMO, and his rhetoric lost me (I was reading him all through undergrad, but he lost me on his overreaction).

     The hope/unity meme was BS from the start.  Even if they wanted it to be true it couldn't be.  She ran to Obama's right when it became clear what was going to happen, IMO.  

     As I have said time and again, I will support the Democratic nominee.  My perspective is undoubtedly skewed, but I don't hear that from Camp Clinton these days.  



    The difference is that... (5.00 / 1) (#45)
    by citizen53 on Thu May 29, 2008 at 12:20:24 AM EST
    if one preaches hope and unity and consensus, then acts just the opposite, then he or she is open to criticism.

    I never saw Clinton or her supporters as creating that illusion.  But many Obama supporters do, then cannot accept ANY criticism, and are intolerant to dissenting views.  They start namecalling at the drop of a hat.

    That's my experience.


    And I can see that... (none / 0) (#47)
    by Alec82 on Thu May 29, 2008 at 12:24:42 AM EST
    ...but I also see Machiavellian tendencies with Clinton.  And I dislike her spouse.

     It isn't fair that she is judged by him, I admit.  I even admit that he took the change meme and ran with it.  But she voted for the war, she assumed that she would be the nominee, etc.  Like I said, I would still vote for her in the GE against a GOP candidate.  Beyond that, to me, they are at best neutral.


    Alec...per your rating....your condescending (5.00 / 1) (#50)
    by PssttCmere08 on Thu May 29, 2008 at 12:31:06 AM EST
    posts are tiresome.  You are here just to rile people up.  We like Hillary; you don't...enough said.

    Condescending=you don't agree (1.00 / 2) (#51)
    by Alec82 on Thu May 29, 2008 at 12:37:18 AM EST
    That is your reality, not mine.  Hide behind it as you wish.  

     Attack me all you want.  I am not your enemy.  Unless you are a right winger.

     I am not on record stating that I will vote for McCain over Obama or Clinton.  So attack me as often and as harshly as you wish.  Just don't hide behind the ratings system.  

     If I am here to "rile people up," you are here to tag team.  


    Ah.... (none / 0) (#52)
    by Alec82 on Thu May 29, 2008 at 02:14:41 AM EST
    ...don't respond, just rate me low.

     I can take it.



    And I don't like Michelle but there we are. (5.00 / 2) (#55)
    by miguelito on Thu May 29, 2008 at 05:03:04 AM EST
    Ricky Martin Indeed... (1.00 / 2) (#26)
    by Alec82 on Wed May 28, 2008 at 11:11:03 PM EST
    ...and with that she cements the gay (male) vote.

     I say ignore celebrity endorsements, and that includes Oprah.  But at the very least, she was a journalist.  I had to argue very hard to get a friend to ignore that ridiculous Obama music video before she was willing to vote for him.  

     I am just waiting for the "Cruise for Obama" ad to "come out" of the proverbial political closet.

    Pssst... (none / 0) (#48)
    by Alec82 on Thu May 29, 2008 at 12:25:42 AM EST
    ...come here and explain your rating....

    You imply (none / 0) (#54)
    by BrandingIron on Thu May 29, 2008 at 03:54:08 AM EST

    something about Ricky that he himself hasn't confirmed, you also intimate that it's pandering to the gay community (with the Obama's "coming out" b.s.).  Tact, thy name isn't Alec.

    OOOO MY GAWD (none / 0) (#60)
    by txpolitico67 on Thu May 29, 2008 at 09:53:39 AM EST
    As a gay male you have offended me to no end with that statement.  Maybe you liked it when Obama had Donnie McClurkin by his side. I BET you did!

    What's more offensive is your attitude.  "Cruise for Obama?"  What if we were to say with all the blacks that endorse him is "Bruthaz For obama" vote?


    And Hillary's version would be (none / 0) (#61)
    by FlaDemFem on Thu May 29, 2008 at 10:59:19 AM EST
    "bros fo' hos"? Heh.

    I must be the only person in the universe (none / 0) (#6)
    by Radiowalla on Wed May 28, 2008 at 10:23:11 PM EST
    who has never heard of Ricky Martin...

    Wow. (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by hornplayer on Wed May 28, 2008 at 10:29:24 PM EST
    Not to offend, but it certainly seems possible.

    Not that you're missing all that much IMO, but I'm just a little white boy ;-).


    Yes...you must. (none / 0) (#8)
    by masslib on Wed May 28, 2008 at 10:24:42 PM EST

    I know about menudo, however. (none / 0) (#19)
    by Radiowalla on Wed May 28, 2008 at 10:44:40 PM EST
    Well, then, you were (5.00 / 1) (#36)
    by Cream City on Thu May 29, 2008 at 12:01:00 AM EST
    salsa when salsa wasn't kewl.  You get to put peanuts in your margarita!

    Living La Vida Loca? (none / 0) (#12)
    by masslib on Wed May 28, 2008 at 10:30:43 PM EST
    I suppose so. (none / 0) (#21)
    by Radiowalla on Wed May 28, 2008 at 10:45:36 PM EST
    But it's a happy vida loca.

    Can life be lived happily without Ricky Martin?