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Amy Klobuchar Introduces Herself to Las Vegas Union Members with 4th Grade Spanish Name

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) on Tuesday introduced herself to members of the Las Vegas Culinary Union by referencing the name she was given in her 4th grade Spanish class.

“My name is Amy and when I took Spanish in fourth grade my name was Elena,” she told the members of the influential union, which boasts of 60,000 members and prides itself as Nevada’s “largest immigrant organization.”

She told the group she was given the name “because I couldn’t roll my R’s very well and so it was ‘e-l-e-n-a’”:

omg its real. it’s 100% real!!!! https://t.co/CZFeCUOWq1 pic.twitter.com/2pwXoXdi40

— Brett Banditelli 🚫✂️ (@banditelli) February 19, 2020

WATCH:

Amy Klobuchar at the Culinary Union forum: My name is Amy, but when I was in fourth grade Spanish they gave me the name Elena.

I feel bad for the staffer who told Klobuchar to share that story.

My advice to the staffer: watch out for binders. pic.twitter.com/uIvHllv6Bk

— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) February 19, 2020

Latino voters comprise a significant portion of the electorate in Nevada, but a Telemundo poll released this week showed Klobuchar struggling to gain support from that demographic, with only five percent backer her.

The Culinary Union declined to endorse a Democrat candidate after releasing an informational flyer, giving an overview of the positions of the top Democrat candidates. The union noted Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who is leading in Nevada, would “End Culinary Healthcare” and later accused his supporters of “viciously” attacking members for highlighting that information:

Nevada, get ready to Early Vote! February 15th – 18th

🗳We vote. We win. For our families! #FirstInTheWest #NVCaucus #NVEarlyVote pic.twitter.com/6kKf1weZt4

— The Culinary Union (@Culinary226) February 12, 2020

STATEMENT by Geoconda Argüello-Kline: It’s disappointing Senator Sanders’ supporters have viciously attacked the Culinary Union & working families in NV simply because we provided facts on proposals that might takeaway what we have built over 8 decades. ➡️https://t.co/zUqTizBFSF pic.twitter.com/sWnRZ0r2vR

— The Culinary Union (@Culinary226) February 12, 2020

Nonetheless, the union declined to formally endorse a candidate.

“We’re not going to endorse a political candidate,” Local 226 Secretary-General Geoconda Argüello-Kline announced last week.

“We are going to work … to defeat President Trump,” she added.

Sanders, however, landed an endorsement from the influential Latino group Mijente this week, which plans to assist him in garnering support in Nevada and other upcoming states such as Arizona, Texas, and California:

We need a president who will fight like hell for change that is long overdue & who will not quickly return to pre-Trump, quasi-progressive policies. With over 70% of the vote, a majority of Mijente members agree that Sanders is the best path to mobilize Latinxs & beat Trump.

— Mijente 🐜🐜🐜 (@ConMijente) February 18, 2020

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