Sanchez named to lead Latino fundraising for Obama

03/28/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Yesterday the Barack Obama campaign announced that Tampa businessman Frank Sanchez has been named National Chairman of Latino Fundraising for the campaign.

Sanchez has already been active with Obama as adviser on Latin American issues, and as a chief fundraiser here in Florida.

Sanchez previously worked in the Bill Clinton administration as an Assistant Secretary of Transportation where he oversaw international negotiations.

Sanchez ran and lost to Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio in a run-off election back in 2003.

WMNF caught up with Sanchez today in London, where he was working with his current company. Earlier in the campaign, Hillary Clinton was receiving the majority of the Latino vote. We asked Sanchez how he could help Obama bridge that factor.

While appearing this morning on ABC’s The View, Obama was asked and had to answer once again questions about his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Sanchez says he believes Obama has successfully dealt with the issue with his speech on race last week in Philadelphia – and national polls released this week seem to indicate the issue hasn’t become a factor in his contest against Sen. Hillary Clinton.

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