Asked whether he was concerned that the Campaign for Primary Accountability might inject race or ethnicity into the campaign, O'Rourke said, "it's not something I can control."
He declined to send a message through the news media. "I prefer to have zero interaction with them," he said.
Reyes, in a statement, said the electorate expects a "better dialogue on the issues of substance, such as creating jobs, protecting Social Security, and safeguarding veteran benefits."
Reyes wrote, "I don't condone a candidate being impugned for his race and refuse to damage our community by making this an issue. I take great pride in being the first Latino to represent El Paso in the U.S. House of Representatives, but take even more pride in my service for all El Pasoans as their elected representative. When I fought in Vietnam, I fought for everyone. When I patrolled the border, I did it to protect everyone, and if I get re-elected to Congress, I will continue to represent every single El Pasoan. In the end, this race is about who will represent the voice of all El Pasoans -- not the voice of special interest or a select few."
The Campaign for Primary Accountability has said it aims to defeat long-term incumbents in primaries regardless of party or race. Those incumbents are rarely challenged and have fundraising advantages, they said. They said the campaign is designed to create more competition and hope it will result in more responsive leadership.
"They (critics) can address their problems with super PACs to the White House and the Supreme Court," said spokesman Curtis Ellis. "If Mr. Reyes did not have access to unlimited funds from inside-the-Beltway PACs, there would not be a need for the (super PAC's) equalizing campaign."
Ellis referred to the White House because President Barack Obama, though on record opposing the court decision allowing super PACs, authorized one in his own campaign to deny Republicans an unfair advantage.
Unlimited outside money, no matter whom it goes to, creates a "perversion of the election process," Gonzalez said.
The Campaign for Primary Accountability, according to Anchondo's press release, is "a shell group funded by the mega-rich and Republican-leaning donors from across the state intent on funneling money to defeat Democratic incumbents including strong pillars in Latino and black communities." He also says, "Democrats across El Paso County need to unite to help stop Republican attempts to decimate the vote of Latino communities across the state."
Antonio Williams, president of El Paso Stonewall Young Democrats, a group that includes gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, said in a telephone interview that Anchondo "did not characterize his response in the most appropriate way." The group recently endorsed O'Rourke.
Anchondo's "racist statements" represent a bigotry that has been aimed at blacks and other minorities, Williams said in a statement of his own. This time around, the bigotry is aimed at "the non-Hispanic or non-black minorities that live in El Paso," he wrote.
Anchondo's comments encourage people to vote based on ethnicity, whether intended that way or not, Williams said.
"I don't see any racist remarks as far was we're concerned, whatever anybody else may think," Anchondo said.
Both Gonzalez and Anchondo questioned the super PAC's avowed nonpartisanship and its ultimate agenda.
The campaign targeted Reyes "because he's a Demo crat and he's in office and he doesn't do what they want him to do," Anchondo said. "They can claim anything they want to. It looks pretty Republican to me."
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