Who would have thought just a couple of decades ago that having Mexican-born grandparents could be a boon to otherwise white politicians? It's not Mitt Romney and his Chihuahua roots this time, but a Los Angeles elected official with a background that's similar in many ways.
Los Angeles City Council member Eric Garcetti, who is considering a run for mayor, has been playing up his Italian-Mexican (on his father's side) and Jewish (on his mother's side) roots, reports the LA Weekly. It's an interesting story. Much like Romney, the descendant of Mormons from the U.S who migrated in the late 19th century to the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, Garcetti is the descendant of an Italian immigrant who did the same. From the piece, which gets beyond Garcetti's story into Mexican American identity and its public/political evolution: