March 12, 2010 2:00 PM

Commentary: When a Texas candidate's ethnicity and voter ignorance collide

Hurst, Texas, Republican Lenny Lopez figured he'd get an earful from voters when he ran against a popular Tarrant County justice of the peace. But there was one word he never expected to hear: "Mexican!" Born in Brooklyn to parents from the U.S. commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Lopez is as American as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor or — no relation — Jennifer Lopez.

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