Paul Ryan’s Mariachi Band

This is the bizarre state of Republican efforts to win the rhetorical/messaging campaign around immigration reform. Campaigning in Chicago Tuesday with Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) actually showed up at campaign events with a mariachi band. Go figure.

The Sun-Times reports:

On Monday morning, a Mariachi band guided the unlikely political pair into the Erie Neighborhood House, where immigration rights groups, clergy and others convened to rally behind substantial changes in the law that would give more immigrants a path to citizenship.

Gutierrez, a known national leader on immigration rights, said he and Ryan struck up a connection over their shared Catholic faith.

Gutierrez said that although he campaigned hard against the Romney-Ryan ticket, Ryan held no hard feelings. When the two saw each other again afterward: “The first words out of his mouth were: ‘It’s good to see you again, Luis,’ ” according to Gutierrez.

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