Representative Mayra Flores said she was barred from joining the Congressional Hispanic Caucus because the Democrat-run group is biased against conservative Hispanics.

The Texas Republican wrote on Twitter about being rejected after applying to join the group in early October.

“As the first Mexican-born US congresswoman, I thought the Hispanic caucus would be open to working together,” Ms Flores said in a tweet on Wednesday. “This denial once again demonstrates a bias toward conservative Latinos that does not fit their narrative or ideology.”

The Hispanic Caucus currently consists only of Democratic House members of Hispanic descent. It currently has about 40 members.

The group defended its Democrat-only policy by saying Ms. Flores held “extreme” positions. He also said that the group was Democrat-only after the deliberate exclusion of Republicans in 2003.

“In 2003, under the leadership of Rep. Diaz Ballart, GOP members broke away from the CHC to form the Congressional Hispanic Conference. According to our bylaws, the CHC is now for Democratic members. Rep. Flores’ extreme MAGA values ​​and Their attacks on Latinos and our nation’s democracy on January 6th are not consistent with CHC values,” said CHC spokesman Sebastian Rua.

Republicans have a smaller Congressional Hispanic Conference, which consists of about 9 members.

Ms. Flores is the first Mexican-born woman to serve in Congress, representing a largely Hispanic district in South Texas. He will face Democratic Rep. Vincent Gonzalez in two weeks in a competitive race pitting two incumbents against each other.

Rep. Byron Donald, Republican of Florida, one of two Black House Republicans, came to Ms. Flores’ defense, adding that she had also been rejected from joining the Congressional Black Caucus.

Mr. Donalds has said he believes he was denied entry into the Democratic caucus because he objected to the confirmation of President Biden’s victory.

“Last time I checked, I’m black, and Moira is Latina. These Democrats care more about the “R” than our race,” Mr. Donalds said in a tweet.

The CBC, which has been joined by GOP members in the past, rejected the idea.

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