WASHINGTON -- The Democratic National Committee is pushing back on a comment made by a Republican spokeswoman that accused Gov. Martin O'Malley of "Hispandering" to Latino voters, calling the term "silly and offensive."
The term appeared in a BuzzFeed story about the steps Maryland's governor has made to court Hispanic voters as he considers seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.
"Winning elections is based on substance and so far Martin O'Malley is relying on Hispandering to win," Republican National Committee spokeswoman Izzy Santa said in a statement to BuzzFeed.
A Democratic spokeswoman responded Monday, calling the term offensive.
"The RNC can’t call for a substantive dialogue, then eight words later coin a silly and offensive phrase that demeans issues important to Latinos. Democrats have a strong record of continuing to fight for the Latino community," the party’s director of Hispanic media, Pili Tobar, said in a statement.
Santa responded by arguing that Hispanics in Maryland are worse off under O'Malley.
"The DNC and O’Malley prove my point, they talk only about immigration and ignore their weaknesses which are the issues that matter most to my community," she said.