GOP to José Hernández: Where’s your space certificate? *Updated

by SOY CAPITAN on March 29, 2012 in El Now, Outer Espace


*(SACRAMENTO) A judge ruled Thursday afternoon that Democratic candidate José Hernández can indeed call himself an “astronaut” on the official ballots for U.S. Congress, according to a late report from the California state capital.

Yo no soy astronauta?

(SACRAMENTO March 26) He’s a NASA veteran who has been to the International Space Station and back and here we have a photo of him in his pinche space suit, but GOP lawyers who oppose Democrat José Hernández’s bid for seat in the U.S. Congress are demanding he stop calling himself an “astronaut.”

Unless Californian Hernandez can prove he is still an astronaut, the lawyers say, he has to stop referring to himself using that title.

“Astronaut is not a title one carries for life,”  Republican operatives  asserted in a lawsuit filed in Sacramento County last week.

The suit notes that Hernandez did not make any money from NASA last year. From the Fresno Bee:

“Hernandez’s attempted use of ‘astronaut’ violates the Election Code’s unambiguous requirement that a candidate’s ballot designation reflect one’s current profession, vocation, or one held during the previous calendar year,” the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit quietly filed Wednesday in Sacramento County Superior Court by the firm Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk strikes right at the heart of Hernandez’s biography. It’s a life story he’s making considerable use of as he seeks to challenge freshman Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock.

“I went from plowshares to the stars,” Hernandez told supporters when he announced his candidacy in Modesto in October.

The French Camp native, born into a farmworker family, trained as an engineer at the University of the Pacific and was selected as an astronaut candidate in May 2004. He flew aboard the shuttle Discovery in 2009 and left NASA in January 2011.

“The challenges our country is facing are far too important to waste any more time on petty partisan political games,” Hernandez said Friday.

Make sure you check out POCHO’s Song for a Latino Astronaut:

Ground Control to Major Juan (music video).



Omar March 26, 2012 at 9:29 AM

The GOP love to focus on labels, those guys are fearful of the present and the future, well informed Latino professionals, being led by great role models like Jose Hernandez.

Don Wilson March 26, 2012 at 12:42 PM

As I read this article, it again reminds me of the struggles that people of color went throught during the 60’s, and even today. Mr. Jose Hernandez is role model and great American who has served this country, his country with honor and continues to serve it well. Having Mr. Hernandez serve in U.S. Congress will I’m sure be task as tough as missions at NASA.

Mary Torregrossa March 26, 2012 at 2:51 PM

As an underemployed, laid-off, 55 year-old veteran teacher of 25 years, I plan to use my job title as “teacher” for a long time to come no matter the circumstances, until I become a “retired teacher.” I never stopped being a teacher. The education system just washed away under my feet like an economic tsumani. Mr. Hernandez served his country and earned his creds. Shout it from the highest mountain tops, which can now be seen from space, Jose Hernandez is an ASTRONAUT!

Jon March 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM

If Jose Hernandez is not allowed to refer to himself as an ‘astronaut’, then Gov. Romney can’t refer to himself as Governor and Sen. Santorum can’t refer to himself as Senator since they both no longer hold those titles and are no longer on the payroll for those jobs. If Santorum takes himself too seriously, gets uppity and insists…then tell him to ‘google’ his last name…..that will bring him back to earth.

Robert Navarro March 27, 2012 at 3:05 PM

It never seems to amaze me how much time people have on their hands. Rather than taking on real issues to improve our country, they are attacking a great american role model. I am offended even to refer to a great engineering wonder as a pinche space suit, that just show what kind of IQ these individuals have. Jose has earned the right and merit to carry the title of astronaut. He is sincere on moving forward in improving this country and the opening opportunities for our next generations. What have these folks done but yet they focus on a well earned title. how absurd.

Lupe Dominguez March 27, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Maybe the GOP should stop calling themselves intelligence until they can show one ounce of intelligence among the whole party affiliation. Armstrong, one of the pioneers in space travel is still considered an astronaut. Hernandez, earned that title just like, Armstrong.

oscar barreda sr April 30, 2012 at 3:03 PM

How sick can republicans get. Mr. Hernandez is an astronaut in several ways, shapes and forms

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