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'I Am Not Embarrassed': Mayra Flores Calls Out Racist Attacks From Opponent's Henchman

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Congresswoman Mayra Flores revealed on Monday Congressman Vicente González paid a local blogger who writes posts degrading the freshman representative as "Miss Frijoles 2022" or beans.

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Flores will be facing González in November in a district with redrawn district lines. The outcome of the race will showcase how far Latinos are willing to buck the Democratic party, who had a stronghold in the Rio Grande Valley for decades. González is running in the 34th District after his current district, the 15th, was drawn up to be more favorable for Republicans.

NBC News reported González’s campaign wrote a $1,200 check to The McHale Report blog June 24 for "advertising services." The post comparing Flores to beans appeared on July 4. In total, the blog made the comparison over 20 times. González and the blog owner say the timing of the payment and the posts are coincidental. The blog also contains posts that have the N-word and derogatory references to women's private parts, including Flores’ body.

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"Of course, the congressman is against referring to Rep. Flores as ‘Miss Frijoles’ or a ‘cotton-picking liar’," Collin Steele, González’s campaign manager told NBC News.

McHale defended the comparison because Flores is a Republican.

"I don’t see it as a racist remark," he said. "It’s just about food. It’s just satire. It’s just me making fun of her. When does political correctness go overboard?"

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