Senate Minority Caucus Manager Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake City, said she was not aware of the letter or of the personnel shift but that creating strong ties with the Latino community is a "critical component" of either party's success.
"The party better be committed," Robles said.
She underscored the need for the party to find out what went wrong in this situation and improve upon it. The Democratic Party has been "more responsive" to Latinos in the past, she said, and Latinos have reciprocated with their voting patterns.
House Minority Assistant Whip Rebecca Chavez-Houck, D-Salt Lake City, said she could not speak to the resignation but that she has received nothing but support from Gutierrez in her political interactions.
Chavez-Houck also said believes the party continues to be dedicated to reaching out to Latinos and that the personnel change is not an "indication that commitment is flagging."
Despite the difficulty of the situation, she said, it's an opportunity for party leadership to meet with Latino constituents and continue their attempts at "authentic inclusion" of the population.
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