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RPOF and Florida Democrats Trade Punches Over Insults to Hispanics

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: March 24, 2014 3:55 AM
Rick Scott

Rick Scott

Florida’s two major parties dug in on Monday and continued hurling attacks over a report that Mike Fernandez, who had been Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign finance co-chair, resigned due to campaign aides doing an over-the-top Mexican accent around him.

Fernandez resigned his post on Thursday night. The Miami Herald is reporting that Fernandez quit in part due to the aides’ behavior. The Scott team, including Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, insists that nobody on the campaign has done anything like that.

Lenny Curry, the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF), weighed in on Monday afternoon, insisting the Democrats have been the party treating Hispanics badly and making fun of them. Curry pointed toward congressional candidate former state CFO Alex Sink’s comment at a candidate forum at the end of February that immigration reform was needed for “people to work to clean our hotel rooms or do our landscaping.”


Curry also cited former Gov. Charlie Crist’s comment that politicians need to “stand up to that small Cuban community” in South Florida when it comes to dealing with the Castro regime. Despite spending most of his political life as a Republican, Crist is the favorite for the Democratic nomination to challenge Scott in November.

“Today I call on all Florida Democrats to condemn the myriad of actual insults that have been continually hurled at the Florida Hispanic community by members of their own party,” Curry said. “These comments are insulting and intolerable and they should be harshly condemned.”

A spokesman for the Florida Democratic Party looked to tie the Scott campaign’s denials to their candidate’s tenure at Columbia/HCA. When Scott led that company, Columbia/HCA was forced to pay the largest Medicare fraud fine ever to the federal government.

Joshua Karp, a spokesman for the Florida Democrats, insisted on Monday the Scott campaign is hiding the truth.

“This is what a cover-up looks like,” Karp said. “The truth is clear: a van full of Rick Scott’s campaign staffers made racist jokes about Hispanics. But Rick Scott is so desperate to win re-election, he and his team won’t take an ounce of responsibility. They’ll just try to sweep it under the rug.

“Rick Scott’s policies have disrespected Florida’s Hispanics for three years,” Karp added. “Now it’s clear that’s not just Rick Scott’s idea of good public policy -- his blatant disrespect for Hispanics is clearly his idea of good campaign politics.”



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Comments (4)

William
7:25PM MAR 26TH 2014
Everyone is too sensitive today (myself included). Remember Bill Dana, and his comedy skit "MY NAME, Jose Jiminez"? Audiences loved it, but I don't think you could try that today, without being called a racist, or a bigot, or something like that.
what
9:34AM MAR 26TH 2014
If in fact the elections in the country have been honest since 2008, then that proves the voters are not the real racists! Voters allegedly elected Obama in 2008 and Marco Rubio in 2010. I must admit it seems a little fishy that in Allen West's home county of St. Lucie, he lost and Obama got 141% of the votes cast! But, Clint Curtis warned this could happen because the vote fixer chips is set to give a certain number of the votes to the chosen one, which can mess up the percentages.

Most all of the people in the US are immigrants from somewhere. From the beginning ever nationality has been looked down upon by the ones who got here before them. But the USA being the melting pot it is all of the people in this country would have learned to live together in harmony if not for those who have created every divide and conquer technique in history. Remember "affirmative action?" Well it worked for a while, but then they moved into high gear and changed the name to "DIVERSITY!"

Diversity is the polar opposite of UNITY. Diversity started one morning at the TOWER OF BABAL when the people showed up to work on their staircase to heaven, the LORD divided their languages and they went about in different directions. It was Abraham Lincoln who said A NATION DIVIDED CAN NOT STAND. And the majority of the people are still to ignorant to see what is right before their eyes. The manipulators and manipulated the destruction of the former greatest nation ever to stand on the planet earth.
Frank
8:35AM MAR 26TH 2014
Yes, Yes, Lenny Curry must be right that Alex Sink was making fun of Hispanics when she said:

"Immigration reform is important in our country. It's one of the main agenda items of the beaches' chamber of commerce, for obvious reasons, because we have a lot of employers over on the beaches that rely upon workers, and especially in this high-growth environment, where are you going to get people to work to clean our hotel rooms or do our landscaping? And we don't need to put those employers in a position of hiring undocumented and illegal workers.

I believe that the Senate came together in a bipartisan way to forge a solution. It was a very tough negotiation, and Sen. Marco Rubio was a participant in that, and one of the leaders, and members of his own party has even come against him. For every example that you hear, I think about the high school valedictorian —- I believe he lives in this district now. High school valedictorian.

He was brought here when he was a young man, 9 or 10 years old. He didn't choose to come here. His parents brought him. He was undocumented. And what does he do? How does he get an education? He did everything right. He became an incredible student. He even eventually ended up going to law school and becoming a lawyer. But right now he can't practice law because of his undocumented status. That's not right. We need to bring these people out the shadows so that they're paying into Social Security, paying into Medicare, paying federal income taxes, so that they're not security issues. But they have to earn their way. So we need immigration reform and I would definitely join with Democrats and Republicans in the House and pass immigration reform as soon as possible.''

So praising a young immigrant who has succeeded is considered to be making fun of Hispanics and being a racist by partisan conservatives, right . . . . anti-immigrant, right . . . . .

Lenny Curry, sigh . . . . . making just another idiotic personal attack in demonizing right wing politics of the "Big Lie" . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
Johnny Brown
9:47PM MAR 25TH 2014
[filtered word] these Whitemen who think they're not immigrants themselves. You came from Europe you white imbeciles.

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