RPOF brings up Alex Sink's immigration comment in racial tit-for-tat

Posted by Mitch Perry on Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 5:54 PM

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As you might imagine, the Florida Democratic Party have pounced on the story reported by the Miami Herald's Mark Caputo over the weekend that a racially insensitive move by two campaign staffers for the Rick Scott re-election campaign was a factor in finance co-chairman Mike Fernandez resigning last week.

Now the RPOF is fighting back, accusing Democrats of being silent when there were racially insensitive issues made within their own ranks, leading off with Alex Sink's alleged gaffe on immigrants spoken at the Capitol Theater in Clearwater last month in the second of the three debates in the CD13 contest.

In an email entitled, "FDP'S RECORD OF SILENCE ON ACTUAL INSULTS TO HISPANIC COMMUNITY," Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry called 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. These comments are insulting and intolerable and they should be harshly condemned.”

You might recall that in talking about why immigration reform was needed, Sink talked about "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 the position of hiring undocumented and illegal workers."

Although neither David Jolly nor Lucas Overby made an issue of the comment during that debate, hours later the GOP seized on it, with Jolly calling it "disgusting" and saying it virtually disqualified her from being a congressional candidate. Undoubtedly it was an awkward comment, and Sink never addressed it through the rest of the campaign. It's questionable whether it had any impact on the race which she lost by 1.8 percent.

The other issues that the RPOF lists as insulting were Charlie Crist's comments on Bill Maher that he now opposes the economic embargo on Cuba and the Florida Democratic Party remaining quiet regarding the situation in Venezuela, where Nicholas Maduro government's forces have killed 33 activists protesting his administration over the past couple of months.

(However, Charlie Crist was criticizing the Maduro government as far back as February 27, as a reference on his Facebook page will attest).

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