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Jeff Kottkamp visits Herald editorial board

Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp, a Republican running for Attorney General, stopped by the Herald today to speak with the editorial board. Here are some of the primary issues he said he would tackle if elected:

  • Challenging "Obamacare."
  • Dealing with the aftermath of the oil spill.
  • Fighting the EPA's water-quality standards.
  • Cracking down on "pill mills" and pain clinics that can over-prescribe narcotics, leading to deaths.
  • Using software to help law enforcement with online crimes like identity theft.

Here are some of the other highlights:

  • On oil drilling and the spill in the Gulf -- "Let's take a deep breath, make sure this is stopped, make sure we clean it up, but I don't think you can let this crisis diminish our resolve to be energy independent. I don't want us to overreact and condemn our children to five-dollar-a-gallon gas... Why is drilling for natural gas even a debate? Natural gas, so what if it leaks?"
  • On the Arizona immigration law -- "People that are critical of Arizona, they don't understand what they're going through. They have a violent drug war spilling across their borders and the federal government isn't doing anything about it... We're fortunate in that we don't have that drug war spilling across our borders. What I've talked about is the cost to taxpayers. If you visit the local jail sometimes up to 30 percent of people are illegal immigrants that broke the law again. I think if the [federal government] isn't going to do their job they should pay for it. I would pursue legal action against the federal government to at least reimburse the taxpayers of Florida, because I don't think it's fair. They're not doing their job and they're costing our taxpayers millions of dollars every year. The cost of law enforcement, health care, you can quantify that pretty well."
  • If the Florida Supreme Court overturns the ban on gay adoption, whether or not he would seek to reinstate the ban -- "We'll see what happens. I support the ban, but we'll see what happens."
  • On Amendments 5 and 6 -- "I think it's naive to think you can take the politics out of this process.What you are doing is taking away the accountability of an elected person doing it. We already have federal law on these things requiring them to be compact, continuous communities of interest. Our maps have to go through pre-clearance with the Justice Department still, so the issues of minority representation are covered by the federal government."
  • On his strained relationship with Gov. Charlie Crist -- "They really cut off access, to be honest with you. We don't get invited to briefings, scheduled meetings. He didn't even call me and tell me we weren't running for reelection."