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Can I get a witness? Rick Scott denounces Bill McCollum in church

Republican Rick Scott stood before a crowd of thousands at El Rey Jesus in Kendal today and gave a Christianity-infused address to the crowd. But then Scott decided not to turn the other cheek in the bareknuckle Republican governor's race when he tacitly brought up opponent Bill McCollum's shifting position on an immigration crackdown bill. McCollum's stance caught Hispanic leaders by surprise, including the church's pastor, Guillermo Maldonado.

"My opponent came here two or three weeks ago and was very disrespectful," Scott said as an associate pastor, John Laffite translated in Spanish. "He was not honest with your leadership about his beliefs.

“My commitment to you is I will always be respectful of the diversity of this state and of this country and I will always make sure that I will have input from this community when I am governor.”

Scott didn't mention that he, too, favors an Arizona-style immigration law. He didn't say immigration at all. So all the crowd heard was that McCollum was disrespectful and dishonest about his beliefs.

The brief hit on McCollum caught the attorney general's supporters by surprise. Anthony Verdugo, with the Christian Family Coalition, was listening in the crowd and left shortly after Scott spoke. He told reporters that it was "highly inappropriate" to use houses of worship to swipe at political opponents.


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Scott, Is it possible you can get any more sleazy.
Frankly, I am confident you will find a way.

George Fuller

GREAT!........But which side is he on in the battle? Perhaps I can clarify it for you.

A few names have been mentioned as possible running mates for McCullom so that should help in determining which side of the fence (no pun intended) he is on regarding illegal immigration.

Possible running partners mentioned are Julio Robaina, Juan Planas, Antiere Flores and J. Alex Villalobos.

All of the above named have something in common and do you know what it is?

No, that would be racial profiling.

The common link is actually the 2009 legislative session.

Representative Schenck introduced HB 567 that would prohibit sanctuary cities in Florida.
Led by Rep. Zapata and Rep. Rivera, Robaina, Planas and Flores along with 6 other reps. attacked HB 567 with amendments not once, not twice but three times to kill it. The bill died in committee and these supporters of sanctuary cities won. By killing bills in committee opponents avoid a vote on the floor exposing their position.

Meanwhile in the Senate, Atwater assigned SB 1532 sponsored by Senator Storms, a companion bill to HB 567, to a committee chaired by a democrat Senator Aronberg. Storms tried to no avail to get the bill heard in committee and Aronberg refused. Finally in frustration requested the bill be moved to another committee and Aronberg finally agreed. The catch is Storms had to get Villalobos, Chair of the Rules Committee, to call it up to get it moved. I'm sure by now you know Villalobos let the bill die in his committee.

Robaina, Planas, Flores and Villalobos are all mentioned as possible Lt. Governor running mates.

Now, do you have a better idea which side of the fence McCullom is on regarding supporting or opposing illegal immigration?

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J.M. McMillan

McCollum is hypocritical in attacking Scott for the Medicare fraud...as a SITTING Congressman at that time McCollum sponsored a fricking bill to lessen Columbia/HCA's penalties for crying out loud!!
Scott is a criminal pure and simple. Should have been sent to the pen like his #2 and 3 at Columbia/HCA. Instead he walks away with $300 million and runs for governor 14 years later!!
Alex Sink is the only choice. Scott or McCollum represent a clear and present danger to all Floridians!!!

Limp Wrist

Who is Rick Scott? http://bit.ly/whoareyourickscott


Speaking of Limp Wrist. Isn't Verdugo one - albeit deeply in the closet?

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