Miami's three Republican Cuban-American members of Congress threw their support behind Rick Scott on Monday, despite not seeing eye-to-eye with the GOP gubernatorial candidate on one of the signature issues of their congressional careers: immigration.
Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who had backed Attorney General Bill McCollum for governor in the brutal Republican primary, admitted that they disagree with Scott's support of bringing an Arizona-style immigration law to Florida, a centerpiece of his primary campaign.
Yet they still endorsed Scott because they like his emphasis on creating jobs and lowering taxes, they said -- and because they also disagree on immigration with Democrat Alex Sink, who opposes an Arizona-style law but would require business owners and state agencies to validate employees' legal status.
"Since we disagree with both candidates on immigration, on what do we have to focus on?" Lincoln Diaz-Balart asked, in Spanish after answering the question in English. "I think it's, ‘Who's prepared to create jobs from day one?' ''
Quipped Ros-Lehtinen: "I can't even get my own family to agree with me on most of my issues."
Kyra Jennings, press secretary for Sink's campaign, called the trio's endorsement of Scott "flip-flopping'' after criticizing Scott and opposing McCollum's immigration stance in the primary.