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Carlos Curbelo plays defense over advising immigration hardliner Fred Thompson


Carlos Curbelo decided to challenge Joe Garcia for CD-26, and Washington has taken note.

From the Hill:

A Republican House candidate in Florida who advised onetime GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson on Hispanic issues is distancing himself from Thompson’s controversial statements on immigration reform.

Carlos Curbelo, a GOP challenger to Rep. Joe Garcia (D-Fla.), said he doesn’t agree with Thompson’s suggestion, in 2007, that immigration reform had caused the nation to be “beset by people who are suicidal maniacs.”

But Curbelo said he does agree with some of the planks of Thompson’s reform proposal at the time, and the substance of some of his arguments.

“Is there a legitimate issue with regards to border security? If the border is porous, that means anyone can get through it — undocumented immigrants that want to work, and terrorists. I do think that’s true. I think most people would agree with that,” Curbelo told The Hill.