For a guy who is running for Governor of Florida, Bill McCollum sure has a funny way of going about getting votes. It wasn’t enough that he put forth a lawsuit to take away health care from the citizens in Florida while we largely finance his suit for him on our behalf and against our own interests. It also wasn’t enough that he wouldn’t commit to talking about raising caps on oil spill damages. Now he’s flip-flopping on support for another law that, if it were passed, would hurt Florida as well. Immigration laws.
He was against the anti-immigration law passed in Arizona last month when he said this:
I don’t think Florida should enact laws like this – quite that far out.”
That was then. Now he says this:
I support Arizona’s law as amended, and if the federal government fails to secure our borders and solve the problem of illegal immigration, I would support a similar law for Florida. Arizona leaders recently made needed changes that address concerns I had that the law could be abused and misused to perform racially profiled stops and arrests. I do not support any measure that would result in racial profiling or other unintended consequences for law abiding American citizens.
Gosh, what happened to that dislike of “Big Government?”
McCollum must surely be counting on “Corporations as People” campaign contributions for support and not voters in Florida, where so many of them are hispanic. McCollum can use the re-written law as an excuse all he wants, but that doesn’t change the fact that they only made the law even worse in doing so and it just makes abuse of power more likely, and easier to carry out.
Not to mention that little problem that Arizona is having at the moment with boycotts due to their extreme and racist immigration law. Can you imagine what boycotts would do to Florida? The state already stands to lose so much in the face of the inevitable onslaught of oil, to our environment, our people, their livelihood and tourism.
I don’t know if McCollum made this revelation before or after the GOP’s decision to host their 2012 Convention here in Florida was announced, but I would be willing to bet it was after. Either way, I think this is bad news for the Republican Party. Not much of a consolation, but one nonetheless.