Hispanic supporters express disappointment in Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign
Campaign’s former finance co-chair and key Hispanic politicians take campaign to task for insensitivity to Hispanic supporters
Published: April 2, 2014
It didn’t stop there, naturally. Editorials from other Hispanic politicians followed, as did really incriminating (and stupid) commentary from Scott insiders in response. Though the official reaction was “it never happened” (re: Mexican jokes) and blank stares and question-dodges, the periphery had some things to say about Fernandez.
“You settle these things behind closed doors. You don’t go outside and publicly humiliate the governor. Mike broke the code,” Republican lobbyist Brian Ballard blurted, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
In the wake of this insanity, a Scott appointee to the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority board, Gonzalo Sanabria (also Hispanic!) decided to step down, calling the Scott campaign “disparaging and disrespectful” to Fernandez, and, by proxy, the entire Hispanic community. Oh, and, guess what?
Remember that voter purge thing that was supposed to make all Gonzalez-like surnames ineligible to vote? Coincidentally, the purge has been called off. At any rate, the Florida Democratic Party has been having an email field day with every twist and turn of this saga, even coining the phrase “campaign in chaos” as a header.
“Newsflash for Rick Scott: Throwing your Hispanic billionaire Finance Chairman under the bus (who has given you $1 million and raised you $35 million) while under fire for your senior staff’s racist jokes is the height of arrogance,” Florida Democratic Party communications director Joshua Karp said in a statement.
No newsflash required. We’re watching our stories.
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