Former Republican state Representative Ana Rivas Logan and Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Annette Taddeo condemned alleged anti-Hispanic remarks coming from high-level Rick Scott campaign staffers.
In a conference call this morning with reporters, Logan faulted Rick Scott’s campaign staff for mocking Florida Hispanics “like school children.”
“That’s unacceptable from the people trying to elect a Governor in one of the most diverse states in the nation,” Logan said. “These anti-Hispanic comments are exactly the kind of comments that made up my mind to leave the Republican Party.”
Scott’s finance co-chair, billionaire Mike Fernandez, abruptly resigned his position last week, fueling suspicions that the departure was due to racism in Scott’s campaign staff.
“What is unbelievable to me is that instead of apologizing about these remarks and moving on,” Logan added, “Rick Scott hasn’t said a word! That’s not leadership.”
Logan, born in Nicaragua after her parents fled Cuba, left the Florida GOP in February to become a Democrat. She claimed it was in part because of pressure by current Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera to have Logan support a 2011 immigration bill in Florida that was fashioned after a law passed in Arizona.
“For three years, Rick Scott’s administration has repeatedly pursued policies that are disrespectful and harmful to Florida’s Hispanic community,” Taddeo said, citing specific examples where the governor was hard on Hispanics, including vetoing a bill to give drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants.
“And we cannot forget that in 2010, he campaigned to bring an Arizona-style immigration law to Florida,” Taddeo added. “That is where this Governor’s heart is.”
In response to the Logan’s phone meeting, Republican Party of Florida officials point to a recent clip taken from Univision, where only last week the “same conference call participants” were “praising” Scott for his commitment to lowering college tuition for all Floridians.
“Where was the outrage from Florida Democrats when Charlie Crist insulted the Cuban-American community or Alex Sink made her offensive comment about immigrants,” asked Nelson Diaz, Miami-Dade GOP chair. “Phony outrage is a specialty that the Florida Democratic Party attempts to perfect each election season.”