Haridopolos says Tea Party didn't show up this legislative session

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I don’t know if Senate President Mike Haridopolos is disappointed or upset by it, but in an interview with Chris Ingrahm, he sorta, kinda calls out the Tea Party for not showing up this legislative session to demonstrate support for the social issues, such as immigration reform, with which it is supposedly concerned.

Irreverent View: What was the biggest failure of the session?

Haridopolos: Immigration reform. We came up 4 votes short. It was the complexity of the issue that led to its defeat. DC? plans are bad. They?e failed. Why? I? not sure, but they don? work.

The Tea Party was not a factor on [immigration, or other] social issues in this session. They just weren? there. But we got a lot of emails from people saying pass e-verify. But it just didn? happen. We had more pressure from those opposed to immigration reform than for it.

Keep reading Ingram’s interview here, especially for Haridopolos’ response to rumors he won’t actually file to run for the US Senate.

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