A coalition of Hispanic Republican lawmakers, including U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, are rallying behind Gov. Rick Scott.
The two congressional representatives, joined by three Florida state senators, 10 Florida state representatives, as well as other Florida Republicans, released a joint statement in support of Scott on Tuesday.
The group response was in reaction to Democratic attacks over Mike Fernandez’s abrupt departure from Scott’s campaign, with allegations that campaign aides spoke in a mocking Mexican accent in front of a business associate.
The statement, reported first by Kevin Derby of the Sunshine State News, said the following:
“The results of Governor Rick Scott’s steadfast determination to turn around Florida’s economy completely overshadows the distortions that the Democratic Party are spreading.
“Florida’s Hispanic families understand well the difference between a bad economy with double-digit unemployment and the current economy, led by Governor Scott, adding 540,000 new private-sector jobs since 2010. As a vital part of Florida’s economy, Hispanics can appreciate the hard work Rick Scott has put into turning our economy around and leading the nation in job growth and economic recovery.
“We are firmly committed to re-electing Governor Scott because he will keep our state on track toward economic recovery. Hispanics see what all Floridians see: a governor who has worked tirelessly to create jobs, cut taxes and turn our economy around. We encourage Governor Scott to remain focused on fulfilling his vision for our state, creating economic opportunities for all Florida families.”