Rick Scott campaign picks fight with Southwest Florida conservatives over in-state tuition

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The Associated Press reported this morning that Governor Rick Scott signed the in-state tuition bill for undocumented students in a private ceremony, but for some reason known only to the out-of-staters running the Scott campaign, the Governor is scheduled to promote the legislation at a campaign stop in Southwest Florida, which is staunchly opposed to the bill.

But according to a recent poll published in Sunshine State News, opposition to the bill is strongest in Southwest Florida.

From Sunshine State News:

By 7 clear percentage points in the new Sunshine State News-commissioned Voter Survey Service Poll — 52-to-45 percent — Florida voters say let’s allow children of undocumented immigrants to pay the same college and university tuition as in-state stu

But the real surprise in the poll-question response is where the strong resistance to the lower, in-state tuition rate is coming from.

It’s not coming from Northwest Florida and the Panhandle after all. The big opposition is in Southwest Florida.

According to survey results, 61 percent of voters in and around the Naples-Fort Myers area want children of undocumented immigrants who attended high school in Florida to pay higher, out-of-state tuition to attend state colleges and universities. That’s the heaviest opposition of any region in the Sunshine State.

On a day when the conservative news site Drudge Report has Tea Partier’s blood boiling over illegal immigration issues, Scott’s campaign nonetheless has chosen to thumb its nose at the very people who helped propel him to the Governor’s Mansion in 2010. drudge - illegals


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