If there was an ideal moment for a candidate to announce they are running for a political race in Florida, April was that time. There couldn’t have been a better day, hour or minute for billionaire Rick Scott than when he announced he was going to do so on April 13th. Soon after, he began his statewide barrage of advertisement and money spending with the Miami Herald reporting that he spent 4.7 million on advertisements statewide in the first month.
McCollum, the Florida State Attorney General has been running away with the race, posting a substantial lead over Dockery of 35%. McCollum is also showing nearly a 7% lead over Democrat and Florida’s current CFO, Alex Sink. Lucky for us though, this all started to change in April.
Enter Rick Scott, billionaire businessman and co-founder of two health care providers, Columbia Hospital Corporation and Solantic Corporation. He entered the Gubernatorial race at a time when politics nationally were getting fierce. As immigration is becoming a hot topic yet again, Rick Scott spoke out on it in his new radio ad saying:
“If we have laws in this country … shouldn’t police officers be allowed to enforce them? For years Washington has limited local police ability to enforce immigration laws. Now Arizona is changing that … and Florida should too. If someone gets stopped for speeding or arrested for robbery, the police should be allowed determine if they are here legally. It’s just common sense. President Obama and other liberals call it discrimination. Nonsense. As Republicans, we reject any discrimination of any kind. This is simply a common sense effort to enforce the law. America is a nation of immigrants, and that makes us strong. We are also a nation of laws and these are dangerous times. It’s time we start enforcing those laws, and that’s what I’ll do as governor.”
Arizona isn’t just doing something about it; They are creating title waves while doing so grabbing international attention. Today, the Mexican President Felipe Calderón spoke out against Arizona’s law saying through a translator, “His people should not have to live in the shadows, with a fear of being discriminated against if they don’t.” Scott believes that Florida should be doing the same thing as Arizona. Many others also believe this should be the case. Scott said, “If you are afraid of the law then you probably shouldn’t be here.”
The simple issue isn’t that the people of Arizona are anti-Mexican, or anti-immigration, but rather, they are anti-illegal immigration. The southwest corner of the United States is where countless ethnicities and nationalities enter into the U.S. Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda and a network of other terrorist groups also find their way into the United States through Arizona.
Arizona is just doing something to fix what the government won’t fix itself and that homeland security should be doing. Florida should take the hint and do the same. Rick Scott agrees.