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St. Pete Times’ Ginned Up Marco Rubio Illegal Immigration Controversy

by Javier Manjarres

Alex Leary’s latest piece in  the St. Petersburg Times’ on Senator Marco Rubio (“Tea Party wants to U.S Senator Marco Rubio to step into contentious immigration debate”) can best be described as yet another establishment media attempt to cause friction and/or division between the Tea Party and its preferred candidates before a real controversy has actually occurred.  The piece calls into question Rubio’s immigration record and how certain “conservative activists” believe that Rubio is abandoning the pro-enforcement/anti-amnesty positions he articulated while campaigning to become a U.S. Senator.

One of the probable causes of this ginned-up anger from these activists is the recent failed attempt by the Florida Legislature to pass a private-sector E-Verify bill.  While most conservatives including Senator Rubio support a comprehensive E-Verify program, the failure to enact the law is the legislature’s itself.   Leary is trying to imply that because Rubio didn’t venture down to Tallahassee to change the outcome of a bill as Senator Bill Nelson did during this past legislative session,  he is lacking in conviction on the matter and the Tea Party has grounds to be upset with Rubio because of his lack of involvement in the debate on immigration in the State Legislature.

Rubio has said over the years that illegal immigration is a Federal issue, and technically it is, but since the Federal government has failed to enforce federally mandated immigration laws, several states, including Arizona and Georgia  have opted to pass their own immigration enforcement laws.  It was appropriate for Senator Rubio not to wade into the state’s immigration debate simply because he is a U.S. Senator with substantial responsibilities of national importance and  not a State Senator- a matter that is now being addressed on the state level because of federal inaction.

What is truly peculiar about Leary’s article are the specific activists he selected and quoted from potentially hundreds of Tea Party Leaders throughout the state. Danita Kilcullen of Fort Lauderdale is a devout Tea Party activist who started the longest running Tea Party in the country.  Kilcullen’s initial claim to fame was the time that she heckled then unannounced Senate candidate Marco Rubio as he addressed a Republican group in Fort Lauderdale back in February of 2009. The heckling was in reaction to the fact that Senator Rubio, while in the Florida House of Representatives, did not help push through (6) illegal immigration bills that would have addressed the illegal immigration problem in the state of Florida.  Like many Tea Party groups, the Fort Lauderdale Tea Party finds itself at a cross-roads of sorts, and there are those activists within this group that are questioning Kilcullen’s bizarre behavior and are looking for new leadership for the group.

The Times also cites George Fuller of Sarasota, Florida. Mr. Fuller has long been an anti-illegal immigration advocate, but has not been able to gather much support or respect due to the fact that Fuller has occasionally made very insensitive ethnic and racially-charged comments about Hispanics and the Hispanic community. While his stance on illegal immigration is the correct one, Fuller’s derogatory references to Hispanics in general and racial slurs directed towards myself and Senator Rubio marginalizes himself to the extreme “outer-fringe” -someone hardly representative of the Tea Party.   Fuller’s referencing Hispanics with ‘banana republics’ and ‘swimming back or going back where you came from‘ calls into question the level of hatred he has towards all Hispanics – this he did on Redcounty.com, who booted Mr. Fuller for making these very same racially insensitive remarks. Fuller also boasts of using the term ‘ethnicians‘ he uses to describe Conservative Hispanic Republicans:

“I call “conservative” Hispanic republicans “ethnicans”…….they are conservative until it involves Hispanics and then they become ethnicans”- George Fuller

Rubio must eventually meet the immigration debate head on. This was a campaign promise of Rubio’s, as he said that the issue is truly a Federal issue.  President Obama and Senator Harry Reid have been making the case for a pathway to citizenship of ‘all’ illegal immigrants- both the ones already residing here and the ones that will eventually make the trek over the border.  One of the legislative vehicles the Obama Administration has already tried to cram down the throats of Americans was the DREAM ACT. Senator Rubio has stated that he opposes the measure, and will vote against it if it ever were to come up for a vote in the Senate.


The Times piece also quoted Alfonso Aguilar, Director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, who said that Rubio and other Senate Republicans are letting themselves be held hostage by “hard-line” anti-immigration forces.  “It requires courage,” said Aguilar, whose group seeks a middle ground.  Rubio “would be the ideal person to say ‘I am a strong conservative and I want to work on immigration.'” But right now he’s not leading on the issue and he’s not clear. That’s a problem.”

But true “courage” is not how Mr. Aguliar defines the term.  It can be said that it was Senator Rubio who actually showed courage at a 2010 Senatorial debate hosted by the Spanish-language media outlet Univision when he told viewers that he would not support Amnesty, or the amnesty-driven DREAM ACT.   Rubio, to his credit, has consistently opposed amnesty and the DREAM ACT has have garnered him a lot of criticism from the Hispanic lobby that supports amnesty.   In all fairness, it’s really a stretch for conservatives to legitimately criticize Rubio either for what he’s said or done on the immigration issue in his first five months on the job.

In Rubio’s first five months, it’s fair to say he has not been an immigration crusader who has aggressively tried to bring this issue out to the forefront of the national policy debate.  His overriding concerns have been the debt and fiscal reform, and that’s what he has devoted himself to.  While conservatives need to hold Rubio to his word to support immigration policies that reform the immigration process, secure our borders, and enforce our existing immigration laws, it’s important to be realistic about matters- some activists will never be satisfied with anything less than a 100 percent deportation.  What could also be fueling this anxiety amongst activists is that Senator Rubio hasn’t yet assumed a leading role in the illegal immigration debate, but that will likely change when the issue comes to the forefront as it did towards the end of the Bush administration.

Rubio deserves to be judged by his record and his statements that he’s made thus far- on the issues that he’s addressed in his first 5 months- debt, taxes, foreign affairs, and repealing ObamaCare, for example – Rubio has been solid.

“The core to Rubio’s success with the Tea Party is simple – he supports their key principles of less taxes and smaller government. It’s nearly impossible to find one politician that every person will be able to agree with 100 percent of the time, but Rubio seems to always stand by the core principles that are at the heart of the TEA movement and most conservative voters.-Abigail F. MacIver-Florida Director Americans for Prosperity

“Senator Rubio is 100% correct that Americans are focused on jobs and the economy right now and that’s where we are looking to our leaders for solutions”.- Apryl Marie Fogel-Southern Regional Director Faith & Freedom Coalition, Fmr. State Director – Americans for Prosperity

Senator Rubio has stood with the Tea Party Movement from it’s beginnings and we continue to Stand With Senator Rubio today. The choices to use the selected individuals in the St. Petersburg Times article  is rather ironic, since the Bay Area has so many terrific leaders like Barb Hasselden, Sharon Calvert, Karen Jaroch and Joe Sekula, yet the choice was made to find a voice that did not agree with the Movement or Senator Rubio.  We have stood with Senator Rubio against the DREAM ACT and will continue to do so!- Tom Gaitens, State Director- FreedomWorks

 

Leary’s disingenuous piece exploits the de-centralized nature of the Tea Party and hand-selects only those individuals who are willing to claim they are extremely disappointed/dissatisfied with the same candidates they elected merely seven months ago- a clear attempt to create the perception that the Tea Party’s dissatisfaction with “Tea Party” candidates is far more widespread than it actually is.  Don’t believe it.




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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators.

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  • Ana Gomez-Mallada

    Fuller and a great many other people fail to realize something very simple which Marco Rubio has been saying all along. The Republicans are NOT against immigration. We are just against ILLEGAL immigration.

    What a novel concept: an elected official who supports following the law!

  • JP Knighta

    You are 100% correct. Totally manufactured. I have seen Dem-leaning journalists use this tactic more and more often. Expect it to be employed right up through the 2012 elections.

  • Bill

    True Legal immigration is fine, but those who come in Illegally have disrespect for our laws. They are taking up jobs that our own American Families need. They should all be returned to where they came from and if they want to come back apply through legal Channels or do not come back peroid.

  • Dee

    As a person of Hispanic heritage, it is insulting that people would reward illegal aliens by first claiming they are immigrants instead of criminals who broke the law. The biggest injustice is they steal identities, jobs, while gaining an education and health care at the expensive of a legal poor minority or any citizen for that matter. Yet the Liberals court their illegal votes, therefore making this a race issue, when in reality they are being racist while breaking laws in order to steal these elections while creating socialism.

  • http://shark-tank.net/2011/05/28/15291/ George Fuller

    Taking words out of context is a cheap shot…..

    Dr. Swier has asked me to return to Red County. My leaving the first time was because you censored what I wrote in the Miami Red County edition and I wouldn’t tolerate it. The last article I wrote was about the Cuban animal sacrifice practice in a religion known as Santeria.

    The only action I ever saw Rubio take in regards to illegal immigration was when he blocked the six immigration bills in the Florida Legislature in 2008.

    The Florida Hispanic Caucus continually states their opposition to immigration control laws as being racial and draconian. Am I wrong or can you actually name an Hispanic in the state House that openly supports state immigration laws?

    The same goes for the black legislators. Do they not know the people most hurt by illegal immigration are low income legal blacks and Hispanics? If I were a racist as you try to imply then why would I care whether legal blacks and Hispanics are beat out of jobs by illegal aliens?

    Next time you interview Rubio ask him him if there continues to be a need for the Cuban Adjustment Act and why?

  • crystal Clear

    Judge the walk, not the talk. Marco, much like Haridopolos, prove they can straddle a very thin line while keeping their hands clean. Trust is quite another issue.

    Why no definitive plain english statement from Rubio?

    Jeb would not be in his corner if he truly, in his heart, was for absolute enforcement of the law period. It’s a fairly simple issue after all.

    I’m not a consumer of Marco lite.

  • grandmaof5

    I have long since considered the St Pete Times to be a communist paper and make no bones about calling it such. Ever since GW Bush’s second run for the presidency and the way that was covered in such a biased way, I wouldn’t buy or read that paper on a bet. Things apparently haven’t changed.

  • Carlos

    Since we’re talking about name calling, how ’bout Mr. Fuller being renamed “Fuller Crap”?
    I guess it bugs him that not all Hispanics need to kiss the ring of the Left and beg for any
    crumbs they may choose to toss our way, much as the Left viciously attacks Blacks who
    are self reliant like Allen West. The St. Pete TImes is a liberal ragsheet and quite inept,
    as are most Leftist entities. I recall their pathetic circling of wagons to defend the feckless, incompetent St. Pete Police and prosecutor who totally blew the Jessica Lunsford case and whose dereliction of duty prolonged the poor little girl’s agony and led to her cruel death. Had these morons entered the trailer and done a search, Jessica was probably still alive and would have been rescued. Instead she was left there and the 3 POS white trash losers who aided her killer were never prosecuted. It is this type of crap
    the the SPT defends, which speaks volumes.

  • Karen Bracken

    I believe E Verify was an important piece of legislation and it should have been passed. But I am told the reason it was not passed was due to the overwhelming support the Latino’s should against the bill. People were bused in by the tons to fight against passage of the bill. In my opinion (if this is true) it was the people of Florida that dropped the ball. After all this time Floridians and people all over the country must know that when issues like this come up the opposition will not hesitate to bus people from all over the country to fight. Until the other side realizes they too must do the same thing they will continue to lose these battles. When I last visited Tally to do lobbying I can’t tell you how many legislators asked us to please come back. They said the only voices they hear are the unions and anti-tea party voices and if this is all they see and hear then they are going to make decision based on who comes and makes the most noise. We can’t stop these bills by making phone calls only. We must get out of our homes and take the trip to our state capitol and let them know how WE the legal citizens of America feel about upholding our laws and our Constitution. I also believe Marco Rubio should have made his presence and his feelings about E Verify crystal clear to Floridians.

  • Sandi Trusso

    As a native Miamian, now lifing in Central Florida, I enjoyed for many years the best of Cuban culture and many, many Cuban American friends! Cubans are not here illegally, and as such none of my friends, nor the majority of Cuban Americans (just as the majority of other American ethnic groups) support illegal immigrants (latino or otherwise)!
    To me it is extremely disrespectful and anti-Cuban to lump all Cuban Americans together as if they all think the same! While generally speaking, they are in large part responsible for building Miami-Dade to the Metropolis of today, there are of course those who have not contributed to a positive end! Just as in families, no two people are exactly alike, likewise, no single ethnic group thinks the same!

    For many years, The St. Petersburg Times, along with the Miami Herald, are known for leftist bias, and liberal partisanship, as well as for spinning truth.

  • Jack Olvier

    We don’t have secure borders for the same reason we haven’t ended employment opportunities for illegal aliens in Florida by passing mandatory E-Verify.
    Our fellow Republicans want to keep the flow of illegal aliens coming into the country so the special interest groups have their cheap illegal labor to the detriment of the legal businesses, legal workers, and the taxpayers. The same dirty lobby money that is spread around in Washington ensuring our borders are open has been spread around in Florida.
    It’s convenient for State officials to shirk their duty by blaming the Feds. Our borders will never be secure as long as the job magnet remains that brings illegal aliens into our state. It’s the responsibility of every level of government to protect the citizens and our state leadership has a track record of putting the interest of illegal aliens and the criminal employers that hire them ahead of law abiding citizens.
    In the last decade Republicans have controlled the Florida State Legislature and controlled the Governor’s office. During that time .with a wink and a nod they have allowed 750.000 illegal aliens to reside and work in Florida and now the negative fiscal impact to Floridians is a staggering 5.5 billion dollars. In the last three years the Republican House and Senate leadership have blocked 28 illegal immigration bills. at the committee level.
    Senate President Mike Haridopolos is the latest culprit. Claiming publicly he supported mandatory E-Verify and working behind the scenes to ensure no legislation was passed.. He scraped a good e-verify bill, SB518 in favor of a committee bill SB 2040, drafted by anti enforcement zealot Senator Flores. When things got too hot for her, he placed Senator JD Alexander in charge. Senator Alexander is CEO of ALICO. ALICO owns 140,000 acres of agricultural land and probably employees through third parties more illegal aliens than any other company in Florida. When Mike Haridopolos put foxes in charge of the hen house, the results were guaranteed.
    E-Verify protects the jobs of legal workers, I find it ironic that these politicians come to the citizens every so many years to ask us to hire them for another job, when they haven’t made it a priority to protect our jobs or our tax dollars. Things will never change until we say no, we’ve had enough.

  • Rich

    Rubio will never oppose illegal immigration as long as big business wants it because his corporate funding will then dry up making it harder for him to keep his cushy job.

  • http://Yahoo Doni609

    All Floridians need to get behind Marco Rubio. Yes, he is pretty young (unlike a lot of us here in the Sunshine State) but his principles, ideals, and vision of the future of our great state and this great country are what true Americans beleive in and stand for. There is no contraversy with respect to immigrants……..either you come here legally and are welcomed or you sneak across the border and are by definition ‘illegal’. Most Americans are for legal immigration for people from all over the world as is Senator Rubio. However, when you break our laws, defile our borders, smuggle women and children in the back of a truck, smuggle drugs, break our laws, kill our citizens, dump tons of your trash at our borders then it’s time to say ‘enough is enough’ and that ‘you’re not welcome here’! All of you Central American trash need to go home. We can’t afford you and we don’t want you. Senator Rubio knows this and supports all means of ‘legal’ immigration but not the illegal passage of criminals to our country!

  • Trisha

    Don’t take the “bait’,Marco…
    Turn around & look because…”WE THE PEOPLE” are still behind you…
    We have something that the left does not have…A LOVE for THIS Country..& with it WE Pledge:
    OUR LIVES
    OUR FORTUNES
    OUR SACRED HONOR!!
    Happy Memorial Day…WE Remember & WE WILL NEVER FORGET! I Will be remembering my father-in-law who landed on D-Day…& my Uncle who fought in Korea
    Am Israel Chai & Long Live The USA!!

  • Lightweight

    Marco Rubio at this point as a State and U.S. Senator does not have a record on immigration. Lets stop the celebration of politicians like they are on the magazine cover of the cash register rack.

    The Tea Party Media Leaders who yelled “vote em back in and hold their feet to the fire”,has not done what they said getting the “T,P, Candidates” re-elected. We can start by asking the 3 quoted group leaders mentioned above,was theri groups founded and organized by GOP Politicians and Consultants or Common People taking their political process back ?

    Can anyone say the Tea Party Movement was hi-jacked ? The Democrats have tried to split the the Tea Party Movement with unfounded lies that can ot be proved in the best imgination.We need to worry about the GOP who saw the writing on the wall and decided they need to get the pen and write it themselves.

    Senator Marco Rubio needs to do what the People hired him to do.

  • Patrick Castronovo

    Not all Tea Party supporters agree with Danita Kilcullen! Anyone who knows me… They know I’m a supporter of “The Fort Lauderdale Tea Party” and they can see my picture down below with the group. But I must say I disagree with Danita on this going after Marco on Immigration so early in the game. As I and others who have told her a thousand times Marco has been strongly against Amnesty he supports E-Verify and Marco supports us closing down the boarder and is against the Dream Act as well. And by doing so he has been catching flack from his own Hispanic community but he still has not backed down! Marco has only been in office for about 5 months or so and he is fighting Obama on the debt the economy, Israel etc… Even Allen West who is a hard liner on this issue has not come up with any bills yet to combat illegal immigration. So should we attack Allen? No. Of course not! Danita, Let them do their job handling one thing at a time the right way. They have their hands full. And when Obama brings up all this immigration/Amnesty to the or front then and only then I say lets judge Marco and everyone up their in D.C. on how they handle these types of issues. GEEEESH!!!!

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  • Daniel

    I simply do not read the St Pete Times and now I have added the Tampa tribune to that same list of misinformation, left-leaning propaganda rags of Liberal media outlets that have no journalistic integrety or honesty.

    The fact is, we have NOT had a conservative Governor for the last 10 years, as Jack Olivier states while trying to pass the buck here.IE; Charlie Crist. Also, the Hispanic Caucus the basically stopped E-Verify in it’s tracks has exactly how many Republicans on it again? Yes the other key to that equation was the lobbyists that fought the E-Verify bill.
    My family immigrated to America in the late 1800,s. I am a seventh generation American. I,m not a Finnish -American, but just an American, even though my Dad’s people came from Finland centuries ago. Yet today we are supposed to respect people who put long ago nationalities before the word American in their stated name, such as the millions of African-Americans who have never stepped foot in Africa, etc. Their parents were Americans and their grandparents and so on, yet they feel the need to be called African Americans.Why not call themselves American-Africans then? IMO this is how they are blurring the lines between legal immigrants, illegal immigrants and naturalized American citizens whom were born in another country. Thus we see people “lumping” them all together at times.Legal immigrants who worked hard to come to America and paid their dues, rarely want to be called anything other than American- maybe like say Americans of Asian heritage- because if you come here not wanting to be American, why come at all?
    I respect people who immigrate here and say they are now simply Americans. That tells me they believe in our Laws, Constitution and our freedoms they supposedly wanted for themselves when they worked so hard to come here. This is the difference between them and illegal criminals. Illegals overstaying visa’s or crawling into the U S in the dead of night do not respect American values, simply by the action of entering or staying here illegally,and they are also criminals breaking the law. They give LEGAL immigrants a bad rap, and for this I will never respect any criminal-immigrant who is in America illegally, period. The very concept of having a Hispanic caucus in our government that favors any one race or nationality of people over another to push an agenda is also illegal at its base- Liberty and justice for all does not mean activist groups( hiding as caucuses) bullying representatives in our Congress, at the State or Federal level. Where is the Italian caucus? The Polish caucus? The White caucus? How about the Florida Cracker caucus? ( they were original Florida cowboys, btw, not based on the color of their skin.)

  • 1776Liberal

    Democrats and the media love to ruminate about open borders to grow their utopian socialist society.

    If the socialist life is so wonderful, why aren’t they ILLEGALs clamoring to illegally enter Cuba, Venezuela, and the former Soviet Union?

  • Patrick Castronovo

    Not all Tea Party supporters agree with Danita Kilcullen! Anyone who knows me… They know I’m a supporter of “The Fort Lauderdale Tea Party” and they can see my picture down below with the group. But I must say I disagree with Danita on this going after Marco on Immigration so early in the game. As I and others who have told her a thousand times Marco has been strongly against Amnesty he supports E-Verify and Marco supports us closing down the boarder and is against the Dream Act as well. And by doing so he has been catching flack from his own Hispanic community but he still has not backed down! Marco has only been in office for about 5 months or so and he is fighting Obama on the debt the economy, Israel etc… Even Allen West who is a hard liner on this issue has not come up with any bills yet to combat illegal immigration. So should we attack Allen? No. Of course not! Danita, Let them do their job handling one thing at a time the right way. They have their hands full. And when Obama brings up all this immigration/Amnesty to the for front then and only then I say lets judge Marco and everyone up their in D.C. on how they handle these types of issues. GEEEESH!!!!

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  • AREYOUKIDDING?

    wow, the circular firing squad is busy. One tiny quote about Rubio warrants going out of your way to paint Kilcullen as a “peculiar choice” a person who shows “bizarre behavior”. Is that really necessary? Leave the character assassination to the F’n libs. Who needs the democrats, we go after our own side.
    Let that be a lesson to all activists. Don’t talk bad about Rubio or you might end up on the Shark Tank sh*t list.
    This article and some of the comments just makes me shake my head. Let me clear up a couple things for you people. First, Rubio was never a “tea Party” candidate. That was a total fabrication. It makes me laugh. The people, I won’t mention names, opportunistically showed up at the tea parties to hold their rubio signs during the election. They weren’t there before and they haven’t been there since…unless Allen is speaking of course. Second, we can all just stop worrying about illegal immigration enforcement in Florida. It is never going to happen. Ever. We can thank a long list of duplicitous republicans like McCollum, Rubio, Haridopolos and whoever the next one will be for that. Never going to happen. Move to a different state if it really bothers you.
    As for people expecting Rubio to stick his neck out on this issue.I mean gimme a break. Rubio is doing exactly what Senate seniority is telling him to do. ie keep his mouth shut. I haven’t heard a squeak out of this guy since he was elected. Seriously, I never see or hear of him. He is what he is, he is driven by his political ambitions. He wants to have his cake and eat it too. Just like Haridopolus. Talk tough then deliberately don’t deliver. For anyone to think he was going to stick his neck into what happened in Tallahassee is absurd.
    As far as the SPT article, sure it serves to undermine the right. But we do that to ourselves in spades anyway so why complain? Otherwise the article was accurate ad objective in my eyes. But what do I know? I don’t attend the republican meetings. lol.
    we are screwed, deal with it. Oh yeah, and Obama will be re-elected because we can’t get our act together on anything. Too many opposing factions on the right. The left, they stick together.

  • Sandi

    Marco Rubio for vice president

    Morals, principles and conviction

  • Thomas

    ‘Hispanic’ is not a race. It means a person of Spanish descent. The Spanish are Caucasians.

  • http://illegalillegals.com John

    The Great Governor Rick Scott AG Pam Bondi, and Senate Leader, House, Senate all are at fault for following the Crist – Bush WAY of slaves for hire screw the legal citizens cheap labor cheap votes mean more to all politicians look at Barack Hussein=Muslim Obama

    No E-VERIFY for non State jobs equals SOLD OUT TO ILLEGALS=CRIMINALS and lobbyists for campaign donations and power.

    Do not VOTE IN MIKE Haridopolos for Our Senate Seat in 2012

    Senate President Mike Haridopolos is the latest culprit. Claiming publicly he supported mandatory E-Verify and working behind the scenes to ensure no legislation was passed.. He scraped a good e-verify bill, SB518 in favor of a committee bill SB 2040, drafted by anti enforcement zealot Senator Flores. When things got too hot for her, he placed Senator JD Alexander in charge. Senator Alexander from Lake Wales Florida Polk County Florida is a Sanctuary County in a Sanctuary State is CEO of ALICO. ALICO owns 140,000 acres of agricultural land and probably employees through third parties more illegal aliens than any other company in Florida.

  • Observer

    Obama’s Organization for America at work trying to pit Conservatives against each other.

  • Rusty

    Dear John…

    I can tell you one thing with a very high degree of certainty. Alico, prior to the unhappy,and some might even say worthless, members of the “family” going about the business of dredging up a judge that would nullify Ben Hill’s will, was a top notch company. Ben Hill Griffin Inc. did and does run its affairs in a strictly above board and absolutely transparent legal manner. They are professionals and run the company in a professional manner. It’s one of the best operations I’ve ever seen.

    I’m no fan of JD at all, but I find it hard to believe that the wayward family members and their scions would need to jeopardize their new found holdings in Alico, or Blue Head, by changing the structure that created the wealth they coveted. Mostly, all JD’s momma and her sisters wanted was to have the control that daddy specifically denied them in the will. They would have broken up everything and sold it on the auction block and put hundreds of people out of work to get what they wanted. That is how much they respected their father and the empire he left to them. They have no real interest at all in the day to day operational minutia.
    So what’s JD’s motivation? He is part of the greater agricultural family in Florida. It is a very tight knit community. He votes their interests first and foremost. Alico is a publicly traded company and I’d guess a majority of it’s acreage is in cattle. There’s not a big calling for a whole lot of illegals in cattle. They’re great a stoop labor and gathering fruit off the ground, shaking trees and such, but cattle is a bit more complex.

    There are plenty of operations you might finger, but I believe you are way off base here. And, there are, FYI, far larger citrus operations in the state than the free standing Alico who employ far more contractors/crews as joint employers. Your statement shows a true lack of understanding of the operation you accuse. Alico stock symbol alco for a quote.

  • @ AREYOUKIDDING?

    @ AREYOUKIDDING? Are you kidding? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Oma

    Common sense says why isn’t Haridopolos being brought before a committee, public included, to be questioned about whether his association with JD Alexander is or is not in conflict with EVerify and he also should be questioned as to what happened explicitly to the stronger wording of EVerify Bill that was going to pass and suddenly did not? These questions need and should be asked of him.

  • Jack Gillies

    SHARK TANK QUOTE: “Alex Leary’s latest piece in the St. Petersburg Times’ on Senator Marco Rubio (“Tea Party wants to U.S Senator Marco Rubio to step into contentious immigration debate”) can best be described as yet another establishment media attempt to cause friction and/or division between the Tea Party and its preferred candidates before a real controversy has actually occurred.”

    JACK: I agree with your assessment on Alex Leary and the St. Pete Times. It will get worse leading up to the election since they’re going to be teaming up with POLITICO.
    http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/national/article1171227.ece

    SHARK TANK: “Like many Tea Party groups, the Fort Lauderdale Tea Party finds itself at a cross-roads of sorts, and there are those activists within this group that are questioning Kilcullen’s bizarre behavior and are looking for new leadership for the group.”

    JACK: I have to partially disagree with you’re quote, “activists within… are looking for new leadership for the group.” Unfortunately, there’s always the former select “few” within this and any organization, but most certainly all liberals and some RINO’s outside every tea party, that would look for her/it’s demise. That’s my “humble” opinion, but then again I’m biased.

    Remember, there would be NO descension within the rank-in-file if Mike Haridopolos would have done his job as the “leader” of the veto-proof super-majority Republican State Senate. His lack of leadership in the 2011 session should be talked about everyday leading up to the election. The slogan should be “ANYBODY BUT HARIDOPOLOS TO RETIRE BILL NELSON”.

    Keep up the good work uncovering the RINO’s within our midst!

  • Tea Partier

    GO WEST, RUBIO, & HASNER

  • Omar

    Rubio wants English to be the Official language of the U.S. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zael3k-I5z4&feature=player_embedded#at=34