By Javier ManjarresThere’s an expensive senate primary going on in Florida right now that no one is really paying attention to, and no, we’re not talking about the United States Senate primary.
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It’s the race between Aaron Bean and Mike Weinstein for Senate District 6.
Both are Republicans. Both are former State House members. Both claim to be the “true conservative.”
Both are endorsed by prominent Republicans. Bean is endorsed by Jeb Bush. Weinstein is endorsed by Pam Bondi.
Both are endorsed by conservative special interests: Bean is endorsed by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Weinstein is endorsed by National Federation of Independent Business.And they both have been beating the snot out of each other on television, direct mailings, and robo-calls.
There hasn’t been much that separates these two primary opponents- until just recently.
A pro-Weinstein independent group released this hard hitting ad which brings to light a very bad vote that Aaron Bean made while in the Florida House that supported in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.
This is a devastating hit, and it reminded us of another Republican running in a Senate primary who had trouble with his record on illegal immigration.Mike Haridopolos, whose campaign was supported by many of the same people supporting Aaron Bean was tied up in knots over illegal immigration. No one can be certain if this issue alone doomed his campaign, but it’s safe to say that being perceived as weak on illegal immigration is never a good thing in a Republican primary.
Ironically, Mike Haridopolos voted against the in-state tuition bill that Aaron Bean supported.
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