PHOENIX – While the biggest campaign story last week was the Obama Administration’s attempt to curry favor with Latino voters through temporary and limited deportation deferrals, Governor Jan Brewer’s competing Executive Order reinforcing Arizona’s existing ban on public benefits for illegal immigrants led to a curious response from Democrat Richard Carmona, candidate for U.S. Senate.
Carmona, recruited to run by President Barack Obama and asked Friday by a television reporter about Brewer’s order, had nothing to say.
"Richard Carmona became a Democrat and got into the race because the President asked him to, and immigration was going to be the topmost issue in their plan to increase support among Latino voters, which included suing Arizona over SB 1070,” said Arizona Republican Party spokesman Tim Sifert."But Carmona has now gone flat on this issue, he knows he’s running uphill and needs to lighten the load by dropping his unpopular political baggage as quickly as possible. What kind of leadership is that?”
"...Democratic Senate Candidate Richard Carmona says he doesn’t have an opinion on Republican Governor Jan Brewer’s order to block certain immigrants from getting public benefits.” (Dennis Welch,"Good Evening Arizona 6PM” 3TV, www.azfamily.com, 8-17-2012)
Richard Carmona Previously Strongly Opposed Arizona’s Illegal Immigration Reforms
"He Also Said He Doesn’t Look Fondly On State Laws Aimed At Illegal Immigrants. ‘That’s A Federal Responsibility,’ Carmona Said. During the last election in 2010, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1070, which ordered police here to enforce immigration laws. That move propelled her to any easy win against Democratic Attorney General Terry Goddard. Carmona said some conservative calls for deportation of illegal immigrants already in the U.S. is mean-spirited and unrealistic.” (Mike Sunnucks,"Carmona Hopes Independent Streak, Life Story Resonate In Senate Race,” Phoenix Business Journal, 1/23/12)
"I looked at where the Republican Party was on certain issues in my state, like on women’s health, on immigration, some of the educational issues, I really couldn’t align with them there, and the fact is that the Democratic Party was more closely aligned with where my values were on key issues in our state,” (Interview with Juan Williams,"Richard Carmona on Immigration and Elections” Fox News Latino, June 27, 2012)
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