Immigration Reform a tough pill that must be swallowed

Many have asked me in recent weeks what my position on immigration reform is.

They know that I strongly opposed the McCain-Kennedy amnesty proposal in 2008, they know that I’m as conservative as they come, and they also know that I have been a strong Marco Rubio supporter and equally strong, longtime opponent of Charlie Crist and his fellow opportunist, unprincipled backstabber types.

Because this immigration debate has been so dynamic, changing from one day to the next, I decided to kind of sit back and observe how things develop.

In recent days, however, Senators have begun to debate and reach consensus on certain provisions, and consequently public discourse on the issue is beginning to reach a fever pitch.

One thing is beginning to look evident: unlike previous comprehensive immigration reform (amnesty) proposals, this one appears to emphasize border security as a precondition before some of the other more lenient provisions can take effect.

This is how it would work: Continue reading

FreedomWorks’ FreePAC comes to Florida!

Thousands of Florida conservative activists and volunteers are gathered today at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee for FreedomWorks’ FreePAC Florida conference.

FreedomWorks is a conservative, free-market advocacy organization that trains and mobilizes patriots nationwide to advance the cause of liberty and America’s founding principles.  We Floridians especially owe them a debt of gratitude for diving into the GOP Florida Senate Primary in 2010 and endorsing Marco Rubio when few thought he had the resources or momentum to defeat the sitting backstabber governor Charlie Crist.  As such, it is a pleasure to be here today mixing and mingling with my fellow patriots and lending my support to an organization that has done so much good around the country, and especially here in Florida.

The conference began today at 4pm and speakers include Judge Andrew Napolitano, Congressman Connie Mack, Trey Radel, Deneen Borelli, Matt Kibbe, and Glen Beck, who will end with a keynote address to the conference. If you are in the Central Florida area, I encourage you to come out. If not, feel free to watch the live stream I have embedded below, which can also be viewed on the FreedomWorks website.

Live stream videos at Ustream

Primary Elections Recap

After months of fundraising, campaigning, scheming, punching, and counter-punching, candidates across Florida saw the fruits of their efforts come (and go) in the couple of hours after polls closed at 7pm yesterday.

Many outcomes were expected, some were surprising, and a few were just plain bizarre. On that note, what’s up with Central Florida? I mean, they actually elected the prosecutor who botched the Casey Anthony Trial as their new State Attorney? Seriously?  Oh well. I digress.

Anyway, this is a recap of election results and how things stand in some of the races we at took a position on: Continue reading

Gus “El Chivatón” Barreiro misleads senior citizens about conservative bona fides

This week Gus “El Chivatón” Barreiro dropped a seemingly positive mail piece in Spanish to senior citizens in the State House district he seeks to represent (pictured below).

It features pictures of prominent Republicans–Senator Marco Rubio, former Governor Jeb Bush, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney–with bold text that declares: “Gustavo Barreiro SUPPORTS our Republican leaders.

Note how he uses his full, more Spanish-sounding name “Gustavo” instead of “Gus” in a Spanish mailing…but I digress. Continue reading

Retain conservatives on the RPOF state committee, Part 2: Liliana Ros (Miami-Dade)

One of the first people I came to know in politics is Miami-Dade GOP State Committeewoman Liliana Ros.  Though I first met her during the Dole campaign in 1996, she did not become someone I came to know well until a few years later when I became more active in the local Republican Party down in my home county of Miami-Dade.

Besides longtime chairman and movement conservative activist Mary Ellen Miller, Liliana Ros–often referred to as the “Godmother of the Miami-Dade GOP”–has always been the go-to person for anything related with the local GOP in Miami-Dade. If an up-and-coming solid, conservative candidate didn’t enjoy the connections to, or financial support of bigwig establishment types, Liliana Ros would offer to help the candidate by throwing him a fundraiser or introducing him to the right people.

In fact, it was Liliana Ros who first introduced a young Republican activist and volunteer to the mayor of West Miami when he wanted to run for that small town’s council.  That introduction eventually earned him that mayor’s support, which helped him win that first race. That young councilman then ran for and won a seat in the State House, and in his last year as a legislator went on to serve as Florida’s first Hispanic Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.  This story can be verified in Senator Marco Rubio’s recently-released memoir, “An American Son.” Continue reading