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Haley Barbour lends endorsement in Florida Senate primary

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Amanda Carey
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Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, on Monday, weighed in on the Senate primary race in Florida. His endorsement went to former Sen. George LeMieux.

“George is a solid conservative who served the people of Florida well in the U.S. Senate,” said Barbour in a statement. “I am happy to lend my support to his campaign.”

The Republican primary race in Florida, to unseat Democrat Senator Bill Nelson, is largely between LeMieux, a former Senator; and Boca Raton native Adam Hasner, a former state legislator. Late-entrant Mike McCalister, however, appears to be shaking things up.

There’s no doubt the LeMieux campaign will use the Barbour endorsement as proof of the candidate’s conservative credentials. So far, LeMieux’s biggest obstacle has been his association with former Republican-turned-Independent Governor Charlie Crist.

Indeed, LeMieux’s Campaign Manager, Brian Seitchik, said of the endorsement, “Every day, Republican activists and donors are joinging our campaign because they know that George LeMieux is the proven conservative who will retire Bill Nelson and end Harry Reid’s reign as majority leader.”

This isn’t the first time Barbour has gotten involved in a Florida primary. As chair of the Republican Governors Association (RGA) in 2010, he got into the race by attacking Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott’s opponent, Bill McCollum was seen as a shoe-in. He was also seen as being more moderate, compared to the Tea Party favorite, Scott.

After Scott won the primary, he, now famously, told Barbour on the phone, “Haley, you cost me more than $7 million.”

Could the Florida Senate race be headed for a repeat of the 2010 gubernatorial primary? History has shown Barbour’s opinions on Florida political races don’t hold their weight in gold. And Hasner, who has been compared to Sen. Marco Rubio, has so far proven to be a formidable challenge to the more-established LeMieux.

Yet the latest Quinnipiac poll in Florida shows the Senate race is wide open. Fifty-three percent of Republicans answered as undecided. McCalister, a retired military officer led with 15 percent, followed by LeMieux at 12 percent. Former Ruth’s Chris CEO polled at eight percent, while Hasner came in at the bottom at six percent.

  • RupertPupkin

    You know, I tend to take the word of Haley Barbour over that of a moron who calls himself TWATDoc.

    • Anonymous

      Entirely up to you but the facts speak for themselves.

  • Anonymous

    George LeMieux, what has he done since he was elected ??? Not a dam thing. Most people don’t even know his name much less recall ANYTHING this R.I.N.O. has done.

    Rick Scott promised immigration law change in his bid for Governor of Florida, Did he ??  he77 no he didn’t.

    Senator Bill Nelson has attatched himself by his lips to Obumble’s anal orfice identifying himself as an Ultra-Liberal and therefore GONE in 2012.

      
    Mr. “President”, Congressmen, Senators We are coming for you.
    WE THE PEOPLE will sweep Capitol Hill clean.
    We are tired of your lies.
    We are tired of illegal immigrants taking American jobs.
    We are tired of entitlements.
    We are tired of you buying votes with OUR tax dollars.
    We are tired of you sending our money to third world nations as foreign aid.
    We are tired of you looking down your noses at us.
    We are tired of doing without while you live like kings and princes.
    We are tired of professional politicians.
    We are tired of lobbyists.
    We are tired of YOU ALL !!!!
    WE the People will take our revenge in 2012.
    WE are THE TEA PARTY !

    • krjohnson

      “We are tired of illegal immigrants taking American jobs.”

      Speak for yourself, dude.  Most people in the Tea Party are economically literate enough to understand that immigrants don’t take jobs, they create them.  Sure, they have reasons to dislike illegal immigration (usually the argument is that too much immigration weakens our social institutions, although I don’t buy that at all) but I have heard very few people in the Tea Party lead with the jobs argument.

      Why don’t we have legal work visas and treat these people like humans instead of harassing peaceful and hardworking individuals who help improve our quality of life? 

      • RupertPupkin

        “Most people in the Tea Party are economically literate enough to understand that immigrants don’t take jobs, they create them.”

        Illegal immigrants don’t take jobs?  OOOOOOOOK.  Not only do they take jobs, but they drive down wages as well.  The so-called jobs that “Americans won’t do” are jobs they won’t do because the wages are too low.  Why is that? Because illegal immigrants are paid under the table and are paid lower than non-illegals because they can’t complain about it.  There are multiple studies to back my assertion.  The notion that illegals don’t take jobs is asinine, to say the least. 

        As for the comment from TWATDoc(one can’t expect much from someone with such a juvenile tag)concerning George Lemieux, he seems to be unaware of the fact, as evidenced by this question, “George LeMieux, what has he done since he was elected ???” that Lemieux no longer holds office. 

        Hey moron, George Lemieux isn’t in the Senate.  Marco Rubio is.  Unless you are stupid enough to think FL. has three senators (which given your name and your question wouldn’t surprise me), it should be obvious to you, as evidenced by the talk of running against Bill Nelson, that Lemieux isn’t in the Senate. 

        The comment from TWATDoc just  proves what I already knew: half of those claiming to be Tea Partiers go around labellilng individuals RINO without even knowing a dam* thing about them or their positions. 

        • krjohnson

          Not only do immigrants not “steal” jobs, they create them.

          Sometimes they do this very visibly.  Intel, Yahoo, Google, and Sun
          Microsystems are recent examples of companies founded by immigrants that
          have gone on to employ hundreds of thousands of Americans.  I, for one,
          am glad that they chose to start their companies in the US and not
          overseas.

          But even when immigrants find employment at existing firms they help
          to create more and better paying jobs.  When when you trade $0.75 for a
          copy of the the local newspaper at your local grocery store both parties in that trade
          benefit.  You value the newspaper more than $0.75 and the grocery store values
          your $0.75 more than the newspaper.  If both parties did not gain, the trade
          would not happen.  Likewise, when immigrants find employment in America
          both the employer and the employee gain and society is richer as a
          whole.  Both parties involved will spend much of their profit in America
          in other mutually beneficial trades which create employment and create
          additional wealth for society as a whole.

          Have you heard about all the jobs that were created from the Georgia melon crop rotting on the vine after draconian anti-immigrant legislation was passed last year?  I’m guessing not.  These people produce more than they consume.  If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be employed at all.

          Please read “Economics in One Lesson.”  You will become a much wiser person in only 150 pages.

          • Anonymous

            Can you define Immigrant and Illegal immigrant and differentiate between the two ?

          • krjohnson

            An immigrant is someone who comes to this country from abroad.  An illegal immigrant is an immigrant which the government refuses to recognize.

            The distinction is essentially paperwork.

          • Anonymous

            I knew better than to try to argue with a moron, I swore I’d never do it again but here I sit arguing with a moron. ‘My bad.

          • krjohnson

            Keep name calling if you want, I’ll stick to the issues.

      • Anonymous

        The job argument is to rid America of the leeches that DO take Jobs that Americans are MOST willing to do, not to mention supporting their children with entitlements and health care (free) .

        I belong to the Tea Party and I’ll assure you I am literate AND I realize the illegals are the Democrats voter base but we are like an old dog that is infested with ticks, we are going downhill fast.

        • krjohnson

          It makes no difference if immigrants are doing jobs Americans won’t do or jobs Americans will do.  As long as they are doing any job they can for a cheaper price they make everyone better off.  There is no fixed and finite supply of jobs.

          You aren’t one of these Wal-Mart hating type are you?  Assuming you’re with the Tea Party I can’t imagine you are.

          Wal-Mart is the immigrant laborer of retail.  They bring prices down for certain goods so that consumers have more money to spend on other things, more expensive things.  By lowering expenses in cheap plastic goods, clothes, etc they free up purchasing power for luxuries.

          Multiple studies have found that after a Wal-Mart comes into a small community the local small businesses that compete directly with Wal-Mart (clothing retailers etc) are forced out.  But within 5 years all of these businesses have been replaced by new businesses, with higher profit margins and more and more highly paid employees, that offer more luxury style goods:  ice cream parlors, movie theaters, high brow restaurants, specialty stores etc. 

          Wal-Mart didn’t “take” anyone’s job, they freed up resources for more highly paid and profitable enterprise.  The same thing happens with immigrant laborers.  By working cheaper at menial, low profit jobs they free up capital to pay more for high skilled and specialty labor.  They may drive wages down in the industry in which they work, but they drive wages up everywhere else.

          If immigrants can pick melons more cheaply than anyone else why shouldn’t they?  And when they aren’t allowed to the crop rots on the vine, the farmers can’t compete with imported melons, and everyone is worse off.

          It amazes me, given the history and prosperity of this country, that anyone can still have these anti-immigrant feelings.

          • Anonymous

            The difference being that Wally world sells Chinese junk that they buy by the ship load, would you rather see China prosper or America prosper?
            Had Sam Walton envisioned what WalMart has become he would have closed the doors on the first one.
            Mom and Pop businesses built America and when they are all gone you won’t be able to buy anything made in America !
            How long have you been a manager at WalMart ?????

            The argument that illegals can pick mellons cheaper than Americans is ludicrous.
             
            Cheap Tomatoes    This should make everyone think, be you Democrat, Republican or Independent   From a California school teacher – - -”As you listen to the news about the student protests over illegal immigration, there are some things that you should be aware of:   I am in charge of the English-as-a-second-language department at a large southern California high school which is designated a Title 1 school, meaning that its students average lower socioeconomic and income levels.   Most of the schools you are hearing about, South Gate High, Bell Gardens, Huntington Park, etc., where these students are protesting, are also Title 1 schools.   Title 1 schools are on the free breakfast and free lunch program. When I say free breakfast, I’m not talking a glass of milk and roll — but a full breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juices that would make a Marriott proud.  The waste of this food is monumental, with trays and trays of it being dumped in the trash uneaten. (OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK)   I estimate that well over 50% of these students are obese or at least moderately overweight. About 75% or more DO have cell phones. The school also provides day care centers for the unwed teenage pregnant girls (some as young as 13) so they can attend class without the inconvenience of having to arrange for babysitters or having family watch their kids. (OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK)   I was ordered to spend $700,000 on my department or risk losing funding for the upcoming year even though there was little need for anything; my budget was already substantial.  I ended up buying new computers for the computer learning center, half of which, one month later, have been carved with graffiti by the appreciative students who obviously feel humbled and grateful to have a free education in America. (OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK)   I have had to intervene several times for young and substitute teachers whose classes consist of many illegal immigrant students here in the country less then 3 months who raised so much hell with the female teachers, calling them “Putas” whores and throwing things that the teachers were in tears.   Free medical, free education, free food, day care etc., etc., etc. Is it any wonder they feel entitled to not only be in this country but to demand rights, privileges and entitlements?   To those who want to point out how much these illegal immigrants contribute to our society because they LIKE their gardener and housekeeper and they like to pay less for tomatoes: spend some time in the real world of illegal immigration and see the TRUE costs.   Higher insurance, medical facilities closing, higher medical costs, more crime, lower standards of education in our schools, overcrowding, new diseases etc., etc, etc. For me, I’ll pay more for tomatoes.   We need to wake up. The guest worker program will be a disaster because we won’t have the guts to enforce it. Does anyone in their right mind really think they will voluntarily leave and return?   There are many hardworking Hispanic/American citizens that contribute to our country and many that I consider my true friends. We should encourage and accept those Hispanics who have done it the right and legal way.   It does, however, have everything to do with culture: A third-world culture that does not value education, that accepts children getting pregnant and dropping out of school by 15 and that refuses to assimilate, and an American culture that has become so weak and worried about “politically correct” that we don’t have the will to do anything about it.   If this makes your blood boil, as it did mine, forward this to everyone you know.   CHEAP LABOR?    Isn’t that what the whole immigration issue is about?   Business doesn’t want to pay a decent wage   Consumers don’t want expensive produce   Government will tell you Americans don’t want the jobs   But the bottom line is cheap labor. The phrase “cheap labor” is a myth, a farce, and a lie. there is no such thing as “cheap labor.”   Take, for example, an illegal alien with a wife and five children. He takes a job for $5.00 or $6.00/hour.  At that wage, with six dependents, he pays no income tax,  yet at the end of the year, if he files an Income Tax  Return,  he gets an “earned income credit” of up to $3,200 free.   He qualifies for Section 8 housing and subsidized rent   He qualifies for food stamps   He qualifies for free (no deductible, no co-pay) health care   His children get free breakfasts and lunches at school   He requires bilingual teachers and books   He qualifies for relief from high energy bills   If they are or become, aged, blind or disabled, they qualify for SSI. Once qualified for SSI they can qualify for Medicare.  All of this is at taxpayer’s expense   He doesn’t worry about car insurance, life insurance, or homeowners insurance.   Taxpayers provide Spanish language signs, bulletins and printed material.   He and his family receive the equivalent of $20.00 to $30.00/hour in benefits.   Working Americans are lucky to have $5.00 or $6.00/hour left after paying THEIR bills and his.   The American taxpayer’s also pay for increased crime, graffiti and trash clean-up.   Cheap labor?      

          • krjohnson

            If you were a melon farmer in Georgia after they passed draconian anti-immigrant labor laws last year you would probably be calling the situation ridiculous too.  You would also probably be filing for bankruptcy.

            “I am in charge of the English-as-a-second-language department at a large southern California high school”"I own a small business in Florida”Umm?  I think something doesn’t add up here, Twat Doc.

            By the way, I actually did grow up in Yakima WA.  That town is full of “illegals” (as you call them, I think that is a dehumanizing term and prefer “immigrant”).  They had to put in a city ordinance banning taco wagons from parking too close together because different gangs frequent different taco wagons and when their taco wagons park too close together there is a gang fight.  My Mom was a juror on a trial of a couple gang members who shot a man in a taco bell.  My Uncle owns a small business and keeps a shotgun in close reach behind the counter.

            I know all about this immigration stuff.  I’ve lived it. 

            But the problem isn’t border enforcement.  The problem isn’t that we allow too many immigrants in. 

            The problem is our draconian immigration law that leaves these people undocumented, forces them to hire brutal thugs to lead them across the border, and then doesn’t acknowledge their existence when they get here.  The problem is our drug laws that cause all of this violence when disputes are played out with guns in the streets instead of with lawyers in the courts.   The problem is the welfare state, and it does not only apply to immigrants.

            Every farmer in Eastern Washington would tell you how much he needs migrant labor.  I never met a single kid growing up who told me that his goal in life was to be a cherry picker.  Or a grape picker.  But that’s what these people do, they do it well, and they do it for cheap.  And we should be grateful they do.

          • Anonymous

            Lets see, Washington (liberal state)
            Californicate   (liberal state)
            If the farmers in Eastern Washington paid a decent wage they would have help coming out their ears but they would rather hire the scratchbacks than Americans. (Yup that’s liberals for ya) 

            Oh yeah, almost forgot, I’m quite sure the scratchbacks and wetbacks find the label “illegals” dehumanizing .
            Please go inform them as soon as they obey American immigration laws and enter our Nation legally we will be more than happy to refer to them as immigrants.

          • krjohnson

            The average pay for a cherry picker in Eastern Washington is over $15 an hour.  Many farmers also include perks for migrant workers including housing, food, etc.  They use these perks particularly to entice the immigrant workers to come back season after season, promising better amenities each year.

            Washington is a very moderate state on net balance.  Western Washington is very liberal, Eastern Washington is very conservative.  Yakima is represented by Doc Hastings (R).  In 2010 he won nearly 70% of the vote.

          • krjohnson

            Also, I highly doubt you’re with the Tea Party.  Those people make fun of people that hate WalMart.

          • Anonymous

            Actually I do belong to the Tea Party. 

          • krjohnson

            You are by far the most economically illiterate Tea Party member I have ever encountered.

    • MJHBAMA

      Truth is, illegal immigrants do the jobs that legal Americans refuse to do.  There are some unsavory ones (watch Mike Roe and his “Dirty Jobs” program.)  They will also do them at minimum wage since most of the jobs are non-skilled.  I’m not happy about it but am realistic.

      • Anonymous

        I own a small business in Florida and every day one to three people come in looking for work, I have six guys that have been with me for a long time and don’t have any room for new employees, Men come in my shop with their hat in their hands begging for work, they need to feed their famalies or they are about to be evicted or their kids need shoes for school.
        There are millions of Americans looking for work and don’t tell me that these people won’t do ANY kind of work for just enough to feed their wives and kids.

        I let one Man unload a truck for me and gave him fifty bucks and the man had tears of gratitude in his eyes so your post is bullshit.

        D a m n e d the politicians for making Americans beg in order to feed their families Dam them to he l l.