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John Fredericks In the News
GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis on Wednesday trashed GOP primary foe Adam Putnam over his record on immigration issues.
“We are very different on our approach to illegal immigration,” DeSantis said in an interview with conservative radio host John Fredericks.
The issue has been seen as a Republican primary weakness for Putnam who, as a member of Congress, took some votes seen by some in the party as supporting “amnesty.”
In the interview, DeSantis specifically pointed out Putnam’s support of legislation spearheaded by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) that included a guest worker program for undocumented immigrants across all industries, and a separate 2013 bill authored by the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” that offered a pathway to citizenship. At that time, Putnam was the state’s agriculture commissioner, not a member of Congress. But he publicly supported the plan.
Putnam, whose campaign did not return a request seeking comment, has defended his record on immigration.
“Adam Putnam has a clear record against amnesty, against illegal immigration and against sanctuary cities,” Amanda Bevis, his campaign spokeswoman told the Tampa Bay Times earlier this month.
DeSantis said he disagrees with Putnam on the mandatory use of E-Verify, a program used to verify the legal status of those seeking work through a federal database. The issue in Florida does not fall along traditional party lines. The business community and sugar industry, both of whom support Putnam, oppose mandatory E-Verify because they fear it will crimp the flow of cheap labor.
“I support mandatory E-Verify. If you want to combat illegal immigration you’ve got to insist on having a legal workforce,” DeSantis said. “He opposes mandatory E-Verify.”
The GOP primary has so far been a largely quiet affair.
Putnam’s campaign has spent more than $3 million on TV ads, but those have largely been positive and biographical, while DeSantis, who currently has less money, has relied almost exclusively on appearances on Fox News and conservative radio to get his message out. He is a frequent “no comment” in stories about Florida issues and canceled a Palm Beach County forum appearance with Putnam.
The trend has not gone unnoticed.
“I don’t duck the media,” Putnam said during the Palm Beach forum. “If you can’t show up and answer tough questions from members of the media, how are you going to lead the third largest state in America?”
Read the full report from Politico’s Matt Dixon.
The highly competitive Republican gubernatorial primary between Ron DeSantis and Adam Putnam so far has been relatively tame on the surface. The congressman and agriculture commissioner have mostly stuck to veiled swipes at each other, rarely uttering one another’s name.
That changed today. On the syndicated radio show of staunch Donald Trump supporter John Fredericks, DeSantis did not hold back. DeSantis:
We are very different in our approach to illegal immigration. When he was in the Congress, he supported the McCain amnesty, he even supported the gang of eight Schumer-Obama amnesty when he was AG Commissioner. He didn’t even have to vote on it but he supported it. He opposed bringing troops, putting troops on our southern border. In Florida, specifically, I support mandatory e-verify because I think if you want to combat illegal immigration you got to insist on us having a legal workforce. He opposes mandatory e-verify and worked to kill it when it was in the state legislature several years ago. So, it’s a major difference on our approach to that, I’m someone who stood for the rule of law, for a strong border to make sure Americans come first when it comes to jobs and benefits. And he has not done that…
…He’s been in office since he was 22 years old and has been a career politician. When he was in his twenties, he was in elective office, when I was in my twenties I was serving in Iraq, in Guantanamo Bay, and our military. So, it’s a much different approach.
Read a full report from TBO.
Repost from The Hill
Virginia Republicans lack a consensus frontrunner to take on Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), setting the stage for a brutal primary where the top contenders are likely to run hard to the right.
Republicans fear that the campaigns of two controversial figures — minister E.W. Jackson and frontrunner Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors — will wind up alienating moderates and squandering any long hopes Republicans had of winning in a state that’s increasingly trending blue.
And even if state Delegate Nick Freitas is able to catch fire, most Republicans and analysts don’t think he’ll have a real shot against Kaine, either.
Freitas, the state delegate, made a speech recently opposing gun control that’s gone viral on the right. As of Thursday, it had more than 16 million views on Facebook.
Republicans described Freitas as a long-shot candidate with an intriguing profile. Freitas is a former Army Special Forces sergeant who served in Iraq, and he has the backing of Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah).
“Freitas is a dark horse. If he catches lightning in a bottle — he’s different, he’s new, he’s fresh. There just might be enough people tiring of Corey Stewart,” said John Fredericks, a conservative Virginia radio host who served with Stewart as co-chairmen of Trump’s Virginia effort.
“In order for Freitas to close the gap, Freitas is going to have to go on offense. When he attacks Corey, if he attacks him with an arrow, Corey is going to fire back with a bazooka.”
Read the full article at http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/381890-gop-fears-primary-fight-will-ruin-va-senate-chances
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