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Florida House candidate Todd Marks calls for tougher state immigration laws



Todd Marks, a Republican candidate for the District 57 state House seat, today called for Florida to pass immigration laws modeled after Arizona's controversial new law. "The Legislature should not sit idly by and continue to allow illegal residents to wreak fiscal havoc on our school budgets, our hospitals, our prisons, and our unemployment rate," Marks said in a news release. "Washington's failure to act has contributed to the fiscal crisis in Florida. The answer is not amnesty for those who have already willfully broken the law and jumped ahead of the line but rather strict enforcement of existing laws."

Marks will face Republicans Dana Young and Dan Malloy in the Republican primary. A.J. Matthews is withdrawing form the race and endorsing Young. In an unusual twist, Malloy had lunch last week with Stacy Frank, the only Democratic candidate in the race. Malloy said he and Frank have known each for decades, and he invited her to lunch to "catch up" and "talk politics." "I don't' think there's anything particularly unusual about it," Malloy said. "Most candidates talk to each other."

Janet Zink, Times staff writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:34pm]


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