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More on McCollum and Ariz. immigration law

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum continues to face questions about the Arizona immigration law. Today, speaking before a crowd of about 80 at the Capital City Republican Club, McCollum said: "First of all, with regard to Arizona, I strongly support Arizona’s immigration law as amended. And I never said I didn’t.”

That sounds correct to us. When the original version passed, McCollum called that law "far out." Then, when Arizona lawmakers added some amendments intended to safeguard against racial profiling, McCollum said he supports it. We couldn't find anytime where he said he doesn't support the amended law. (You'll remember that right-wing darling Marco Rubio had a similar change of heart.)

According to one person at the event, McCollum might have some more explaining to do about his comments (blasted in numerous Rick Scott ads) that "We don't need that law in Florida." Arlen Schwerin, a 69-year-old attendee said, "I'm not sure he really made it clear to me as to why he said that."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:46am]


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