January 14th, 2014 —
In an effort to mask his anti-Latino policy priorities, Rick Scott announced Carlos Lopez-Cantera as his pick for Lt. Governor today. Hispanic activists will hold a telephone press conference at 2:30 PM today to warn voters that Lopez-Cantera will be a rubber stamp for Scott’s anti-Latino agenda.
Rick Scott campaigned aggressively on an anti-Latino agenda in 2010, supporting Tea Party backed, Arizona-style immigration policies. While in office, Rick Scott has pursued and fought for policies that have hurt Hispanics and Latinos. Rick Scott’s anti-Latino agenda includes:
- Efforts that restricted voting rights of Hispanics and other minorities at the election polls;
- Vetoed a bill intended to make it easier for DREAMers to a Florida driver’s license;
- Opposes in-state tuition for DREAMers;
- Opposes common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship at the federal level
Scott’s announcement comes one day after Hispanic citizens took part in a press conference to call out Rick Scott for his continued attack on voting rights. While serving as a leader in the State House of Representatives in 2011, Carlos Lopez-Cantera voted for a Scott-backed law that cut early voting days and resulted in long lines at the polls during the 2012 election. In a highly ironic move, Carlos Lopez-Cantera praised the bill asserting it would actually increase voter access.
Hispanic activists believe that Carlos Lopez-Cantera should fight Scott’s anti-Latino agenda rather than aide Rick Scott in pursuit of these policies.
What: Telephone press conference to warn voters that Lopez-Cantera will be a rubber stamp for Scott’s anti-Latino agenda.
Day & Time: Tuesday, January 14, 2014. 2:30 PM
Who: Marcos Vilar, Florida New Majority