Mitt Romney Changes His Tune
Let me start off by saying that I think Mitt Romney is one of the best, if not the best, debater I’ve seen among the crowded field of democrats and republicans that are vying for their respective nomination. I guess that’s why I didn’t expect the weak comeback the former Massachusetts governor gave when responding to Rudy Giuliani’s assertion that illegals performed landscaping duties on the grounds of Romney’s Boston mansion. Recall, Romney said it would “not be American” to check the papers of workers employed by a contractor simply because they have a “funny accent.” While that may have been a “gotcha” moment for Romeny is a room full of elite liberals, I found it quite odd that he resorted to such a response when polls clearly show that republican primary voters care deeply about the negative impacts of illegal immigration.
I guess Romney saw how his response wasn’t going to give him the surge in the polls he so desperately needs. Apparently he has fired the contractor responsible for the maintenance of his property. Now Romney is attempting to backtrack by saying that he warned the same contractor last year about his concern that all his employees be of legal status. If that’s the case, then why didn’t a smart debater like Romney use the moment with Giuliani to state that he’s already on top of this and has pro-actively addressed it? To me, it looks like Romney has his hand caught in the cookie jar yet again.
Many politicians talk a good game when it comes to illegal immigration. In practice however, their actions to combat the problem typically doesn’t match their strong campaign rhetoric. Earlier this year, I blogged about the toothless executive order put forth by Anne Arundel Executive John Leopold. While I embrace the idea of barring employers that hire illegals from doing business with Anne Arundel County, I cannot help but notice that the concept is nothing more than a ploy that helped Leopold appear strong on the issue to voters, who really have no clue what’s actually going on. If you think Leopold’s order has eliminated this problem in Anne Arundel County, I simply ask you to open your eyes the next time you see laborers performing work on county owned property. You may be surprised by what you see especially if you thought this no longer occurs in Anne Arundel County.
Now, you can take the Mitt Romney approach and say that I am making unfair assumptions about certain workers. Of course, we all see where that approach got him.