Friday | November 01, 2002
McBride goes to Little Haiti looking for votes
A couple of days ago, posters on this site wondered about the political repercussions of the plight of hundreds of Haitian refugees who swarmed ashore earlier in the week.
The Haitians are being detained, and should be expelled soon. However, this has brought out a great deal of anger amongst Florida Haitians who resent the special treatment Cubans receive (automatic asylum if they reach shore).
Well, for two days now Jeb has been hammered on the issue, with McBride rushing to Little Haiti to garner support and votes. The immigration question is so hot, in fact, that the press all but ignored a visit by Rudy Giuliani, focusing on the plight of the Haitians.
Bush continues to lead in most polls, but McBride strategists view the crisis as a timely weapon to mobilize Haitian voters and possibly hundreds of thousands of additional black voters across the state.In a bit of Keystone Kops maneuvering, Jeb decided the blunt the beating he was taking by announcing new tax breaks for Little Haiti business -- only to discover at the last minute that the state hadn't completed all the necessary paperwork.
Bryan Finnie, who oversees the enterprise-zone program for Miami-Dade County, said he was surprised to get phone calls from the governor's office Thursday saying that Bush would be announcing today that the county's enterprise zone would be expanded to include Little Haiti.Coincidence? Must be another one of Jeb's "devious" plans to cover up the utter failure of the Bush brothers' immigration policies. Posted November 01, 2002 07:59 AM | Comments (14)