The GOP Candidate for the Senate in California, Carly Fiorina, has come out with a Spanish language website, Amigos de Carly. I should note that Fiorina supports the controversial new Arizona immigration law, SB 1070, even though one of her chief Latino supporters, former U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, does not.
Note that on the Amigos de Carly site, there isn’t any mention of the Arizona law or more broad immigration policies on the front page, but she has suggested that we don’t need comprehensive immigration reform while insinuating that the federal government is not devoting enough resources to securing the border. As Andrea Nill at ThinkProgress points out, the Obama administration has actually spent more on immigration enforcement and border security than previous administrations.
In my view, Fiorina’s Latino outreach website reminds me of Meg Whitman’s without the fancy youtubes. It’s more hypocrisy and pandering while leaving out a lot of the rhetoric that has come out about immigration during this election cycle. It would be one thing to appear more candid with the Spanish speaking community about supporting the Arizona law and not wanting to pursue comprehensive immigration reform, but instead Fiorina makes a calculated decision to not mention this on the seguridad pública section of the Spanish website.
I also noticed that whoever wrote the seguridad pública section for Fiorina spelled marijuana with a “g” (mariguana), which I had never seen. I do know that marihuana is an alternate spelling. As expected, Fiorina doesn’t think it should be legalized, but I have a feeling that the majority of Californians think otherwise.
What do you think about Amigos de Carly?