" . . . there’s one thing that we’re unanimous on: We don’t allow people to kick immigrants around like a political football so they can make political hay.”
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Notes from the field | By Charles O'Dell, Oct. 19, 2010 – For those of you who couldn't attend the Friendship Alliance candidate forum last night, I have attached a statement from Dr. Bert Cobb expressing his regrets for having to miss the event under orders from his physician. It was well read by high school junior Jimmy Skipton IV.
Pct. 4 Commissioner Karen Ford gave a good accounting of herself and seemed to speak from the heart.
Our Rep. Patrick Rose failed to attend or to send any statement of regret. Rose's opponent, Jason Issac, took questions from the moderator and from the audience and gave what I perceived as honest if not entirely complete answers. His candor and openness was refreshing.
[The statement from Cobb said this, in part: "I sincerely regret that I cannot attend tonight's forum. As some of you may know, I am recovering from an infection in my back and my doctors have asked me to limit the amount of time that I am on my feet for the next few weeks until my recovering is complete. Let me make it clear that my prognosis is excellent. My condition is more frustrating than it is serious, as my recovery has placed certain limits on my campaign activities.
"First, I am a medical doctor, not a career politician. After serving in the U. S. Air Force, I put myself through medical school. I am board certified in head and neck surgery and worked as chief of surgery at Central Texas Medical Center. I have operated three medical clinics and served as president of the Tri-County Medical Society, where I worked with legislators and local leaders throughout Central Texas to improve medical care in our region."]
I have also attached an article of interest for those Democrats who believe in compassion, fair play and common decency.
Warning: The article contains subject matter that should be offensive to all of you.
Democratic Legislator Urges Crackdown on "Illegals"
Read the complete article at The Americano . . .
AUSTIN (Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010) – Imagine the outrage if a Republican had issued the following statement, that appeared in a story published Wednesday in the Houston Chronicle:
“We have to crack down on illegal immigrants who break our laws, escape unpunished and take jobs away from Texans.”
The paper then asks two rhetorical questions. Is it a campaign ad by a Republican lawmaker who favors bringing an Arizona-style immigration crackdown to Texas? By GOP Gov. Rick Perry?
“Nope. It’s by state Rep. Patrick Rose, a Dripping Springs Democrat who belongs to the Mexican American Legislative Caucus — and that’s why it’s raising some eyebrows,” the Chronicle story said.
It added that chairman Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, said the group wants to take a “measured look” at the matter. (He describes caucus membership criteria as “you either have to be brown or have a brown heart.”)
“We have very diverse views when it comes to the issue of immigration,” he told the Chronicle. “But there’s one thing that we’re unanimous on: We don’t allow people to kick immigrants around like a political football so they can make political hay.”