TALLAHASSEE, Florida, USA (sentinel.ht) – “It’s reprehensible that three Haitians, some teacher and some lawyer think that they have the right to run against me.” And with that statement, Florida State Senator Gwen Margolis (D-Miami) came underfire for using “Haitians” to try and disparage her election opponents.
Margolis’ seat is being challenged by Haitian-Americans, Anis Blémur, a businessman, former State Representative, Phillip Brutus and State Representative Daphne Campbell. She referred to the candidates four more times as “Haitians” in this tone.
She also said, “I’ve been in office for over 40 years… I have unlimited funds, and I’m going to spend every penny, and I’m not going to lose to those three Haitians or some teacher or lawyer.”
Brutus, the former state representative running for the State Senate told the Miami Herald that he felt Senator Margolis was out of line.
“It’s racist and xenophobic, and I don’t think Margolis can denounce Donald Trump and keep a straight face,” he said.
Miami-Dade County Democratic Party executive director Juan Cuba said in a statement “her remarks were offensive. The other candidates and communities they represent deserve an apology.”
State Senator Margolis, 81, is the longest-serving sitting lawmaker in the Florida Senate. Read full story.