In 2010, an anti-illegal immigration law in Arizona was an issue in the Florida governor’s race. This year, it looks as if an Arizona anti-gay rights law could be.
Democrats including Charlie Crist, the likely nominee to run against Republican Gov. Rick Scott, are playing up Scott’s refusal on a national television interview to say whether he supports or opposes the Arizona law.
The law would allow businesses to deny services to gay and lesbian couples because of the business owner’s religious beliefs.
"I’ve not seen that bill ... I haven’t seen the bill," Scott said repeatedly when asked by MSNBC interviewer Chuck Todd whether he would favor such a bill or whether religious beliefs are a legitimate reason to discriminate against homosexuals. See it here at about the 11-minute mark in the video labelled, "Rick Scott talks run for reelection."
The state Democratic Party quickly sent out a press release bashing Scott, and Crist’s campaign followed up with a statement "Discrimination has no place in America. None in Arizona. None in Florida. ... The fact that Governor Scott won’t take a stand on whether Governor Brewer should veto the Arizona discrimination law is stunning. We should always be sending the message that Florida is open for all of our residents, open for all tourists and open for all businesses."
Arizona business interests are now urging Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the law, saying it couid harm tourism and economic growth, and even some Republicans ins the GOP-dominated legislature that passed it have said they’re having second thoughts.