A report in The Buffalo News seems to show why Jack Davis is ducking the debates proposed by the other two Democratic primary candidates, Jon Powers and Alice Kryzan. In a speech at The Center for Inquiry in Amherst,NY, Davis warned of a coming civil war in the Southwest.
"WASHINGTON — Congressional candidate Jack Davis, in a speech earlier this year, warned that increasing immigration from Mexico could lead to a new civil war between northern states and Mexican-influenced Southern states that may want to secede from the United States.
“In the latter part of this century or the next, Mexicans will be a majority in many of the states and could therefore take control of the state government using the democratic process,” Davis said in the speech. “They could then secede from the United States, and then we might have another civil war.”" http://www.buffalonews.com/home/story/421229.html
Its the sort of thing that a Congressional candidate might not want to be associated with and Davis is expectedly trying to walk back from his statements. Sort of.
" Asked this week about his speech, Davis said he no longer believed Southern states would be prone to leaving the union in order to assert Mexican control over what is now U. S. territory.
“I think they’ll do it without a civil war,” he said. “They’ll take control of the state governments and start voting themselves anything they want."
There's a theme that runs through Davis' remarks that is distinct from any inference about his opinions of immigrants and farmers. It seems that Jack might be out of touch. In addition to telling local farmers to forget about immigrant labor , http://thebatavian.com/blogs/russ-stresing/where-am-i-how-did-i-get-here Jack doesn't seem to understand other things about the tough business of farming.
" Many Western New York farmers rely on migrant workers from Mexico to bring in the crops.
After hearing quotes from Davis’ speech, John Lincoln, the president of the New York Farm Bureau, said: “The farmers overall would be really concerned about his statement.”
Told what Lincoln said, Davis replied: “He’s not a regular farmer. He’s one of these big guys . . . I’d call him a multinational farmer.”
Lincoln, 70, is a dairy farmer with 200 head of cattle in Bloomfield, a village of 1,258 in Ontario County, southeast of Rochester. Asked if he had ever met Lincoln, Davis said he had not."
Jack's high paid handlers should be given credit for realizing that the highest level of stagecraft is what serves their candidate best. They are well advised to keep Jack away from spontaneous interaction with voters and to keep tight control over his press appearances. There's little likelihood of a debate or series of debate so long as Jack has the balance of his $3 million self-pledged campaign funds to buy TV ads and radio jingles.