Jeffco Commissioner Kevin McCasky wants the government to crack down on illegal immigration. At a candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters on Oct. 7, McCasky said, “Making an excuse that the federal government can’t or won’t do anything about the situation is unacceptable to me. Therefore it’s time to take matters into our own hands.” And by take matters into his own hands I guess McCasky meant, “I’m going to hire a few to pass out my campaign literature,” because that’s exactly what happened just a few days before.
Both the Rocky Mountain News and the Columbine Courier confirmed that at least one of the people hired by McCasky to pass out literature on Saturday, Oct. 4, couldn’t legally work in this country. Both papers spoke with the illegal campaign staffer’s son, Manuel, who lives in Los Angeles and who, unlike the staffer, speaks enough English to confirm his father’s immigration status.
Now I think it’s important to clarify the issue at hand here is not the hiring of undocumented workers, it’s the blatant hypocrisy on display by a rabidly anti-illegal-immigration public official. It’s like Rev. Ted Haggard’s homosexual relationship, where the headline doesn’t come from the act so much as the hypocritical vitriol. Just don’t tell the public you’ll crack down on “illegals” with your own bare hands and and then go out and hire some.