Compared to most of the Illinois electorate, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady is significantly more conservative on many issues. Brady opposes abortion in all cases, including rape and incest, and he introduced a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages and civil unions.
But he wasn't conservative enough for one activist, who panned his record on immigration at a rally where the two shared a stage.
On Saturday, Brady appeared at a Tri-County Tea Party event with Rosanna Pulido, a failed congressional candidate known for her extreme views and at-times outrageous statements. Her opinions on immigration come through in comments like this one: "I lived in Mexico for a year. I was ripped off the worst by the Bible students. It is so cultural to rip people off they do not see that it is wrong. It's culture." (For a catalog of Pulido's over-the-top comments, click here.)
According to The Capitol Fax Blog, Brady "took a little heat" for appearing alongside such an infamous speaker. But that was nothing compared to the roasting he took at Pulido's hands when she took the stage.
"I want you to ask Mr. Brady, when he gets here, how more legal immigration is going to help the 25 million Americans who are out of work, the 15% unemployment rate in Illinois who don't have jobs," Pulido urged the crowd.
(Scroll down for her full speech.)
Pulido, the state director of Illinois Minuteman Project, took aim at a wide swath of Republicans who she viewed as too moderate on immigration. "You can not mix up conservative and Republicans, they are not the same," she said.
When Brady took the stage later, he sidestepped Pulido's critique and avoided the immigration issue entirely.
Watch Pulido's speech here:
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