Gary Baise and Heroin
Some Fairfax County Democrats are still buzzing about Gary H. Baise's likening of illegal immigration to the heroin trade at his Sept. 18 Chamber of Commerce debate with Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D).
Baise, Connolly's Republican challenger, said the two phenomena were driven by the same basic laws of supply and demand. In the case of illegal immigration, he said, that meant people crossing the border in pursuit of jobs unavailable at home. Baise said he never meant to suggest that the problems were morally equivalent, and that he was just reaching for a dramatic way of framing the issue.
"Lord, no," he said.
The first-time candidate was called out by Fairfax Supervisor Penelope A. Gross (D-Mason), who described Baise's comments "jaw-dropping."
"He suggested a task force could solve illegal immigration in a humane way, but his heroin comment belied any sense of humanity in that approach," she wrote in her column in The Falls Church News-Press. "People at my table were dumbfounded that a candidate who wanted to lead Fairfax County would take such a negative attitude..."
September 28, 2007; 7:36 PM ET
Categories: Bill Turque , Debates , Election 2007 , Fairfax County Chairman's Race 2007 , Immigration
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