Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christopher F. Gabrieli, in some of his most extensive comments to date on immigration, blasted Governor Mitt Romney and Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly yesterday for allowing construction firms that employ illegal immigrants to win state contracts.
What's Gabrieli trying to do here? Become governor or something?
Gabrieli said people are outraged over a Globe story Sunday that detailed how contractors on several state-funded projects appear to have relied heavily on undocumented workers. Romney and Reilly both have said that immigration is largely a matter of federal law and that there is little they can do about it.
"I think it's disappointing when the people we elect to do this all have explanations that have to do with it [being] somebody's else's fault," Gabrieli said after unveiling an energy plan at a Quincy library. "I think these employers know what they're doing, and I think that they should not be rewarded by continuing to get state contracts."
Punishing illegal behavior. 'Round these parts, we call that "thinking outside the box".
Gabrieli's comments reflect the harder line on illegal immigration he's taken than his two Democratic opponents -- Reilly and Deval L. Patrick, a former civil rights prosecutor and executive with Texaco and the Coca-Cola Co . Unlike his rivals, for example, Gabrieli opposes allowing the children of undocumented immigrants to receive in-state tuition rates at public colleges.
At the rate Reilly's going, he'll be lucky to come out of the primary this September with a bronze medal around his neck. I think it's time for a new campaign poster.
UPDATE: Not my best effort to-date, but here you go.