More reason why Steve Gallardo is my favorite state senator in Arizona. At least we got a few voices of reason up in Phoenix!
(Linda Lopez and Jack Jackson Jr. get thumbs up also; the other Democrats still have at least one vote for an anti-immigrant bill, some more than one. Luckily it is rare but even once is too much!)
Glenn Spencer is chairman of a known hate-group, and senator Sylvia Allen invited him to speak. He has now been uninvited.
via Man tracked by hate group uninvited to Arizona panel.
Man tracked by hate group uninvited to Arizona panel
The chairman of a civilian border watch group described by a watchdog organization as a “vitriolic Mexican-basher” who courts white supremacists said Thursday that he was uninvited to speak to an Arizona Senate committee on border security.
Republican Sen. Sylvia Allen had asked Glenn Spencer, the chairman of the American Border Patrol, to give an assessment of the U.S.-Mexico border to the Senate’s border security committee on Thursday. Allen leads the committee.
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But after several media outlets reported the allegations of racism against Spencer, he said one of Allen’s representatives called him Wednesday and asked him not to come.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, has a three-page online profile of Spencer, in which it says he “may have done more than anyone to spread the myth of a secret Mexican conspiracy to reconquer the Southwest.” The center has been listing Spencer’s organization as a hate group since 2001.
Spencer said he’s not racist and has never courted white supremacists to join his group. He said he does believe Mexicans are trying to reconquer the U.S. and that a “bloodbath” between the two countries is inevitable.
Democratic Sen. Steve Gallardo, who also is on the committee and asked that Spencer not come, said it would be unfortunate if Spencer ever does address the committee.
“Glenn Spencer’s message is very divisive and full of hate,” he said Thursday. “We should be basing our decisions on factual information, scientific information.”
Spencer was in the oil industry before he retired in 1992 to focus on border issues, moving from California to southern Arizona and forming the American Border Patrol. According to its website, the non-profit American Border Patrol serves as a government watchdog and regularly monitors the border, mostly by air.