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I accidentally posted this in TATF, but yes, this guy is ridiculous and is setting Alabama back 20+ years (which we really needed). The pauses in the commercials are terrible, and he justifies everything by saying "I'm a business man." If elected, he'll ruin the relations with the foreign industries that have come to Alabama and set up factories.

Tim James, Bidness Man

Tim James, Bidness Man

By J.D. Crowe

May 06, 2010, 5:00AM

5-6-10TimJamesBiz.jpgJD Crowe 5/06/10

Setting Alabama back about 20 years doesn't make much business sense to me.

(Wait a minute. Looking down at my notes ... )

Does it to you?

Today's Press-Register editorial:

Tim James sets Alabama back

REMEMBER MARTHA Sandoval?

A Mexican immigrant whose English was limited, Ms. Sandoval couldn't get a driver's license because at the time, a constitutional amendment approved by Alabama voters said English was the state's official language.

So the Mobilian had to walk 10 miles a day to her job as a maid. Eventually, her heels gave her so much trouble that her doctor told her to stop walking long distances, and she couldn't work.

Ms. Sandoval's 1996 lawsuit challenging the English-only provision for driver's licenses led to a federal appeals court decision requiring that the tests be administered in other languages.

So why is Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim James dragging the issue up again?

Perhaps he's worried about his chances in the primary, so he's resorting to demagoguery that is embarrassing to Alabamians and is an offense to business people from other countries who have brought thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investments to this state.

Mr. James' recent campaign commercial pledging that, if elected governor, he will personally see to it that driver's license exams are given only in English has landed him on The New York Times editorial page and on CNN. Unfortunately, both he and Alabama come off like bumpkins who demean other cultures out of ignorance and arrogance.

Mr. James is a successful businessman who should understand what foreign corporations like Hyundai, Mercedes, ThyssenKrupp AG and Airbus/EADS have meant to Alabama.

How could Mr. James possibly be as successful as Gov. Bob Riley has been at international economic development, with that commercial proclaiming that if you don't speak English, you shouldn't live in Alabama?

Whether Mr. James truly believes what he's saying or is engaging in the politics of pandering to a certain segment of voters, this state's successful recruitment of international business proves that Alabama has outgrown candidates like him

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I am currently going to school in Alabama and this add always comes on TV and I get a kick out of it every time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9ohsvJHkbY&feature=related

Just watching his awkward facial expressions with his long pauses and his quote, "This is Alabama we speak English" gets me every time :lol::lol:

I bet you that he will be speaking a different language if elected, and it want be english or any of the other 12 other languages he speaks of. :lol:

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Haha I know, I always think to myself when I see this only in Alabama...

Here is another good one they show a lot

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4DTf8u0cC8

His pauses are ridiculous :lol:

If his campaign doesn't scream southern Republican I don't know what does :lol::lol:

He and his wife look completely uncomfortable together. But the guy is awesome in his discomfort. :P

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He and his wife look completely uncomfortable together. But the guy is awesome in his discomfort. :P

Typical politicians wife that's probably forced to be in a sham marriage with a closeted man...

Anyway lol @ the irony if this country bumpkin demanding the people in his state speak English..

:lol: @ the dramatic pauses... I swear this is just like an SNL skit..

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Typical politicians wife that's probably forced to be in a sham marriage with a closeted man...

Anyway lol @ the irony if this country bumpkin demanding the people in his state speak English..

:lol: @ the dramatic pauses... I swear this is just like an SNL skit..

I thought it was a joke the first time I saw it. Then I saw the commercial 500 times again the next few days. Unfortunately it's not.

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