Ros-Lehtinen, Diaz-Balarts Deemed Not Conservative by American Conservative Union
The ACU ranks congressmen on their votes on 24 different bills and calculates a rating between 0 and 100. In order to get a proverbial gold star for true right-wing credentials the politician needs to score 80 or higher.
Mario Diaz-Balart, who used to represent District 25 but jumped to District 21 in the last election, scored a 79.00, just missing out.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen scored a 70.00, the lowest mark of any Republican from Florida. She differed with the ACU on a number of hot-button issues, including extending unemployment benefits, placing a moratorium on off-shore drilling, her immigration policy, and favoring the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Lincoln Diaz-Balart, who retired at the end of the last session, score a 73.00 and split with his party on many of the same issues as Ros-Lehtinen. He finished his career with a lifetime score of 71.00. That's the lowest lifetime score of any Republican who was serving from Florida in 2010.
Meanwhile, the two Democrats who represented portions of Miami-Dade, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Kendrick Meek, both scored zeros which earned them the title of "true liberal."
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