Farm work is hard work, literally back-breaking labor. Ivory-tower Republicans like state Sen. Scott Beason (R, Gardendale) who say there are plenty of natural born Alabamians clamoring for the physically grueling, low paying jobs in poultry plants and agricultural fields have no idea how hard that work is.
And in Beason's case, he has absolutely no interest in finding out what the back-breaking job of picking tomatoes feels like, refusing point-blank to pick even a single bucket for a farmer whose crop is rotting in the field.
After talking with famers at the tomato shed, Beason visited the Smith family's farm. Leroy Smith, Chad Smith's father, challenged the senator to pick a bucket full of tomatoes and experience the labor-intensive work.
Beason declined but promised to see what could be done to help farmers while still trying to keep illegal immigrants out of Alabama.
Smith threw down the bucket he offered Beason and said, “There, I figured it would be like that.”
Whatever tatters were left of Scott Beason's hopes for statewide office after his “aborigines” mess, he has personally torpedoed by being too good to get his hands dirty picking vegetables.
“Stuck-up Scott,” “Too good to work,” “Afraid to get his hands dirty” … the ads will write themselves. And they will — justifiably — resonate with Alabama voters.