BOSTON — In a private meeting with White House officials this weekend, Democratic governors voiced deep anxiety about the Obama administration’s suit against Arizona’s new immigration law, worrying that it could cost a vulnerable Democratic Party in the fall elections.
While the weak economy dominated the official agenda at the summer meeting here of the National Governors Association, concern over immigration policy pervaded the closed-door session between Democratic governors and White House officials and simmered throughout the three-day event.
At the Democrats’ meeting on Saturday, some governors bemoaned the timing of the Justice Department lawsuit, according to two governors who spoke anonymously because the discussion was private.
“Universally the governors are saying, ‘We’ve got to talk about jobs,’ ” Gov. Phil Bredesen of Tennessee, a Democrat, said in an interview. “And all of a sudden we have immigration going on.”
He added, “It is such a toxic subject, such an important time for Democrats.”
Do you think they're right?
This obviously was an attempt by Obama to garner a larger share of the Hispanic vote. At least one poll has (in Colorado) has shown Hispanic support for the Arizona law.
Beyond the Hispanic vote, there is overwhelming support for the law in every poll done. Keep in mind also that the polls showing support include Hispanics and liberals and still show an overwhelming support for it.
So, is this a winner or loser for the Dems?
Is this a statement of fear form the Dem Governors? Is it fear that it will be their job that will be lost?