Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Ferguson on Immigration

Andrew Ferguson, a columnist for Bloomberg news, looks into the delicate issue of immigration.

The loss last month by Republican gubernatorial candidate Jerry Kilgore in the heavily Republican state of Virginia underscores the issue's dicey politics. Hoping to rouse his party's rank and file, Kilgore made immigration crackdown a priority of his platform -- and then, to his great surprise, lost the Republican exurban counties where illegal immigration is greatest.
I did find this strange that in Fairfax, Kilgores message on illegal immigration didn't play well...but then again I didn't really see any ads for it, only Bollings.


At 12/06/2005 02:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tim Kaine made him out to seem racist on immigration.


ps-why is jeanniemarie helpin him?

At 12/06/2005 03:00:00 PM, Anonymous NoVa Scout said...

It's a toxic issue for Republicans, especially if it is put forward with strong xenophobic overtones (as it was in this last race). It is virtually purely a federal issue, so it has a place in a Congressional (as opposed to gubernatorial) campaign. But it is very hard to know how to present it in a way that doesn't cause as many defections as adherents.

At 12/06/2005 06:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's a good issue to run on, and it polls very well. However, the question is: Did Kilgore articulate his stance on the issue loud enough to get cross-over Dems or undecided voters to come out and support him on it?

I know that I saw Bolling's mailings speak more to the issue than Kilgore's seemed to.

At 12/06/2005 07:06:00 PM, Blogger neocon22 said...

it was not, as this article wrongly implied, the issue which hurt kilgore. immigration is a good issue to run on when state money is being spent on illegal immigrants.

there was not much eductaion to the voters on the issue though and possibly might have been an issue that was addressed to late in the game. it was lost among the talk about the death penalty ads.

At 12/07/2005 12:55:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Immigration didn't hurt Kilgore.

Kilgore hurt Kilgore.

If anything, without the immigration issue Kilgore would have lost by even more.


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