California 50th Update: Will Immigration Issue Divide GOP Vote?
A quick update to this morning's post on the special election in California's 50th District:
In a bit of political misdirection, Francine Busby went up with an ad on conservative radio stations in the district this morning touting the tough-on-immigration credentials of William Griffith, who is running an an independent in Tuesday's special election.
"Lobbyist Bilbray isn't the candidate to secure our borders," says the ad's narrator. "You have a choice. Independent William Griffith is endorsed by the San Diego Minutemen and San Diego Border Alert because he opposes guest worker programs, amnesty and the hiring of illegal immigrants."
The commercial goes on to point out that Busby supports the position of Arizona Sen. John McCain on immigration -- "stronger enforcement at the border, better support for border agents and no amnesty." (McCain canceled a fundraising appearance for Bilbray earlier this week due to their differences on immigration.)
With both sides acknowledging that immigration is the no. 1 issue for voters in the district, the Griffith's candidacy (and Busby's attempts to buoy that candidacy) are intriguing. If Griffiths takes four or five percent of the vote on Tuesday, it will likely come directly from voters who would otherwise support Bilbray and makes a Busby victory increasingly possible.
-- Chris Cillizza
June 1, 2006; 12:54 PM ET
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