Weighing in on illegal immigration
Let’s take a step back in time to October 2008 when former Arizona Congressman John Shadegg was seeking his eighth term representing what was then the reliably Republican 3rd Congressional District. His previous undemanding campaigns were history as he found himself crushingly outspent by his Democrat opponent Bob Lord. During the pre-homestretch mid-Aug. to Sept. 30 reporting period, the Federal Election Commission report showed Lord spent $768,000 to Shadegg’s $545,000. Polls indicated a tight race.
So Shadegg, who reneged on his February retirement announcement, decided his best bet to victory was to insult the very people who had given him their steadfast loyalty. In this interview with the left-wing New York Times, he said Arizona’s “party leaders’ crusade against illegal immigration had damaged Republicans statewide and hurt their chances of drawing the growing body of Hispanic voters.”
“I believe the Republican Party in Arizona has been hurt very badly by the image created by those who have been most outspoken in their attacks on the illegal immigration issue, who have created the appearance that Republicans are xenophobic, that seem by their comments and are by their comments intolerant,” Shadegg said.
“Xenophobic” and “intolerant?” Those are harsh words for merely expecting that our laws and sovereign borders be respected. As we reminded him then, the operative word is ILLEGAL. Opposition to criminal incursions into the United States is neither “xenophobic” nor “intolerant.” Americans have every right to expect secure borders. Border security is national security
Fast forward to November 2012. Shadegg’s sounding mighty candidatey again. First clue? He’s back to hurling slings and arrows at what he calls the “extremists in the Republican Party.” That well might be you.
In this interview with Matt K. Lewis of the Daily Caller, Shadegg was right on cue: “I have long been of the position that the extremists in the [Republican] Party on the issue of illegal aliens are doing damage,” he said. “Their rhetoric is doing damage.” He takes a bold smack at the candidacy of Mitt Romney while he’s at it, opining that “the candidate we fielded” the “campaign we ran…were not up to the task.”
“I personally believe that Hispanics are not a threat to America. They believe in strong families. They are religious. They honor women. And they work hard.” He continued, “If you want to worry about a threat from foreigners, go worry about radical Muslims.”
John Shadegg has a bit more time on his hands these days as he contemplates his future. He might take a few of those extra minutes and read this excellent election recap by the Examiner’s Rick Oltman, titled; Hispanic voters did not desert the Republican Party in 2012 election.
Oltman does a fine bit of analysis on Shadegg’s buddy, John McCain. The 2008 pro-amnesty Republican presidential candidate who only narrowly carried his own home state by 8.48%, was the illegal-panderer-in-chief. Nationally, he was trounced by Obama 67% to 31%.
Explain that, Mr. Shadegg.