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Thursday, September 02, 2004

The Senate Race on Immigration 

This, in a Grand Junction Sentinal report on candidate and immigration:

Pete Coors, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, also supports a program to let immigrants find jobs and to toughen penalties for employers who hire illegal immigrants.

“Pete is a strong proponent of a guest worker program that allows immigrants to cross the border legally,” Coors spokeswoman Cinamon Watson said. “He is opposed to amnesty.”


“Current immigration law is not working,” said Ken Salazar, Colorado’s Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. “I support stronger border enforcement and efforts that would crack down on illegal human trafficking.”

This is an apparent weakness in Salazar's Hispanic strategy. Coors needs to hammer this. Salazar may be applying an "Only Nixon can go to China" strategy here, but his family is from old Mexican stock that the US overtook, not from a recent immigrant community. This line may not resonate the way he hopes.

Also, some of us have been wondering about Salazar's accent. It's real enough, but from where? Turns out it's a native San Luis Valley accent. The other morning, when I was checking out, the lady at the front desk had the same accent. It turns out her father was born in Pagosa Springs, and her grandfather was a young man looking for work during the Depression.

So there you go. Salazar may be an authentic liberal, and an inauthentic moderate, but he does seem to be an authentic person.

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