November 20, 2008
Napolitano out of the Senate picture
It looks like we can forget about that dream Arizona Senate matchup between John McCain and popular Arizona governor Janet Napolitano (D) in 2010.
President-elect Barack Obama is prepared to tap Napolitano to serve as his secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. If Napolitano leaves the governorship, Arizona’s Republican Secretary of State, Jan Brewer, would become governor.
Napolitano is unable to run for a third-term in Arizona because of the state’s term limits law.
Democratic operatives have been eagerly eyeing McCain’s seat as a potential pickup in 2010 – and saw Napolitano as their strongest challenger. Arizona gave its home state senator just a five-point margin of victory in the presidential election, and the fast-growing state has been trending in a Democratic direction lately. One public poll even showed Napolitano leading McCain in a hypothetical 2010 matchup.
But the speculation involving Napolitano was a bit premature. One leading Arizona Democratic operative said that Napolitano was never likely to challenge McCain, and only would have run if he stepped down from the Senate.
We've heard too much talk about border security and not enough action. All of America is waiting - and time is running out." Gov. Napolitano said in a speech at the National Press Club.
"Foreigners who have degrees in special fields should be automatically entitled to come work in the United States regardless of existing federal visa restrictions." Added Napolitano
Her solution is a combination of border enforcement, a temporary worker program to deal with the demand for workers to fill jobs in the U.S. and strong cooperation with Mexico and other trade partners.
...Napolitano’s heart lies with the shamnesty crowd. She vetoed a bill cracking down on phony matricula consular cards for illegal aliens and rejected efforts allowing more cooperation between local law enforcement and the feds. She opposes assimilationist measures on English language and ID requirements to prevent voter fraud; she supports in-state tuition discounts for illegal aliens.
In short, she’s a double-talker and double-doer who will ensure the immigration chaos status quo.
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