Sweet Justice: Congressman who called for boycott of his own state now in re-election trouble; Update: Latest poll shows Grijalva behind by 2 points

Posted on October 10, 2010

Raúl Grijalva

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When Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration law SB-1070 passed, Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva did something only an arrogant politician who thought his re-election was guaranteed could do: he called for an economic boycott of his own state.  Now it seems his rhetoric is coming back to haunt him.

From Politico:

Add Rep. Raul Grijalva to the growing list of Democratic worries this election season.

Party operatives say there’s increasing concern that the Arizona Democrat’s reelection bid could turn into a “sleeper” race for Republicans after Grijalva — responding to enactment of a tough new immigration law — called for an economic boycott of his own state amid a housing crisis and record unemployment.

And a recent poll, obtained by POLITICO, found that Grijalva and Republican challenger Ruth McClung, a real-life rocket scientist, were in a dead heat, even though Washington prognosticators have declared the deep-blue seat safely Democratic.
One Democratic source familiar with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus said there are “whispers” about the Grijalva-McClung matchup “being a sleeper race.”
CHC’s Building Our Leadership’s Diversity PAC “doesn’t normally give unless a candidate really needs it,” the source said. “[Grijalva] made a major misstep in calling for a boycott of his own state. He should win, though. But anything is possible this year, especially in Arizona where the Republicans and anti-incumbents are apparently very fired up.”  (emphasis mine)
A recent poll by Magellan Data and Mapping Strategies found that among likely voters Grijalva is leading McClung 40 percent to 38 percent, well within the margin of error of 3.7 percentage points. Thirteen percent of those surveyed were undecided, while 9 percent backed other candidates.  (emphasis mine)
Grijalva let his about SB-1070 get the best of him.  He is as left as the left can be on immigration issues  telling advocates in 2007 that “in a perfect, perfect world there would be open borders.”
When SB-1070  passed, he thought he could teach the legislators and governor in Arizona a lesson by calling for a boycott of his own state.  But with unemployment at 30% in Yuma county, and many of his constituents struggling to make ends meet, how smart a ploy was that?  Not even seeming to stop and think  about how his call for a boycott would affect his constituents, Grijalva put his partisan beliefs over what was best for the people he represents. 
Purposely calling for action that will hurt those you are supposed to represent is something no congressman should ever do, and I’m betting it’s something his constituents will not forget.
Just too sweet not to include: the latest polling data shows Grijalva behind by two points the lady rocket scientist.   It’s a virtual dead heat, but given the overwhelming margins Grijalva has garnered in past elections, it can’t be a good sign for his campaign.  McClung has also gotten endorsements from Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney this week which will raise her visibility across the nation.  In addition, as much as I’ve had issues with John McCain, kudos to him for getting out and campaigning with McClung on Monday.
So much for that solid Democratic seat.   Let’s hope the tide change continues!
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