Hat Tip to a reader. From yesterday’s “Political Diary” at OpinionJournal.com
An early indication of just how potent the immigration issue could be in the GOP presidential primaries will come on June 19, when voters in Georgia go to the polls to fill the Congressional seat vacated by the death of Rep. Charlie Norwood. Jim Whitehead, a state legislator and the apparent front-runner in the heavily GOP district (which includes the cities of Augusta and Athens), is bearing the brunt of criticism from other Republicans that he isn’t a sufficiently stalwart opponent of illegal immigration. Bill Greene, a conservative activist backed by the Minuteman border patrol group, is running an Internet ad showing footage of Mr. Whitehead saying: “I will never vote for amnesty” but adding that “deportation is not the answer — we need them,” referring to illegal immigrants.
Mr. Whitehead insists he is an opponent of the Senate immigration bill, but immigration critics seem to be flocking to other candidates in the race. Look for the contest in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District to be an early test of just how much passion the issue really generates among voters.