Immigration pushes Meg Whitman rightward - Jonathan Martin - POLITICO.com
The logic is clear: the new hard-line Arizona law, widely popular among the sort of Republicans that dominate this state’s GOP primaries, and Poizner’s unrelenting focus on the broader issue, forced Whitman to engage on a topic she was hoping to avoid.
But so are the risks. Some operatives and analysts regard her strategy as the political equivalent of biting into forbidden fruit — tantalizing at the moment but potentially fatal in a general-election matchup with Jerry Brown.
Whitman does little to hide her frustration with Poizner—regarded as merely a nuisance until polls recently tightened—for drawing so much attention to the polarizing issue. His campaign is now focused entirely on painting her as weak on immigration, except for an audacious Spanish-language ad in which he notes her support from Wilson.