Wow. Lou Dobbs, putative presidential candidate, just can’t catch a break.
An anti-immigrant group is now making it official: It’s pulling its support for Dobbs and his presidential run, in the wake of Dobbs’ recent claim that he in fact supports a path to legalization for undocumented workers, saying that Dobbs “deeply offended his base.”
Previously, Dobbs had spent years blasting “amnesty” for illegals and trafficking in other anti-immigrant sentiment, prompting the long-running campaign to oust him from CNN. In a recent interview with Telemundo, however, he surprised a lot of observers by declaring he’d always been supportive of a route to legalization.
Dobbs’ new declaration is too much for the anti-immigrant group Americans for Legal Immigration, which just blasted out this release:
Americans for Legal Immigration PAC is withdrawing support for Lou Dobbs after years including the suspension of websites calling on Dobbs to run for President due to the perceived change in Mr. Dobbs’s stances on immigration issues.
“While Mr. Dobbs claims his positions have not changed, however, that is not the perception of many of our mutual supporters,” said William Gheen of ALIPAC…
“Lou Dobbs has deeply offended his base of supporters and ALIPAC is going to remain loyal to those Americans who support our existing immigration laws instead of Amnesty disguised as reform.”
The group, the first to call for Dobbs to run for president, has now suspended all support for his campaign. It had previously expressed its chagrin about Dobbs’ apparent change of heart; now they’ve officially yanked support for good.
Xenophobes for a Dobbs Presidency is no more! It’s unclear how his presidential hopes can recover from such a severe blow. Thanks to reporter Beth Marlowe for the catch.