Reuters on Gilchrist; Campbell is actually pro-illegal immigration; Hoffenblum changes tone
The Reuters article "Border activist a wild card in Calif. election" discusses the race in California's 48th District. Said "wild card" is Minuteman Project co-founder Jim Gilchrist, who's facing off against "moderate Republican" and state Assemblywoman Marilyn Brewer and the front-runner, former Republican state Sen. John Campbell. The dynamics of this race were previously discussed here.
As for the article itself, it says:
Campbell won the endorsement of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and has also taken a strong stance against illegal immigration -- coming out against Bush's controversial "guest worker" program.
Unfortunately, Reuters needs to use Lexis-Nexis a bit more strenuously. Two older OC Register article excerpted here have Campbell coming out in favor of illegal immigration, including this from 2000:
Campbell favors school vouchers, but only in poor areas. He opposes abortion rights, but is not willing to create a law to ban them. And he says illegal immigrants should be given the same benefits as everyone else, since the federal government has not controlled the border to prevent the immigrants from coming in.
"Immigration is a very emotional issue, and there is a group of voters who have an intense, intense dislike for illegal immigrants".
However, the current article has him changing that slightly:
"Gilchrist has the most emotional issue. A lot of people hate illegal immigration."
I never said he was dumb, just very wrong.
Note also that the Reuters article linked above is the corrected version, the change was minor and is explained here.