Ex–N.H. GOP Chair Slams Perry and Arpaio
In a piece for NHJournal.com, Fergus Cullen, former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican party, slams Rick Perry for campaigning with Sheriff Joe Arpaio in the Granite State:
Memo to Perry (and Romney, for that matter): A hard-line, anti-immigrant position is not especially popular in New Hampshire, even among likely Republican primary voters. In 2008, John McCain won the primary with a Gingrich-like position on immigration reform. A June, 2011 UNH / Boston Globe survey asked New Hampshire primary voters, “Would you support or oppose a program giving illegal immigrants now living in the United States the right to live here legally if they pay a fine and meet other requirements?” 42% of likely Republican primary voters supported a path to legal status, as did 54% of undeclared voters and 72% of likely Democratic primary voters.