Republican strategist Roger Stone, who last year was fired by state Senate Republicans after allegedly leaving threatening phone messages for Gov. Spitzer’s elderly father, says John McCain may want to tie Barack Obama to Spitzer’s failed effort to give drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants.
Obama has supported the measure in prior presidential debates. The issue hurt Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid last fall when Spitzer announced that New York would soon begin offering drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants. Clinton initially wavered on whether she supported the idea.
Spitzer later dropped the plan under increasing political pressure. Clinton has since come out against the proposal as well.
Obama, however, continues to support the idea, and McCain could use the issue to hurt Obama’s campaign in a general election, Stone wrote today on his website.
“Obama, like Spitzer, will argue that giving licenses to illegals will actually improve security – a position which defies the facts,” Stone wrote. “If John McCain needs a wedge issue to demonstrate his superior grasp of National Security issues and Senator Obama’s lack of serious credentials to be President – this is it.”