Immigration Suit Worries Dem Governors

White House suit adds to re-election woes
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2010 8:57 AM CDT
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, center, speaks with fellow governors, from left, Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in Boston, July 9, 2010.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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(Newser) – Already feeling vulnerable in this fall's elections, Democratic governors are especially nervous about the hit they'll take from the Obama administration's suit against the Arizona immigration law. A closed-door session at this weekend's meeting of all the nation's governors in Boston revealed tension between the White House and many Dem governors over the suit, the New York Times reports.

“Universally the governors are saying, ‘We’ve got to talk about jobs,’" Tennessee governor Phil Bredesen said. “And all of a sudden we have immigration going on. It is such a toxic subject, such an important time for Democrats.” The fate of the 19 currently Democratic gubernatorial seats that are up for election this year is seen as a crucial to the 2012 presidential race. And to see how they could affect whether the GOP gets control of the House, click here.

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