Undaunted by criticism, potential Senate candidate Corey Stewart continues to press for statewide immigration crackdown
UPDATE: Corey Stewart’s suggestion that George Allen was a “mediocre” senator, and that he should consider running for a second term as governor – and not take on incumbent Jim Webb (D) – has sparked early interest in Virginia’s 2012 Senate race. Check out these links for more:
Washington Post, Washington Examiner
Although his proposal has drawn a sharp critique from a fellow conservative, Prince William Board Chairman Corey Stewart says he continues to believe that the immigration policies his county has enacted should be adopted statewide.
Stewart (R) wants state lawmakers to consider legislation requiring police officers to ascertain the immigration status of everyone they detain for an “arrestable offense.” He believes the policy has worked to curtail lawlessness in Prince William and would do the same statewide. He said the recent incident in Hanover County, Va., in which an alleged illegal immigrant named “Suarez” stands accused in the drunk-driving death of a 23-year-old man, is but the latest reminder of the need to crack down on the “murderers and rapists” who are in the U.S. illegally.
Today on NewsTalk, Stewart found fault with a legal analysis conducted last week by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R). Cuccinelli concluded that many of the provisions in the chairman’s proposal would be redundant or unconstitutional. Although Stewart said admires Cuccinelli, he said immigration “has never been his issue.”
Stewart also told us he’s seriously considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat now hold by Democrat Jim Webb, a move that could set up a clash with former Sen. George Allen (R). Listen:
Stewart was among those pushing for a convention, rather than a primary, to determine how the GOP will select its 2012 Senate nominee, and he admitted some disappointment that the party opted for a primary, because he said conventions tend to produce more conservative candidates.
You can see part one of our interview with Corey Stewart today at 4pm, 6pm & 8:30pm on TBD. Part two is below:
Also today, we spoke with financial planner Rick Rodgers, who offered baby boomers advice on saving for retirement. The first part of that Q&A also re-airs later today.
Tuesday at 10am: George Mason Univ. President Alan Merten and the latest on the Wikileaks’ disclosure of sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables.