GOP Lawmakers Gang Up On Rep. Grijalva

April 28, 2010 2:41 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva

In protest of Arizona's strict new immigration law, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) has called for a boycott of his own state.  As a result, Grijalva is under fire from Republican officials and supporters of the policy. 

Last night on Fox News, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) basically called Grijalva a traitor, saying that he is "advocating for Mexico rather than the United States." Today, Politico reports that Arizona lawmakers Rep. John Shadegg (R) and Sen. John McCain (R) are also upset with Grijalva's stand:

"With Arizona's economy already struggling - and thousands of Arizonans out of work - it is the height of irresponsibility and arrogance for a federal official to encourage a boycott of Arizona businesses," Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) said in a statement to POLITICO. "This is especially true when the official is supposed to represent Arizonans. The national reaction against this law should be directed at Washington, not Arizona." [...]

A spokeswoman for Sen. John McCain of Arizona said his reaction to the boycott calls was "amazement and dismay."

"Senator McCain is terribly dismayed that any representative of the state of Arizona would make such a recommendation," said Brooke Buchanan.

However, Grijavla is doing exactly what he was elected to do: representing his constituents. More than half of the residents in Grijalva's congressional district (Arizona's 7th) are Hispanic, according to CQ Politics. They are the ones who will be unfairly targeted under the new policy. 

McCain should be "dismayed" that his home state would pass such a troublesome law, which he admits might not even be legal -- not that Grijalva has the courage to speak out against it.   

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