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Rifts Show at State GOP Event

Anger over illegal immigration and high spending shakes up the convention. Bush and Schwarzenegger are heavily criticized.

Michael Finnegan, L. A. Times, Feb. 22

BURLINGAME, Calif. - An uproar over illegal immigration roiled the state Republican convention on Saturday as party leaders struggled to keep the rank and file united behind Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and President Bush.

Hundreds of GOP loyalists booed the president at a rally where U.S. Senate hopeful Howard Kaloogian and his allies denounced Bush’s plan to give temporary legal status to undocumented workers.

“Enough is enough!” the crowd shouted. “Enough is enough!”

A Kaloogian supporter, Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, told the crowd he knew a gynecologist who surveyed patients about the plan and found it rated “right below genital herpes.”

Schwarzenegger fared no better than Bush. Even staunch allies of the governor distanced themselves from his effort to strike a deal with Democrats on a bill to give driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa of Vista warned that the move would “empower criminal aliens.”

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