America's Voice to Lou Dobbs: You're a loser!
CNN host Lou Dobbs may be denying plans to run for public office, but his opponents aren't taking his word for it. The immigrant advocacy group America's Voice has launched a website to "tell the truth" about Dobbs, who takes a blisteringly hard line on illegal immigration in his show.
Dobbs, who owns a 300-acre horse farm in New Jersey, denied Friday that he plans to run for governor of that state. "I'm not considering anything right now in terms of running for governor and that's where I am," Dobbs said in a voice mail message to a New Jersey newspaper. America's Voice went ahead anyway and launched the site, where it imagines a Dobbs-like platform.
Some sample campaign positions: 1. Build a Fence Around New Jersey; 2. Build like the biggest fence ever built around New Jersey; 5. Deport the Statue of Liberty back to France. Visitors to the site can submit their ideas -- in English only -- for a Dobbs campaign slogan contest. The winner will be printed on T-shirts that activists around the country will be able to buy online. The point, says America's Voice in this press release, is to shed light on "Dobbs and pundits like him, who think they can stir-up waves of anti-immigrant hysteria and ride them all the way to the statehouse, the White House or the Governor's mansion."
Then America's Voice gets really mean. "Though the quality of CNN's programming would improve by default, the citizens of New Jersey deserve a governor that deals in facts," the group's director, Frank Sharry, said in a statement. "Let's hope he remains as far away from the Governor's mansion as he does from good journalism."
No comment yet from Dobbs, who has complained often on his show of being targeted by "ethnocentric special interests."
Photo credit: Al Seib, Los Angeles Times
--Nicole Gaouette in Washington