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Romney Fires Landscapers Over Immigration

It was not long ago Rudy Giuliani questioned Mitt Romney on Immigration, accusing the former Governor of hiring illegal immigrants. Romney said he was not the employer and it was not ethical to fire someone based on a funny accent. Turns out, Mitt Romney recently fired his landscaper after he learned again illegal immigrants worked on his property.

From the Romney campaign:

“After this same issue arose last year, I gave the company a second chance with very specific conditions. They were instructed to make sure people working for the company were of legal status.”

“We personally met with the company in order to inform them about the importance of this matter,” he said. “The owner of the company guaranteed us, in very certain terms, that the company would be in total compliance with the law going forward.”

In addition:

Last year, workers said that Romney sometimes waved as they tended to the grounds, occasionally calling out, “Buenos dias,” or “Good day.” They also said Romney’s wife, Ann, brought the workers water one especially hot day.

This once again plays against Romney. Flip-Flop. Can Romney be trusted on the issues? It is a choice voters will have to make shortly and right now, an attractive alternative is surging in the polls.

Daily Rasmussen: Five-Way GOP Race?

New numbers from Rasmussen on the nomination, general election numbers on Kansas, Arizona, and Colorado, plus the Colorado Senate race.

Republicans

Rudy Giuliani: 18%
Mike Huckabee: 18%
John McCain: 14%
Fred Thompson: 13%
Mitt Romney: 12%
Ron Paul: 7%

The Republican race is getting very interesting. Despite being the only polling firm to show such a tight race where five candidates are within six points of each other, these Rasmussen numbers show a very tight race where anyone could win the nomination. Huckabee is surging not only in Iowa and New Hampshire, but nationally. Recent poll numbers in Florida and California shows modest gains for Huckabee as well. All this is at the expense of Giuliani and Romney.

Democrats

Hillary Clinton: 35%
Barack Obama: 23%
John Edwards: 17%
Bill Richardson: 7%

The race on the left is tightening too. Clinton’s lead over Obama is down to 35%, the lowest since July for Rasmussen Reports.

General Election

Colorado Senate Race

Mark Udall (D): 41%
Bob Schaffer (R): 42%

Interesting numbers. Other polls show Udall with large leads over the Republican contender.

First Attack Ad of the Season

Democratic Courage, a Democratic leaning group will be the first to release an attack ad on Hillary Clinton.

However, there is no time buy for the ad. Yet.

The ad attacks Clinton on her ability to stand by the issues she believes in and fight the Republicans. The ad highlights Clinton’s $5000 baby bond proposal, which Clinton said was not an official proposal.

I personally think the ad is a bit… “off.” For one, the ad uses Giuliani to to denounce Clinton’s plan.

While Democratic courage was formed by an Edwards supporter who has contributed to the Edwards campaign, there is not proof the Edwards campaign sanctioned the ad.