Governor Spitzer Abandons Drivers License for Undocumenteds
Governor Eliot Spitzer has backed off his controversial plan to issue drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants.
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer on Wednesday dropped a controversial plan to issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants because of overwhelming opposition to the policy.
“I’ve concluded that New York state cannot conduct this program on its own,” Spitzer said at a Capitol Hill news conference. “It does not take a stethoscope to hear the pulse of New Yorkers on this topic”
It was a plan that had an immediate, negative impact on his approval rating.
The Siena College survey released Tuesday found only 25% of voters would re-elect him, while 49% indicated they’d “prefer someone else.”
Spitzer’s job performance rating was pegged at 33% positive in the poll, while 64% gave him the thumbs down.
The poll found strong opposition to Spitzer’s revised “three-tier” license plan that would allow undocumented immigrants to drive legally in New York, with 65% saying it stinks.
Indeed, the proposal was a bad idea on several fronts. I sincerely hope that the Governor withdrew his proposal because the strong, nearly universal opposition caused him to reflect on those reasons and duly reconsider his proposal, not because of the effects it was having on his approval rating.