Arizona law puts Democrats’ seats in peril – Scott Wong –

Arizona’s controversial new immigration law is imperiling a trio of centrist Arizona Democrats who are caught in powerful crosscurrents in their Republican-leaning House districts.

The leader of their party, President Barack Obama, has criticized the state law as “misguided,” and the Justice Department plans to challenge the law in court. On the other side are Republican challengers who are tapping into deep local frustration over the issue and portraying the junior Democrats as sympathetic to illegal immigrants.

Meanwhile, liberal Democratic colleagues — including at least one in the Arizona congressional delegation — have called the law “racist” and urged economic boycotts of Arizona.