James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/14/2010 12:23:04 PM PDT

Only one candidate for California governor, the American Independent Party’s Chelene Nightingale, openly supports S.B. 1070, a controversial new immigration law in Arizona.

Nightingale said she expects that position will help her attract new supporters.

“We’re already seeing it,” Nightingale said. “That is the reason people have responded to our campaign … Immigration is a hot topic, and people feel they don’t have any choice.”

Republican candidate Meg Whitman has said she is opposed to the Arizona law and has launched a Spanish-language advertising campaign to let voters know just that. And Libertarian Party candidate Dale Ogden called S.B. 1070 misguided.

Nightingale, a Palmdale resident, said she hopes those positions will drive conservative voters her way.

“I don’t really view Meg Whitman as a conservative,” Nightingale said.

But she said she is also getting support from some Democrats.

“I’ve had people saying, `I’m not voting for them, I’m voting for you,”‘ Nightingale said. “I don’t see this as a Republican issue or a Democratic issue. I see it as an American issue.”

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