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Goddard asks Grijalva to end boycott call

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard is asking Rep. Raúl Grijalva to end his call for a boycott of the state over SB 1070.

Goddard, who is a Democratic candidate for governor, sent the District 7 congressman a letter Thursday, calling upon Grijalva to withdraw his support for a boycott of Arizona over the new anti-illegal immigration law.

"I ask you to join with me in calling on businesses across America to give Arizona a chance, and help us to rebuild our economy instead of engaging in hurtful boycotts," Goddard wrote.

"I hope Gov. Brewer got a similar letter asking her to tone down her vicious comments. I understand why Mr. Goddard sent this letter, but I’m not the source of his problems," Grijalva responded in a statement released to the press.

Goddard's letter

July 7, 2010

The Honorable Congressman Raul Grijalva

810 East 22nd Street, Suite 102

Tucson, AZ 85713

Dear Congressman Grijalva:

I am writing to respectfully request that you help protect Arizona jobs by withdrawing your support for a boycott of Arizona.  

As Arizona struggles to pull out of the recession caused by years of bad economic decision-making, our state needs the capital to put us back on our feet. Arizona families are working hard to make ends meet and Arizona businesses are stretching to meet payroll. A boycott of our state-by anyone-only does more damage to our families and businesses.  

We are suffering too much already. 

Unemployment increased in May to 9.6 percent.  Moreover, we lost 4,300 private sector jobs. i Our current state government is unable to chart a course for economic success.  

You have told the media that you would like to change minds here in Arizona through a boycott.  From what I have seen, the Governor and the Legislature don't seem to care about Arizona's economic life blood.  A boycott would only hurt Arizona.

I ask you to join with me in calling on businesses across America to give Arizona a chance, and help us to rebuild our economy instead of engaging in hurtful boycotts.

Let's work together to make sure that Arizona is known around the country, not as a place of intolerance, but as a state that respects the rights of all citizens and values diversity. I look forward to hearing from you and working with you to turn Arizona's economy around.  

Sincerely,

Terry Goddard

Arizona Attorney General

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