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Former California Governor Endorses Mitt Romney

Former California governor Pete Wilson endorses Mitt Romney



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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney beams during his victory celebration after winning the Florida primary election Tuesday Jan. 31, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    GOP front runner Mitt Romney is starting to pile on major endorsements for the Republican nomination for president.  But his latest ally is carrying political baggage which could harm his chances to win over minorities in California.

    Earlier this week, former California governor Pete Wilson officially announced his backing of Romney.   Wilson also became the honorary chairman for Romney's campaign in the Golden State.

    But immigration rights groups are pounding on both men for their records on the hot topic issue.  

    Back in 1994, then California Governor Wilson backed Proposition 187.   The ballot measure targeted illegal immigration in the state.   It was eventually overturned in 1999.  Political experts say Prop. 187 harmed the GOP when Latinos switched to the Democratic Party, making it harder to win the state in the general elections.

    Meantime, Romney is also being targeted for his tough stance on illegal immigration while on the campaign trail.   Activists also point out he's being advised by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach who helped push for immigration reform in Arizona and Alabama.