By Alexander Bolton - 09/14/06 12:00 AM EDT
House Democratic leaders passed around to colleagues Tuesday a plan they would focus on if their party wins control of the lower chamber on Election Day, but although the document was drafted to achieve consensus, it has already angered Democratic Hispanic leaders.
The cause of the consternation is not something the Democrats included in the agenda. Instead, it’s something lacking: any mention of immigration. While Republican candidates around the country are trying to make immigration one of the biggest issues of this fall’s elections, Democrats appear to be tiptoeing around it.
Some Democrats fear that the issue will hurt them in conservative-leaning districts such as in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky that they must win in order to capture majority control this November.
At a closed-door meeting of the Democratic Steering & Policy Committee on Tuesday, New York Rep. Jos