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We're down to the final days of the primary in Arizona, election being on Tuesday the 24th of August 2010.  Early mail-in ballots have been out for a month roughly.  

There is four candidates on the primary ballot - Randy Parraz, Rodney Glassman, John Dougherty and Cathy Eden.  Arizona doesn't have a run-off system meaning the candidate with the most votes come Tuesday night will win the opportunity to face John McCain. Th race is close, with many still undecided sowe can still make the difference. Why do we need this to be Randy Parraz?

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Randy Parraz weighs in on the Cordoba House nontroversy, sounding much more like Mayor Bloomberg, Sen. Al Franken, Sen. Russ Feingold, President Obama(before the "day-after") and Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias. He even has the Sherrod Brown parry to real issues, calling out the issue for trumped up distraction it is.    

Phoenix, AZ–Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Randy Parraz shared these views about Muslim Center in Manhattan:

"The First Amendment of our Constitution is unambiguous. Religious freedom is the law of our land and our commitment to upholding religious freedom must be unshakable. Singling out any religious institution for different treatment under the law is un-American and an affront to our way of life.

"The debate surrounding the building of Park51, a Muslim community center in lower Manhattan, is a manufactured controversy – a cynical, opportunistic attempt to divide us and distract Americans from today’s real challenges of economic and national security in the 21st century.

"Arizona’s unemployment rate is the highest since 1983, the year after John McCain went to Washington. Over 300,000 Arizonans are out of work. Foreclosure and pre-foreclosures notices are up this summer. We need to focus on issues that create permanent jobs in Arizona and all across the nation.

"The financial crisis that began in 2008 was caused by the reckless behavior of big banks, and has affected all Arizonans. When the banks were going to fail, the government bailed them out. Arizonans, however, didn’t get the same kind of treatment because John McCain believed they were too small to matter. As Senator, I will hold banks accountable, and make sure they pay their fair share.

"As Senator I will also stand behind those who wish to exercise their rights under the First Amendment. The principle that people of all faiths, including those who are non-religious, are welcome in this country, and the guarantee that their government will not treat them differently, is essential to who we are and reflects our values as a nation. In this case, as long as Park51’s plans conform to local laws and ordinances with respect to construction on private property, the building of Park51 is a non-issue.

There was none of the Howard Dean call for compromise, there wasn't any language saying it should be build elsewhere like we heard from Harry Reid or Blanche Lincoln.  Randy Parraz believes in justice, in the black or white, the simple yes or no, right or wrong.  This is further highlighted when the candidates are asked about their stance/support on same-sex marriage.

As you can see from the vid, Rodney Glassman is already playing politician.  He'll never give you a straight answer.  John Dougherty pointed out as much in his answer, Cathy Eden gave a straight answer as of course did Randy Parraz.  

Rodney Glassman seems to be having trouble keeping campaign staffers -

Since July, three top staffers have bailed on Glassman: Political Director Junelle Cavero left last month; Field Director Kristin Gwinn resigned a couple of weeks ago; Communications Director Dawn Teo stepped down earlier this week. Sources tell me there are more resignations on the way.

Glassman's press secretary Tina May confirmed the departures.

But several confidential sources inform me that Glassman's staffers left because they were not happy with the behavior of their candidate.

My sources tell me that Glassman was, as one of them put it, "out of control in the worst possible way." They say he was needlessly rude to staffers and volunteers alike, and described him throwing temper tantrums and yelling at stunned campaign workers.

They depicted Glassman as a spoiled rich kid with a frat boy sense of humor. One described an incident during a fundraiser where he asked if the host's assistant was an illegal alien.

Now campaign staff turn-over does happen, but not so close to the election day.  For a Communications Director to step down two days ago, less than a week out from the primary day, something is rotten in the Glassman campaign.  And it is said you can tell a lot from a candidate by the campaign they run.  For top aides to leave the campaign, with the polling so close and it still being anybodies election to win you have to imagine there is something more at work than run-of-the-mill staff turnover.  What exactly is going on inside the Glassman Campaign?

Cathy Eden and John Dougherty are solid Democrats and candidates but neither will bring the energy and organizational ability that will be necessary to take on John McCain.  Given Arizona's late primary, the general campaign will be a little over two months long.  To have even a long shot chance to beat John McCain you need to hit the ground running and hope to catch lighting in a bottle.  It's going to be more than being right on the issues - all the primary candidates will be more right (in this case left) on the issues than John McCain, it will be about exciting the base and getting out the vote.  

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Originally posted to Jonze on Sat Aug 21, 2010 at 08:07 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    Sen. Reid is no different than the Republicans who demagogue the issue. He's no different than Sarah Palin, Steve King, Rush Limbaugh. Enjoy the company.

    by Jonze on Sat Aug 21, 2010 at 08:07:11 AM PDT

  •  just got this tweet... (4+ / 0-)
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      RT @VivirLatino RT @change: Can A Latino Senator Deliver An Extreme Makeover 4 Arizona?

    Love it!

    What if the hokey pokey is what it's all about?

    by Julie Gulden on Sat Aug 21, 2010 at 08:13:18 AM PDT

    •  Parraz will be more than a single issue candidate (5+ / 0-)

      Though I suspect that is what the McCain camp would try to frame him as.  I'd welcome that debate - McCain vs Parraz on SB1070 and Immigration Reform in general as Parraz will take the fight to McCain and challenge him on his epic flip flop on the issue and on how McCain has pledged not to work with any Democrats on the issue if re-elected.  How is that for leadership - McCain will not even be part of the solution.  

      Sen. Reid is no different than the Republicans who demagogue the issue. He's no different than Sarah Palin, Steve King, Rush Limbaugh. Enjoy the company.

      by Jonze on Sat Aug 21, 2010 at 08:23:05 AM PDT

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    •  Great article! (3+ / 0-)
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      While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is questioning how Hispanics can ever be Republican, the truth is that a record number of Hispanics are running as part of the GOP this year with a real shot at winning. Given that, Randy Parraz is the saving face of a Democratic Party that has yet to deliver on its promises to Latinos.


      More importantly, his candidacy offers Arizona a chance to redeem itself on the issue of race and immigration. The United States Senate has only one other Latino — Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ). While beating John McCain is an uphill battle, Parraz is confident that his campaign for the United States Senate can turn out Latinos and new voters, changing the electoral make-up of the state.

      "I can turn out the Latino vote, bring in new Latino voters, bring in new young voters, and tip the state from an angry red to blue," Parraz said.

      Yes. and Yes.

      Thanks Julie. I'm so glad to see him finally getting more media coverage.

  •  Parraz is definitely the best choice. (7+ / 0-)

    I was all onboard with Glassman when he was the only one running.  Several months later it's clear that Parraz is the progressive choice who can also mobilize the Latino vote.  

    The only remaining test is of latent racism among the older Democratic base in AZ... hopefully it will manifest as minimal.


    Whistleblowing is the highest form of dissent.

    by Leftcandid on Sat Aug 21, 2010 at 08:31:53 AM PDT

    •  I absolutely agree. (3+ / 0-)
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      Glassman benefited from getting in early and making a lot of promises about self-funding.  I think he figured the donations would come rolling in. He loaned his campaign $500,000, but it seems even with a lot of COH and the primary close not to spend it. It's assumed he wants to make sure he gets his loaned money back and the loan was just supposed to be used t show he was serious and in hopes of using it to raise money, but he didn't intend to actually donate it.  

      John Dougherty would be a very interesting candidate if the general election campaign window would have been longer.  I think his message would have won over a lot of people - but there just isn't enough energy around his campaign.  

      Sen. Reid is no different than the Republicans who demagogue the issue. He's no different than Sarah Palin, Steve King, Rush Limbaugh. Enjoy the company.

      by Jonze on Sat Aug 21, 2010 at 09:28:02 AM PDT

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  •  The Phoenix New Times (3+ / 0-)
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    is endorsing Dougherty as is the Tucson Weekly; the alt-weekly folks sticking together I guess. Dougherty has a good following, including me, but with only a couple of days to go, I'm starting to get nervous about a Glassman win by plurality. I would almost be willing to switch to Parraz if I thought he was at the front of the anti-Rodney pack.

    •  I wish Arizona had a run-off (2+ / 0-)
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      Because I'd pretty certain straight up against Glassman that Dougherty, and Parraz would beat him.  However in a four way race Glassman could win with less than 40%.  

      Sen. Reid is no different than the Republicans who demagogue the issue. He's no different than Sarah Palin, Steve King, Rush Limbaugh. Enjoy the company.

      by Jonze on Sat Aug 21, 2010 at 09:33:11 AM PDT

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      •  That's OK (2+ / 0-)
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        'Cause I think McCain will win with only about 40-45% of the vote, and they'll be plenty of press coverage about his failure to get a majority of Republicans to support his reelection.

        I'm feeling pretty good about Randy's prospects. He has momentum, the Latino & Labor vote wrapped up, and will be the choice of most progressives. And Glassman has had a lot of negative press lately. I'm thinking Randy wins with 40-45%, Glassman comes in with around 30%, Dougherty 20% and Eden 10%.

        "When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." - Sinclair Lewis

        by Dave in AZ on Sat Aug 21, 2010 at 10:21:10 AM PDT

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    •  Azazello, please consider voting for Randy (3+ / 0-)
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      I like Dougherty too, but the bottom line is that Randy Parraz will be stronger in the general election because he can bring in votes and mobilize a huge number of voters that Dougherty can't inspire like he can and does. Go to the campaign headquarters this afternoon, Randy will be there talking to supporters who are canvassing today. You can hear him in person. I think he definitely has the momentum and organization of volunteers to put him at the front of the pack, but we have to make sure he wins. Thanks for giving him serious consideration!

      •  Yeah, I'm kinda' leanin' that way. (2+ / 0-)
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        I'd still like to see some polling though. I answered a telephone robo-poll Wed. night, I think. I don't know if it was internal or if results will be released.

        •  I wish we had better polling too (1+ / 0-)
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          It feels like Glassman's support has collapsed, certainly everyone I know sees through him by now, so I've had fun little fantasies of seeing him limp across the finish line in last place.

          But unfortunately the newspapers are not reporting on any of the issues about him, they are not giving much if any coverage to the other candidates, and I don't know how many watched the debates, so it's hard to know how far the collapse has gone. And also unfortunately I've talked to too many people who already voted for Glassman, even if they already regret their vote. So it will probably be tight. Dougherty is not building the support across the state that Randy is. I don't think he even has an office in Tucson, does he? His presence has been almost completely in Phoenix. He's very smart and has some excellent positions, but I just don't think he has the broad base of supporters with the same enthusiasm of Parraz's grassroots movement.

          OK, off soapbox now. :) Thank you again for the serious thought you are putting into this. Every vote counts in this one!

          •  Do you ever listen to KJLL ? (1+ / 0-)
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            It's 1330AM out of South Tucson. They have a real weak signal, so you might not even be able to get ti where you are. I'm a regular listener, 6-9 AM Stephanie Miller, 9-noon Ed Schultz. Anyway, last week a local host had Parraz on for a hour. The host, not the candidate, had this about Rodney. He said that Rodney's folks bought him that ice skating rink to give him some experience in business. He wasn't very successful so his solution was to try to unload the thing on the City, remember that ?

            There are a couple of negatives on Dougherty. One, he didn't respond to a questionnaire from the AEA, and two, he hasn't posted here. I even emailed him telling him that Glassman and Parraz both had a presence on dKos. He replied, saying that he would get right on it; nothing so far.

            •  I don't listen to the radio much, but I'm glad (1+ / 0-)
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              to know that the word is spreading. This is good news.  

              I love early voting and vote by mail, but it started too long ago before much of this news had gotten out, or I think Glassman would have no chance at this point.

              I won't comment on Dougherty, except to say that this is in keeping with what I've seen from him. He does not have the organization building skills of Parraz, so he has not been building the field effort needed to win. Randy has the wind at his back... I hope. Really hope you will give him your vote.

        •  Robo-call poll? (2+ / 0-)
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          Did they ask about all 4 Democratic candidates, or just list Glassman and Other? Because if it was just Glassman/Other, it was most likely Rasmussen. If they listed all 4 candidates, then it was an internal poll conducted by Randy or Glassman.

          "When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." - Sinclair Lewis

          by Dave in AZ on Sat Aug 21, 2010 at 10:24:01 AM PDT

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          •  They gave all four candidates, (1+ / 0-)
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                 "press 1 for Dougherty, press 2 for Eden ... "

            •  I wonder whose poll it was, and if we will hear (1+ / 0-)
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              the results. It sounds like it was probably an internal poll by one of the candidates to see where they stand, especially if it was on Monday and still no new numbers released from any major polling outlet. But if whoever it was got data that they don't feel is helpful to release, they won't. I doubt we're going to get any new numbers before Tuesday.

  •  Excellent diary Jonze! Thank you so much (1+ / 0-)
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    for this great work. I really hope this one can get some attention. We need to make sure Randy wins this!

  •  Three Sonorans is on a role (2+ / 0-)
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    His article in Tucson Weekly this afternoon quotes a story from the subscription only Arizona Capitol Times, which repeats the story of the exodus of Glassman campaign staff, and even speculates "On Wednesday, the entire operation is not going to exist,"

    And be sure to check out the DownWithTyranny blog he links to.

    "When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." - Sinclair Lewis

    by Dave in AZ on Sat Aug 21, 2010 at 03:47:31 PM PDT

    •  Looks like he picked up a third party tv ad.. (1+ / 0-)
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      Supposed to be a big phone bank drive today, I hope he got the numbers out for that.  

      Sen. Reid is no different than the Republicans who demagogue the issue. He's no different than Sarah Palin, Steve King, Rush Limbaugh. Enjoy the company.

      by Jonze on Sat Aug 21, 2010 at 04:31:26 PM PDT

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      •  The campaign reports a packed house today (1+ / 0-)
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        From the ParrazforChange FB page earlier today:

        Here with volunteers after a great morning of canvassing in Tucson! Every phone is full, there aren't enough chairs, and people are pouring in! But if you come there is plenty more to do...we are going to go all the way to Washington DC!

    •  Yes, love that article! He is doing a great job (0+ / 0-)

      I wish there was a way to get this news out more widely though. Do you have any idea what the readership is of the Citizen and Three Sonorans?

    •  He's also saying the Arizona Republic is going (0+ / 0-)

      to publish an expose on Glassman in tomorrow's paper, he says this in the comments on that article. That will be huge if it happens and they really tell the story... but color me dubious that the Republic will really throw Glassman to the wind.

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