This is Gabby Gifford's seat. This special election is a place holder for old CD8, but it counts. Ron Barber, who was shot along with Giffords, is the Dem candidate. The GOP candidate is a nightmare. Jesse Kelly campaigned against Giffords in 2010 with,among other things, a fundraiser where people could pay to shoot a fully automatic M16 to 'target Giffords' in the election. He's not a very smart or well spoken man, but he does know how to parrot Tea Party talking points. Guaranteed , he will vote the wrong way on pretty much anything put before him. He will also be the candidate for the new CD-1.
Kelly rails against the stumulus ,even though he ran back to Texas after 2010 to work for his dad's mega construction company, which has lived on stimulus funds for the past 4 years. he's campaigning on a promise that he will lower gas prices, because he wants to extract the hell out of anything and everything. The list goes on with immigration, women's rights, social security and medicare, gay rights.... everything.
Please Arizonans, do not sit this one out.We cannot give Kelly the momentum. If you know anyone in AZ ,in district 8, parts of Tucson, Green Valley and SE AZ, call them up and convince them to vote for Barber. He is a sensible ,solid Democrat who is a good fit with most of the district.
this was a close race last time, and it will be this time too.
I know Wisconsin was a big blow, but the work continues. Every race matters. and we can't let the Walker win look like the start of something.