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I have previously made known in this space my objection to Kos naming Ruben Gallego, Candidate for Congress in Arizona's CD07, as one of his Fighting Dems.  I have detailed here  his Radically Pro-NRA Record and the sharp contrast to the Anti Gun Violence Record of his Opponent, Anti-Arpaio Champion Mary Rose Wilcox.  Hard to call that Progressive, I think.

But what happened last night in Phoenix truly takes the cake.  Gallego, apparently desperate for last-minute Campaign Cash after being outraised last month by Mary Rose by some $31,000, just had a $100/person Fundraiser with former Arizona Governor Fife Symington---that's right, the same guy who left office in shame following convictions for Fraud, and who famously referred to the "Immigrant Invasion" and steadfastly refused to reinstate the MLK Holiday in this state.

Hard to believe, huh?  Well, lest you doubt this bizarre bit of news, here is the link to the piece on azcentral (Arizona Republic) with all the gory details about Ruben and his new Buddy.  

Pretty hard to take.  For me, and for many Voters in Arizona's CD07, a Progressive Majority-Minority District centered on Phoenix' South and West Sides, and including Guadalupe and Tolleson, Gallego's Radically Pro-Gun Stance was bad enough.  I mean, he didn't have much at all to show for his brief stint in the Arizona Legislature, but it looks like doing Wayne LaPierre's bidding was at the top of his priority list.  Not only did he vote for and support a whole laundry list of Pro-Gun Measures (, in sharp contrast to Mary Rose Wilcox' long support of Gun Buyback Programs and other Gun Safety Measures, he even carried a 9mm into the State Capitol even as he professed to support banning weapons from State Buildings!!!

Mary Rose, herself a Gunshot Victim, has been steadfast in her support of Gun Safety, and rightly points to Gallego's hypocrisy.  The B+ Rating Awarded to him by the NRA would be coveted by many Repugs.  Not only that, this record stands in sharp contrast to the Political Traditions of this District, comprised largely of Latinos and African-Americans, where Political and Social Progress, in fits and starts, has come from adherence to the Nonviolent Traditions of Martin Luther King and Cesar Chavez, both giant figures with local connections.  I drew attention to the stark differences in these two approaches in another Diary:

And now, as the Campaign is in its final stages (Arizona does much of its Voting through early Mail-in Ballots), Gallego sneaks in a Fundraiser with the Anathema of a Former Repug Arizona Governor who referred to the "Immigrant Invasion" and absolutely (and proudly) refused to reinstate the Martin Luther King Holiday first signed into law by Democratic Governor Bruce Babbitt, only to be rescinded by the Bizarre (and also run out of office ) Governor Evan Mecham.  So at least Ev and Fife had a couple of things in common.  Fife Symington was never confused with any Moderate Republican.  He gleefully slashed State Funding for Education and other critical issues, and generally, before his demise, pursued a hard-right agenda up and down the line.  

And this is the guy that Ruben hops into the sack with at the last minute???

Mary Rose has pursued a different course, true to her long tradition of hard work and faithful service to her Constituents and the Communities in her County Supervisor (and before that, City Council) District.  On the County Board, it has been Mary Rose, the lone Democrat on the Board, who has stood up, for years, to Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his record of Injustice and Racial Profiling.  For her troubles, she was hounded by Arpaio and harassed day and night, ending in 44 of the most specious and politically-based felony charges ever.  Even the Judge was shocked as she dismissed these charges.  Now Mary Rose has been cleared, having paid a heavy personal and financial price, and Joe, on the other hand, in under Federal Restriction & Scrutiny. This woman has guts and perseverance!!!

This outstanding character, and her experience and expertise in getting important things done have been noted in some pretty important places.  Just this week, former two-term LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa came to South Phoenix to lend his full-throated support to his longtime friend and ally.  She has also been endorsed by incumbent and former Chair of the Hispanic Caucus Ed Pastor and other members of the Caucus.  Perhaps most significant, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, the Mero-Mero in terms of Comprehensive Immigration Reform on the Hill, traveled to Phoenix for a full day of events with Mary Rose to say that, with her first-hand experience, he needs her by his side as they seek to not only complete CIR, but to do it right.  Ruben has been largely MIA on this critical issue to the District.  

Mary Rose brings a lifetime of dedication and service in this Congressional race.  Ruben brings his connections to Wayne LaPierre and Fife Symington.

Originally posted to Chiltepin on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 05:39 AM PDT.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA.


Can a Democrat who has been Supported by Wayne LaPierre & Fife Symington be called Progressive???

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  •  Since you mentioned it twice, (1+ / 0-)
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    I have to ask about the MLK Holiday reference. In the same election in which Symington won his first term, two referenda that would have maintained the King holiday (passed by the legislature and signed by Rose Mofford) were defeated, thus repealing it. Of course, a majority of Arizonans wanted the holiday and the defeat was due to confusion over the two referenda -- but that's a side story. Anyhow, it was put back on the ballot two years later and passed.

    So is your assertion that Symington refused to reinstate it by executive order? Or did the legislature pass it between 1991-92 and he vetoed it? Legislatures and governors are extremely wary of overturning ballot initiatives (and in some states are prohibited from doing so, though that prohibition didn't come in AZ until 1998).

    Believe me, I'm no fan of Symington. But I need a refresher because I'm not remembering any significant role in the MLK controversy.

    "I've always admired your tart honesty and ability to be personally offended by broad social trends." -Principal Skinner.

    by cardinal on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 06:23:58 AM PDT

    •  Good Points (2+ / 0-)
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      cardinal, tytalus

      You rightly point to the complexities that engulfed the issue in that time period, with the confusion over the ballot measures, then their failure, all exacerbated by the NFL threats (later carried out) to yank the Super Bowl.  I agree with you that, confusing as it was, the expressed will of the voters needed to be respected.

      But the Fifester was certainly no Profile in Courage on the issue, and, far from expressing in any clear way that the Holiday should be reinstated, much less helping lead the way, as I recall he issued more snide and derisive remarks than anything else.  He certainly did little if anything to honor the legacy of Dr. King.

      Meanwhile, through all those years, some....actually many of us were participating in rather lengthy and meaningful marches, sometimes in pouring rain, to make clear our commitment to righting that wrong.

      Thanks for the clarification and historical context.

      •  Makes sense. Thanks for the (1+ / 0-)
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        As a senior in high school, I was involved with the effort to pass the 1990 referenda. In fact, I even made the local TV news and newspaper in Tucson with my crusade to warn people about the near mathematical certainty that the two referenda would be defeated, even if a majority of Arizonans wanted the holiday. Unfortunately, that's exactly what happened.

        "I've always admired your tart honesty and ability to be personally offended by broad social trends." -Principal Skinner.

        by cardinal on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 07:31:03 AM PDT

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    •  Checking... (1+ / 0-)
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      it was put in place by executive order by Bruce Babbitt, and rescinded by executive order by Evan Mecham. So, it doesn't seem accurate to say that defeated referenda repealed it.

      Narrator: A national effort to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., began less than a week after the civil rights leader was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968. It took 15 years for that part of the dream to become a reality, when President Ronald Reagan signed the federal legislation creating a holiday honoring Dr. King in November of 1983. Arizona lawmakers, though, weren't quite ready to pass that particular holiday, so Governor Bruce Babbitt took his own action.


      Narrator: Governor Evan Mecham made rescinding the Executive Order one of his first acts in office, unleashing a firestorm of criticism and frustration from local and national figures, including the reverend Jesse Jackson.

      It's true that I know of 'Slimeington' (as my native Tucsonan friend refers to him) primarily through his corruption, conviction and being run out of office.

      The Stand Your Ground defense is like bleach. It works miracles for whites, but it will ruin your colors. -- Jessica Williams on The Daily Show

      by tytalus on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 07:17:49 AM PDT

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      •  No, it's accurate. The missing step is (1+ / 0-)
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        that, after Mecham was impeached, the legislature passed it and new governor (promoted from sec of state) Rose Mofford signed it into law.

        The two referenda -- Propositions 301 and 302 -- were put on the ballot by holiday opponents, with a "yes" vote signifying a desire to keep the King holiday. But they both failed due to confusion over their wording, thus repealing the law that had been signed the prior year.

        "I've always admired your tart honesty and ability to be personally offended by broad social trends." -Principal Skinner.

        by cardinal on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 07:25:25 AM PDT

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  •  First take the plank out of Mary Rose's eye (0+ / 0-)

    The Symington thing is a bit laughable, since Wilcox's campaign cashed a $500 check from Symington's old chief of staff, Wes Gullett.

    Gullett is one of many Republican leaning lobbyists and businessmen who are supporting "progressive" Wilcox. Her contributors include the whole constellation of Arizona Republican stars: Stan Barnes (who, as a legislator, helped push Symington's agenda), Michael Bidwill, Jerry Collangelo, Don Diamond, John Kaites, as well as developer families Robson and Wolfswinkel.

    And while we are at it, throw Dennis DeConcinni on the list. Yes, he was a Democratic Senator years ago, but these days he is chiefly known as a board member and cheer leader for private prison outfit CCA. A "progressive" supporter, I'm sure.

    These guys aren't looking for a "progressive," they know that the seat will be Democratic, so they are looking for someone compliant. Progressives need not apply.

    I can't think of anything in Wilcox's record that was particularly progressive. Yes, she opposed Arpaio. A few of her Republican colleagues on the Board of Supervisors did as well. Heck, one even got arrested for his trouble.

    But what do I know? Yeah, SEIU and the co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus are supporting another candidate, but please tell me who Stan Barnes thinks the acceptable Democrat is.

    By the way, if Wilcox's being shot gives her more "cred" on gun issues, it's worth pointing out that Gallego has been shot at a few times himself.

    •  Principles vs. None (0+ / 0-)

      Mary Rose has, of course, worked with all kinds of folks over the years, in furtherance of a whole laundry list of critical community infrastructure projects you would never think possible of a 1-4 minority on a Board.  She was able to guarantee that Contracts and Jobs on the Stadium and other projects stayed in the Community and fed families, that hundreds of kids had worthwhile sports and other activities.

      How dare you pooh-pooh her standing up against Arpaio.  The folks in the neighborhoods, by the way, know better.  She and Earl and their family paid a heavy price for daring to take on Joe and Andy, and it was only her guts and perseverance that allowed Justice to prevail.  Thomas now has no legal ticket, and Arpaio is under Court Order.

      And you folks just don't get the stark contrast between a now-discredited Militarized Philosophy, and the one that got us to where we are, through King and Chavez, through a commitment to Justice through Nonviolence.

      You see, Mary Rose knows what she is about, and, unlike Ruben, has actual accomplishments for the Community to point to.  She has partnered with Jerry Colangelo---many times---but on the basis of respect, and kids and their parents in Phoenix' neighborhoods have benefited mightily.  You see, when Ruben does that, it is only his own narrow self-interest that he has in mind.  

      Yes, Mary Rose is the grown-up in the Race, and the one who will deservedly represent us in Congress.

  •  Tactless Tactics by Wilcox. 'Nuff Said (0+ / 0-)

    A first hand account of the Wilcox campaign's tactlessness at the Arizonans for Gun Safety event in June by Jennifer Longdon.

    Que lastima!

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