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Mike T. in Tucson, AZ [email
Cleburne`s blog item
Democrat Professionals think Reconquista Rep.
Grijalva in trouble!
As a resident of Arizona`s
Arizona`s 7th Congressional District, and a former
Republican, I appreciate your article on the possibility
of Ruth McClung`s
victory over Raul Grijalva, but I wouldn`t hold your
It is true that we`ve seen the
first TV for Raul that we have ever seen during an
election year, which does seem to indicate the Democrats
are somewhat concerned. [See
Vote por Raúl
Grijalva para Congreso]. But, truthfully the
odds are stacked against Ruth. First of all, the
specifically drawn for a
candidate"—demographically 55 percent Hispanic and
more than 60 percent Democratic. On top of that Mr.
Grijalva has a 30 year track record moving up the ranks
in Pima county politics, through the school board and
county board of supervisors; a lot of people owe their
past and future political careers to him.
The Republican Party sold the
voters of this district
down the river a long time ago. I actively supported
the first candidate against Raul in 2002 and in those
days we couldn`t even get
President Bush to say our candidate`s name on a
swing through the state! Since then they have fielded
one lackluster candidate after another.
In one election year, I supplied a
question to a debate between the candidates sponsored by
a Tucson paper. My question was:
Tucson have a
Pancho Villa occupying
pride of place in its downtown?"
The Republican candidate that year,
Ron Drake, first looked confused, then suddenly he
blurted out "Diversity! That`s why it`s there—diversity!" Raul`s response was,
"I don`t have a
problem with it". Naturally Mr. Grijalva won in a
landslide that year, too.
I hope I am wrong and Ruth pulls
out a victory—but from where I sit in the
pueblo, it seems like business as usual.