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Arizona Lawmaker Fights Boycott Backlash

Posted on Oct 23, 2010
AP / Ross D. Franklin

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, speaking in Phoenix in April, addresses a rally against SB1070.

Raul Grijalva is a four-term congressman from southern Arizona. Yet in the wake of the state’s SB1070 anti-immigrant legislation, the historically shoo-in Democrat is locked in a tight race with his Republican challenger after Grijalva had the gall to back a national boycott campaign against the Grand Canyon State.

The 62-year-old Grijalva is pitted against Republican Ruth McClung, 28. —JCL

Los Angeles Times:

The contrast between the two candidates couldn’t have been starker. On one side of the stage slouched Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, 62, a four-term congressman and local Democratic icon, sporting a bushy moustache and wearing an open-collared shirt that he had changed into an hour earlier but already looked rumpled.

On the other end sat Republican nominee Ruth McClung, 28, her yellow jacket matching her sensibly styled blond hair, carefully smiling at the crowd gathered here this week at a candidate forum about 15 miles from the Mexico border.

Grijalva has represented southern Arizona for decades and his daughter sits on the Tucson School Board, as he did in the 1970s. McClung’s only other experience running for office was her campaign to become captain of her high school swim team.

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By Rudolfo, October 24, 2010 at 5:51 pm Link to this comment

.....By ardee, October 24 at 4:19 pm Link to this comment

.....Rigor, October 24 at 12:58 pm

..... If he was as you characterize him why did he not remain silent and keep his rather large lead in the election?

Pay attention, Rigor already answered this question, “he’s a stone-cold moron.”

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By rico, suave, October 24, 2010 at 1:59 pm Link to this comment


I wasn’t trying to be snotty. The sum and substance of the article was-

“The 62-year-old Grijalva is pitted against Republican Ruth McClung, 28.”

No mention of their positions on issues, no scandalous quotes to salivate over. I was just wondering why that merited a front page spot on truthdig.

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By ardee, October 24, 2010 at 12:19 pm Link to this comment

Rigor, October 24 at 12:58 pm

Your entire post is a rant about a personal experience and says nothing about the campaign, the laws of Arizona that this candidate stands bravely in opposition to, and at the risk of his winning an election. If he was as you characterize him why did he not remain silent and keep his rather large lead in the election?

Methinks you have ulterior motivation, or perhaps the names you call him are better served upon yourself.

rico, suave, October 24 at 2:49 am

The news from Rio Rico is, apparently, not to your liking. Just as your snotty one liners are not to mine. If you dont have anything to say dont say it.

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By Inherit The Wind, October 24, 2010 at 9:05 am Link to this comment

I wonder how many Latinos in his district will magically find their voter registrations have been “lost” or are “invalid”?

I happen to think he’s right, but it was impolitic for him to take that position.  People want honest politicians and what do they do when they find one?  Pour millions into the campaign chest of his opponent!

We have never, in this country, required a national identity card, the mark of a dictatorial regime.  Arizona, and the right-wingers who support it, are advocating exactly that.  I’m afraid to go to Arizona now, because even with my Caucasian features, and my soft upstate NY accent, I have a beautiful child born in Guatemala, with straight black hair, golden brown skin, and clearly Central American features…oh he MUST be an illegal immigrant to some of the crazy-ass teabaggers down there, even though he’s only 5.

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By Rigor, October 24, 2010 at 8:58 am Link to this comment

Grijalva is race baiting traitor, plain and simple.
He has always run on the premise of being an
advocate of the down-trodden against the threat of
the mighty gringo - peddling fear to further his
career at doing nothing and getting paid for it.
Anyone who has actually had conversation with this
guy comes away knowing for a fact that he barely has
a ninth grade education, and he’s a stone-cold
I personally asked him about what he was doing to
stop the human trafficking that resulted in finding
23 people locked up in one room the night before who
were kidnapped while crossing into Az from Mex. - he
replied with “pinche gringo” (I won’t translate
here). I was promoting humane treatment of border
crossers at a rally in Phx., but he stereo-typed me
because I’m a middle-aged white guy - ANY other
congressman respond that way to a black guy at a
rally would be fried, live on tv, but this fraud
gets a free pass because he’s a minority (?).
This fool doesn’t care about migrants, or anyone
else. He cares only for his own prosperity, at
Arizona’s expense.
A recent “attack” on his Tucson office of a toxic
powder mailed in is also being looked at as a
possible staged event - he’s loosing his cushy job
and running scared. If it’s true I hope they hand
him over to Sheriff Joe and his tent city for the
years this sham would deserve.

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By rico, suave, October 23, 2010 at 10:49 pm Link to this comment

Is there ANY news content in this post?

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By Rudolfo, October 23, 2010 at 8:53 pm Link to this comment

The ‘liberals’ think the country belongs to Mexico or whoever comes over the border ... typical total disdain for white America and subservience to the Zionist agenda of disenfranchising everyone by dividing the population into warring factions.  The result, a ‘tea party’ Reagan republican, i.e., a left wing Zionist pawn gets traded for a right wing Zionist pawn.  Perfect.

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