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Arizona: Ron Barber wins special election, Gabrielle Giffords' former seat
KPHO (CBS Affiliate) ^ | 06/13/2012 | By Lindsey Reiser

Posted on 06/13/2012 4:31:17 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

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To: originalbuckeye

Thanks for the corrected info.

21 posted on 06/13/2012 6:06:10 AM PDT by CAluvdubya (I just try to stay out of the fray...)
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To: Mike Darancette

I’d like to “waive” the practice of “waving” the bloody shirt.

22 posted on 06/13/2012 6:08:59 AM PDT by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Turbo Pig
Tucson's economy is in the proverbial sh**er. I was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. Moved away 5 years ago and will never go back. Just yesterday a former college called me asking if I have any work for him here in Houston, TX. Of course I do.

Tucson is a city run by Marxists if ever there was one. Raúl Grijalva, Gabby Giffords, etc. hate America and Arizona. They think it's romantic to embrace the backward culture existing just sixty-four miles to the south. That would be the Mexican culture. These communist dirtbags have, for as long as I have been alive (over 50 years) been trying to give the Gadsden Purchase back to Mexico.

I know... It sucks but praise be to God I was able to escape the repressive spiritual bondage that engulfs that once beautiful city. Honestly... The way these moonbats have been governing southern Arizona I'd just as soon let Mexico have Tucson. Take their dons with them.


23 posted on 06/13/2012 6:10:50 AM PDT by Whats-wrong-with-the-truth (Romney (aka - obomney)... Just put the (D) behind your name and be done with it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Those who think it was all about a sympathy vote might want to think about what the GOP-E has done in District 8 in recent years...using money in the PRIMARY to try to get a moderate picked, and then refusing to support the conservative candidate. Pulling all support from Jesse Kelly in 2010 when he ran against Giffords, losing to her by 2%.


“Former state lawmaker Pete Hershberger was one of a number of well-known Republicans who endorsed Barber over Kelly.

“The citizens of District 8 recognized that Ron was a practical guy who would work across party lines to get stuff done, and Kelly was an ideological bomb-thrower,” he said.

Another Republican who supported Barber, Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik, was blunt about the quality—or lack thereof—of the GOP candidate.

“I think people saw Ron as a more-serious candidate,” Kozachik said. “And Jesse was not fully baked.”

The last Republican to hold this seat was Jim Kolbe:

“Kolbe is a leading moderate Republican...Like his mentor, Goldwater, he is pro-choice. He was generally more supportive of environmental legislation than most Republicans, especially those from the West. He is a member of various moderate Republican groups such as the Log Cabin Republicans, the Republican Main Street Partnership, the Republican Majority For Choice, Republicans for Choice, Republicans For Environmental Protection and It’s My Party Too. He is one of the four Republicans who voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act which was passed by the House of Representatives with 281-142 votes on October 2, 2003...

...In contrast, Kolbe was a strong supporter of guest worker programs for immigrants. Immigration is a hot-button issue in the 8th, which takes up about half of Arizona’s share of the Mexican border...

...Graf won the five-candidate primary on September 12, 2006. Kolbe refused to endorse Graf, who lost to Democrat Gabrielle Giffords in the November 2006 election....

...Kolbe came out as gay in August 1996 after his vote in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act spurred efforts by some gay rights activists to out him.[3] He won re-election that year. In 2000, he became the first openly gay person to address the Republican National Convention, although his speech did not address gay rights....”

Folks, this is NOT a conservative district, and the GOP-E here has no tolerance for anyone who is conservative. They HATE conservatives, and will not back a conservative who wins the nomination.

The GOP base in the district is conservative. Look at who wins the nominations. But in a general election, the GOP-E and ‘moderate’ republicans open support democrats over conservatives.

Redistricting will probably make the new district I’ll be in even more liberal. It is depressing, but the GOP base has virtually no chance of getting a good guy elected here.

It wasn’t a sympathy vote. It WAS evidence that this is a pretty liberal district - not in the outlying towns, but East Tucson and particularly Vail.

24 posted on 06/13/2012 6:12:52 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (A conservative can't please a liberal unless he jumps in front of a bus or off of a cliff)
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth
You are right on. My son moved away and loves it. This place has massive traffic, doesn't light the streets in many neighborhoods, and is run by stupid Marxists elected by idiots. I see Obama stickers and shirts all over, even now. This clown won bigger than Giffords did. It is hopeless here, but the 2010 results didn't match the national trend. The press is full of crap as usual.
25 posted on 06/13/2012 6:17:43 AM PDT by Luke21
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To: CaribCarter

“This race isn’t only significant because he will be replacing Gabby Giffords, but political analysts have been saying it sets a stage for what may happen nationally in November. “

Laughable. And Wisconsin was merely a local matter with no national implications.

26 posted on 06/13/2012 6:28:11 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (Liberalism: Carrying adolescent values and behavior into adult life.)
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To: headstamp 2

You mean that this isn’t a referendum on Republican obstructionism as the Huff Po and its loyal whack jobs claim?

I’m Stuned, I tell you!!!

27 posted on 06/13/2012 7:03:20 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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