Arizona … home to Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake – both republicans, but of the lovable sort, if there is such a thing. And I just discovered another Arizonian to love, based on a single sentence. His name is Ruben Gallego (think of it as ‘guy-eggo’ for pronunciation) and he is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona. The sentence that won me over?
“I will gladly work with the president when his ideas aren’t stupid and detrimental to the United States. Unfortunately this is what this plan is.”
I was just trolling various news outlets, half asleep in the warm afternoon sunshine when I saw that and immediately felt Snoopy doing a bit of a happy dance in my heart!We all know the backstory … Trump has signed an order to send the National Guard to ‘guard the Mexican border’ until such time as his wall can be built. We also all know that, despite Trump’s rants, there is no immediate threat on the border, there are no ‘caravans of evil’ threatening to cross the border with the intent of raping and pillaging, and it is all a big hoax on the part of Trump. A potentially costly hoax for a number of reasons.
While many republicans were busy licking the Donald’s boots, praising his ‘strength’ in this matter, most democrats were less over-joyed, but perhaps none so outspoken as Mr. Gallego. Of course, the mouthpiece, Ms. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, had to speak:
“If that congressman’s so concerned, maybe he ought to show up and actually support legislation that would fix these problems instead of blaming the president that’s actually doing something about it.”
To which Gallego responded with a tweet:
“Hey @PressSec – Unlike your boss, I did show up and served my country in the Marines. Now, I show up in Congress to serve my country again and act as a check to some of your boss’s worst plans.”
Okay, okay … it’s mud-slinging at its finest, accomplishes little if anything and is beneath us. But …
I’m the kid who got kicked out of kindergarten for fighting … I can get down & dirty with the best of them sometimes!
But now, let me just wipe some of this mud off and let us take a closer look at Ruben Gallego.
Gallego has been in office since 2014, when he won 74% of the vote in Arizona’s 7th district, a district that is heavily democratic and majority Latino. In his first year, he earned a B+ rating from the NRA, but ever since has an ‘F’ rating … a plus, in my book. He has the endorsement of Mayday PAC, a super PAC that seeks to reduce the role of money in politics. Another score, in my book. On February 28, 2013 Gallego voted against an amendment that sought to raise campaign finance limits for federal candidates and abolish all limits for state candidates.
Gallego is a relative newbie, but so far, I like what I see. I see no barriers to him winning re-election in his district in November, so no real need to highlight him, other than that he ‘walked the walk’ in standing firm against Trump’s ludicrous waste of our resources to combat his fairy-tale threat on our southern border.
Arizona seems to turn out people with good sense, on both sides of the political aisle. I wonder … is it something in the water?