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The Democratic primary in Arizona's 7th Congressional District was already weird. This was the place featuring an asshole Republican named Scott Fistler who legally changes his name to "Cesar Chavez" and entered the Democratic primary.

But if that wasn't bad enough, one of the Democrats decided to be just as big of an asshole. Dave Weigel explains:

Fistler's "Hispanic" name potentially posed a challenge for 34-year-old former state Rep. Ruben Gallego, the first candidate who entered the race to replace Pastor. An Iraq war veteran and former state House minority whip, Gallego had built a significant power base in the district. In 2013, his wife, Kate—who's not Hispanic, but took his name, obviously—won a seat on the city council. The point is that having a Hispanic name doesn't hurt in a district that's largely Hispanic.

But Gallego's biggest challenge (according to polls) comes from Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox. She's Hispanic, actually, born Mary Rose Garrido in 1949 [...]

So Gallego legally changed his name in 2008, after he finished his military service. His father abandoned his family when he was 11, so he took his mother's name. In short, he changed his name from Ruben Marinelarena to Ruben Gallego.

But for Mary Rose Wilcox, this was a violation of ... something or other. One of her supporters filed suit against Gallego, and Wilcox backed it full throat:

Anyone running for public office has a responsibility to do so in an open and honest way. My campaign fully supports Plaintiff Michael Snitz in this lawsuit because we the people have a right to know who is running to represent us in Congress. My opponent has used the names Ruben Marinelarena, Ruben Gallego, Ruben Gallego Marinelarena, and Ruben Marinelarena Gallego at different times for various purposes since he moved to Arizona, a few years ago. A lot has happened under each of those names, and the voters have a right to know who a candidate really is.
Um, that's three names. Ruben. Marinelarena. Gallego. I'm sure people can crack the code. And if not, the Wilcox campaign is free to educate the electorate. But this veers into the absurd given that Wilcox was born Mary Rose Garrido, her name has appeared as Mary Rose Garrido Wilcox in official literature, and she now goes by Mary Rose Wilcox. So ... yeah. Who gives a shit? Wilcox does, enough so to file suit. Gallego's responded:
"I was raised by a single mom and changed my name to honor the woman who raised me. I have been very open about this decision and the circumstance behind it,” he said in a statement.

“My mom is an immigrant and struggled every day to raise four kids on her own,” he added, noting her last name is Gallego. “My father abandoned my family when I was young. His choice to leave made my life and the lives of my three sisters much harder. I slept on the floor until I went to college and my sisters and I had to rely on the free lunch program to make sure we ate. His last name is Marinelarena.”

Wilcox is a despicable human for making this a thing. This was such a backfire, in fact, that the lawsuit was withdrawn a day later. Oops. Meanwhile, Gallego doesn't just have an inspirational life story, but he's solid on our key issues.

So we're endorsing Gallego for Congress. $3 can go a long way toward this race, so give! The late August primary gives us plenty of time to organize on his behalf.

We could use more people like Gallego in Congress. Democrats like Wilcox? Eh, not so much.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 07:30 AM PDT.

Also republished by LatinoKos and Baja Arizona Kossacks.

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  •  When I saw a "name lawsuit" in the news (16+ / 0-)

    a day ago, I figured it was the old story about Chavez once again, this time going to court. Then of all things it was a Wilcox supporter filing suit against Gallego! It would be one thing if, like Chavez, he took a completely different name a few months before the primary as a ploy, but Ruben has always been Ruben Gallego to voters in this district. The lawsuit, since withdrawn, just made the Wilcox team look stupid and desperate. Now they're probably even more desperate, since this thing has blown up in their face.

    Arizona meet-up, July 27 in Phoenix. Meet Navajo! Send me Kosmail.

    by Mother Mags on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 07:36:39 AM PDT

    •  PS. I should've said this is my district, and I'll (13+ / 0-)

      see if we can get Ruben to attend our July 27 meet-up in Phoenix. Want to know more? Diary here.

      Arizona meet-up, July 27 in Phoenix. Meet Navajo! Send me Kosmail.

      by Mother Mags on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 07:38:36 AM PDT

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    •  Wishe we had a candidate like Gallego in AZ-02 (5+ / 0-)

      Instead of Congressman Ron Barber. I know it's heresy, but I won't vote for him again - he's voted with the GOP several times in an attempt to appear "bipartisan" in our swingy district. His vote for the #Benghazi 'Special Committee" was the final straw. I won't vote for GOPer McSally, I'll just write-in Matt Heinz, Barber's Democratic primary opponent in 2012.

      David Koch, a teacher and a Tea Partier sit down a table with a plate of a dozen cookies. Koch quickly stuffs 11 cookies in his pockets, leans to the bagger and says "watch out, the union thug will try to steal your cookie".

      by Dave in AZ on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 07:43:14 AM PDT

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      •  if McSally wins you might regret it. (2+ / 0-)
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        Samer, benamery21

        Barber is one of our most vulnerable incumbents. He's made some shitty votes in the last year, but they've mostly been meaningless. Sinema in AZ-09 is very skillful at casting votes with Republicans on meaningless votes to look bipartisan while staying loyal when it matters.

        We no longer ask if a man has integrity, but if he has talent. - Rousseau, Discourse on the arts and sciences

        by James Allen on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 07:52:47 AM PDT

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        •  Barber has been terrible. (2+ / 0-)
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          PSzymeczek, Odysseus

          If he wants Democrats to vote for him, perhaps he should take Democratic positions on the issues. If he wants to be a Republican, he should declare as a Republican.

          Republican-lite New Democrats like Barber and Sinema should stop taking for granted that people don't notice their crappy positions and won't make them pay for it.

          And I dispute your claim that Sinema has carefully crafted her votes. She and Barber have voted against a whole slew of issues and items that many Democrats find very important.

          I'll find my info on it and post it as a reply here.

          •  he is with Democrats on almost every issue. (2+ / 0-)
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            Swamp Cat, benamery21

            Sinema is even moreso. I doubt you'll find anything contradicting that.

            We no longer ask if a man has integrity, but if he has talent. - Rousseau, Discourse on the arts and sciences

            by James Allen on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 08:20:06 AM PDT

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          •  Sinema and Barber votes that mattered. (4+ / 0-)

            Here is a comment I wrote compiling only some of Sinema and Barber's terrible voting records. If anyone is actually interested, in my comment I have links to a diary about each vote and why the fact that Sinema and Barber voted with the Republicans actually mattered. Here's the link. Here are the votes:

            Here are some of the terrible votes by Sinema and Barber. Not all , just some. (Most of the language below is pulled from the diaries, so h/t to each author):
            Both joined in when the House voted to call on Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special counsel to investigate the "targeting" of Tea Party groups by the IRS.
            Link.

            She was one of only 31 Democrats who voted against Rep. Rush Holt's amendment to appropriate $2.5 million to re-institute the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), offset from funds in the House Historic Buildings Revitalization Trust Fund. The OTA was created in 1972 to provide unbiased analysis of complex scientific and technical issues.
            Link.

            Barber was one of 18 Democrats who voted against an appropriations amendment to allow VA hospital doctors to discuss the use of medical marijuana with patients.
            Link.

            They both, along with 29 other Democrats, joined the GOP in voting against the Democratic caucus's budget.
            Link.

            Both joined 16 other Democrats in voting to pass the deceptively titled Save American Workers Act. The bill would eliminate language in ACA that defines a full-time employee as anyone working 30 or more hours a week, and replace it with a 40-hour requirement instead.
            Link.

            Both, along with 14 other Democrats, voted to pass the Budget and Accounting Transparency Act, which would require the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to use "fair value" estimates for the cost of all government loan programs as opposed to the direct costs themselves. "Fair value" estimates apply the same risk factors that a private business might apply to making a loan. Considering that the government is not a private business, such estimates end up overstating the cost of the programs and, thus, the size of the federal deficit.
            Link.

            Both voted in favor of delaying the implementation of the penalty for failure to comply with the individual health insurance mandate. Only 25 other Democrats voted with them.
            Link.

            Both supported a bill designed to increase corporate influence over federal regulations. Only 15 other Democrats voted in favor.
            Link.

            Another bill which they voted for, and which had the support of 39 other Democrats, was a collection of Republican proposals to roll back environmental restrictions on the use of federal land.
            Link.

            They both joined the cut to food stamps.
            Link.

            They voted to exempt private equity firms from financial regulations enacted by the 2010 Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (aka "Dodd-Frank"). They were joined by 34 other Democrats.
            Link.

            70 House Democrats voted with the GOP to undo the part of Dodd-Frank financial reform law that prevents banks from engaging in risky derivatives trading with funds insured by government programs like deposit insurance. Sinema and Barber were 2 of the 70.
            Link.

            During the shutdown, they both voted with a Republicans to fund pieces of the government, like the National Parks Dept.
            Link.

            During the defense appropriations amendment process, Adam Schiff proposed an amendment that would sunset the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) with the end of our combat role in Afghanistan, i.e. December 31, 2014. Both Sinema and Barber voted against it, along with 37 other Democrats.
            Link.

            the Amash-Conyers amendment (i.e. the amendment to curb the blanket surveillance powers of the NSA) failed 205 to 217. If seven votes had flipped, it would have won. 111 Democrats and 94 Republicans voted in favor of the amendment. 134 Republicans and 83 Democrats opposed it. A majority of the House Democratic caucus supported the amendment even though the President was lobbying heavily against it.  Both Barber and Sinema voted against it.

        •  I don't want to derail kos's excellent endorsement (6+ / 0-)

          of Mr. Gallego, so will be my only response. I think McSally will win, regardless. And Barber's "shitty votes" have not been 'mostly meaningless', like Sinema. Barber was one of the Seven Lying Democrats who, during the government shutdown, voted for HR 368 which gave Eric Cantor, and only Eric Cantor , the right to bring a clean continuing resolution to the floor for vote

          If we had a chance to hand the Speaker gavel back to Nancy Pelosi in 2014, and ever CD was vitally important I could probably hold my nose & vote for Barber. We don't have a chance at a House majority this election, so I won't regret it when McSally wins. I think she'll be so bad she'll motivate the many moderate and independent voters in the district to rally behind a progressive Democrat in 2016 - when with a landslide win by the Democratic Presidential candidate over Rand Paul or (please, please please!) Ted Cruz WILL give us a shot at re-taking a majority in the House.

          That is all.

          Except - All in for our next AZ-07 Congressman, Ruben Gallego!

          David Koch, a teacher and a Tea Partier sit down a table with a plate of a dozen cookies. Koch quickly stuffs 11 cookies in his pockets, leans to the bagger and says "watch out, the union thug will try to steal your cookie".

          by Dave in AZ on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 08:26:07 AM PDT

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    •  Yes. (1+ / 0-)
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      Fistler changed his name in an attempt to defraud the voters of CD-07.  That is in violation of the Arizona statute on name changes.  http://www.arizonanamechangelaw.com/...

      A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon. -Bill Clinton

      by PSzymeczek on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 10:15:14 AM PDT

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  •  So refreshing to find candidates one can (3+ / 0-)
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    rl en france, CenPhx, PSzymeczek

    support like this.

    And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

    by Pale Jenova on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 07:52:25 AM PDT

  •  What I want to know is (3+ / 0-)
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    How was that not a change of name for fraudulent purposes?

    Reasons for desiring a name change that involve avoiding debts and obligations, capitalizing on the name of a famous person, or defrauding any other person. A name change request that is based on fraudulent purposes will not be granted by the court.
    General definition from http://www.legalzoom.com/...
  •  so he was the victim of a dumb attack ad (5+ / 0-)

    and he opposes chained-CPI.

    Where is he on the existential challenge facing the next few generations of humanity?

    Where is he on weaning Arizona off coal and increasing its use of solar energy?

  •  This is what happens when (0+ / 0-)

    Voters cast a vote for a candidate only because or race, gender or whatever, as opposed to actual issues.

    Sad commentary on the population and lack of understanding of issues.

    You best believe it does

    by HangsLeft on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 08:14:33 AM PDT

    •  No, it isn't. This is what happens when someone (7+ / 0-)

      manufactures a bullshit attack out of desperation. If anything, it's likely a misogynistic attack. Funny how it's okay for her to change to her husband's name, but it's not okay for him to subvert patriarchal tradition.

      It really isn't the end of the world for minorities to vote to advance other minorities. It doesn't mean they have to discard issues. It means they think that advancement from their collective oppression matters. What a bunch of fucking morons, right? How dare they want better for themselves, and how unique to minorities to vote with personal self-interest in mind? It's like white men are the only ones that can think clearly or something!

      •  Thanks (2+ / 0-)
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        myboo, benamery21

        If there's one thing that brown people have learned, it's that the dominant majority groups won't look out for their interests. That's the whole point beyond minority majority districts.

        Applies for women too, and I DO wish women -- who consistently make up solid majorities of the electorate -- voted more heavily along those lines.

        •  Shhh (0+ / 0-)

          maybe make the point about women in a diary where we aren't endorsing a different candidate than Emily's List? ;)

          P.S. Thanks for this diary.  I've been beating the drum against Wilcox here for a couple months.  The best thing about Pastor retiring is the chance Mary Rose won't be an elected official anymore.

          Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

          by benamery21 on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 08:09:22 PM PDT

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  •  $20 (4+ / 0-)
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    CenPhx, Dave in AZ, Odysseus, Rambo Duhl

    I'm in. Let him know the Kossacks have his back.

    "Reality has a well-known liberal bias." - Stephen Colbert

    by Rob Dapore on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 08:28:46 AM PDT

  •  Let me just chime in on a few things... (4+ / 0-)

    For thousands of years, names have not been arranged in a standard format, such as:
    "Last name first, first name, middle name last"
    --No Time for Sergeants (play)

    1. "Julius Caesar" was named in the tria nomina tradition: "Gaius Julius Caesar", but you may not know that Gaius was his praenomen, Julius was his tribe name and Caesar was his cognomen. Later, when he became leade this was his name:
    "Imperator Gaius Iulius Gaii filius Gaii nepos Caesar Patris Patriae"
    -- http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    2. Chinese names appear to be the reverse of Western names but of course, with so many more people, the obvious conclusion is that Western names are backwards, not the reverse. A-hem.

    3. Latino names incorporate a given name, a second name, possibly a confirmation name, the paternal surname and the maternal surname.

    4. Other cultures have many varied ways for naming people.

    But US forms typically have allowed only for:
    FIRST NAME
    MIDDLE INITIAL
    LAST NAME

    Totally inadequate for most people.

    So, when a person seemingly of limited experience tries to apple a procrustean naming expectation, well, these days we have to write them off, eh Wilcox?

    Ugh. --UB.
    __

    P.D. I welcome corrections.

    The Republican Party is run by the KOCH BROTHERS.

    by unclebucky on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 08:38:43 AM PDT

    •  A very thorough analysis. (0+ / 0-)

      Thank you, UB

      A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon. -Bill Clinton

      by PSzymeczek on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 10:19:50 AM PDT

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    •  Nitpick (0+ / 0-)
      Chinese names appear to be the reverse of Western names but of course, with so many more people, the obvious conclusion is that Western names are backwards, not the reverse. A-hem.

      China's population is 1.351 billion. Even adding the 7 million in Hong Kong, the 75 million in the Koreas, and maybe another another 100 million people worldwide (and assuming they all use the traditional Chinese name order) - there's under 2 billion using that name order. There are over 2 billion, perhaps over 4 billion, using the European traditional name order.

      Neither is right or wrong, because there's no global standard, even judging by majority. A few centuries ago few people outside China used family names for themselves, as settlements were small and everyone knew each other's family by sight. Most Jews didn't start using them until the late 1800s, in cities our outside Europe.

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 11:38:26 AM PDT

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  •  Why are we still explaining this shit ... oh right (1+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek

    the rethugs have nothing else to contribute to society, so they just keep doing what they know best...being bullies and otherwise [insert all sorts of other names].

  •  He seems solidly liberal (0+ / 0-)

    without much use for Blue Dogs.

    As for the name changing, all I'll say is that is that if I did what he did ... I'd end up as John Doe!

    •  He's pretty centrist (0+ / 0-)

      actually.  That's a good thing, even though a more liberal candidate could be elected in this safe district, and even though in most safe seats I would support the bluest candidate we could find.  Gallego has the potential to go statewide in future, from a base built in AZ-07, which while he's building it will help statewide and countywide candidates via increased turnout.

      While I like Pastor a lot more than Wilcox, neither of them have done much to improve turnout in this district.

      Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

      by benamery21 on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 08:49:20 PM PDT

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      •  Good Campaigner, Terrible Legislator (0+ / 0-)

        He lives for campaigning, but does nothing of substance.  The community would suffer greatly if he wins.  He has not a Legislative clue....I've seen staffers run circles around him intellectually....

  •  She left out demanding to see his birth certificat (2+ / 0-)
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    Dave in AZ, PSzymeczek

    Someone's standards must be falling...

  •  Ruben Gallego and Fighting Dems (3+ / 0-)

    Go Ruben Gallego!!!

    Speaking of fighting Dems, we could use a LOT more FIGHTING Dems in our party.

    Hopefully, the Dems in the Congress/Senate and the White House will take inspiration from Ruben Gallego and other Dems like him out on the campaign trail, to wake up and start fighting tooth and nail for our Democratic ideals.

  •  Good to see this. You and Sam Seder, doing the ... (4+ / 0-)

    Good to see this. You and Sam Seder, doing the Fighting Dems spot on the old Majority Report, that's how I got the Great Orange Satan.

    Go Gallego!

    •  Ah (1+ / 0-)
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      Marcus Tullius

      good times!

      •  Research??? (0+ / 0-)

        Gotta say, Kos, the research on this one is paper-thin.  One dumb move and Mary Rose is despicable?  Please see my comment below.  This woman is and has been a real Fighter for our Community.  Looks like a Rush to Judgement.

        •  I think she's gross. (2+ / 0-)
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          Rambo Duhl, benamery21

          Opportunistic, way before this.

          "People are more than the worst things that they do,"--Chris Hayes

          by chicating on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 12:45:49 PM PDT

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          •  Pithy Judgement, Chicating (0+ / 0-)

            Mary Rose has been a hardworking Public Servant and Leader for many years.  Has helped thousands of individuals, made important Infrastructure Projects happen, and has supported Community Sports and other activities like Little League, Boxing, and Midnight Basketball.  The citizens of this district know who she is and what she has done.  Ruben, by comparison, has done nothing, either legislatively or in the community.  He is all ambition and no service.

        •  You must be kidding me (1+ / 0-)
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          chicating

          She basically took a $1 million dolla pay day from the tax payers and residents of Maricopa County.

          She was being attacked, she needed Attorneys to defend herself and you could easily argue that she lost money since she could not focus on her expanding airport business. never mind that Earl does most of the work.

          All I understand.

          Those costs did not meet anywhere in the ballpark of $975,000.

          She was awarded because thats what the court awarded but she should of gave it back or donated it to something like Chicanos Por la Causa or campesinos sin fronteras.

          Nope. she took a pay day.

          so you are right, she is gives despicable a bad name

          •  You Know None of That (0+ / 0-)

            She was front and center of Arpaio's attacks, and paid a heavy price.  The lawsuit rightly assigned responsibility.  You have no idea what her direct costs are, or what she will eventually do with the funds---still not received.

            So you're a troll for Ruben---own it!

      •  Yeah, sometimes, I really do (0+ / 0-)

        miss that show. Some of the best and brightest of the netroots were on, regularly. You and Duncan were two of my faves.

        Now, the most I hear of Sammy is on Bob's Burgers.  :-\

        We're trapped in the belly of this horrible machine,

        And the machine is bleeding to death.

        by Marcus Tullius on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 12:51:28 PM PDT

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        •  Sam is still around. (0+ / 0-)

          Majority Report is a daily podcast.
          He's also on Ring of Fire that you can hear daily right here on Netroots Radio.

          Yes, DailyKos DOES have puzzles! Visit us here Saturday nights @ 5:00 PDT (easier puzzles) and Sunday nights @ 5:00 PDT (more challenging) for a group solving. Even if you just pop in and comment while watching the fun, everybody is welcome. uid:21352

          by pucklady on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 12:55:19 PM PDT

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  •  While the lawsuit was stupid, I have a soft... (2+ / 0-)
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    Chiltepin, Odysseus

    spot in my gay heart for Mary Rose Wilcox. I moved to Phoenix in the late 1980's and got involved in the struggle to push non-discrimination policies here in the 1990's. Wilcox was then and is now a strong advocate of lgbt rights. She has also been strong in her opposition to Sheriff Joe and his racist policies.

    She is most definitely not a "despicable human" and no matter who wins the primary, we will have a strong replacement for Ed Pastor in Congress.

    Just another faggity fag socialist fuckstick homosinner!

    by Ian S on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 09:01:30 AM PDT

    •  She's certainly not. Been in the lead fighting ... (0+ / 0-)

      She's certainly not. Been in the lead fighting Arpaio all these years while others, including Ruben, mostly talked. She was such a threat to Joe that he tried to ruin her. She is a principled and determined fighter and leader, and does the hard work to make things happen, for individuals and communities.

      •  Principled? (1+ / 0-)
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        The story here shows she's less than principled when trying to keep her job.

        Just because she fights Arpaio doesn't mean she's not an asshole. Asshole is as asshole does. And BTW, her lead in the fight against Arpaio hasn't worked.

        "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

        by DocGonzo on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 11:41:22 AM PDT

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        •  U Don't Know Diddley (0+ / 0-)

          She overplayed some genuine discrepancies in his arrest and other records over the years.  Her Advocacy HAS Worked---thanks to her, and her bringing EVERYBODY together, Joe is today constrained by a Federal Court Order and sits under the Watchful Eye of an Appointee of the Court.  She has a long and strong record of service and advocacy, something Ruben certainly cannot assert.

          In four years in the Legislature, he passed not one piece of legislation.  His knowledge of bills and the legislative process is appallingly thin.  There are good reasons why 90% of the Legislators across the District, mostly young Latinos, have endorsed Mary Rose.  She also enjoys near-unanimous support of the Black Clergy and Black Community, and has served for years as Co-Chair of the Black/Brown Coalition, critical to averting the old Divide and Conquer that has held South Phoenix down and back for years.  Ruben's Black support is virtually nonexistent.  I'm concerned that the 'research' that went into this endorsement is severely lacking.  Snap judgements don't serve us well.  Mary Rose has.

          •  Diddley (0+ / 0-)

            I don't know all the details of her fight against Arpaio.

            But can you explain her attack on Gallego's name that isn't "she's an asshole"?

            "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

            by DocGonzo on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 12:55:30 PM PDT

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            •  It's a Dumb Move (0+ / 0-)

              They found citations, mortgage and various other records that showed different names.  Logical question to ask.  Poorly handled.  On the other hand, this hardworking woman, vetted by Emily's List (apparently more extensively than kos) and supported by the vast majority of Community Leaders and Electeds in the district, including many young legislators who know Ruben only too well, has a genuine record of accomplishment.  She has been endorsed by Ed Pastor, virtually all of the area's Black Community Leadership, and many  others.....

              •  Wrong again (2+ / 0-)
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                Supported by a bunch of retired politicians from the 80s including Ed Pastor.

                Ruben:  supported by current elected officials and the vast majority of the endorsing unions ( thus far ) and by far the most important ones- the ones that knock doors

                Most important- supported by Team Awesome who really defeated Arpaio!

                •  Pitiful Spin!!! (0+ / 0-)

                  Ed Pastor is a highly-respected Congressman who brought much-needed Education, Transit, Light Rail and other funds to Phoenix' Communities and served as Head of the Latino Caucus.  As I said, 90% of Legislators and Community Leaders---you know, the people who actually KNOW Ruben---have chosen to endorse and stand with Mary Rose.  Team Awesome is great, but they were just part of a Grand Coalition convened and worked by Mary Rose, who stood on the front lines against Arpaio day after day.

              •  Asshole (0+ / 0-)

                No, she's an asshole by her obvious actions (and hypocrisy). And you are spinning that because you like her for other reasons. But that shouldn't have you deny she's an asshole for her stunt there.

                You're a partisan. Your support is noted.

                "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

                by DocGonzo on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 03:06:27 PM PDT

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              •  Apparently Not (3+ / 0-)
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                Mary Rose Wilcox has been endorsed (also) by every single anti-choice and or anti-equality currently serving in the legislator and are in the District. Literally.

                Further, just last week at a public debate Mary Rose reiterated her endorsement and support of Pastor Warren Stewart, who was arrested for harassing women at a protest outside of a women's health clinic.

            •  As her introduction to national press (1+ / 0-)
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              it's not auspicious.

              "People are more than the worst things that they do,"--Chris Hayes

              by chicating on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 04:03:01 PM PDT

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              •  Wilcox has been in the national press for years (2+ / 0-)
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                She got shot after providing the deciding vote for using regressive taxation (sales tax) to fund a baseball stadium to enrich a bunch of fatcats AFTER the public had passed a referendum prohibiting that.

                Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

                by benamery21 on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 08:14:46 PM PDT

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                •  Shading the facts.... (0+ / 0-)

                  She did get shot after supporting the Diamondbacks Stadium, which was likely to happen anyway.  She was able to leverage her position into guarantees of Set-Aside Contracts for Minority Businesses and Jobs for Ethnic Minorities, as well as the most Progressive Design Systems for Disabled Folks ever imagined at that time.  She was able to get a lot of good out of that vote, and got shot for her trouble....

                  •  Her leading donors for AZ-07 thru 3/31 (0+ / 0-)

                    are from JDM Partners.

                    Jerry Colangelo (among the fatcats I mentioned above) and his wife both maxed out to her at the end of the 1Q (3/28).

                    Jerry has also donated to: Jon Cornyn, Jim Inhofe, J.D. Hayworth, Bob Graham, Tim Scott, Dennis Hastert, Saxby Chambliss, Jeff Sessions, John Barrasso, Don Young, Phil Gramm, Josh Mandel, and a host of other fine national Republicans.  He spreads it around a little within AZ, while still heavily favoring the GOP, but he's not on my team, even if he's on hers.

                    Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

                    by benamery21 on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 08:21:56 PM PDT

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                    •  Just Love that Guilt by Association, Don't You??? (0+ / 0-)

                      Jerry Colangelo has supported Mary Rose for many years---that's no revelation.  They worked together on the Stadium and in fostering a number of community activities, including Midnight Basketball, which still thrives today.  Yeah, he's very conservative, but he has also been a helluva leader in this community and done a lot of great things.  More than you can say for your boy.

      •  Yup, she's walked the walk all these years... (1+ / 0-)
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        and has been a stalwart friend of the lgbt community here even when it wasn't a popular stance to take. I have not decided yet for whom I will vote but Wilcox is most certainly not the villain being portrayed here.

        Just another faggity fag socialist fuckstick homosinner!

        by Ian S on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 01:22:40 PM PDT

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        •  Her Consistent Support (0+ / 0-)

          over the years in the lgbt and Black Communities (her 5 Grandsons are 1/2 Black) has been strong and unflinching.  That is why she enjoys widespread and deep support among those who know her.  Ruben may be more brash, but his footprints are hard to find......

        •  Perpuater of ignorant and hateful leadership (0+ / 0-)

          Stalwart friend of the LGBT community???...

          As denoted by her by what... Her continuing unflinching support of Pastor Warren Stewart, who in a letter to the president of the United States in 2010 equated homosexuality to bestiality.

          The same pastor Warren Stewart (who she touted as endorsing just last week at a debate), that was arrested for harassing women at a protest outside a womens health clinic.

          •  *Perpetuater of ignorant and hateful leadership (0+ / 0-)

            Real talk.

          •  Congratulations! You've convinced me... (1+ / 0-)
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            NOT to vote for your candidate. Now you can report back to the Gallego campaign that they just lost the votes of me and my partner. Job well done!

            Just another faggity fag socialist fuckstick homosinner!

            by Ian S on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 10:25:21 PM PDT

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            •  Thanks, Ian (0+ / 0-)

              For seeing thru the BS here.   Btw, I was with Mary Rose in this year's Pride Parade and at the Festival, and the reception she got was incredible.  The People Know!!!  She was mobbed by people wanting to talk with her and take pictures.  Ruben?  Just part of a group float w/the County....

              •  Michael I thought that was you, cute (0+ / 0-)

                Since you were on the car with Mary Rose as you stated...

                Then Michael Weakley,- you would also know Ruben Gallego was on the Arizona Democratic Party’s LGBT Caucus Float at the 2014 Pride Parade….

                The people on it btw,- nearly every single Democratic Candidate on the Statewide ticket,- Fred Duval for AZ Govenor, Felicia Rottelini for AZ Attorney General, Terry Goddard for AZ Sec. of State, etc.

                The people do know .

                They do know that Ruben Gallego worked on the campaign against an Arizona ballot initiative in 2006 which led to Arizona to become one of the first states to successfully defeat anti-marriage ballot initiative .

                They do know Ruben Gallego had the courage to stick by his principled leadership and progressive values, and joined with HRC and Voices of Honor in 2009 to Overturn "Don't ask Don't tell."

                They do know Ruben Gallego co-sponsored Marriage Equality, the AZ State version of ENDA, and has a 100% rating from Equality Arizona.

                •  Weak and Thin (0+ / 0-)

                  Mary Rose had her own car in the parade, and no, I wasn't on it.  I was walking and talking to people in the crowd, who know, love, and respect Mary Rose by the thousands.  

                  Mary Rose's dedication to these causes goes back to the 1980's, when she lost her brother to AIDS.  She brought the Ryan White Foundation to Arizona and made sure necessary services got centralized under County Leadership.  As usual, she didn't just seek the requisite photo op---she did the hard work to make sure people got what they needed.   So pardon me if I'm not overly impressed by Ruben-come-lately.

                  Mary Rose genuinely believes in fair treatment and human rights for ALL people, and has for a long, long time, and has LIVED that belief.  Your bold letters don't make your paper-thin assertions any more impressive.  

                  So, no, I'm not Micheal (that's actually how he spells it), but I have a lot of respect for Micheal, and he has a lot of respect for Mary Rose.  That's why he agreed to accompany her in the Parade.  So nice try, but naw.  You're trying just a bit too hard.

      •  again, kidding me (0+ / 0-)

        she didn't do anything except sit there. She is 1 vote and was out-voted every time. The only reason they were afraid  was because they went after Stapley and the Republicans on the Council flipped out at him going after one of their own.

        she can't even speak Spanish!!!!

        So how exactly is she going to help people who she can barely communicate with?

        Was she helping the protesters outside the ICE facility? - NOPE

        Was she helping the protesters outside of the Wells Fargo Bldg?  --NOPE

        Was she helping the hunger strikers?--NOPE

        Was she helping these poor kids getting dropped off at the Greyhound station?  --NOPE

        NOPE, NOPE, NOPE

        The sooner the ding bat is gone, the better.

        •  Ever Heard Ruben Speak Spanish???!!! (0+ / 0-)

          It is horrendous---on a podium w/the last guy to oppose Arpaio, I was asked to translate for him over Ruben.  Mary Rose's Spanish is passable, and her heart is right.  She has overwhelming support in the Yaqui town of Guadalupe, where she stood with them against Arpaio and supported Community Projects.  Likewise the other end of the District in Tolleson, where Mayor Gamez is a strong supporter.  She has done the hard work to craft critical infrastructure projects across the entire district, and people know it.

          Ruben????  Not so much!!!  I'm not aware of a single tangible project he can point to.  All hat and no cattle!!!

    •  Wilcox backs Anti-Equality candidates consistently (0+ / 0-)

      Strong advocate of LGBT rights.... Really?

      Just last week she bragged about her endorsement of Pastor Warren Stewart, who in a letter to the president of the United States in 2010 equated homosexuality to bestiality.

      •  She Has Actually Brought Him Around (0+ / 0-)

        He has 'evolved' and come out in favor of Phoenix' strong Anti-Discrimination Ordnance after his previous odious statements---and he has been a champion for Civil Rights, here and in South Africa for many years.  He and Mary Rose co-chaired the critical Black-Brown Coalition, which has preserved Unity and fought against the Divide and Conquer Strategy that has bedeviled Phoenix for years.  where has Ruben been on that???  NOWHERE!!!!  Ruben has virtually ZERO Black Support, for good reason.

  •  Mary Rose is always being investigated and stuff.. (1+ / 0-)
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    Gallego is totally the better choice(although this is weak, even for her)

    "People are more than the worst things that they do,"--Chris Hayes

    by chicating on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 12:36:11 PM PDT

    •  Investigated by ARPAIO!!! (0+ / 0-)

      Which was repudiated by a lawsuit she and her husband won, retrieving their legal fees and money for the house they lost fighting this tyrant.  Ruben pops off---she does the work.

      •  Not just that... (0+ / 0-)

        I know there have been lots of others...

        "People are more than the worst things that they do,"--Chris Hayes

        by chicating on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 12:53:10 PM PDT

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        •  Please! (0+ / 0-)

          Talk about vague---this whole thread is pretty much fact-free.  Is she perfect?  No, but Ruben has virtually no record of accomplishment and is actually disliked by most of his peers.  The 'research' on this one is very sadly lacking.  The fact that he once wore a uniform doesn't give him a pass on his lack of work.

          •  AZ House Asst. Minority (0+ / 0-)

            Disliked by most of his peers is what you claim...  

            Conversely however, the facts would dictate otherwise...

            Since after all, Ruben was voted into leadership by the majority of the peers he served alongside,- and Ruben was the House Asst. Minority leader after all.

            •  I Stand by my Statement (0+ / 0-)

              It is Mary Rose who has been endorsed by the vast majority of Legislators and other Community Leaders (i.e., the people who know Ruben).  Again, ZERO Bills passed in four years---pretty pathetic record!!!

      •  So write your own diary. Even a series. (0+ / 0-)

        Back it up with newspaper quotes and research.

        Convince people.

        -7.75 -4.67

        "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

        There are no Christians in foxholes.

        by Odysseus on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 01:53:04 PM PDT

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        •  Thanks, Odysseus!!! (1+ / 0-)
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          I think I will.  I have known Mary Rose since the 1970's, and know whereof I speak.  She is a good woman who has helped thousands, doesn't always seek glory, but does the work.  Ruben has press conferences and runs campaigns, but that's about it.  District 7 deserves better, and Mary Rose, as a Strong Latina, will deliver!!!

          •  Maybe I'm biased, (0+ / 0-)

            and I'll read your diaries, but I can't believe you can say she does things without wanting attention for them. She's not alone in politics for that, of course, but she hasn't exactly been sitting in the shadows waiting for her closeup.
             I underestimated Joe Biden, too, though.
            Make your case.

            "People are more than the worst things that they do,"--Chris Hayes

            by chicating on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 04:11:09 PM PDT

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            •  And if you are friends, (0+ / 0-)

              that has to be way different.  I can't imagine having a friend going for higher office.  I would always think that people had it out for my girl/guy.

              "People are more than the worst things that they do,"--Chris Hayes

              by chicating on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 04:16:33 PM PDT

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      •  Hardly (1+ / 0-)
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        the recall election is how Arpaio was finally scared off , Oh and that little Federal Civil Rights settlement brought on by no Arizonans, but the DOJ

  •  As a resident of AZ-07 (2+ / 0-)
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    I'm disgusted by comments from BOTH sides of this. I now have a negative view of both. THANKS. Let's not forget that we are ALL DEMOCRATS. The enemy is elsewhere. I voted for Katie. I signed Ruben's petition to get him on the ballot, and I have been satisfied with the performance of Mary Rose Wilcox. I'm satisfied that either will be a better choice than anybody with an R behind their name.

    Convince me candidates.

    •  PS (0+ / 0-)

      Just for clarification, I USED to live in UT. I'm living in Phoenix now and have lived here for 6 years but do not wish to change my screenname. Apparently there is magical power in having been on DK longer.LOL.

  •  Amen. (0+ / 0-)

    I endorsed Gallego here on 4/4.  I'm 3rd gen Arizonan and have never cared for Wilcox.  In the city Council race Kate Gallego recently won over the hyper-conservative black pastor who Wilcox touted, Wilcox rather nastily raised the issue of Kate adopting her husband's surname with the implication it was done to feign Hispanic origin.

    One additional reason to support Ruben, aside from the fact that Mary Rose is toxic, is that AZ-07 turnout (very low historically) is critical to Democratic success in statewide and countywide races, and Gallego is a good bet to do more to improve turnout than Wilcox ever has.

    Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

    by benamery21 on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 07:49:52 PM PDT

    •  Real Leader who does Real Work!!! (0+ / 0-)

      That's Mary Rose, and she is heavily committed to registering more voters.  Toxic?  hardly!!!  Mary Rose is a Dedicated Leader who will actually get things done.

      •  Your perspective as cheerleader for Mary Rose (0+ / 0-)

        is duly noted.  I strongly disagree.

         Note: I see you are new here.  If you are formally affiliated with her campaign, please disclose that.

        Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

        by benamery21 on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 09:35:47 AM PDT

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        •  Your Ruben Pom-Poms Are Duly Noted (0+ / 0-)

          I have known Mary Rose for a long time.  I have no formal role with the campaign, but support her because of her hard work, dedication, guts, and leadership.  I have, in fact, disagreed with Mary Rose on occasion over the years.  Her overall record in fiercely pushing for Black/Brown Unity (thus the association with Rev. Stewart, for which she is tarred and excoriated), supporting LGBT rights (her contribution to AIDS Treatment in Maricopa County is remarkable) going back to the 80's, her staunch opposition to Arpaio and those like him, and serving as the convenor to bring together all community leaders in opposing him, pushing the Federal lawsuits, etc., and her tireless service to thousands of individuals and groups from Guadalupe to Tolleson are proof of her dedication.  

          Mary Rose doesn't always seek glory, but she always does the work.  Just ask folks in Guadalupe who was there for them when Joe Arpaio invaded their town of 6000 with dozens of officers and a damn tank---oh, wait---you don't have to ask.  Just check the hundreds of petition signatures and dozens of people out walking the streets there for Mary Rose.  Others might beat their chest, but Mary Rose is the one you want there with you for the long haul.

          And, oh---she will be Arizona's First Latina in Congress, and the kind of hardworking role model you would want your sisters, daughters and nieces to emulate.

          •  I've disliked Mary Rose a lot longer (0+ / 0-)

            than I've known Ruben's name.  I am not of the same generation, but I do know several folks who've known her since elementary school, and are not as inclined to sing her praises as you seem to be.

            She is not the persona I would choose to represent the Democratic party's future in AZ.  

            Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

            by benamery21 on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 07:18:40 PM PDT

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            •  Fortunately for the Seventh District, Ben (0+ / 0-)

              You and your small circle of friends are not the only ones doing the choosing.  Thousands of people know Mary Rose personally, like, appreciate and respect her, and know what she has done.  I look forward to their verdict.

        •  Oh, and ben.....Not Really New Here (0+ / 0-)

          Posted here for many years under the screename Serrano, on a variety of topics, notably the horrendous Daycare Fire in Hermosillo.  I like my chiles....just couldn't seem to get back in easily under the old one, so went with one of my new favorites.   Cheers!

          •  Thanks for the info (1+ / 0-)
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            You might want to include that in your profile.

            On chiles, at least, we can agree.

            Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

            by benamery21 on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 07:53:27 PM PDT

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  •  Dolores Huerta endorses Gallego, nt (0+ / 0-)

    Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

    by benamery21 on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 08:52:51 PM PDT

    •  Emily's List, Women in Politics (0+ / 0-)

      all support Mary Rose---at a Women's Fundraiser for Mary Rose, it was a Packed House!!!

    •  Luis Gutierrez Endorses Mary Rose!!! (0+ / 0-)

      Powerful Statement of Endorsement from Congress' foremost fighter for Immigration Reform.  Come January, Mary Rose will be at his side, fresh from the Arpaio Wars.  He also praised her strong stands on Gun Safety---for YEARS!  Check Ruben on that one....

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