Border Sheriff Drops Endorsement of John McCain over SB 1070
Support to Democratic Candidate Randy Parraz Causes McCain to Pull Campaign Ad
PHOENIX, AZ—In a move that surprised Senator John McCain, Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada, whose jurisdiction includes one of the most active segments along the Arizona-Mexico border, dropped his support for the long-time Senator and endorsed Democratic candidate Randy Parraz. Sheriff Estrada cited McCain’s support of Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 law and his lack of compassion for the unemployed as his reasons for the change.
“SB 1070 does nothing for border security. It simply casts suspicion on people based upon how they dress and how they speak,” commented Sheriff Estrada. “John McCain is using SB 1070 to divide our community and bolster his campaign for re-election,” he said. Estrada, like Parraz, is an opponent of SB 1070.
The Sheriff and law enforcement veteran told the press on June 11 he endorsed Parraz because of his commitment to positive change, his history and experience in working in the community, and having a deep understanding of the complexity of the challenges facing Arizona.
This week Senator McCain began running campaign advertisements that listed Sheriff Estrada as one of his endorsements. A spokesperson for McCain indicated the ads would be taken off the air after being informed that Estrada had endorsed Parraz.
Arizona’s SB 1070 changed political tides in recent months and “has negatively affected Arizona’s economy and reputation,” Estrada added. “Yet McCain still demonstrates apathy to the economic situation in our state and those who have lost their jobs, but has no shame asking them for their vote,” he said. Parraz agrees with Sheriff Estrada and supports extended unemployment benefits.
The son of a deputy sheriff in Sacramento County, Parraz also supports the federal government’s recent lawsuit to stop the enforcement of SB 1070. Parraz said the new law “Is an unnecessary distraction that does nothing to secure the border or fix the immigration system.” Parraz is the only candidate for U.S. Senate who helped organize efforts to stop SB 1070 in its premature state at the Arizona Legislature. Parraz was fueled to run for McCain’s seat after leading talks in opposition of SB 1070 with Governor Jan Brewer’s Office, and after its signing in April.
“We must find real solutions by way of immigration reform and economic stability,” stated Parraz who has a law degree from U.C. Berkeley and a Masters degree from Harvard University. “And I believe I have the leadership to make that happen,” he added.
The last day to register to vote for the primary is July 26. The primary election is Aug. 24. For more information, please visit parrazforchange.com .