Let me admit that I’m really enjoying what is going on in CD9, for reasons I will explain after this short summary by the Arizona Capitol Times:
A once-in-a-generation opportunity for Democrats to grab a congressional seat in the heart of the Valley is quickly becoming one of the nastiest races of the 2012 cycle.
The three-way Democratic primary in the 9th Congressional District between Andrei Cherny, David Schapira and Kyrsten Sinema has been defined lately by a spate of vicious attacks. Even some veteran Democratic operatives are taken aback by the ferocity of the race.
Paul Ulan, of the firm Primary Consultants, said the three candidates should avoid bloodying each other to the point that it will hurt them in the general election.
“You knew that there were going to be fireworks. I’m a little surprised it’s gotten this ugly, this fast. It’s gotten personal,” Ulan said. “It’s May. … If you’re seeing this now, it’s only going to get worse.”
One of the reasons I am enjoying it is not for what it is, but for what it is not.
Arizona is the new South of the 1960s where racism thrives, and one only needs to look in the Democratic party to see it.
The year 2010 was the perfect harbinger of what was to come. Janet Napolitano was taken out of Arizona, leaving Governor Brewja and Russell Pearce to run amok.
About as progressive a candidate as you can get, someone with history working with labor activism and civil rights activism, Randy Parraz, was running for US Senate against someone who embodied the exact opposite but who had a D in front of his name and lots of migrant-exploitation cash, Rodney Glassman.
Not even the Progressive Democrats of America or Raul Grijalva would endorse the right person, being blinded by their favorite type of green activism; green as in cash.
The Dems ended up losing big time as the sounds of Glassman thrusting his hips to his music video “Sweet Home Arizona”, released right before Election Day faded into the desert night as the dark winter of Arizona’s last year before the centennial began.
A few months later Russell Pearce would be the Senate President with a veto-proof majority…
And a few months later Randy Parraz would organize the Recall of Russell Pearce, and it would be successful because of the help of the Progressive Democrats of America and Latino community, and hopefully the Arizona Dems would have learned their lesson.
The historic year of 2012 brings with it…
Randy vs. Rodney – Part 2
Arizona only has 2 Democratic Congresspersons right now.
Raul Grijalva and Ed Pastor are safely in their minority-majority districts.
But there is another district that holds the opportunity for another minority voice to represent the people living in that district, and that is CD1 which covers northern and eastern Arizona, containing the largest Native American population (from the Navajo, Hopis and Apaches) to also containing a large Hispanic population.
CD1 is over 40% minority and it is 4-3 Democratic vs Republican.
What a perfect time for the Democratic Party to get a Navajo elected to Congress! What a perfect time to increase the minority representation in a state whose population is definitely browning, and not just because of the sun.
But this is Randy vs Rodney Part 2, so we know what will take place.
- The less progressive and whiter of the two candidates will raise more money. Check.
- Democrats who are attracted to those “green” credentials are lured. Check.
- Then Democrats become an obstacle to any other Democrats who are also running in the Democratic Primary. Check.
Why do we not let people and elections determine who will win anymore?
You talk to people and they say they support the progressive and Harvard educated born-and-raised in CD1 Navajo attorney Wenona Benally Baldenegro, but…
… more conservative and enemy-of-the-environment and friend-of-foreign-mining-corporations Ann Kirkpatrick has more money.
Well no shit Sherlock!
You mean the more corporate of the two will have more money? Isn’t this part of the problem? One of the biggest issues in CD1 is that of the Resolution Copper Mine; Native Americans, progressives, and environmentalists are STRONGLY OPPOSED.
Republicans and TEA Party are strongly in favor.
Guess which side Ann Kirkpatrick is on? Hint, the Native American Tribes HATE her for what she has done to them. So do groups like the Sierra Club (perhaps hate is too big a word, but she is no friend to the environmentalists).
Then you end up with this negative feedback loop. When you get more money you end up getting more money.
People have forgotten that elections are about the people that vote, and many of the people in CD1 are very poor. Tribal members cannot make out huge checks to the candidate they support…
But they can vote!
At least in this version of Randy vs Rodney Part 2, the PDA and Grijalva have come around to the right side despite the money inequality.
But the Arizona Dems still have not, nor has the DCCC.
The executive director of the Arizona Dems, Luis Heredia, is actually working against Democrats who are in the Democratic Primary. He was called out last week in a scathing article by Rudy Acuña who documented how the Dems work against civil rights during election years.
Luis Heredia has also been caught in some lies since then as he has tried to push out the only Navajo running for Congress.
And here you have the Arizona Democrats 2012. Putting all their energy against the Navajo who is running in the Navajo’s district so that the richer white Blue Dog can win.
It makes no sense strategically, since having a minority run in CD1 will ensure all the Native Americans come out to vote for her, thus helping Carmona and Obama win Arizona…
… so one wonders if this is all based on racism.
While Latinos are treated badly in Arizona, Native Americans… los indios… have always been treated even worse, and many times by Latinos themselves.
Luis Heredia is proof of this.
So this is why I am enjoying the CD9 fiasco. Three popular Democrats are tearing each other apart, and guess what these white candidates are using against each other.
Gotta love it.
Right now the candidate that is faker than her hair color, Kyrsten Sinema, is reaching all the way back to 2002 and a different state to attack Cherny.
The ironic thing is that one need only reach back to Arizona last year to find Sinema’s own press release that proudly proclaimed that her new bill, SB1225, would be “tough on immigration.”
Then she had 4 Latinos arrested at her press conference.
My favorite is how Sinema has treated the Navajo woman running for Congress, who has had long conversations with her. Not only does Sinema play dumb when asked why she is not supporting Wenona, saying she didn’t know the progressive was running against the Blue Dog, but she actually had the audacity to dehumanize her.
She has never even met her! But they have met, and they have talked… and ironically it was at Emerge, which was set up to train women to run for office!
Then again, Sinema also said on TV that she loves Russell Pearce, would not help the recall, and then had no problem taking credit for the recall on the Keith Olbermann show.
In the meantime, I will enjoy watching the CD9 race. Three white candidates and the main argument right now is who is racist…
For what it is worth, Sheriff Arpaio, Ron Gould, and Frank Antenori all applauded publicly and in the media Kyrsten Sinema’s anti-immigrant bill SB1225 which was passed just last year.
And now the privileged white woman who denies the existence of a Native American woman who she helped train is the one crying “racism.”
Welcome to Arizona 2012.