Things did not go as I’d hoped this evening. It’s time to acknowledge the obvious.
Congratulations to Ron Barber, my new Congressman-to-be. I can attest, from personal experience, that Ron Barber is an earnest public servant.
In 2007, I was the southern Arizona coordinator for “Vets For Freedom,” an ad-hoc coalition of veterans and others who resisted calls to “cut and run” (those are my words) from Iraq.
We all know that Congresswoman Giffords opposed President Bush on the Iraq War. Nevertheless, she and her staff listened politely and fully to our views. Ron Barber, as her district office chair, was very easy to work with and very friendly. Even though we failed to change Congresswoman Giffords’ mind, Arizona Vets For Freedom was grateful for the courteousness and professionalism she, and Ron Barber, showed us.
Based on that experience, I feel confident that Ron Barber will serve CD8 faithfully and earnestly.
Having said that, I fully expect to try and unseat Ron Barber this coming November. I remain convinced that the Democratic Party has the wrong vision for America’s future.
No man is an island, especially in the House of Representatives. A Congressman makes up a very small piece of the House, and an only-slightly-bigger piece of his party’s contingent. I don’t see how any one Democrat can redirect the trainwreck that is the Nancy Pelosi-led House Democratic contingent. If southeastern Arizona really wants to be heard in Washington, we need a Republican voice up there to speak for us.
I also tip my hat to Baja Democrats for a well-fought campaign. You threw plenty of sharp elbows, but no real low blows. You are an able competitor, and your side has won the field today.
For now, Fort Buckley’s garrison will go on summer vacation. There are zeppolis to eat, sandcastles to build, fresh corn to grill and much beer and wine to drink. Labor Day, and the homestretch of the political season, will come soon enough.
Until then, slainte’