AZ Freshman Reps Sweep Gold, Silver and Bronze

Posted by Bob Lord

Looks like in the Olympics of selling out your base, our three freshman Congressional reps can claim a clean sweep.

This from Down With Tyranny:

In 2012 the DCCC put virtually all their recruitment energy and, later, their money behind Blue Dogs and New Dems. The freshman class is significantly further right than the caucus as a whole. In fact most of the freshmen– 27 of them– have ProgressivePunch crucial vote scores even lower than the conservative Israel's 72.22: Denny Heck (NV- 66.67), Beto O'Rourke (TX-66.67), Dina Titus (NV- 66.67), Filemon Vela (TX- 66.67), Elizabeth Esty (CT- 64.71), Tulsi Gabbard (HI- 64.71), John Delaney (MD- 61.11), Suzan DelBene (WA- 55.56), Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-55.56), Julia Brownley (CA- 50.0), Pete Gallego (TX- 50.0), Joe Garcia (FL- 50.0), Gloria Negrete McLeod (CA- 47.06), Ami Bera (CA- 44.44), Bill Enyart (IL-44.44), Patrick Murphy (FL- 44.44), Brad Schneider (IL- 44.44), Cheri Bustos (IL- 38.89), Bill Foster (IL- 38.89), Annie Kuster (NH- 38.89), Dan Maffei (NY- 38.89), Sean Patrick Maloney (NY- 38.89), Scott Peters (CA- 38.89), Raul Ruiz (CA- 38.89), Kyrsten Sinema (AZ- 38.89), Ron Barber (AZ- 33.33), and, worst of any Democratic freshman, Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ- 23.53).

Well, at least we have Grijalva. Oh, and if you're a glass is 23.53% full kind of person, all is well in sandland.

0 responses to “AZ Freshman Reps Sweep Gold, Silver and Bronze

  1. “Well, perhaps someone should ask this relevent question: how many of the Congressional Democratic caucus come from safe congressional districts? ….. Talk is very cheap, but I know what is very hard: an Arizona Democrat winning a Congressional race in a District which doesn’t have a large Democratic majority.”

    Interesting logic. How do you apply it in Red districts represented by Rs? Should we be satisfied with an R who represents a bright red district because it wouldn’t be “safe” for that R to cast progressive votes? And where do we draw the line for D’s? If a D is 1% better than an R would have been, should we be satisfied? At what point is it acceptable for “some blogger” to spout off? Or is the blogger never, ever supposed to “spout off” because it’s too easy for him to spout off in comparison to how difficult it is to win a race in a swing district?

    Back in 1994, a very tough cycle if you recall, there was a difficult vote a few weeks before the election. Karan English was told by all her advisors, and by leadership, that if she voted her principles it likely would cost her the election. She voted her principles anyhow, knowing it would cost her the seat.

    There’s a book out there about this subject. I think it’s called Profiles in Courage.

  2. So some blogger doesn’t think 3 of our Arizona Democratic Congresswomen/man are liberal enough because they are significantly to the right of the Democratic caucus as a whole? Well, perhaps someone should ask this relevent question: how many of the Congressional Democratic caucus come from safe congressional districts?

    Personally I’d take those 3 Arizona Democratic Congresswomen/man any day over an Arizona GOP Congressman/woman. I know Ron Barber & appreciate the great constituent work his office does for people applying for Social Security disability. I know Ann Kirkpatrick & appreciate her hard work & intelligence. I don’t know Kyrsten very well, but she seems very sharp. They are much better than any candidate the GOP would nominate for Congress in this state.

    Talk is very cheap, but I know what is very hard: an Arizona Democrat winning a Congressional race in a District which doesn’t have a large Democratic majority. Winning such a race is really hard, much harder than spouting off on some blog. (Irony intended).

  3. You know, upon closer inspection, Sinema didn’t actually win the bronze, she just tied for it, with 7 other freshmen. So she’s really only worse than 17 of the 27 freshmen, which is barely more than 50%. So she’s pretty much in the middle of the pack. And I’ve always been a glass is 38.89% full kind of guy. And I’ll bet those 38.89% were more important than the other 61.11% anyhow.

  4. Who did you endorse in AZ09 primary, Bob?

  5. Apart from Wenona Benally Baldenegro (and even then) I don’t think the Democrats had any more progressive candidate that was likely to win the general election. Would David Schapira have scored better than Sinema? I sure don’t know based on what the Democratic CD-9 candidates were willing to say in public. Sinema’s public statements were plenty too progressive from my viewpoint. The Green Party managed to field one candidate for CD-6, Mark Salazar who snagged 1.92% of the vote in the general election. It takes plenty of work and a sympathetic voter base for Grijalva to stay in office. Here’s to hoping Grijalva avoids endorsing any more boycotts prior to retirement. I look forward to seeing how all our federal legislators score on this report card come election day 2014. What votable issues will be included and excluded.. only time will tell.

    http://mises.org/media/4501/The-Progressive-Era