The Arizona Republic fka The Arizona Republican has long existed to support Republican candidates. But The Republic appears to be having a tough time supporting Arizona’s incumbent Republican congressional delegation.
Back in February, the Arizona Republic editorialized, Our View: Rep. Paul Gosar is a disgrace to Arizona. Somebody please unseat him. The editors were encouraging a primary challenge that didn’t happen. But Gosar does have a credible general election opponent, Dr. David Brill.
And who can forget that Rep. Paul Gosar’s siblings endorse his opponent … on video.Rep. Paul Gosar’s siblings have criticized him before. This time they’ve decided that they could no longer stand by their brother – at all – and have endorsed his opponent, Democrat David Brill. Even providing him with a video to be used as a campaign commercial. “Listen to them.”
The Republic similarly editorialized against the equally awful David Schweikert. 5 reasons a Democrat could win David Schweikert’s seat, even in a Republican stronghold:
Some of us on The Arizona Republic editorial board have been interviewing candidates for endorsement for 20 years or more. And the Democrats running in this race make up one of the strongest panels we’ve seen. All three are accomplished people with energy and magnetism.
If the Democratic Party has suffered from a weak bench in recent decades, those days may be over. We believe we are looking at the future of the party in these three candidates, and that they could be important leaders one day in Arizona.
Anita Malik: The daughter of east Indian immigrants, she knows the district well. She grew up attending Scottsdale public schools. A graduate in computer information systems and finance at Arizona State University with a masters in journalism from the University of Southern California, Malik was the chief operating officer of a content technology company, a job she left to run for Congress.
Her primary focus would be the development of emerging industries in the economy. “Every issue is a jobs issue,” Malik said, and that means she will be looking at all legislation under the lens of job creation. She would promote economic innovation and simplify the tax code.
Her health-care agenda is progressive, calling for universal coverage through Medicare for All. She would allow insurance providers to sell across state lines and would consolidate aspects of Medicare, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
On the immigration front, she would put DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients on a path to citizenship.