State Representative Bradley’s Eloquent Opposition to English Only


Ward Wallingford, the Chairman of AZ’s LD 28 Democratic Party wrote to district PCs the following about Rep. Bradley. It struck me as important and I wanted to pass it on to you

"The issue of
immigration and English-only is being forced to the forefront by the draconian
legislation at the state and national level, and the reaction by the immigrant
community in LA, Phoenix, Chicago, Tucson and elsewhere."

"I know that this is a complicated issue. I also know that as a nation we look
back in pride at the choices to expand rights by ending slavery, allowing women
the vote, establishing labor rights and passing the voting rights act. We define ourselves as a nation of
immigrants and opportunity. In
contrast we look back in shame at the choices driven by fear: segregation, the
internment of Japanese-Americans, the McCarthy "Red" trials, and many


"I am proud that our State Representative, Dave Bradley, has come down on
the side of hope rather than fear. Some quotes from his speech in opposition to HB 2036, an English-only


"…..those of you who think such legislation
is necessary must at some level be aware that you may be lighting yet another
candle of intolerance, that distorted and less well intentioned minds will use
as a catalyst for a conflagration that may grow beyond your imagination and


This dim light when coupled with the language that we are
being invaded by brown hoards of people from the south, immigrants who
supposedly fan the flames of crime and who, it is asserted, are destroying our
social fabric, our health care system, our schools and our businesses ignite the
fires of fear and bigotry in those troubled people in the


This legislation does nothing to bring resolution to the
complex problems of immigration. Its acknowledgement of our State’s rich diversity will not be emphasized
by people who will distort its intent.


……But regardless of their skin color or their language,
they will love this country as much if not more than we do, for they will have
paid a high price to participate in the dream that is our


Let it be said of this legislature that we did not let
ourselves be seduced into protecting a language that needs no protecting and
that we refused however subtly to light one candle to


Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I vote

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  1. Wow, I was on a rampage back then…LOL…I just found this when I Googled my name. Pretty funny! I believe Dave is still holding a seat in Tucson, not surprising really when you consider the intellect of that small-town mentality in general. Maybe Dave is a good fit for that town after all. I find it ironic though that a guy that claims to care so much about education got his MBA from the University of Phoenix. LOL – it is a diploma mill. If you care so much about education, go to a real University and get a real degree. Wouldn’t that send a better message to the children you claim to be a role model for?

  2. Well, I was a manager at one of his group homes for nearly a year and the total number of staff during that time was about 100 employees. Not all worked at the same group home that I managed, but there were about 100 total employees in the organization. Anyway, of the 100 do you think you can guess how many were Latin males? ………….. Try 1 !! Only me! And guess how many black males there were ….. that’s right – 1 !! Hmmm, that sure is coincidental! In a city that is approximately 40% Latino how can you have 1 Latin staff member?! And then have the cojones to suggest that you are a person (politician in this case!) that cares about diversity? If you can present a good argument for that, I would love to hear it! In fact, I addressed this very issue with Mr. Bradley when I was the manager of one of his group homes. What was Dave’s response? Indifference, at best!

    I recall another occassion, when Dave had a Latino/Chicano guest speaker come to talk to some of the youths. Dave stated that this guy was a good role model for young Hispanics. Was this guest speaker a successful local Hispanic businessman? No. Was he college educated, professional? No. Was he a successful athlete? No. He was a former gang banger that by his appearance one had to wonder if he was indeed STILL a gangbanger!! This guest speaker couldn’t string 5 English words together coherently! So, why did Dave Bradley chose this guy?! Maybe, because this is Dave’s image of what Latino youth are. Nice stereotyping Mr. Bradley!

    But I guess the joke is on ya’ll in Tucson, because you voted for him and re-elected him! Congrats! haha…

  3. How do you know that Dave Bradley “holds VERY stereotyped views of Latinos and other groups.” Sounds like your best bent because he was your boss or you had a bad working experience with him. Boo-hoo! I think Dave has been very liberal in his voting and he seems to have the Latino vote! I don’t know him personally, but he seems like a good guy.

  4. Dave Bradley is a jackass. I knew this guy when I lived in Tucson. What he says and how he feels are completely 2 different things! He spouts off about tolerance, yet this is a person that holds VERY stereotyped views of Latinos and other groups.

    On the issue, I tend to agree that America should be a nation that speaks more than one language – look at what it is doing for western Europe. Many Europeans can speak more than one language, and it has brought that region closer together and their economic power is surpassing Americas.

    But, the main point is Dave is a jackass! haha…lend no credibility to what he says, he is just trying to get votes – he doesn’t believe what he is saying.