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Ruth McClung: Brought to you by the Republican Party Machine

Ruth McClung delivered an outstanding performance this evening at the CD7 debate with Congressman Raul Grijalva, Libertarian George Keane, and Independent Harley Meyer.

She didn’t offer any specific ideas– just plucky prepared platitudes– a la Sarah Palin at the 2008 Republican Convention.

Blah, blah, blah, BOYCOTT!

Blah, blah, blah, I’M A ROCKET SCIENTIST! (Actually, she builds bombs at Raytheon.)

Blan, blah, blah, TAX CUTS FOR EVERYONE!

McClung is a Palin wannabe– a pretty young woman (age 28) who can deliver the party line with fiery styling. It was completely obvious that McClung was reciting prepared speeches– after all, the hosts of the debate (Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Public Media, ASUA, and Pima Community College Desert Vista Campus) distributed the questions in advance.

Several times during the evening, she forgot her script and stumbled around for words– not as badly as Jan Brewer– but it was still obvious. Regardless, the rowdy Tea Party section of the standing-room-only audience ate it up.

Although McClung panders to the Tea Party with her “let’s sit around the kitchen table and figure out the family budget” hogwash, she is a puppet of the Republican Party Machine and financially backed by them. Here is an except from the Republican Majority Campaign website. [Emphasis added.]

the Republican Majority Campaign PAC fully endorses, stands behind, will fund-raise and campaign for Ruth with the fullest and utmost vigor we possess.

El temblando racista de (the quiverying racist of) Tucson, Sr. Grijalva, must be defeated at all costs. He is the first to call the race card at every turn. He is the racist, not we conservatives. He believes in, sponsors and promotes “La Raza” (the Mexican race) while we conservatives value all races equally. We have heard his silly racist name calling for decades now and it is time the electorate of the 7th Congressional District of Arizona tells him to shut up, go to Mexico City and cash in his race card where it may bring him five centavos.

We urge you to work hard, get in the trenches and fight and bring home victory of the glory of the United States, Arizona and Ruth McClung.

Meet Raúl Grijalva: Mexico’s “unofficial” Congressman from Arizona’s 7th district Grijalva is Mexico’s “unofficial” Member of Congress! This is the man who stabbed his constituents in the back by organizing an economic boycott of his own state, because he disagrees with the tough new anti-illegal alien measure signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer.

If you want to know what McClung stands for check out her answers to Center for Arizona Policy questionnaire from the Tucson Weekly.

S means support, O means opposed, and * is a comment on original survey. The only comment McClung made was regarding internet gambling and that she needs more information before making a decision.

S 1. Replacing the current federal tax code with a flat tax or national sales tax.
S 2. Enforcing federal laws vigorously against obscene hardcore pornography.
O 3. Legalizing voluntary euthanasia.
S 4. Allowing parents to use tax credits, vouchers, or educational savings accounts to enable children to attend any public, private, or home school.
S 5. Amending the United States Constitution to define marriage as between only one man and one woman.
O 6. Setting a government cap on carbon emissions, requiring companies to buy emissions credits, and allowing them to trade any leftover credits (called “cap and trade”).
* 7. Prohibiting internet gambling.
S 8. Protecting healthcare workers from being required to perform procedures that violate their moral or religious beliefs.
O 9. Federal judges relying on laws of other countries when interpreting the laws of the United States.
O 10. Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in discrimination law.
O 11. Requiring employers to recognize a union without a secret ballot election by their employees (called “card check”).
S 12. Prohibiting abortion except when it is necessary to prevent the death of the mother.
S 13. Passing state laws that authorize local law enforcement officials to enforce federal immigration laws.
O 14. Repealing the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which states that marriage is the union of one man and one woman and declares states do not have to recognize same-sex marriage from other states.
O 15. Using human embryonic stem cells for research purposes.

As Grijalva noted at the end of the debate, this sure looks like the party line to me. Do we want to send another member of the Party of NO to Congress?

  • No Social Security.
  • No minimum wage.
  • No healthcare safety net.
  • No public education.
  • No brown people.
  • No middle class.
  • No ideas.

38 comments on “Ruth McClung: Brought to you by the Republican Party Machine

  1. fraser007
    October 13, 2010

    And…..the Toad doesnt have any Democratic Party “machine” support? What planet are you from.

  2. tiponeill
    October 13, 2010

    No rights for gay people
    No abortions for rape victims
    Or, to simplify – a Republican.

  3. Jim Hannley
    October 13, 2010

    Fraser, “the toad”? Dude, that is simply mean-spirited. You are mocking him for his appearance.  I’ll bet a creative mind wouldn’t need much time to create a mockery of some aspect of your appearance as well. This is even lower than the objectively racist sputum reproduced above. Pam did a remarkable job of illustrating an ill-prepared, ill-qualified wanna be in Ruth McClung. Is Raytheon her first job out of college? Millions of dollars of campaign contributions have come from those “cash clouds” created recently by the US Supreme Court. Why? Because it would be preferable to have a young, willing woman sitting in the seat of a tireless advocate for the working class. He is also a tireless protector of our wilderness. He does not cow-tow to the banks and the well-heeled.

    • Jim's Shipmate
      October 14, 2010

      Unemployment near %10, National Debt at $14 trillion.  The US borrows money from China to create zero jobs.

      Look at Raul’s achievements:  Arizona is 50th in education, put the new baseball park on Ajo, Rio Neuvo and how abou that boycot.

      Grijalva is tireless because he has never worked a day in his life. 

  4. fraser007
    October 13, 2010

    So, thats the first time you have heard him called that?

  5. James Kelley
    October 14, 2010

    No Social Security.
    No minimum wage.
    No healthcare safety net.
    No public education.
    No brown people.
    No middle class.
    No ideas
    Interesting how you get allof the above from her answers on the questionaire. It’s called a forced consclusion. You are using data fom one subject matter to prove your conslusions of other subject matters. Bad form Pamela. But I appreciate you printing her answers. They are a reflection of the values ofthe people of CD-7. They may not be a reflection of your values, but the progressive socialist values are a reflection of very few people in District 7, Regards ,The Cholla

    • leftfield
      October 14, 2010

      It’s only in the fevered imaginations of the conspiracy-oriented John Birchers that liberalism and socialism are conflated.   

      • fraser007
        October 14, 2010

        Is that your new word of the week? John Birchers. Tired of the old ones?

    • Pamela
      October 14, 2010

      @Kelly, no, actually. This is their party platform. Check out the Republican Party’s Pledge to America. Her answers to those questions are in lock step with the Republican Party. As Jim commented above. Ever since Ronald Reagan, they have preferred good-looking folks who can deliver lines– like “talent” in a news broadcast. Look at Dan Quayle, George Bush II, Sarah Palin, Christine O’Donnell, Sharon Angle, etc. They don’t want “Toads” like Raul who fight for working people and think for themselves.
      McClung is one of the Republican Party’s new Septford Wives of politics.
      Here is a link to my Pledge to America story, where the Party of NO lays out their platform of NO.
      Here is a link to how widespread these ideas are this year– thanks to money from the Koch Brothers and other right-wind extremists.

    • tiponeill
      October 14, 2010

      But I appreciate you printing her answers. They are a reflection of the values ofthe people of CD-7.
      I don’t thinks so – certainly not my values. The voters of Mesa may want to persecute gays and outlaw abortion, but not the voters here. It’s McClung’s right wing ideology that is out of step with this district. She would do fine in Mesa.

  6. Sam Stone
    October 14, 2010

    Well, this article is a little laughable.  I’m Ruth McClung’s communications director.  Ruth and I put together her talking points (bullet points on flash cards) while we were driving back from Yuma late Tuesday night.  The only “machine” involved was the car we were driving.

    • Don
      October 14, 2010

      You’re forgetting two other things that are motiviating people to support Ruth in CD7:  Grijalva’s call for a boycott against our state*, plus his call for UN observers to monitor Arizona’s federal elections in 2004. 

      * Excuse me, you did have some incisive analysis about the boycott.  I’m quoting here:  “Blah, blah, blah, BOYCOTT!”  

      Seriously…is this the best you Democrats can do?  

      Please keep feeding we Republicans ammunition like this.  We copy links to articles like these, plus comments to other liberal commenters (e.g., tiponeil, Leftfield) and save them.  

      Then, if someone ever asks us to respond to stuff you’ve said, we pull out those links and reply “Would you waste your time responding to someone who thinks like this?”  

      I was wondering when George Soros’ blogger was going to show up on the Tucson blogosphere… 

      • leftfield
        October 14, 2010

        Don, I want to make clear that I am many things, but not a liberal.  A liberal believes the rapacious beast of imperialism can be tamed.  A liberal believes that justice, equality and capitalism are compatible.  A liberal does not long for the empire to fall.

      • Pamela
        October 14, 2010

        @Don, look for another story with more thorough information and photos from the debate.
        I used the “Blah, blah, blah, BOYCOT!” line because she peppered her speech with BOYCOT!– regardless of the question from the moderator. Also, “I’M A ROCKET SCIENTIST!” was in every answer at least once.
        How about: “My husband and I both work for the war machine, and they want a close friend in Congress?”  Maybe that is a more truthful statement for her.

      • Jim's Shipmate
        October 14, 2010


        You seem bitter, perhaps because the last two year didn’t fulfill your dreams.  You realize the party is coming to an end – soon it will Raul will have to look for a real job. Just think, you’ll be able to say I complained about Ruth McClung years before she became Senator McClung.
        By the way, where would America be without that “war machine”.  Our freedoms exist because men and women are willing to die for them.  I also think that the typical Rocket Scientist tends to be a little sharper than the typical lifelong politician.

      • fraser007
        October 14, 2010

        How could she have fulfilled her dreams…she is blogging on the Tucson Citizen.

      • Pamela
        October 14, 2010

        Nope not bitter.
        Also– she’s not running for SENATE.
        And, according to what I found on the Internet, her job title is “engineer”– not rocket scientist (which they do have at Raytheon).

      • andrew farley
        October 14, 2010

        Thanks for clearing that up, Lefty. But you’re still a weirdo cartoon clown.

      • leftfield
        October 14, 2010

        You’re welcome, farley.  As a fellow clown, perhaps you could tell me where you get those big shoes?

      • fraser007
        October 14, 2010

        If the empire falls your going down with it. Oh wait you must have a plane ready for you at the airport to take you to Moscow? Oh wait Peking…oh wait Havana……Fidel will meet you at the airport! And give you a 3 hour speech!…lol

      • leftfield
        October 14, 2010

        Fidel will meet you at the airport! And give you a 3 hour speech!…

        If I thought Fidel would actually meet me, I would swim there.

  7. Bullcrap
    October 14, 2010

    The only machine I saw were all the SEIU people skipping out of work early to go support Grijalva!

  8. cochisecitizen
    October 14, 2010

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientific to figure out that Grijalva will be reelected in a landslide.

    • Eric95TT
      October 14, 2010

      no it just takes an idiot like you to believe that.

      • fraser007
        October 14, 2010

        Please dont call people idiots. I disagree with these liberal bloggers but dont resort to name calling. Hit them with facts and truth and hard hitting thoughts.

      • cochisecitizen
        October 14, 2010

        Some anonymous commenter on the internet just called me an idiot – I’m crushed, absolutely crushed.
        Don’t let the facts get in your way. In 2004 Grijalva beat Joe Sweeney 62/33%. In 2006 he beat Ron Drake 61/35%. In 2008 he beat Joe Sweeney again, 63/33%. Ok, so this is a Republican leaning year and Ruth is much easier on the eyes (and ears) than Joe Sweeney, so Grijalva only beats her 58/38%. A 20 point win is still a landslide.

      • fraser007
        October 14, 2010

        The question remains…how did Sweeney get 33%? ….he is so far to the right he scares even me. This may be a hard year for Grijalva.

      • cochisecitizen
        October 14, 2010

        as it’s pretty consistent from 2004-2008, I’d say the 33% represents the number of folks in CD7 who would vote Republican if Alfred E. Newman (of Mad Magazine fame) were the Republican candidate. But then how do explain only 35% for Ron Drake only getting 35% He was much more moderate than McClung, and as Mayor of Avondale for 5 years and very well respected, a stronger candidate than McClung. Ok, 2006 was a Democrat leaning year, so that’s I gave McClung getting as much as 38% of the vote this year.

  9. Tony Venuti
    October 14, 2010

    Pamela, “you might be bias”  does a journalist take pride in admitting to bias as you do in supporting article.  Are the media so without virtue now that they in fact lead those who “if you have nothing good to say, you say it anyway.”
    Your whole article is about Ruth, not the “debate.”  Really good Pam.

  10. Alan Mitchell
    October 14, 2010

    Yes, the blind Grijalva supporters should be scared.  His answer to everything…. wait for it…. HUGE Government involvement, more public funding.  And the best yet, he promises us another 5 or 6 years of bad economy while the policies of the democrats start to work. 

    No thanks, we’ve seen what 4 years of democrat control has done to the country.   And now they are promising more of the same.  It didn’t work last year and it’s not going to work this year or next year.  We did this in the 1930’s and we lost that decade.  Ideology is blinding the left to the mistakes of history.  Stop before we lose another decade. 

    The democrats continue to blame, divide and attack everyone who doesn’t support them.  We need to unite, not keep up the hate spread by the left.  The agitators on the left will keep it up until the country is divided beyond repair and we know what happened the last time.  Think 1860’s.  It’s time to stop celebrating diversity and celebrate UNITY. 

  11. tiponeill
    October 14, 2010

    It’s time to stop celebrating diversity and celebrate UNITY.
    And the way to do that, says McClung, is to persecute gays, ban abortions for rape victims, and have Sheriff Joe check everyone’s papers.
    It is “unity” for old straight white people only.

    • Ronnie
      October 17, 2010

      So true.
      We need to unify to progress, not create these divisive issues that will encourage people to fight each other instead of being productive.  This is exactly the policies Ruth endorses, sigh – more concerned with dividing than progressing.

  12. DSW
    October 15, 2010

    It wasn’t until it was discovered that Raul Grijalva was in serious trouble did the “Republican Party Machine” wake up and start to give Ruth some attention. (I would know because I’ve been supporting her and the campaign since April, 2009.)
    So which is guys? Is she bought and paid for by the GOP machine like you say? OR, did she do this all on her own with the help of grassroots volunteers from across the district? Could a Republican woman really work hard to achieve success or not?
    Well which is it???

  13. Plain ol'B.O.
    October 15, 2010

    You don’t really know a bomb from a missile from a rocket. It is lucky that those defending your right to be obtuse do.
    The driving question is why some pixilated County King Pin hasn’t had the ethics committee catch him to this point, or why no one has asked about the $600(k) he helped export to Iraq insurgents while our own Tucson citizens in arms were fighting the very same people.  

  14. RH
    October 15, 2010

    If one wishes to classify the tea partier’s, all one has to do is read up on the “anarchists” who pretty much preached their ideology, no government, dog eat dog world! Its funny we have folks threatening secession, civil war, yes we all know how well that went, 600,000 casualties, a decade or two where women out numbered men due to all the men who died during that very contrversial era! Seems like the tea partier’s/minute men/aryan nations folks living in some 2nd amendment moment where a war will break out between the left/right or blacks/whites or now the brown/white race war fantasy some seem to have! The good thing is these folks are numbered in a minority within a minority, GOP base is about 20% maybe half that these looney tunes with tea party secessionist fantasies! The could thing we have plenty of federal prison cells for the looney tunes to spend time contemplating their day dreams of 10% or less of America’s fringe over throwing 90% plus! Even the moderate republicans are not that looney tune!:-)

  15. Ronnie
    October 17, 2010

    Your right – Ruth will vote the Republican agenda 100% of the time – including cutting benefits, raising the retirement age (further than already raised 67) and privatizing Social Security.  At least Grijalva has stood up to his own party when he knows its right, voted against TARP, led the fight to bring the tax cuts to floor even when they didnt want to. 

  16. sheeple
    November 23, 2010

    So, did anyone ever figure out what this lady does for the man? Scientist? Doubtful. What kind of engineer? There are all kinds of strange engineering titles working for the man, many if which have very little to do with engineering.

    Still would like to know specifics. What kind of jobs has she created working for the man, that might be a good start.

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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela Powers Hannley

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals--not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election. My platform focuses on economic reforms to grow Arizona's economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, growlocal small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs. I also stand for equal rights, choice, and paycheck fairness for women. I am running as a progressive and running clean.

My day job is managing editor for the American Journal of Medicine, an academic medicine journal with a worldwide circulation. In addition, my husband and I co-direct Arizonans for a New Economy, Arizona's public banking initiative. I am a member of the national board of the Public Banking Institute, and I am co-chair of the Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus of the Arizona Democratic Party.

I am a published author, photographer, videographer, clay artist, mother, nana, and wife. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a masters in public health from the University of Arizona. I grew up in Amherst, Ohio, but I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1981. I am a proud member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson and the Public Relations Society of America.

My Tucson Progressive blog and Facebook page feature large doses of liberal ideas, local, state, and national politics, and random bits of humor. I also blog at Blog for Arizona and the Huffington Post.

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