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Andrei Cherny– I Always Thought He Was a Republican (video)

Congressional candidate Andrei Cherny–Mr. No Labels, the guy who was installed as chair of the Arizona Democratic Party by bending the rules, and then quit the post to run for Congress– has found himself entangled in a Mitt Romney moment.

OK, we’ve seen this many times. Anyone who has been in politics long enough is sure to be haunted by past statements and votes. (Etch-a-Sketch Romney is an extreme example of this.)

Anyway, Phoenix 12 News showed a tape of Cherny (in 2010) saying that he “opposed” Obamacare. (Check out the video here and below.) Oops. He is also accused of being soft on SB1070 back in 2010.

To be fair since this statement was in the past, I went to Cherny’s campaign website to check out his current stance on healthcare reform, universal coverage, or the Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare). Nada. “Build a better economy,” “Hold Wall Street Accountable,” and “Make Arizona a Solar State” are his priorities. All good, but what about healthcare reform, immigration reform, ending the wars, private prisons… need I go on? None of these are listed under Cherny’s priorities.

It’s ironic that immigration reform and the DREAM Act are not mentioned, since when Cherny made hispitch for Democratic Party State Chair, he made a big deal about his immigrant past and how he would help immigrants. (It’s at about 20 minutes in this video*.) Hmmm…

P.S. This video of the January 2011 Democratic Party Statewide Committee meeting is long, but it’s very interesting to see the different Dem politicos– Felcia Rotellini, Jeff Rogers, Bill Risner, Jeff Latas, and others you’ll recognize– speaking on the hot topic of bending the rules for Cherny.

News video link:

Cherny Says He Opposes Obamacare

Originally posted on Blog for Arizona on June 23, 2012.

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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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