Look around us? Do you like what you see? Really? What we see is failed leadership, who seems to be able to stay in power by blaming Phoenix for our ills? That is insane! We are Tucson, unique but since when does being unique mean a failing infrastructure, schools with a focus on radicalization, dirty and old as our theme? No this City in my 35 years here has been hijacked by want-to-be San Francisco liberals who have no clue except obstructionism of how to lead. We have thrown all our treasures into a downtown that doesn’t produce tax revenues in excess; instead this lack of leadership is obsessed to revive a downtown without a PLAN? SO ME YOUR VISION AND THE SUPORTING MATH that shows what we end up with is a solid investment. Why is Marana nice and clean? Why is Oro Valley the same? Do they steal our money like we say Phoenix does? Just more, more, more, you tight wad taxpayers and we can buy a vision? Bah humbug, proud Democrat? Lol Why is that again? Look around Tucson is Democrat leadership, not based on a master plan and the leadership to take us there but instead based on feudalism and a stale leadership who can only blame others for our woes! ENOUGH!!!!! Hell we all should vote republican without even looking for the next twenty years just to find some balance and to get our economic engine running again! JOBS we can’t even get a mine open in a recession? Where’s the owls? Oh that’s right the Democrats failed there also, just what can they do right? Complain about and blame Republicans, well look around and see what supporting that idiocy has gotten us!
Really? Gabriel Gifford’s was a Republican turned Democrat in a town where only Democrats can get elected, so much so we have an inbred leadership. The Democrats don't compete to represent their constituents they are ordained by the "establishment" that has led us to a city that is taking on the look of a third world city. We should be embarrassed by what surrounds us, yet we keep electing the same inbred leadership passed on from generation to generation. Ron Barber is a Democrat and he will aid our President carry us further to the left. I watched the liberal Democrats get their wish, the most liberal President in our countries history, I have to admit I figured that they would get some favors that would help our community but no, all we got was a couple of fund raising visits and a streetcar that will cost us out of pocket, our tax dollars enough money to repave ALL our streets and have money left over to do some landscaping. Ron Barber represents more of the SAME not the CHANGE Tucson needs. I'm sure Barber is a good old boy but the good old boys have led us to being a third world destination, I’m tired of it and I am going to vote Republican to see if we can begin to work with Phoenix for the good of all instead of complaining and blaming Phoenix for EVERY mistake our leaders make! ENOUGH!!!!!!!
Both Kelly and Barber will say whatever they think the audience wants to hear, and neither one is interested in representing the interests of those who live in CD 8. I am tired of voting for the "lesser of two evils." I could not figure out whether Kelly or Barber was "the lesser," so I voted for Manolakis.
If he was head honcho then it was his responsibility for security......the whole crew were naive in not thinking anything would happen.....now they woke up too late.....the mindset was oh that violence happens in NY not in Tucson......Barber is a second rater who is forced to back obongocare......
I am glad to see that more voters are looking at Charles Manolakis. He would not have allowed Congresswoman to be put in such a dangerous situation. He is much smarter and after hearing about Ron Barber's video and watching the debate, the poor man is obviously losing it. Let face it. not only is he too old, but after all the stress he has been under, his thought are not consistent. Charles Manolakis agrees with Congresswoman's policies and does not waver. Why they picked Mr. Barber is beyond me.....
I can not believe that this periodical is telling people how to vote, will the press ever shut up about their veiws?
Anyone that can say that it was Ron Barber's responsibility to protect Gabby Giffords on January 8, 2011, is spewing nonsense. Giffords herself said she did not want added security, and still would not. It's no one's fault but an insane gunman that many were shot, including Barber, and 6 lost their lives.
Notice how the pro-Kelly/anti-Barber editorial comments don't name one thing they like about Kelly other than the obligatory shouts of "freedom!", and fear-mongering cries of "not a Socialist" (whatever that means), "he will protect the Constitution!" (whatever that means), and "the Government is evil" (whatever that means). I get how you are are angry and scared. Watching Fox News, listening to GOP talking points (not Barry Goldwater's GOP anymore), and a poor economy caused by a housing market collapse, govt/business collusion to deregulate the financial sector, and unrealistic expectations about continued U.S. dominance/prosperity in a World economy is troubling. But when our politicians are unwilling (or unable) to have a coherent conversation on the REAL problems (let alone the solutions), and instead rely on the old trick of scaring people to win votes (watch any political ad (liberal or conservative) and you'll know what I'm talking about), we become pawns in a greed/power/influence-based political system based on the lowest common denominator (what candidate can feign outrage and anger better than the other). Because what is better than a candidate who understands us and our problems, right? Unfortunately, when these people get into office they are quick to give handouts to their business friends while keeping the voters distracted by invoking God, Guns, and Taxes (and those pesky illegal aliens!) whenever we start to get wise to them. I am not interested in red, blue, Democrat, Republican, liberal, conservative non-sense. I am interested in a candidate who can "make sense" whether I agree with their position on anything or not. I don't pick a doctor based on his/her personality or because they always agree with my self-diagnosis. I pick him/her because of their experience, training, ethics, and commitment to the patient's well being. Personality is a bonus. Why should our politicians be any different? Jesse Kelly's limited practical (business, government, volunteer) experience, and tired, fear-based talking points (with little to no substance) are not for me. Until the GOP returns to moderation and reality (not any time soon), there is not much to consider. Maybe a third-party, the "Reality and Sane Party" is the answer? For now, Ron Barber is the only logical choice (by a wide margin). P.S. If you are a Kelly-supporter, you probably didn't read this far into my editorial without responding with "you socialist pig", "You and your illegal alien buddies can go back to Mexico", or "the only reason you can write this editorial is because of freedom!".....sigh. Thanks for making my point.
All the voters have to do is pull up and view past campaign videos of Kelly, That tells the about the real Kelly, Right now, it is out for votes, so is changing his views to get votes, then flip flop after he got elected. Don't trust Kelly, he is a tea partier and would never accomplish anything in Congress. They do not compromise, but just say NO>
Most intelligent voters know what Kelly stands for. It is his self interests and NOT of the people. Vote for Barber for a better Tucson.
I can not vote for Ron Barber! He as the District Manager for Rep. Giffords failed to provide a security detail on 8 January 2011 which was his responsibility. He failed Rep. Giffords, was incompetent & negligent in not providing sufficient security to protect her and the constituents surrounding her. Such incompetence and negligence cannot be rewarded with greater responsibility. He has demonstrated his true dereliction of duty. I hope all will join me in not supporting this unworthy candidate.
The state is doomed with this kind of failed leadership. But go ahead, give this bozo the job...par for this low life state. It is safe to say what ever the weekly says should be enough to convince you to vote for the other person, regardless who it may be.
Not on your life... He is a progressive that seeks whats is socialist... Time to take america back from this kind of scum....
Jesse Kelly for US Congressman from Arizona!
Jesse Kelly for Arizona's next Congressman!
I am wondering why no one has brought up the fact that in the 2010 campaign Kelly held an event called "Get on Target for Victory"---as well as "help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office--Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly. He didn't pull the trigger on January 8, but he should be held accountable for campaigning like that. Shame on Jesse Kelly--or anyone that votes for him.
I am sorry , but I not only watched the debate on TV, but I also watched it again on my computer. Mr Manolakis, was heads above Mr. Barber. Mr. Ron Barber was inconsistent. Mr. Manolakis, was the only one to agree with Congresswoman's Giffords views. Mr. Barber is already wavering, and it is very obvious. He sees that Many Arizona voters are not pleased with "Obamacare". Mr. Manolakais is much younger, and it shows. His thinking was more consistent. Mr. Barber looks as though he had different paragraphs to use depending on what the questions were asked, even at that he would become somewhat confused.
There is no question, Mr. Manolakis is a much better representative than Mr. Barber. The article in the Arizona Blog was way off.
I'd say this endorsement is a no-brainer...but I expect those with no brains are supporting the other guy.
I've always found it funny that when you talk to a Liberal, Barber is an articulate, caring man while Kelly was this screeching buffoon. Talk to a Conservative and Kelly is the eloquent speaker with fresh new ideas while Barber is this closet socialist waiting to steal all your money.
Face it folks, we've got two goobs fighting for a job that'll last for 6 months... then they'll start this fiasco all over again.
A liberal paper supports the liberal candidate... someone notify Brian Williams!
My blog post today (Locally, Vocally -- Citizen online) in no way relates to -- or mocks, on any level -- a recent local debate. But it IS good for a laugh.
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