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I wish Matt Heinz would stop using Mo Udall's name as if he knew what Mo thought. Matt only came to Arizona in 2004. Barber has been here 40+ years. I knew Udall and had two private meetings with him once. One with the Chairman of the Democratic Party, and one with John Denver. Yes, Udall was an environmentalist because his brother was the Secretary of the Interior. But he was more of an advocate for Native Americans and protecting their land and their border with Mexico. Mo would worry more about making sure the Papago (now the Tohono Oodham) were protected from harm than perhaps harming the desert. Myself, I no longer camp near the border or in the mountains in the Chiricahuas for fear of running into drug people or illegals. Those groups have no respect for the environment but we can't confront them in order to protect the lives of trees and plants? Give me a break. Barber did the right thing on that vote.
Heinz acts as if he hasn't sided with the Republicans. Come on. He supported a bill to give $5 Million to Sheriff Paul Babeu to fight crime in Pinal County. Why is Matt fighting for the constituents of Pinal County and not his own district? And why did Sheriff Babeu spend the nite at Heinz's house after the bill made it through the Legislature? Do other lobbyists have such arrangements with legislators?
Matt Heinz has told me he opposes funding the Arizona Office of Tourism and when asked about supporting tax incentives for the Film Industry, he gave no response. Tourism and the Film Industry are two clean industries for Arizona that generate a lot of jobs and and lot of revenue, decades before Heinz even knew where Arizona was.
Matt claims his being a "doctor" qualifies him to talk about Obamacare. Give me a break. He is a part-time "ER" doctor on salary. He does not have any first hand experience of dealing with owning your own practice or medicare or what the average person has to deal with when it comes to medical service. I have had the unfortunate experience of having to use the "ER" where Heinz works 12 times in the past two years and find it very lacking. From two misdiagnosis to long waits to poor handling of records and who is doing what, its a joke among those of us familiar with it, that we wait until Monday mornings when the real doctors come to work and can really read and understand records.
Matt is a political opportunist and wants to be a politician. He moves from district to district until he finds one where he has a shot at winning. I remember when he first came here he ran against Gabby Giffords for Congress. He had just arrived in the State and no one had ever seen him do anything in the community or with the Democratic party, yet here he thinks he can just run for Congress. What does Matt do for the community or local non-profits? What has he given back to Southern Arizona?
For me, I choose to support someone that has been a part of this community for more than 40-years. Someone that wants to help and serve. Someone that did not grow up wanting to be a politician, but because of circumstances, has chosen to become a leader and work and listen to my needs. Ron Barber is definitely the choice of the demographic of this district.
Legendary? In his own mind. Just when I thought the hot air of summer was beginning to leave Tucson, its not.
Wow, talk about ego. You have to win first Frank! If given a choice, I'd vote for you going to Congress because that means you would be out of the Legislature and maybe we can repair the damage you have done. While I don't think Southern Arizona will merit a new congressional district, if we get part of one, and you run and somehow miracuously succeed, in Washington you will merely be a nobody. A small fish in a big pond, with no influence. The good thing about politicians with egos like yours, they lose in congressional races and we never hear from them again. Hopefully you will do the same and take Jonathon Paton with you!
I'm sorry Randy had to drink the water in Adelaide. Those of us that know Adelaide well know that its the home of the Barossa Valley; the McLaren Vale; and the Adelaide Hills, three excellent wine regions of Australia. Drink the wine Randy, not the water! Matt Welch, Australian Tourism Centre
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