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    Gage Skidmore/Zuma Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s decision last month to leave the Democratic Party was, in no small part, an attempt at political self-preservation. The Green Party-candidate-turned-independent-turned-Democrat-turned-independent, who has angered Democrats in her home state—and pretty much everywhere—by opposing majority-rule in the Senate, was facing a likely primary challenge from at least one, and possibly several big-name elected officials. On the day she announced her switch, Rep. Greg Stanton, the former mayor of Phoenix, shared a poll in which he led Sinema in a head-to-head contest by nearly 40 points.  Stanton ultimately passed on the race, but on Monday, Sinema got her first bona fide Democratic challenger: five-term Rep. Ruben Gallego. Growing up poor, all I had was the American dream. It kept me going: as a kid sleeping on the floor, a student scrubbing toilets, a Marine losing brothers in Iraq. Today, too many Arizonans see their dream slipping away. I’m running for the U.S. Senate to win it back for you! pic.twitter.com/ofUvUYRcTP...
    Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) ripped Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) as a corporatist who is at the service of the highest bidders. The congressman has announced his candidacy for her seat. It is unclear if she will run for reelection. Sinema left the Democratic Party in December and switched to independent. She had come under intense pressure from liberals after opposing a federal minimum wage raise and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. She is also a fervent supporter of the filibuster, which allows 41 senators to block legislation. On Tuesday, Gallego appeared on MSNBC’s The ReidOut, where Joy Reid asked him about Sinema’s opposition to the voting rights bill. “It helps her if you don’t make it easier to vote – young voters, voters of color, that makes it harder for them – that’s good for her,” Reid said. “Who is she and how did she get this way?” “I don’t think she voted against voting rights because she had some cynical ploy to keep her in office,” Gallego responded. “In my opinion, it’s actually kind of worse than that. She...
    Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., prepares for a House Armed Services Committee markup in Rayburn Building on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.Tom Williams | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images Rep. Ruben Gallego's Senate campaign said Tuesday it raised more than $1 million in one day after the Democrat launched his bid for Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's coveted seat in the 2024 election cycle. More than 27,000 donations contributed to the haul, breaking an Arizona record for the most contributions in a campaign's first 24 hours, the campaign said in a press release. The Gallego campaign said it broke that record, which was previously held by incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, in just eight hours. "I'm proud to announce that we received more donations from real people on our first day than Senator Sinema has in the last three years combined," Gallego said in the press release. A spokeswoman for Sinema declined to comment, but pointed to a recent radio interview in which the senator said she is "going to stay focused on the work I...
    Ruben Gallego, 43, announced Monday he will run for the U.S. Senate to represent Arizona in 2024 – bringing the first major challenge to Democrat-turned-independent incumbent Kyrsten Sinema, 46. Gallego, currently a Democratic representative for Arizona's 3rd congressional district in Phoenix, officially entered the 2024 Senate race with a video posted to his Twitter touting the American Dream. The video included a clip of the Marine Corps combat veteran telling a group of other veterans that he is challenging Sinema for her Senate seat, and requesting their vote. 'You're the first group of people that are hearing this besides my family. I will be challenging Kyrsten Sinema for the United States Senate, and I need all of your support,' he told the group gathered in Guadalupe, Arizona. It was the only direct mention throughout the three-and-a-half-minute of the current senator whose seat Gallego is vying to grab. He did, however, take several veiled swipes at the independent senator. Democratic Representative Ruben Gallego released on Monday his video announcing his run for the U.S. Senate in Arizona The announcement comes a...
    Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego on Monday formally launched his 2024 campaign for the seat held by right-wing Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who officially registered as an Independent in December after months of derailing the Biden administrations policy agenda and preserving tax loopholes for her corporate allies. "The problem isnt that Senator Sinema abandoned the Democratic Party—its that shes abandoned Arizona," said Gallego, a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus who represents Arizonas 3rd District. "Shes repeatedly broken her promises, and fought for the interests of Big Pharma and Wall Street at our expense." "Im running for the U.S. Senate because the rich and the powerful dont need any more advocates in Washington—but families who can’t afford groceries do," Gallego added. Sinema has not yet publicly said whether she plans to run for reelection in 2024. If she does, as The Washington Post noted Monday, "Gallegos bid sets up a dilemma for national Democrats, who must choose whether to pour their considerable resources into backing a Democratic nominee for the seat or to support an independent incumbent." Several Republicans—including failed gubernatorial candidate...
    Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego announced on Monday he will run for the U.S. Senate in 2024, setting up a high-stakes battle to win a seat held by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ). The field of candidates to take on Sinema, who broke ties with the Democratic Party in December to become an independent, is expected to grow, but Gallego's entrance into the race will likely result in a three-way general election for the seat. Sinema has not yet announced her 2024 plans. RUBEN GALLEGO TO CHALLENGE KYRSTEN SINEMA FOR SENATE SEAT: REPORT The retired Marine's announcement marks the first from a prominent Democratic candidate to jump into the contest. Sinema's defection was seen as an acknowledgment that she could not win her primary. “As a Marine, I never back down from a fight, and in the Senate, I’ll fight to make sure every Arizonan has the same chance that I had at the American dream,” Gallego said in a Monday statement. Arizona-based Republican strategist Chuck Coughlin told the Washington Examiner that the race between Sinema and Gallego could get really ugly,...
    Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego is expected to launch his Arizona Senate bid to take out Kyrsten Sinema on Monday.  The liberal Marine veteran will jump into the race after Sinema left the Democratic Party to become an independent in December.  Sinema has not yet announced a re-election campaign but if she runs as an independent and Gallego runs as a Democrat, the left-leaning vote in Arizona could split, giving Republicans a leg up.  But the moderate Grand Canyon State could easily reject a Republican seen as too far outside the norm. In the 2022 election Trump-backed Blake Masters lost to Democrat incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly 51.4 to 46.5 percent and election-denying GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake lost to Democrat Katie Hobbs. Gallego, who chairs the BOLD PAC, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus's campaign arm, will make the announcement via video shot in his home district near Phoenix, Newsweek reported.  Gallego has been harshly critical of Sinema, accusing the Green Party-activist-turned-conservative-Democrat-turned-independent of 'putting her own interests ahead of getting things done for Arizonans' by changing her party affiliation.  Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego is...
    The wife of Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) criticized her husband for his comments on gas stoves and air fryers, joking that he made it clear to his Twitter audience "who does the cooking" in their home. Gas stoves have become a publicized controversy after one commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission said the agency would consider banning gas stoves over possible health risks. Several politicians took to Twitter to either support or blast the decision, with some, like Gallego, making jokes. AOC FIRES BACK AT CRITICS OVER GAS STOVE COMMENTS: 'UTTER REPUBLICAN MELTDOWN' "Hot take: Keep the gas stove and get rid of the air fryer," Gallego said in a tweet. "Only urban elitist use air fryers." In response, the congressman's wife, Sydney Gallego, poked fun at his comment. "You know we have an air fryer? **Tells you who does the cooking," she wrote, prompting the representative to give a simple reply: "Damn." .@RubenGallego you know we have an air fryer? **Tells you who does the cooking https://t.co/GObTQQeZkl— Sydney B Gallego (@Syd_Gallego) January...
    Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) claimed Monday that Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) left the Democratic Party last week because she was afraid of facing him in a primary. Gallego joined MSNBC’s All In where he and host Chris Hayes discussed the senator’s decision to leave the party. Sinema will still caucus with Senate Democrats. “Right now, if you had to choose, would you run for Senate?” Hayes asked the Democrat from Arizona. Gallego said he is currently exploring a 2024 run. “Well, right now, what I’m choosing to do is to put the team together so I can make the decision,” he said. “I’ve been putting together a great team, I think, that will help me get in the right direction. I am a Marine first, a congressman second, and Marines [are] prepared. That’s what I’m doing right now.” Hayes asked Gallego if he was surprised to see Sinema leave the Democratic Party. The lawmaker responded: Not really, I thought she was going to do this eventually. Look, she claims to be independent. That’s not the case. The case is that...
    Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), in a scathing critique of Kyrsten Sinema, said the Arizona senator’s decision to leave the Democratic Party and register as an independent has not altered his interest in challenging her in 2024. “Whether in the Marine Corps or in Congress, I have never backed down from fighting for Arizonans,” Gallego said in a statement issued Friday morning after Sinema revealed she was disaffiliating with the Democratic Party. “At a time when our nation needs leadership the most, Arizona deserves a voice that won’t back down in the face of the struggle.” “Unfortunately,” Gallego added, “Sen. Sinema is once again putting her own interests ahead of getting things done for Arizonans.” ONE EARLY SIGN THAT ENTHUSIASM FOR TRUMP 2024 BID IS WANING Arizona Democrats grew disenchanted with Sinema over the past two years as she used her leverage in a 50-seat Democratic majority to stymie significant elements of President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda. Gallego, 43, a fourth-term congressman, answered that frustration with suggestions he planned to challenge Sinema in 2024 in the Democratic primary. The possibility of...
    Election denialism and the Big Lie suffered yet another defeat when, on Monday night, November 14, Arizona’s gubernatorial election was called for Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. It was a close race, but in the end, Hobbs prevailed over her GOP rival: far-right Big Lie promoter and conspiracy theorist Kari Lake, who campaigned on the false and thoroughly debunked claim that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump. Lake’s defeat follows the defeat of other MAGA candidates in Arizona, including Mark Finchem (who lost a secretary of state race to Democrat Adrian Fontes) and Blake Masters (who lost Arizona’s U.S. Senate race by about 5 percent to incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly). Lake, Finchem and Masters were all backed by Trump, ran hyper-MAGA campaigns, and lost. In 2023, Arizona — once a deep red state and a bastion of Goldwater conservatism — will have a Democratic governor, a Democratic secretary of state, and two Democratic U.S. senators: Kelly and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. 2022 has been a good year for Democrats in Arizona, where Kelly will continue to occupy...
    Democratic Arizona Congressman Ruben Gallego told CNN’s Jim Acosta that former President Donald Trump wasn’t the only repellent influence on midterm voters, citing Kari Lake’s “very trashy” campaign. On Sunday’s edition of CNN Newsroom With Jim Acosta, Acosta observed that voters saw Trump on the campaign trail and said “No mas!” But Gallego added that the attacks on Speaker Pelosi and Lake’s attacks on the late Sen. John McCain were also “very trashy” turnoffs for voters as well: JIM ACOSTA: What do you think, Congressman? I mean, there was that you also had just Trump being out there on the campaign trail in the final weekend. I mean, I think a lot of it sounds like a lot of people looked at that and said no more. No mas. REP. RUBEN GALLEGO: A lot of people felt the callousness that was shown by the Republicans was kind of indicative of the bigger problem, who these Republicans are, they were running. If you can’t even take a moment and have some sanity and some humanity for a woman’s husband, then how can you...
    by Cole Lauterbach   U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego wants to impose an excise tax on foreign entities exporting crops from dry parts of the country, an issue Arizona is facing. The Phoenix Democrat filed the Domestic Water Protection Act of 2022 Thursday. If enacted, it would impose a 300% excise tax on exported crops that need more water than others. The measure is aimed at a single company tied to the Saudi Arabian government. A deal between Fontomonte, a Saudi-owned agriculture company, and the state of Arizona allows them to harvest alfalfa with groundwater and send it back to the Middle East to feed cattle. The company uses enough water to supply 54,000 homes annually, Gallego’s office said in a news release. “While Arizona experiences the driest conditions in centuries, our water is being given away in a sweetheart deal with Saudi Arabia,” Gallego said. “Saudi Arabia has stated their intention to rob Arizonans at the gas pump, but they are also already stealing our water. We need to act to stop our state from being sucked dry by...
    Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) lashed out at fellow Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) after she delivered remarks at the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville on Monday. The center was founded by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and has traditionally hosted Republicans, though several high-profile Democrats have also given speeches. Sinema has drawn the ire of her fellow Democrats by opposing measures popular with liberal lawmakers, such as raising the federal minimum wage to $15 and closing the carried interest tax loophole used by some wealthy Americans. She also opposes eliminating or limiting the filibuster, which requires 60 votes to advance legislation. At the McConnell Center, she predicted Democrats will likely lose both chambers of Congress. “As you all know, control changes between the House and the Senate every couple of years,” Sinema said. “It’s likely to change again in just a few weeks.” That remark did not sit well with Gallego, who tweeted the quote and accused his fellow Arizonan of wanting Democrats to lose. I mean you could be out there helping our...
    Rep. Ruben Gallego warned veterans to be careful of Republicans who say they are “pro veteran.” During an interview with Dean Obeidallah on his SiriusXM radio show, The Dean Obeidallah Show, Gallego got candid about the Republican hold outs on the PACT Act vote from Tuesday. The PACT Act aims to help veterans access necessary medical treatment for exposure to toxic chemicals. The Senate voted to pass the bill, 86-11 on Tuesday with 11 Republicans voting no. Gallego, who served as a Marine during Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2000 to 2006 has been a long time supporter of the bill and currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee. When asked about the Republican hold outs on the PACT Act, he said, “Well, this is the kind of thing that actually makes veterans very cynical when they see politicians playing with their lives for political advantage.” “For me, it was at least — good. So I could finally show a lot of my Republican leaning veterans… that, you know, what — when the Republican party says they’re pro veteran,...
    U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), one of two major roadblocks to Democrats passing President Joe Biden’s top agenda items including gun control, just one day after an 18-year old gunman massacred 21 people in Texas including 19 elementary school children, offered to be open to discussion but made clear she does not believe in a federal solution to the gun violence that plagues America. The United States is the only country in the world with a gun crisis of this magnitude. The leading cause of death for children and teens is now a gun. Republicans allowed the 1994 federal ban on semi-automatic weapons to expire in 2004. A 2019 study found “Mass-shooting fatalities were 70% less likely to occur during the federal ban period.” Senator Sinema appeared to disagree with that study in remarks to reporters late Wednesday morning. “I asked her if she was willing to set aside the filibuster,” Punchbowl News co-founder Jake Sherman reports. “She said she didn’t believe ‘that DC solutions are realistic here.'” The federal assault weapons ban was a “DC solution.” Sinema also told...
    Rep. Ruben Gallego, an Iraq war veteran, called out several of his Congressional colleagues in a series of tweets expressing outrage and grief over the circumstances that led to the mass shooting at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday Democrat Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona called GOP Texas Senator Ted Cruz a 'f***ing baby killer' in a series of Twitter posts on Tuesday night expressing his outrage and grief over the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas that killed at least 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School. Gallego, an Iraq war veteran, raged at lawmakers who have stood in the way of recent federal gun reform legislation efforts after an 18-year-old gunman slaughtered nearly two dozen people and then reportedly was killed by law enforcment. 'Just to be clear f*** you [Ted Cruz] you f***ing baby killer,' Gallego tweeted. Cruz told CNN after the shooting, 'Inevitably when there's a murder of this kind, you see politicians try to politicize it, you see Democrats and a lot of folks in the media whose immediate solution is to try to...
    Leah Millis/Getty Images Following the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) went on a rant with messages of “fuck you” aimed at the National Rifle Association and members of Congress. Salvador Ramos, 18, shot and killed 18 children and one adult, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Ramos was shot and killed by police. It is the third-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, behind the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting and 2012 Sandy Hook shooting. Gallego first targeted the NRA with “Fuck you @NRA.” Fuck you @NRA — Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) May 24, 2022 In response to calls for gun control, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said, “Inevitably when there’s a murderer of this kind, you see politicians try to politicize it, you see Democrats and a lot of folks in the media whose immediate solution is to try to restrict the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.” Gallego responded, “Fuck you @tedcruz you care about a fetus but you will let our children get slaughtered. Just get your ass to Cancun....
    Arizona Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego raked in a sizable $512,740 in the first quarter amid rumors he is weighing a primary bid against centrist Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in 2024. Gallego’s substantial fundraising haul shows a huge uptick from the previous election cycle in which he brought in $146,480 in the first quarter of 2020 and $188,042 in 2018. Gallego, a Marine veteran who currently serves as the chairman of BOLD PAC, has seen a sharp rise in profile in recent years, with left-wing groups calling for the lawmaker to challenge Sinema in the wake of her decision to block key pieces of legislation backed by the Biden administration. NEW YORK LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR RESIGNS FOLLOWING ARREST Punchbowl News reported in January that Gallego traveled to New York to meet with Sinema donors about a run, and the four-term congressman has not ruled out the possibility. “To be honest, I have gotten a lot of encouragement from elected officials, from senators, from unions, from your traditional Democratic groups, big donors,” he told CNN earlier...
    House Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) is criticizing a fundraising group linked to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for its endorsement in a crowded Oregon primary race Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) on Tuesday blasted a fundraising group dedicated to electing more members of his party to the House of Representatives, for backing a white man over a Latina in Oregon's crowded Democratic primary race for the newly-created 6th district. Sparking the inter-party disarray was House Majority PAC's decision to roll out a $1 million ad campaign for Carrick Flynn, a first-time candidate whose campaign has received millions in cryptocurrency dollars.  It's unusual for the national Democratic fundraiser -- closely linked to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- to weigh in so heavily so early in a competitive primary. Gallego, who chairs the Congressional Hispanic Caucus's (CHC) fundraising arm called Bold PAC, tore into House Majority PAC for not 'doubling-down on their investments to empower Latino and Latina candidates' like state Rep. Andrea Salinas. 'Voters and candidates of color delivered majorities for Democrats in the 2020 elections. Latina women helped lead the charge by...
    Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona once again infuriated the liberal/progressive wing of the Democratic Party when she not only restated her opposition to ending the filibuster, but also, made it abundantly clear that she even opposes creating a filibuster exception for voting rights bills. Some progressive Democrats are calling for a primary challenge to Sinema in 2024, and the liberal they have in mind is Rep. Ruben Gallego. But if Gallego defeats Sinema in a Democratic primary, could he win a statewide race in Arizona? Journalist Laurie Roberts grapples with that question in an op-ed published by the Arizona Republic on January 21. Arizona’s political landscape has changed considerably from what it was 30 or 40 years ago. Once deeply Republican, Arizona was closely identified with conservative Sen. Barry Goldwater and later, Sen. John McCain — who considered himself a “Goldwater conservative” or “Goldwater Republican.” But Arizona has evolved into a swing state. While Gov. Doug Ducey is a conservative Republican, Arizona now has two Democratic U.S. senators (Sinema and Sen. Mark Kelly) and favored Democrat Joe Biden over...
    Rep. Ruben Gallego. Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego says he will decide next year whether to primary Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who this week joined West Virginia’s Maserati-driving Joe Manchin and 50 Senate Republicans in preserving the Jim Crow filibuster over preserving our fundamental right to vote.  Gallego, a former Marine currently in his fourth term, said he’s even gotten calls from Sinema’s Senate colleagues, but wouldn’t name names. "To be honest, I have gotten a lot of encouragement from elected officials, from senators, from unions, from your traditional Democratic groups, big donors,” he told CNN. “Everything you can imagine under the sun." Sinema’s numbers among Democrats were already in the tank even before she helped block a vote on the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, named after the civil rights icon she once dared call her “hero” and “dear friend.” Since then, she’s also lost the support of major progressive organizations EMILY's List and NARAL. "We will no longer be able to endorse Sen. Sinema moving forward,” wrote EMILY's List President Laphonza Butler. “In an interview Thursday, Gallego said the last few weeks have amounted to a ‘tipping point situation’ among many in his party since...
    Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), who is seen as a future primary challenger to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), said it is “past time” for her and her colleagues to pass the “freedom to cheat” voter bills that would cripple Republican attempts across the country to increase election integrity. In Gallego’s speech on the House floor Thursday, he targeted the senator for her refusal to change the long-established Senate filibuster rule, which requires 60 votes to pass most legislation. “We won’t shrink from protecting our democracy and the voting rights of all Americans,” Gallego, who has yet to rule out challenging Sinema for the Senate seat in 2024, said. “It’s past time for the U.S. Senate and Senator Sinema to do the same”: Democracy is under attack, and Congress must respond. pic.twitter.com/0gLtja6srL — Ruben Gallego (@RepRubenGallego) January 13, 2022 Gallego’s statement, naming Sinema, came after the House passed the two “freedom to cheat” voter bills Thursday: the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. The Senate Democrats hoped to do the same but do not appear to have the votes. This is why...
    Republican lawmakers took to Twitter on Thursday to show support for Rep. Ruben Gallego after a Russian lawmaker threatened the Arizona Democrat on television. The Daily Beast reported on Wednesday that during an appearance on state television, State Duma member and chairman of Russia’s nationalist Rodina party Aleksei Zhuravlyov called for the abduction and imprisonment of Gallego over his comments on tension between Ukraine and Russia. 'I TOTALLY GOT F***ED' IN REDISTRICTING,' HOUSE DEMOCRAT GRIPES Gallego recently called on the Biden administration to deter Russian aggression against Ukraine through sanctioning Russia and arming Ukraine. Zhuravlyov said Gallego should be abducted and brought to Russia for imprisonment. “We should be looking for that bud, and if he travels anywhere, grab him like Bout and bring him over here,” he said. Gallego, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq, offered a succinct response to the threat on Twitter. Gallego’s fellow veteran Republican Rep. Mike Waltz replied, “I have your six,” a sentiment echoed by GOP Rep. Peter Meijer of Michigan. Got...
    House Republicans jumped to the defense of Arizona Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego after a Russian politician said that he should be kidnapped on live television. The threat came Wednesday, after Gallego returned from a trip to Ukraine, where Russian military forces have gathered en masse on the countries’ shared border. Gallego responded on Twitter, and both his Republican and Democratic colleagues came to his defense. “Fuck around and find out,” Gallego responded, adding an American flag emoji. Fuck around and find out. ???????? https://t.co/buuFM7GBtm — Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) December 15, 2021 “I have your six,” said Florida Republican Rep. Michael Waltz. “Got your six,” said Michigan Republican Rep. Peter Meijer, attaching a patriotic gif. The most detailed defense, however, came from Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young, the 87-year-old dean of the House. “I heard the Russians are trying to come after my buddy Ruben Gallego,” Young tweeted. “Don’t worry Ruben, I’m the only Member of Congress with the skills, training, and experience to bring a knife to a gun fight,” he added alongside an American flag emoji and...
    U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) isn’t shying away from a fight with a Russian lawmaker who didn’t like his remarks about Ukraine. “Appearing on state TV show 60 Minutes on Wednesday,” The Daily Beast reports, “State Duma member and chairman of Russia’s nationalist Rodina party Aleksei Zhuravlyov openly advocated for the abduction and imprisonment of U.S Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) over comments he made about how to handle the ongoing Ukraine-Russia crisis.” Congressman Gallego, an Iraq War veteran, has been calling for the U.S. to increase support of Ukraine, including with advanced military equipment as they face aggression from Vladimir Putin. Reports from the U.S. government say the Russian President is expected to amass an army of 175,000 on the Russia-Ukraine border by next month, possibly to invade the U.S. ally.Gallego said that Ukraine should be provided with more advanced weaponry that “will actually put a toll on the Russian troop movements and, you know, unfortunately that means we have to kill some Russians.” He added that Russians “only understand pure power, and we have to give the Ukrainian army...
    Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoGallego leads congressional delegation to Ukraine Democrats worry their grip on Hispanic vote is loosening Defense bill creates new office to study UFOs MORE (D-Ariz.) fired back at a report on Wednesday of a Russian lawmaker saying the Arizona Democrat should be abducted and imprisoned for his comments on the tense Russia-Ukraine situation. Gallego, who led a group of lawmakers visiting Ukraine over the weekend, said in an interview with CNN on Sunday the delegation had obtained information indicating Russia would "influence and/or invade Ukraine at some point."  The Arizona Democrat told CNN that some of the consequences of Russian interference in Ukraine could be economic isolation or providing weapons to Ukraine that “will actually put a toll on the Russian troop movements and, you know, unfortunately that means we have to kill some Russians."  Aleksei Zhuravlyov, the chairman of the Russian Rodina party, advocated for abducting the U.S. lawmaker during an interview with a Russian state TV show on Wednesday, according to The Daily Beast. “We should be looking for that bud, and if he travels anywhere — grab him like [Viktor] Bout and bring him...
    A Democratic representative has blasted members of his own party for using the term 'Latinx' to describe people of Latin American descent. Ruben Gallego, a representative from Arizona, tweeted his dismay with the term on Monday, after a poll was released showing just 2 percent of Latinos recognize the term 'Latinx' while 40 percent feel offended by it. 'To be clear, my office is not allowed to use "Latinx" in official communications,' wrote Gallego, who is of Columbian and Mexican descent. 'When Latino politicos use the term, it is largely to appease white rich progressives who think that is the term we use,' he continued. 'It is a vicious circle of confirmation bias.'  The term was coined by left-wing academics and activists as a gender-neutral term to include non-binary people in the Spanish-speaking community. It has since spread among the general public, but has become controversial among the Spanish speaking community, who argue it does not follow the rules of the language. 'Look y'all,' Gallego wrote in a subsequent tweet. 'Hispanic, Latin American are gender neutral. So we already have...
    Rep. Ruben Gallego, chairman of the Bold PAC, the campaign arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, took to Twitter on Monday to blast “white rich progressives” for using the term “Latinx” to court Hispanic voters after a poll showed the use of the term might be doing Democrats more harm than good. To be clear my office is not allowed to use “Latinx” in official communications. When Latino politicos use the term it is largely to appease white rich progressives who think that is the term we use. It is a vicious circle of confirmation bias. https://t.co/kMty6q7UQn— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) December 6, 2021 “To be clear my office is not allowed to use ‘Latinx’ in official communications,” Gallego tweeted. VERMONT LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SEEKS TO BECOME STATE'S FIRST WOMAN IN CONGRESS “When Latino politicos use the term it is largely to appease white rich progressives who think that is the term we use,” he added. “It is a vicious circle of confirmation bias.” A survey from Bendixen & Amandi International, a top Democratic firm specializing...
    Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) went off of Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) Monday night over his decade-long tenure in office. Gosar most recently stirred controversy by tweeting an anime video showing him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). That has prompted calls from outraged Democrats that Gosar be censured by the House, at a minimum. Gosar eventually took down the tweet and issued a statement after a talking to from Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). Earlier this year, the congressman was also the keynote speaker at an event organized by White nationalist and Holocaust-denier Nick Fuentes. On Monday night, Chris Hayes asked Gallego if he thinks Gosar should be censured and possibly lose his committee assignments over the AOC video. Gallego responded by calling Gosar a “joke to Congress” and an “anti-Semite”: I do. This has gone too far. This is not the first time he has incited violence. He has hung out with anti-Semites, has said anti-Semitic phrases and tropes, threatened the president also. It’s time to move on. He’s a joke. He’s been a joke to Congress. He’s not serving...
    Sen. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaSinema fundraising in Europe as reconciliation talks 'ongoing': report Warren: Billionaires who 'have enough money to shoot themselves into space' will pay for reconciliation bill To Win 2022: Go big on reconciliation and invest in Latinx voters MORE (D-Ariz.) would face an uphill battle against several potential primary challengers, according to a new survey from the progressive polling firm Data for Progress.  The poll of likely Democratic primary voters in Arizona tested Sinema in hypothetical matchups with four potential challengers, including Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoHundreds of thousands of U.S. troops still unvaccinated ahead of first vaccine deadline: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate nears surprise deal on short-term debt ceiling hike Ruben Gallego is left's favorite to take on Sinema MORE (D-Ariz.), Phoenix Mayor Kate GallegoKate GallegoHow the US could help Australia develop climate action The Hill's Morning Report - Bidens to visit Surfside, Fla., collapse site Arizona Republicans plot flat tax after voters raised taxes on the rich MORE, Rep. Greg StantonGregory (Greg) John StantonRoof collapse, explosion leaves four injured in...
    Leftists are starting to look at Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) as a candidate to primary Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) in the future as they fume over the senator not being a rubber stamp for President Joe Biden’s agenda. Democrat activists and members of Congress are livid over the senator’s decision not to support the price tag of the $3.5 trillion radical reconciliation bill the Democrats are using to push far-left ideas and campaign promises. Sinema has become the target of the far-left. Last weekend, a viral video showed left-wing activists — linked to a border lobbyist group funded mainly by billionaire George Soros — harassing Sinema inside the hallways of Arizona State University (ASU), eventually following her into the bathroom. They yelled at her for her lack of support towards President Joe Biden’s radical “Build Back Better” program. ????BREAKING: Blanca, an AZ immigrant youth confronts @SenatorSinema inside her classroom, where she teaches @ ASU. "in 2010 both my grandparents got deported bc of SB1070…my grandfather passed away 2 wks ago & I wasnt able to go to Mexico bc there is no pathway to citizenship." pic.twitter.com/JDZYY2fOD2 — LUCHA...
    Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoAttacks on Sinema turn increasingly personal Arizona Democrats' frustration with Sinema comes to a head The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by AT&T - Final countdown: Senate inches toward last infrastructure vote MORE (D) has emerged as an early favorite to primary Sen. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaSanders declined to sign statement condemning protests against Sinema: report Graham opposes short-term debt hike, warns against being 'held hostage' to filibuster Schumer-McConnell debt hike talks spill into Thursday MORE (D) in Arizona as fury on the left grows over her opposition to the party’s sweeping reconciliation package. As Democrats’ patience with Sinema runs out amid negotiations over the $3.5 trillion social policy and climate change package, Gallego, a 41-year-old in his fourth term representing a Phoenix-based district, has found himself at the center of an effort to oppose Sinema’s reelection in 2024. Progressives are already laying the groundwork for a potential primary challenge, and one campaign, Run Ruben Run, has set its sights specifically on recruiting Gallego into the race. For now, at least, many Democrats remain wary of the early...
    This week on The Brief, we discuss current political events in Arizona, a key battleground state and one that Democrats surprised many by flipping in the 2020 election. Arizona will be a fiercely contested state well into the future, and this week our hosts Markos Moulitsas and Kerry Eleveld discussed its pivotal role in the battle for democracy with guest Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), who offered insight into what Moulitsas calls “ground zero” in our fight for democracy today. With the political situation in Arizona now a “circus,” as Markos says, the state’s GOP apparatus has devolved into petty infighting and a sham election “audit” in a clear attempt to sow doubt about the most recent and any future elections Democrats win in the state. Setting the stage for viewers and listeners who might not have a background on what’s going on in Arizona right now, Eleveld gave an overview of the so-called election “audit” happening in Arizona right now: The Senate Republicans [in Arizona] ordered this audit, and then handed it off to this group called Cyber Ninjas, which had zero actual experience conducting...
    Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego Arizona is ground zero in our fight for our democracy. It was a 50-50 state in the 2020 presidential election, and was won by Democrats thanks to turnout gains among Latinos, American Indians, and seemingly, college educated white women in the suburbs. Democrat Mark Kelly won a special election Senate seat that he must defend in 2022 in the 50-50 Senate. Arizona’s other senator, Kyrsten Sinema, refuses to budge on the Jim Crow filibuster, meaning minority Republicans can stymie most Democratic legislation. And Republicans from all over the country are flocking to marvel at a sham Republican “audit” attempting to find evidence of voter fraud that never happened. The state’s hero, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, is running for governor, which could prove critically important to prevent additional voting restrictions ahead of the 2024 presidential election.  And of course, Arizona will remain a fiercely contested presidential battleground state in the near future.  Today, we are thrilled to have Arizona progressive champion, Rep. Ruben Gallego, to talk about his state’s pivotal role in the battle for true democracy.  YOUTUBE LINK...
    Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene isn’t convincing anyone of anything, but she keeps shouting slurs to appeal to her extremist, conspiracy theorist base. Rep. Ruben Gallego wasn’t having it—and though the exchange got personal, it showed some basic facts about today’s Democratic Party and today’s Republican Party. Let’s start not with Greene’s string of generic Republican talking points on steroids, but with Gallego’s response: xI was trying to figure what type of pen to stab your friends with if they overran us on the floor of the House of Representatives while trying to conduct a democratic transition of power. So please shut your seditious, Qanon loving mouth when it comes to who loves America. https://t.co/NycvFNHkJ9— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) May 2, 2021 Greene offered a set of false claims about the political party that controls the White House, the House, and the Senate, kicking off with a weird ungrammatical slur on that party’s name that’s been embraced not just by fringe Republicans but by the party as a whole. Lies about “open borders” and “Antifa” and “riots.” And she closed with an effort...
    Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoCongress: Support the ARC Act to prevent amputations Hispanic Caucus endorses Castro for Foreign Affairs gavel Favorites emerge as Latino leaders press Biden to appoint 5 Hispanics to Cabinet MORE (D-Ariz.) was tapped to lead the Congressional Hispanic Caucus's (CHC) campaign arm Wednesday, taking over a body with growing influence in Washington. Outgoing BOLD PAC Chair Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.), who is widely credited with making the group a fundraising machine and helping bring several new Latino members to the House, said he’s “confident” Gallego will continue the “great work” of expanding the CHC.  “As the son of working-class immigrants and the first in his family to graduate from college, Ruben knows the hurdles that exist for candidates of color to enter politics. He understands the critical role BOLD PAC plays in supporting Latina/o congressional candidates early on. He knows that if we want to see our communities and experiences represented in the halls of Congress, if we want to have folks at the decision-making table who reflect the diversity of our nation — we need to play an...
    Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) released a blistering online diatribe against White House senior adviser Jared Kushner for his comments about why African Americans aren’t more successful in the United States. In a Monday interview with Fox & Friends, Kushner blamed “virtue-signaling” people who “go on Instagram and cry” for the civil unrest the country witnessed ever since George Floyd’s death. Later, as Kushner spoke about the Trump administration’s approach to the black community, he said “President Trump’s policies are the policies that can help people break out of the problems that they’re complaining about, but he can’t want them to be successful more than that they want to be successful.” Kushner’s comments were panned by critics as a display of white privilege, a racist insinuation that Black people are lazy, and a condescending remark from a person born into a wealthy family. Gallego was among these detractors, and he ripped into Kushner by launching into a comparison of how they both ended up going to school at Harvard. “This how the 1% look at minorities,” Gallego said. “I was...
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