February 8, 2023

Ruben Gallego announces Senate bid to challenge Kirsten Cinema in Arizona



CNN

On Monday, Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona announced his campaign for the U.S. Senate, setting up a 2024 showdown with Chen. Kirsten Cinemawho recently He switched parties From Democrats to Independents.

Gallego, a Phoenix-area congressman and retired Marine who served in Iraq, Posted a video He told a group of teammates about his decision to run.

“You are the first group besides my family to hear this. I’m challenging Kirsten Cinema for the United States Senate, and I need all of your support,” Gallego, 43, told the group at a veterans’ organization in Guadalupe, Arizona.

The film faced heavy criticism from Democrats for its objectionable elements President Joe Bidenof the agenda. Early last year, when the Arizona senator was still a Democrat, Gallego said some Democratic senators They forced him to run to his seat. Sinema said he was switching parties in December, though he continues to caucus with Senate Democrats and has not publicly said whether he will seek re-election.

“Most families think they’re one or two paychecks away. That’s not the way we should live in this country,” Gallego said in his announcement video. “The rich and powerful, they don’t need more lawyers. People who are still trying to decide between groceries and utilities are the ones who need a fighter.

Gallego, who is of Colombian and Mexican descent, would be Arizona’s first Latino senator if elected. He spoke in both English and Spanish in his announcement video and described the hardships and financial instability his family faced while growing up.

Her mother, an immigrant, “cries and laments every night about how she’s going to raise four kids on a secretary’s salary, you know, with an absent father,” Gallego said.

“Fue una experiencia muy dura,” Gallego added in Spanish: “It was a very difficult experience.”

Calico was first elected to the House in 2014. He was a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and chaired BOLD PAC, the campaign arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, during the 2022 cycle.

The Arizona Democrat described suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following his deployment to Iraq in 2005 in his announcement video.

“Losing all my friends, getting shot at constantly and people trying to blow you up all the time – you never really come back from war fully. You are not the same person,” Gallego said. “Struggling through PTSD, I had some very low moments in my life. But I didn’t give up. I pushed forward. I found a new way to continue to serve.

National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Philip Letso responded to Calico’s announcement: “There is a Democratic civil war going on in Arizona. Chuck Schumer has a choice: Stand with open-borders radical Ruben Gallego or his incumbent, Sen. Stand by and support Kirsten Cinema.

Several Republicans are considering running for Sinema’s seat. Defeated Arizona gubernatorial candidate Gary Lake is considering a Senate bid, according to a source close to Lake.

Lake Arizona lost the gubernatorial race He won by less than 1 point in November over Democrat Katie Hobbs, who lied and didn’t admit until Sunday that she had won the election. An Arizona judge in December Lake’s case was dismissed Concluding that there was no clear or convincing evidence of misconduct, it sought to overturn her failure. lake, A serial promoter of election lies The person who rejected the outcome of the 2020 presidential election has appealed against the court’s decision. Lake won’t make a final decision on a Senate run until his court case is over, the source told CNN.

Republican Plague Masters, He lost a challenge in November Current Democratic Sen. “Strongly considering” running for Senate in 2024, a nearly 5-point margin over Mark Kelly, a spokeswoman said. Masters also denied the outcome of the 2020 election, but, unlike Lake, conceded his race to Kelly.

Karin Taylor Robson, who Lost to Lake in last year’s Republican primary Despite being endorsed by the state’s GOP governor at the time, Doug Ducey, indicated he could be open to a Senate bid.

“Instead of validating the radical Biden agenda, our senators continue to implement his disastrous policies that are terrible for Arizona,” a former member of the Arizona Board of Regents said in a statement to CNN. “While I’m still deciding how I can best serve the state I love, I agree with many Arizonans who, like myself, believe our party will appoint a strong, true conservative who will pry defeat from the jaws of victory.