Lea Marquez Peterson on MSNBC is McSally 2.0

Lea Marquez Peterson on MSNBC is McSally 2.0

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by M. Chubon

May 22, 2018

 

Lea Marquez Peterson was on MSNBC Sunday and it feels like deja vu. Martha McSally used to also appear on news programs other than Fox, until she went full radical immigrant hater to appear more Trump-like in her run for Senate. Lea is the the favored GOP front runner to replace Martha in Arizona’s CD2 and this segment was about the dwindling number of Republican women in Congress. In MSNBC logic, why not have a fake Moderate show up and make fake Moderate statements unchecked?

We sent our Candidate Questionnaire to Lea in January. She has not filled it out. So we have to parse out her positions based on statements. This sounds so familiar.

She says she is hearing from constituents because she is a new candidate and runs a Chamber of Commerce. Not sure  what that means, but ok, Lea. She blew off the last GOP Candidate Forum, and appears to be taking a page from the book of “How to stay under the radar” written by the creators of Martha McSally.

But here are a few positions we can add to the Questionnaire we are filling out for her:

  1. She thinks John McCain deserves respect.

 

  1. “Border Security and National Security is top of mind for so many folks” – when the GOP is pushing the divisiveness to rile up a racist base without statistics to back up a “border crisis” sure it becomes top of mind. But healthcare, Social Security & Medicare, the economy, school safety, and immigration reform are the actual issues at the top of mind for CD2 voters regardless of party.

 

  1. Border wall, increased Border Patrol and Immigration reform … components of border security that we need to tackle.

 

  1. When asked if she wants Trump to campaign for her she doesn’t directly answer the question and says that it would be an honor to have the President in our District. But she mentions the A-10. 

 

  1. When asked about Arpaio she plays dumb like she doesn’t know about him. We see two issues here. It is an insulting tactic to be a strong, business oriented woman playing dumb. Second,  as the President and CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, she has no comment on the Sheriff who was accused and convicted of racially profiling and in turn terrorizing the Latino community? We realize the Chamber does not tackle social issues, but it begs the question: should it? Can you advocate for Hispanic businesses without advocating for the Latino community as a whole? Or is your kind of advocacy reserved for the most wealthy among you?

 

  1. She supports a discharge petition to force a discussion on the floor of Congress to find a solution for DACA. She doesn’t say what her solution would be.

 

  1. When asked about Trump calling immigrants “animals” she responds “there certainly have been some comments I have been concerned about…however, this comment … he was referring to the gang members that have been coming from Mexico…so in terms of the thing he said most recently, I don’t believe it was racist.” Holy crap, Kasie Hunt! You missed a HUGE opportunity to pull that thread and ask, what comments she does believe are racist. And, MS-13 is an El Salvador gang that originated in Los Angeles. But who needs facts?

 

The interview, like so many we have suffered through, was a standard lob of softball questions, and then allowing the non answers and misleading statements to stand. Kasie Hunt obvisously is like so many other journalists who are at best not able to do background on the people they interview or at worst, looking for the headline. But she missed the opportunity for an even better headline on multiple questions.

 

Many of the tactics used by Lea mimic the same tactics that led CD2 voters to believe that Martha McSally was a moderate and that her interests align with the interests of the entire district, not just her donors or her career. She is even using the same language. We fear that we are seeing a Martha, v 2.0 and CD2 deserves better. In the words of the Who, “we won’t be fooled again.”

 

Stay tuned for the following upcoming pieces on Lea:

  1. A breakdown of Lea’s donors and how they overlap with the special interests of donors of Martha McSally’s.
  2. Lea’s “Pro Small Business” fact checked
  3. Lea’s checkered past with the Latino community

watch it here:

Arizona GOP Candidate Willing to Go On Record

Arizona GOP Candidate Willing to Go On Record

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In a political atmosphere that punishes taking stands, we have an Arizona CD2 GOP Candidate that is willing to have his positions on record. And it isn’t the front runner, who appears to be laying low in a strategy that is very familiar to Southern Arizona constituents.

As an organization, our mission is to educate voters so that they can make choices at the polls based on their values, not the slick PR campaigns that mislead the average voter. We have found that the candidates want to control a narrative that often doesn’t match the reality of their votes and positions. Our purpose is to let people know the truth, in a time when the press is printing/posting press releases verbatim. Or not following up with questions when candidates make outrageous statements.

We have found that Candidates like Martha McSally lie about legislation and the implications of their votes. Yes, she lies. We used to say “misleads” but we cannot continue to give her the benefit of the doubt given her track record. You can see just a couple of examples here. We asked Martha to fill out our questionnaire. We never received an answer. We also asked her to re-answer a survey she did for the Center for Arizona Policy in 2012. We never received an answer.

So we were pleasantly surprised to receive a questionnaire from a lesser known Republican Candidate for CD2 relatively quickly after sending it. Former Douglas city Councilman, Danny Morales said about the survey:

I appreciate the opportunity to provide my answers to your thought-provoking questions. Regardless of political differences and aside from my own deep convictions, I am running to serve the constituents of the entire district the best I can whether they are young, middle-aged, senior, Conservative, Liberal, Republican, Democrat, Independent, registered or unregistered. In that light, I appreciate what you are doing to ensure an informed electorate in our beloved district. Thanks again for the opportunity!”

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Anti-Consumer McSally

Anti-Consumer McSally

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Anti-Consumer McSally  

an opinion post by Gail Kanamas

Rep. Martha McSally is no friend to consumers.  So far this year, McSally has voted five times for anti-consumer legislation.  The only time she voted pro-consumer was with a unanimous House (HR 4292).  This record tops her count of anti-consumer votes in 2017 and it’s only February.  Her votes are consistent with the Republican alignment with big banks and moneyed interests who want deregulation at all costs.  The votes she has taken mostly allow banks and other lenders to roll back consumer financial protections.  Examples include cutting back on record keeping and disclosure requirements for smaller banks which could allow discrimination in lending to go undiscovered.  Other bills she signed onto manipulate information about fees for mortgages that could result in more borrowers taking on too much debt without realizing it.  Another non-financial bill she voted for would downgrade nutrition information now required of large chain restaurants and delay pending Food & Drug Administration rules.  How can she justify these votes that can harm her own constituents?  Since she never interacts with constituents, she doesn’t have to defend these votes or answer their concerns.   

 

HR 2954 Home Mortgage Disclosure Adjustment Act of 2017  

 

HR 4292 Financial Institution Living Will Improvement Act of 2017 (unanimously supported)

 

Statements about H.R.772: Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017

Eleven members of Congress have made 16 statements about this bill.

 

Countable’s arguments for and against The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017

HR 1153  Mortgage Choice Act of 2017

From Prosperity Now: Congress Is Considering Bills to Make Homeownership More Expensive and Less Safe

HR 3978.  TRID Improvement Act of 2017  

 

HR 3299.  Protecting Consumers’ Access to Credit Act of 2017  

On Consumer Federation of America: Bill Could Allow Payday Lenders to Make an End Run Around State Laws Designed to Keep Them Out

McSally in Cosmo Magazine – wait, WHAT?

McSally in Cosmo Magazine – wait, WHAT?

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We started this Change.org campaign to ask the Editors of “Cosmopolitan” Magazine to:

“Tell your readers the truth about Martha McSally

Helen Gurley Brown, the long-time editor of “Cosmopolitan,” famously transformed it from a staid family magazine to a frank (sometimes brazen) advice manual for the modern, single career woman.

In 2014, then-editor Joanna Coles expanded Cosmo’s scope to politics, “researching political candidates so you don’t have to.” She announced that only politicians who support the best interests of Cosmo readers (including equal pay, access to abortion, gun control and affordable health care) would receive the magazine’s endorsement.

Based on that criteria, the only way you’d expect to see Rep. Martha McSally featured on the Cosmo’s web site is in a big red warning to steer clear. McSally has a long track record of opposing the very policies that Cosmo says are deal-breakers:

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Tucson Waiting for McSally Town Hall

Tucson Waiting for McSally Town Hall

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On June 30th, 2015 Martha McSally held her last advertised, open to the public event in Tucson at her office.

Then on February 7th, 2017, we delivered 1300 signatures to her office requesting that she attend a Town Hall, that was scheduled according to her available dates after consulting with her scheduler. She was invited in January the moment we set the date. She chose to “ambush” her Tucson constituents using “political theater” and announced a conflicting Town Hall in Sahuarita, AZ (20 miles away in the middle of the work day) for the same day, making it impossible for people to attend both. Following that Town Hall, she told reporters that it was positive, she could handle the rowdy crowd and that she would absolutely do it again. We are waiting.

Pay to Play with Martha McSally – Part 3 My $75 Question

Pay to Play with Martha McSally – Part 3 My $75 Question

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By Marion Chubon

Martha, you almost had me there when you explained why it took you 4 days to condemn a white supremacist terror attack.  Let me back up. As many people know Congress has been on recess for the entire month of August. Martha McSally has used the recess to rebrand herself as a voice of reason in the healthcare debate. The voice I clearly remember is the one that famously said “let’s get this Fucking thing done” shortly before voting for the AHCA. That bill was the very unpopular healthcare (tax cut for wealthy) bill that the majority of her constituents and stakeholders in the healthcare industry begged her to vote “no” on.  

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Pay to Play with Martha McSally – Part 2 Harassment by McSally & Chamber Thugs

Pay to Play with Martha McSally – Part 2 Harassment by McSally & Chamber Thugs

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By Kristen Randall

..and it felt like all eyes were on us.

No, this isn’t an excerpt from a fairy tale. This is what it felt like as Marion and I entered the large room where the Tucson Metro Chamber was hosting Rep. Martha McSally as their keynote speaker. Marion and I are both business owners, she is a business coach and wholesale artist and I am own and edit a community newspaper. But we are also the President and Vice President of Represent Me AZ Grassroots Super PAC.

I didn’t exactly expect a warm reception, but we were assigned some henchmen to watch us through the speech. Since we were seated in the very back of the cavernous room, henchman 1 had to stand against the wall to keep us two ladies in his sights the entire time.

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Pay to Play with Martha McSally – Part 1 What Martha Didn’t Say

Pay to Play with Martha McSally – Part 1 What Martha Didn’t Say

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August 25, 2017
Martha McSally delivers Campaign Speech to Metro Chamber of Commerce

By Bryna Koch

On August 25th I attended Issues Over Easy, an event billed as a legislative update sponsored by the Tucson Chamber of Commerce. Congresswoman Martha McSally, there to provide the legislative update, received the Spirit of Enterprise Award. According to Mr. Jennings Imel, executive director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Western Regional Office, the award is presented to legislators who voted at least 70% of the time with the U.S. Chamber’s interests. The Chamber adds stickers to a hard hat (part of the award) for those legislators who voted with them 100% of the time. Apparently the Congresswoman has earned one of these stickers every year she was eligible.

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McSally Dodges On Internet Privacy

McSally Dodges On Internet Privacy

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McSally Dodges On Internet Privacy

It’s a challenge to get Rep. Martha McSally to answer questions about where she stands on important issues. But when we do get an answer, and it turns out to be no answer at all, then its easy to understand Southern Arizona voters’ growing frustration with her.

Take for example her vote to overturn Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations on internet privacy. This spring, McSally joined other Republicans in Congress to approve a bill that lets internet service providers such as Comcast, Cox, and Verizon gather highly personal information from you without your permission. That info includes what web pages you visit, what apps you use, and information about your finances. The companies can then use that data to bombard you with targeted ads, or they can sell the information to marketers, financial firms, and data brokers. The Center for Digital Democracy says the law means, “Americans will never be safe online from having their most personal details stealthily scrutinized and sold to the highest bidder.”

When our fellow constituents wrote McSally for an explanation, it took over three months to get a reply. In the letter, McSally explained that her vote to gut internet privacy was actually an effort to protect the privacy of consumers. How did she explain that contradiction? McSally wrote that regulating online privacy belonged to a different agency, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and she didn’t want to interfere with that.

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McSally Finally Calls for Civility

McSally Finally Calls for Civility

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McSally’s Recent Cable News Tour Calling For Civility Misses the Mark

Typically when someone speaks about a desire for change, and expresses a shared responsibility for an issue, their next statement, as an act of good faith, speaks about their own missteps. Not so with Martha McSally.  Since the terrible and tragic attack on her GOP colleagues on June 14th that left the shooter dead and 3 others seriously injured, she has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News and in various print articles speaking about how we need to take stock in the current political climate.  In her interview on 6/14 with Joe Ferguson she states “we are all responsible for bringing the temperature down” and on Fox News on 6/17 she muses “what is it that each of us can do to bring the temperature down?” Had she answered her own questions she could have followed up her statements with an admission of her culpability like “I too have engaged in some of the political conversation that inhibits our unification.” But instead she states, “I refuse to inflame the rhetoric. I haven’t done it since I’ve been in D.C. and I’m going to continue to choose not to do it.” “Let’s not feed into the fear and anger.” So since Martha won’t use this opportunity for self-reflection, I am compelled to do so for her. Continue reading “McSally Finally Calls for Civility”