Steve Gallardo's SB 1070 Repeal: The Dems' New Litmus Test
|State Senator Steve Gallardo: Do his fellow Dems have the same huevos?|
When I saw the headline in the Arizona Republic, "Democrats plan to introduce legislation to repeal SB 1070," let's just say I smelled a fish, and fresh it was not.
The only Democrat I know of down at the state Legislature with the huevos to do something so bold as to seek the repeal of the state's breathing-while-brown-law is Senator Steve Gallardo.
So I knew before reading the article that Gallardo had to be behind the effort, as indeed he is. But "Democrats" with an "s" on the end?
During 2010, most mainstream Dems ran away from the issue, almost as far away as they ultimately ran from the successful recall of now ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce.
The party line, generally, was this: We opposed 1070 before it became law, but once it became law, aw, shucks, we just couldn't do a dang thing about it.
Never mind that the D's party base was, and is, ferociously opposed to 1070. Moreover, the base applauded when the feds successfully sued Arizona, scoring an injunction against the most egregious parts of the statute.
But Dems running for dog catcher and above in 2010? Mention 1070, and they bent over (forwards not backwards, natch) trying to prove how "tough" they were on illegal immigration. That, or they buried their craniums next to the nearest cacti, hoping the issue would evaporate.
I read a little lower in the Republic piece, and guess what? Supposedly Gallardo's big supporter on the repeal is none other than -- drum roll, please -- Democratic jellyfish David Lujan!
That's the guy who is now state Senator from Legislative District 15, thanks to recently-announced U.S. Congressional-candidate Kyrsten Sinema and her partner in Lujan-promotion, Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox
Man, that is one helluva stinky carp.
Because we all know that as House minority leader in 2010, Lujan made sure he wasn't around when 1070 was voted on. Then he made lame and misleading excuses for his absence.
So I gave Gallardo a call. Gallardo, a fierce critic of Lujan, told me he backed former legislator Ken Clark for the LD 15 spot.
He expressed surprise at Lujan's come-to-Jesus moment, and said he had not been working with him on the proposed repeal, which he plans to drop January 23 at the state Capitol.