Robert Meza, Democratic State Senator, Threatens DREAMer With Defamation Lawsuit, Campaigners Say

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Senator Meza claims Tony Valdovinos (above) made fun of him for being gay.

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State Senator Robert Meza is being accused of threatening to sue a volunteer for fellow Democrat Raquel Terán, his primary opponent in the newly-created Legislative District 30.

Meza, who is openly gay, claims Tony Valdovinos, a 22-year-old undocumented immigrant, made some "derogatory remarks about [my sexuaility]" and called him an "evil monster" while canvassing for Teran in West Phoenix.

"If you're on the trail for your candidate you should behave in a professional manner," Meza recalls telling Valdovinos in a July 3 phone conversation. "What happens when you give false attacks on people...that's defamation of character and... in those situations people can be sued."

The senator claims some of his constituents told him that they heard Valdovinos make the offensive comments while the volunteer was knocking on doors for his opponent.

Valdovinos denies he made fun of Meza being gay or referred to him a monster, but does confirm that he received a call from him. According to Valdovinos, during the phone conversation Meza threatened to bring a lawsuit against him, never explaining why.

"I just have been telling people the truth," Valdovinos says. "Look, this guy [Meza] has the worst voting record, he doesn't stand up for our community, and that's part of the reason people don't know who he is."

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shobson21
shobson21

False attacks are what the Phoenix New Times is all about since each and every one of their articles are politically motivated attacks.

AZDemocrat
AZDemocrat

Why all the outrage? This stoner is illegal, do you think we could get away with this kind of crap in Mexico? We would be THROWN IN JAIL if we tried influencing their elections. What Scary Spice's look-alike was also saying is that the Senator "hates Mexicans"-- have you LOOKED at Meza? Did you READ his last name? The guy IS hispanic. Pure stupidity is what this is. My advice is for Teran's undocumented volunteers to get their citizenships first, THEN complain. Until then, they have no right no fuddle with our democratic process. And Teran-- STOP USING ILLEGAL VOLUNTEERS!

bdickus2001
bdickus2001

 @AZDemocrat I bet all the money in my pockets against all the money in your pockets, that your monicker "AZDemorat" is a cipher for Bob "BottomBoy" Meza. If not for the fact that you suck cock and live in a Democratic neighborhood, you and your buddy Chevront would be Republicans.

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