Andy Tobin Announces He's So Sick of Washington D.C. That He Wants a Job There

Categories: Election 2014
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Andy Tobin, congressional candidate and sudden cowboy.


Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin announced today that he's "just sick of Washington, D.C."

The Republican is so sick of Washington that he's asking people to help him get a job there, with a $174,000-a-year, taxpayer-funded salary.

(He's running for Congress.)

Tobin announced his move by immediately blaming Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick for closing the Grand Canyon.

"Kirkpatrick is so committed to protecting ObamaCare and supporting Nancy Pelosi, she has literally voted to shut down the Grand Canyon," his announcement says.

Since there was no bill that calls for shutting down the Grand Canyon, Kirkpatrick literally did not do that. She did vote against piecemeal funding of federal parks and memorials, though.

Anyway, as you can see in the photo above, Tobin's suddenly a cowboy now that he's running for Congress.

Somehow, Congressional races in Arizona seem to turn otherwise suit-wearing Republicans into surprise cowboys.

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hjoemora
hjoemora

He wants to be a clown ? We don't need another republican clown in the circus .

rickaz59
rickaz59

Disgusting how these politicians cater to the gay vote by wearing pink shirts  . . .

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

oy vie... yet another idiot republican who thinks that lying about someone else, about something that is easily verifiable is going to work....

I really miss real republicans....

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

He's just another worthless political hack.

phxjustice
phxjustice

Funny how people who hate government so much that they will spend millions of others' people's money (most of it "dark money") to be part of government and draw taxpayer funded paychecks.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

No, Andy. It was your Teabagger pals who shut down the govt and forced Grand Canyon National Park to close. They're all selfish little pricks just like you. By this time next year it will appear as if the House of Representatives will be about to change hands. Just remember that you saw it here first.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

In one sentence you say that she didn't vote for shutting down the Grand Canyon, but in the next you say that she voted against a bill that would have kept it open.

Not sure what sort of distinction you're trying to draw, there.


teknik
teknik

@Flyer9753 they play on their ability to invoke irrational hate, once you have them hating folks it's easy to get them on your side.. it'll ride on just long enough to trainreck and back-fire. .Meanwhile folks back home will have forgotten all about it..

Bnbk
Bnbk

@Flyer9753 It will work to some extent,people like VN will fall for Broke Back Tobin's BS.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@eric.nelson745  

It takes two groups, each caring more about their political party than about the American people, to create an impasse like this.

 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative How did she vote for or against the shutdown, as the Orange one hasn't allowed a vote on the REAL bill from the senate?

drgonzo
drgonzo

@valleynative She did not cause the shutdown that closed the park.  She voted against a piecemeal post-shutdown bill that would reopen some parks (but not other public lands) but did not solve anything else in the shutdown.  It was a cynical TP tactic to bring some visible victims of the shutdown back on line so people would shut up about that part and stop blaming the responsible TP twits.  People miss their parks.  People seem to ignore other things out of their sight  like cut off WIC or headstart or EPA inspections

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Bnbk @Flyer9753  

Ok, go ahead and explain the significant difference between voting to close the Canyon, and voting against keeping it open.  By "significant", I mean beyond mere political rhetoric that seems to fool those who choose to be fooled.

Thanks


WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative @eric.nelson745 VN.  Did you miss the "pledge" that 60 GOPgoobers signed a few months back to stop ACA or shut down the government?  Which dems were involved in that PLAN?

drgonzo
drgonzo

@valleynative @eric.nelson745 no, it takes one group of spoiled brats who are preventing the CR from getting an up down vote.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@drgonzo @valleynative  

The Democrats are just as responsible for the shutdown as the Republicans.  They're playing party politics instead of being statesmen.

Refusing to keep the parks open was a cynical public relations tactic to make the shutdown more painful to more Republican supporters.

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

meals on wheels is the clincher to avoiding government shutdown? im sure we, as a community can support a program that will substitute meals on wheels and we can fleece thr need for govermrnt dependency one failed program at a time.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@valleynative @Bnbk @Flyer9753  Oh great! VN is sharing his Fox news "logic" again. 

Tea Party terrorists took our economy as hostage and now want to release them, one at a time, as they choose? Thats terrorism.  

 Over 500,000 vets are without food (meals on wheels) yet you want to pretend its about parks?  So far,  about a million people have lost their jobs over your selfish stunt.  

We do not negotiate with terrorists.  You will have to get your idiots elected and pass or repeal laws the constitutional way. You cannot hold laws already passed as hostage any longer. 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative @Bnbk @Flyer9753 Why won't Boehner put the Senate Passed CR up for a vote?  Because it would PASS, end the shutdown, and people would cheer.  All without a single vote from the Teabaggers!

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @WhoKnows @eric.nelson745 

Obama and the Democrats gave a pledge to do health insurance for the country as far back as 2008. 

Given a pledge like that the responsible thing for the Repubs to do would have been to start negotiations, don't you think?

Goes both ways, even more to the Dems actually since 1) he's the President, 2) elections since then have reaffirmed the pledge, 3) he made it first, but of course that doesn't matter to you... hypocrite much Valley? (rhetorical question, we all know you are)

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows @valleynative @eric.nelson745  

Is that supposed to be some sort of counter-argument?  Given a pledge like that the responsible thing for the Dems to do would have been to start negotiations, don't you think?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative @eric.nelson745 Compromise, as the dems have done with the budget, by allowing things like the sequester to remain?  How exactly have the Teabaggers compromised?  Be SPECIFIC!

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @eric.nelson745 

Actually I was wrong again in my numbers....

It's not $120B... it's $217B that the Democrats already 'compromised' on...

And what have the Republicans compromised on... oh yeah.. NOTHING

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @eric.nelson745 

Oh and as to the 'good of the nation' 

He is standing FIRM for the good of the nation after already compromising... you should send that statement of yours to every Republican Congressperson in Washington, they are the ones that need to hear that.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @eric.nelson745 

He and the Democrats have compromised.

To date the Democrats have reduced the budget they came up with by over $120B, making the current budget proposal LOWER than even the draconian budget that Ryan proposed during the debates.

Yet still the Republicans come back for more more more, even though those same republicans refuse to cut from our bloated military and vote to keep building tanks we don't need.

You don't negotiate with hostage takers.

The ACA was debated, compromised on, voted on, signed, re-challenged in the congress, challenged legally to the SCOTUS and passed. 

If Republicans want to change it, fine, there are mechanisms in place in our government to do that.

Saying you are not going to do B (which is your job BTW), until you get everything you want on A, without yourself being willing to compromise on A, is hostage taking, is terroristic, those are the facts and that is not how our government is supposed to work.

Asking Democrats to come to a meeting to discuss the budget, while also stating you will not allow funding on a passed and legislated piece of law, then saying the Dems refuse to negotiate is ludicrous and disingenuous to say the least.

This is nothing more than a minority, using their stolen (gerrymandered) house seats to go against the very thing this country was founded on, democracy.

and don't even start the discussion about constitutional republic vs republic vs democracy vs etc.... I know the difference and the similarity and how democracy is supposed to fit into them all

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@eric.nelson745

I guess we shouldn't expect him to be willing to compromise for the good of the nation, right?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @valleynative @WhoKnows  

Let's recap:

I said that they're operating by the rules.

Then I said that no rules are being broken.

You seem to have somehow misunderstood that to mean that I was saying that there are no rules, which would make me a hypocrite, when in fact I was simply restating what I had said earlier.

I don't know how you did that, but you don't seem too bright, so it's to be expected.

Then I pointed out that the fact that they're not breaking any rules does not mean that there are no rules, and you somehow think I'm "splitting hairs". 

You're just about as dumb as a post.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @Flyer9753 @WhoKnows

"There are no rules being broken.  Refusing to pass a bill is completely in compliance with the rules."

Actually there are several rules being broken right now.

But aren't you talking out of both sides of your mouth with that statement and this one?

"That's all in the rules that both parties agreed to, and which both parties use to their advantage, often against what's best for the citizens. "

So are there rules or not? Can't have it both ways.... And who is breaking those rules now? Oh yes, both do it, but we are not talking about history, we are talking about today, who is breaking them TODAY? 

And yet you STILL make excuses for them... You are the problem, excusing this in a tit for tat rather than acknowledge what needs done TODAY and working on that.

You are being a hypocrite Valley, plain and simple. You don't like having that pointed out but it's the truth nonetheless.

Just because someone did something in the past that was wrong, does not justify you or your party (or ANY party) doing it in the present.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @valleynative @WhoKnows  

There are no rules being broken.  Refusing to pass a bill is completely in compliance with the rules.

Is it counter-productive?  Yes, mainly because it makes all Republicans look bad, but I support the goal of postponing ACA to give Congress time to make it better.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @Flyer9753 @WhoKnows 

Actually there is in many respects, but aside from that... and who is breaking those rules you speak of right now? Today?

You can try to point fingers at both parties all you like and for the most part I agree with you, but today this is the Republicans doing it, TODAY so why aren't you willing to deal with TODAY? 

Pointing fingers like you are doing solves nothing and just continues the problem. So why isn't YOUR party working within the rules?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @valleynative @WhoKnows  

There's nothing in the Constitution about bringing anything up for a vote in Congress.  That's all in the rules that both parties agreed to, and which both parties use to their advantage, often against what's best for the citizens.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @WhoKnows @Flyer9753 

Oh, also re-read the sections about Majority rule and how the minority is not supposed to hold the majority hostage, especially since the only reason the minority has ability to do this, is due to CHEATING (gerrymandering).

Where in the Constitution does it say that 1 part of a democracy is supposed to be able to override the other parts? 

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @WhoKnows @Flyer9753

"Read the Constitution again.  Review your elementary Civics.  Look up "power of the purse strings". "

You re-read it, since the votes are there to pass a working CR that everyone agrees with, but Boehner will not bring it up for a vote.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative @Flyer9753 Valley.  Riddle me this.  The Constitution defines a method to repeal a law.  Why aren't the GOP going by that CONSTITUTIONAL method?  They are holding hostages instead!

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @Flyer9753 

You are right, there is a difference in our philosophies...

You have no problem allowing someone to die because you don't have a perfect (in your mind) solution.

Whereas I would help that person to the best of my ability, identify what is wrong in the REAL WORLD and then work to fix it.

Yeah, your way is sooooo much better.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Flyer9753

There's an important difference in our philosophies.  I would much rather have nothing at all, and be forced to try again to design a working system, than to implement a bad system.   Obamacare is a bad system.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @drgonzo 

The only way you can say that the Democrats are just as responsible is if you have your finger on the scale you are using, to screw the dems.

Do some research. Pull the congressional record and read it for yourself. Read the Bills.

I will agree both parties are responsible, but it is in no way equal in respects to who caused the problems and therefore should carry most of the responsibility for fixing it... or at least getting the hell out of the way and letting someone else try... 

Keep in mind the Repubs want to get rid of the ACA, but cannot give any alternative... I would rather have a bad law that does some good and is step 1 to fixing a broken system, than nothing at all, which is exactly what the Republicans are offering as an alternative... nothing.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@valleynative

All these fuckers need to be flushed down a toilet.

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