Congressional District 7 Candidates Wage Battle Over Guns On Twitter, Facebook and Blogs
Ruben Gallego and Mary Rose Wilcox -- and their respective camps -- have been firing nasty missives at each other over who is more in favor of 'common sense gun laws' or gun reform.
Ruben Gallego and Mary Rose Wilcox
They're lobbing their attacks across all social media platforms, and why not? It's cheaper than mailing out old-school glossy attack postcards to potential voters.
The melee involves a state senator questioning whether Ruben Gallego, one of Wilcox competitors in the race to win Arizona's Seventh Congressional District, was going to kill someone at the State Capitol; an advocate for gun violence victims accusing Wilcox and her husband hijacking a peaceful rally; and an anonymous blogger questioning Gallego's true stance on gun law reform.
You could argue it started when Mary Rose Wilcox, a candidate for Arizona Seventh Congressional District, called on June 13 for an end to gun violence in the wake of the deadly shooting at Mother of Mercy Mission church that claimed the life of Father Kenneth Walker.
A victim of gun violence herself -- Wilcox was shot in 1997 while serving as a board supervisor reportedly over her vote on a baseball stadium tax -- said "let's all do our part to support the victims and put an end to gun violence in our community once and for all."
That same day, Markos "kos" Moulitsas, publisher/founder of the liberal blog Daily Kos, posted a resounding endorsement of former state Representative Ruben Gallego, Wilcox's most notable opponent.
On June 24, Gallego tweeted that he "fought to keep guns away from our schools and out of public buildings," with a link to this statement on his website:
"Congress gave up on gun reform, but Ruben Gallego hasn't. In the state legislature, Ruben fought to keep guns out of our schools and public buildings. In Congress, Ruben will fight for common sense gun laws like expanding universal background checks, an assault weapons ban and gun buyback programs."
Senator Robert Meza chimed in on Twitter with a biting public reminder that Gallego himself had toted a gun into the State Capitol -- an obviously public building.
"But @RubenGallego why did you bring a gun to the #azleg State Capitol? Were you going to shoot someone?"