Former Gov. Fife Symington Hosted Fundraiser for Congressional Candidate Ruben Gallego

Categories: Election 2014

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Ruben Gallego and Mary Rose Wilcox

It's not a good look for Ruben Gallego, a Democratic candidate for Arizona's 7th Congressional District rubbing elbows with a former Republican governor -- and a disgraced one at that.

Former Governor Fife Symington hosted a fundraiser on Thursday night for Gallego at a swanky Italian bistro in Scottsdale. On his way into Franco's Italian Caffe, Symington, who has an anti-immigrant track record, posed for photos.

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Former Republican Governor Fife Symington at Franco's Italian Caffe

"Ruben completely disagrees with what Symington has said in the past about immigrants. But Symington at least opposed SB 1070 -- unlike Chuck Coughlin, who was one of the architects of that law and has donated to Mary Rose Wilcox's campaign. Wilcox trying to play guilt by association is pretty laughable on just about any subject," says Andy Barr, a spokesman for Gallego's campaign.

Coughlin, president of HighGround Inc., donated $500 to Wilcox's congressional campaign on June 30, according to federal election records.

And, ironically, Coughlin managed Symington's 1994 re-election campaign.

"Mary Rose is supported by many Arizonans of all parties. She has not taken money from convicted felons like Fife Symington who complained to Congress about an 'immigrant invasion,'" says Sam Castañeda Holdren, a spokesman for Wilcox's campaign.

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Reservation book at Franco's Italian Caffe.
The Symington fundraiser, reportedly $100 a head, netted about 18 people -- at least according to a photo of the restaurant's guest book provided to New Times.

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Ruben Gallego at Franco's Italian Caffe
Gallego has had to defend himself against the image that Mary Rose Wilcox, one of his opponents in the race, has painted of him. She's hammered him for being a former member of the National Rifle Association and voting to support gun measures while he was a state lawmaker.

During a televised debate, she said that Gallego "might as well be a Republican."

She points out that Gallego received a B+ approval rating from the NRA, which doesn't resonate well in the predominately Latino and heavily Democratic district he's seeking to represent.

And this fundraiser, while it may have raised money for Gallego, it's serving as somewhat of a political gift for the Wilcox campaign in the final days of the campaign.

Politics indeed makes for strange bedfellows.

In a New York Times article published in 1994, Symington is quoted as telling a Senate Appropriations Committee that his state was facing an "immigrant invasion."

He was in the company of other governors at that time who said the influx of immigrants was a "living nightmare" and compared them to natural disasters.

In 1997, Symington was forced to resign after being found guilty of bank and wire fraud charges. Those charges were later overturned.

Symington also refused to restore the state holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

The Harvard Crimson reported in 2010:

Arizona had previously observed the national Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday but had rescinded the holiday in 1986 under Governor Evan Mecham. Then-Governor J. Fife Symington III, when he came into office in 1991, refused to bring the holiday back to the state despite passionate appeals from a small, but determined, group of activists within the state. Initially, Senator John S. McCain supported and defended Symington in his refusal, but as the political winds changed due to boycotts and public outcry so did McCain, especially once it became clear that Arizona stood to lose millions of dollars on the issue.

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sal.krico
sal.krico

http://www.nytimes.com/1994/06/23/us/3-governors-take-pleas-on-aliens-to-the-senate.html

"Gov. Pete Wilson of California testified that every fifth grader in his state could have a computer if it were not for the cost of educating illegal aliens.

Gov. Lawton Chiles of Florida called for a Federal charge card so illegal aliens could bill their health care and education directly to the Government. And, referring to "the immigrant invasion,"

Gov. Fife Symington of Arizona noted that the Constitution guaranteed the states protection against invasion. Storm 'Battering Our Shores' ".

DON'T VOTE FOR RUBEN GALLEGO. 

GALLEGO WILL TAKE $$$$$ MONEY FROM ANY REPUBLICAN.  HE'S A SELL-OUT NOW AND HE'LL BE A SELL-OUT IF ELECTED.

GALLEGO WILL BE THE FIRST TO SHAKE SHERIFF ARPAIO'S HAND.

sal.krico
sal.krico

Ruben Gallego at Franco's Italian Caffe:  No shame in licking Republican *ss. 

AkaTed
AkaTed

Arizona has always been known to where FRAUDS FLOCK and set up shop list can go on with politicians over the years Ruben hanging out with Fife.


@Monica Alonzo Look into MMJ dispensary's funding Ruben 

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

Lived in District since late 60' , I can SPOT   the FRAUDS like profiteer mary rose a mile away, do your homework ...

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

@sal.krico @anonymous  Grijalva is Senior Latino spokesperson for STATE...Though Pastor is  a gentleman, he has a tin ear for District...I know this personally ,Why do think KOS and the  CONGRESSIONAL  Progressive Caucus , MOVE ON ALL Endorse GALLEGO...

sal.krico
sal.krico

@anonymous 

GELLEGO?  You should learn to spell his name or you might vote for the wrong person. 

Those of you that complain about  Mary Rose still haven't accepted the fact that Sheriff Arpaio tried to make her a criminal just as the same as your lies and failed. 

Mary Rose wants to "take our guns away"?  You must be a supporter of the NRA.  The NRA likes "Gellego" too. 

What kind of Democrat are you?  Dixie or Tea Party? 

It's sad that you sound as if you have connections with the Democratic Party.  They have consistently failed to understand the Hispanic community.  For now, the Democratic Party should be thanking God for having such loyal support from Hispanic voters.

Mary Rose Wilcox has a history of helping Veteran groups over the years.  Veterans in District 7 know that she is consistent in her support for them. 

If indeed you are from District 7, it's too bad that you are spreading lying rumors. You should write a check to Gellego's campaign; Ruben will take $$$$$ from anyone.

Gellego has a talent of raising $$$$$. 

sal.krico
sal.krico

$$$$$ Money seems to be a high priority item in Ruben Gallego's list of "Things to do as Congressman".

No wonder Gallego has been bragging about himself being able to out-raise Mary Rose in campaign contributions. 

It looks like Ruben Gallego's tongue, in the above picture, appear to have special talent for fundraising.  That or Gallego is mocking voters.  Or both?

sal.krico
sal.krico

Looks like Ruben Gallego is SELLING HIS *SS OFF to his "homies" in Chicago.  Isn't Gallego from Chicago or somewhere back EAST. 

Congressional District 7 does not need a CARPET BAGGER to represent them in Washington. 

District 7 needs someone from the district, that knows the district, and will fight for all of it's residents.  That person is a WOMAN.  She will be the first Latina, Mexican American, elected from Arizona to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. And we are proud to have Mary Rose Wilcox represent US in C.D. 7.   

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

  Thank you Grijalva , for endorsing Gallego...

sal.krico
sal.krico

The caption for the photo with Gallego sticking his tongue out, should read:

Notice lizard eyes and forked tongue and Gallego pocketing MONEY.

sal.krico
sal.krico

Ruben Gallego is not from Arizona and does not know it or it's history.  He is a CARPET BAGGER and raising MONEY seems to be his Congressional at the top of his agenda.

A message to Gallego's paid canvassers, "Sal, Si Puede!"

The Hispanic community needs to spread the word that he is a snake and speaks with a forked tongue.  He cannot be trusted.

We know Mary Rose Wilcox and we trust her.  Vote for Mary Rose Wilcox!  Let's make history by sending the first Latina from Arizona to Congress!

Viva Mary Rose!

Viva Maria Rosa!

Benjamin Meyer
Benjamin Meyer

If he is helping Ruben, he has obviously changed his ways quite a bit.. I support the association...

anonymous
anonymous

Wilcox is a total crook. Screwed everybody over in this Valley again and again. She only profits from being in power and office, those of us in LD -7 KNOW THIS....Now WILCOX wants to take your GUNS AWAY.... I and D'S vote GELLEGO ,VETERAN ,HONEST...

Patty Tusay
Patty Tusay

And who would care about what this crook has to say?

Johnny Lozoya
Johnny Lozoya

Is Fife Symington Arizona's Most Notorious Convicted Felon?.....or is there someone worse?

Nathan Schneider
Nathan Schneider

Boo. You're lame. Don't know where you have been the last few years, because Ruben was elected to the House of Representatives under the name Gallego.

Doris Freeman
Doris Freeman

I don't live In That district, but if I did, I'd be voting for Randy Camacho after seeing Gallegos and Wilcox reveal their true selves.

Robert Montano
Robert Montano

How do you win a district where the majority is hispanic ? Have a person change his last name to a spanish sur name and wait.

Robert Montano
Robert Montano

This should tell people what Gallegos intentions are.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

I'm not sure Gallego's spokesperson, Andy Barr, is correct when he says Chuck Coughlin helped write 1070. That was Pearce and Kris Kobach. I may be wrong and Coughlin is a POS regardless. 


Gallego's B+ NRA voting record and embracing  Symington doesn't leave me with a good feeling. We've already got Kirsten Sinema embracing the republicans and turning her back on the voters. We don't need another. I know its lots of fun to bash Wilcox but when it comes to actual substance, those arguments generally fall apart. Gallego would not be the best choice for Congress. He is a shrewd politician but he will never represent District 7 as well as Wilcox will. 

Brian Woloshin
Brian Woloshin

He didn't host it, he was simply listed as a sponsor because he gave $500. It is good to see Ruben get support from both side of the aisle. This just means he can work with both sides to get things done. Just another reason I am going to vote for and support him.

Lou Lernor
Lou Lernor

Another disappointment attributed to Arizona Democrats. Why is Gallego allowing Symington's name to be attached to him? Additionally, how can Gallego so easily dismiss Symington's Anti-Immigrant record. Most importantly, I wonder what CHAD CAMPBELL thinks of this. Campbell's "Resolute Consulting, LLC" has been a big supporter of Gallego (Campbell has posted a pic of a fundraiser at the Chicago office of Resolute Consulting. Honestly . . . How can Campbell defend his support of Gallego?).

Tanya Lemaster
Tanya Lemaster

Ha. I was thinking the lady was him in drag. Ooops.

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

If you dont support wilcox youre racist against mexicans and mexico! If you dont vote for wilcox youre against obama and the US! Wilcox is the only mexican we need in the oval office!

rh19541954
rh19541954

Republicans are slowly being exposed for the incompetents that they are, and fake fiscal experts! Our nation just had 8 years of republican geniuses, Bush Jr 2000-2008, the reason they cannot win white house is you can fool some of the folks all the time but you cannot fool all the people all the time!

sal.krico
sal.krico

@AkaTed 

And what should Monica be looking for?  She takes tips.

sal.krico
sal.krico

@FRONTERA 

What a talent that you have! Your ability to "spot frauds" would have given you a good job at the CI.A. 

The majority of voters in C.D. 7 don't see what your foolish eyes see.  They have consistently voted for her and they will send her to Congress. 

sal.krico
sal.krico

@FRONTERA @sal.krico @anonymous 

Because they are outsiders.  And by the way, so is Gallego.  And so is Grijalva.

Congressman Pastor has a solid block of votes in Phoenix.  And they trust U.S. Congressman and his endorsement of Mary Rose Wilcox; They trust him when he asks them to VOTE FOR MARY ROSE WILCOX. 

Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit topcommenter

@sal.krico Gellego has a talent of raising $$$$$., just like smurf joe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AkaTed
AkaTed

@sal.krico @anonymous Ruben=MMJ Dispensary MONEY look at money raised in April with PTSD rally haha yep corruption at it's finest 

anonymous
anonymous

@sal.krico @anonymous 

You see what the GOV., Police are doing in Feurguson ,Mo. tonight. You want your 2nd Amendment right taken away from you, from people like WILCOX,,,, wake up.

sal.krico
sal.krico

@FRONTERA 

Grijalva is from Tucson. 

Thanks to U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor for his support to Mary Rose Wilcox.  Ed Pastor is from Phoenix. 

sal.krico
sal.krico

"...raising MONEY seems to be at the top of his agenda."

sal.krico
sal.krico

Looks like Fife might be changing his ways...NOT.  And the NRA is NOT changing their ways. 

But they are supporting Gallego because Gallego thinks like THEM.

sal.krico
sal.krico

Goldwater, Mecham, Brewer, then Symington.

sal.krico
sal.krico

Can Republicans vote for Dems in the primaries? 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Typical brain-dead loopy loony liberal comment.


If you don't vote for my candidate, you're 'racist'.


Fucking moron!  

AkaTed
AkaTed

@anonymous @sal.krico Al Sharpton/Jessie Jackson are to busy in MO instead of preaching in Chicago where Black/Hispanic Youth are dying at record number's because the politicians in   Chicago destroyed the project's that people established gang times.

Gunright's right now does not mean shit when you have a Militarized police squad shooting executing people

A state that still fly's the confederate flag  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues


No matter which candidate anyone votes for, you're still a lowlife pedophile ignorant liberkookian piece of shit.


Hope that helps.

rh19541954
rh19541954

@fishingblues @rh19541954 


I see your still lonely lurking under this bridge, starved for conversation!:-)  Sorry bubba as I have told you in past try a lonely hearts club!

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay 


Gosh rotted dick, you have such a way with words.  


(You should look up the proper usage of the comma, you ignorant fuck.)

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@rh19541954 


Are there any educated liberals or are they all ignorant morons?


your - possessive adjective

you're - contraction for you are


Learn it stupid.  

rh19541954
rh19541954

@fishingblues @rh19541954 


The only thing more amusing to me than lonely cyber trolls trying to find conversation is when they issue worthless grammar tickets, if one really cared what their opinion was on grammar one could use spell check, but guess loneliness is just one of this particular cyber trolls issues!:-)

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@rh19541954 @fishingblues


Is that what you told your  teacher when you failed English, you ignorant putz?


Most people try to better themselves through education.  There are some (mostly liberals) who relish being illiterate, stupid and uninformed.  Enjoy the bliss.   

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues


"it looks more like a flair-up. [sic]" -- fishfucker


"What I'd like o [sic] know is "  -- fistingblues


"It is really quit [sic] simple"  -- fishingblueballs


"Charger [sic] back to country of origin." -- fishingfelcher


"Were you educated in a third [sic] world country?" -- fishfacedfecalface


"It is not my fault nor societies [sic] fault ..." -- fishingdumberthandirt

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay 


Gosh stinky,will you teach me to speak like you?


Typical brain dead donkey comment.



"Good think (sic) the Sgt. keep (sic) a throw-away piece..." May 15, 2014



Remember, the one you deleted in shame and embarrassment.



----or--- how about this ignorant gem..........



 "Sucks to not have a tax-free private connection, don't (sic) it loser?"   posted on 06/01/14



Another donkey grammatical treasure …...............



“I just hope it don't (sic) come between us. Posted 08/16/14



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues <== still an illiterate imbecile.


Your granddaughter must be so proud of her idiot child-porn posting PeePaw.



fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @fishingblues


"PeePaw"  hahahahahaha, you fucking imbecile.  Is that what you call your little pecker?  You twerpy little shit-stain.


How's the AIDS stink?  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay 


I am not as intimately familiar with AIDS  and other disease as you stinky.   I didn't know it could be "sniffed".  Does it make you smell even worse?

Hot.Sauce
Hot.Sauce

@fistingblue so you admit to yet another subject where Donkey is smarter than you.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Hot.Sauce


Really stinky, your Dissociative Identity Disorder is getting out of control.

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