Some of these Republicans in Arizona just cannot help themselves. It is so easy for them to offend Mexican Americans. Do they not know the history of the Mexican-American War? The Guadalupe Treaty? The land thieves when they began using English as a means to trick Spanish-speaking people for their lands?
Arizona's Michele Reagan is no Ronald Reagan, and I am deeply offended with her recent mail out. Shame on you, Reagan, I used to appreciate the value of your mother's work in the McCain campaigns ... and she is an honorable woman, but you ma'am will have a short term political career if you do not recant your offensive messaging with your attempt to woo the far right. Shame on you.
Gail Mokry Shoultes, an immigration leader of our community chimes in on your recent piece you sent out:
I am a life long democrat and local activist. I have met with Sen. Reagan in the recent past regarding dark money and local non profit organizations that facilitate that process. I have been following Sen. Reagan because of the work she did last year regarding elections reform. I have also been watching to see if Sen. Reagan has the integrity to of campaign on facts not fiction as she is my choice for SOS so far.I can understand your approval of the recent findings regarding requiring ID in order to vote, that's your opinion but what I cannot tolerate is this paragraph contained in that email. It reads: "Voting and helping set the course of our country's future are rights that belong to all US citizens. Far too long have we watched as illegal aliens and undocumented residents turn out at the polls to help further a cause. I appreciate their desire to influence our government through voting. However, until they follow the paths already in place to secure US citizenship, they do not have the right to vote in our election.Essentially you are insinuating in this paragraph that there is a large number of undocumented persons who have actually voted in Arizona elections. This kind of assertion required substantiation. I know you do not have information that backs up your claims of voter fraud but if you should find some shred of evidence I would like to see it.It is appalling that such an accomplished woman such as Sen. Reagan would stoop to perpetuating lies just to get elected. As a centrist and a voter I'm requesting that you refrain from campaigning on falsehoods and stay on path with factual information. Right is right and wrong is wrong and if we can't even believe Sen. Reagan's words during the campaign, how are we to trust her once she gets in office and is first in line for the governor?Most sincerely,Gail Shoultes
As a supporter of election integrity on all fronts - whether exposing dark money or ensuring that every citizen's vote counts, I applaud US District Judge Eric Melgren in Topeka for ruling in favor of Arizona and Kansas in their suit against the Federal Election Assistance Commission.Voting and helping set the course of our country's future are rights that belong to all US citizens. Far too long have we watched as illegal aliens and undocumented residents turn out at the polls to help further a cause. I appreciate their desire to influence our government through voting. However, until they follow the paths already in place to secure US citizenship, they do not have the right to vote in our elections.This is a significant victory for state's rights as we watch our federal government virtually slide by, doing little or nothing to secure our border or solve the problem of illegal immigration. This ruling is an important step in the right direction to allow states to determine whether someone attempting to register to vote has documentation to PROVE their US citizenship.Thank you.Michele