Friday, September 20, 2013

On Way To DCCC Fundraiser, Arizona's 3 Embattled Democrats Cross House Aisle On Forest Management Bill (FOLLOWING MONEY IN ARIZONA'S POLITICS)

Arizona Reps. Ron Barber (D-CD2), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-CD1) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-CD9) will face tough challenges in swing districts next year.  This morning, all three crossed the aisle to help pass a forest management bill that would have a significant impact in Arizona, and then are off to a Democratic leadership fundraiser to help finance their re-election battles.

The "Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act" includes the provisions that Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar (R-CD4) had proposed separately, and he sent out a news release praising the "common sense approach" of the measure.  It passed this morning by a 244-173 vote, with the Arizona Democrats comprising 3 of the 17 Democrats voting "aye".

The House then recessed (until next Wednesday), and Sinema, Kirkpatrick and Barber were scheduled to be at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ("DCCC") fundraiser hosted by Reps. Steve Israel (D-NY) and Tim Walz (D-MN).  The fundraiser is part of the DCCC's Frontline campaign aimed at "protecting vulnerable incumbent Democrats."  Frontline lists 26 Democratic Reps. around the nation.

The bank balances for Kirkpatrick, Barber and Sinema combined hold more than $1.5 Million, as of June 30.  Incidentally, that is about what  Rep. Ed Pastor (D-CD7) alone has in his account ($1.35M), but more than the other 5 Arizona Reps. combined.

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Anonymous said...

Bad bill. Link to vote: Pres. is wise to threaten veto.

Rep. Daniel Patterson (fmr)

Mitch M. said...

Thanks, Dan. Not sure what happened to that link. I've corrected.

Phoenix Justice said...

I am guessing Congressman Barber, Congresswoman Sinema and Congresswoman Kirkpatrick must not be counting on the liberal vote. You know, the vote of the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party.

Mitch M. said...

I don't think any of them can win with just "the liberal vote." Only Grijalva and Pastor have those districts (and several of the Republicans with the conservative vote.