Thursday, July 12, 2012

Do You Bleed Red? Do You Bleed For Your Congressman? SURE, YOU DO!

Rep. David Schweikert's (R-CD5-running-for-CD6) Congressional office in Scottsdale is hosting a blood drive at the end of this month.  Congressional offices have long been sites for constituent services, but Schweikert's office has also been a site for community services.

The news release steers clear of any of the obvious joke-y lines that Arizona's Politics cannot resist.  (They even could have made it partisan and made some crack about the other party bleeding you in other ways.)  The release is re-posted here below the jump.

Schweikert's office recently sent out a news release detailing its food and school supplies drives, and Arizona's Politics notes that these efforts have not been limited to an election year - they are to be commended.

And, as part of our efforts at investigative reporting, Arizona's Politics checked to see if the Congressional office was receiving any incentives for hosting the blood drive (and, if so, what they intended to do with them).  While United Blood Services does publicize that it rewards blood drive hosts, the Red Cross apparently (per its website) does not incentify hosts.

So, no matter your political persuasion, go donate a pint.  If you do not do so at Schweikert office drive, do it elsewhere.  (Unfortunately, I will still be in my 8-week waiting period in between donations.)

FULL DISCLOSURE: I bleed red and blue, both in my journalistic efforts to be non-partisan... and in my collegiate athletic support.  To be even more "non-partisan", I have also worn a maroon/gold cap/gown.


Scottsdale, Ariz. – In light of a nationwide blood shortage, Congressman David Schweikert’s District Office Staff and the American Red Cross announced today that they are teaming up to host a community blood drive later this month.

The blood drive will take place in the Red Cross blood donation bus in Rep. Schweikert’s District Office parking lot on Monday, July 30, 2012.

WHERE: Congressman David Schweikert’s District Office
               10603 N. Hayden Road, Ste 108, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

WHEN: Monday July 30, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood or for more information, contact the American Red Cross at (520) 230-7295 or visit and enter Sponsor Code: District5.

For press inquiries, please contact For more information on this event, please contact Ernestina Borquez-Smith.  She can be reached at or at 480-946-2411.

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