Jun 12, 2012
DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Statement on Victory in Arizona’s 8th District
DCCC Chairman Steve Israel released the following statement about Ron Barber’s victory in the Special Election in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District.
“On behalf of the DCCC, congratulations to Ron Barber on his victory. Ron will bring his independent-minded approach and strong commitment to rebuilding the middle class to Congress and build on Gabby’s legacy.
“Arizona’s 8th Congressional district has more registered Republicans than Democrats, this race has been rated a toss-up throughout the election, and Republican outside groups outspent Democratic outside groups by more than $500,000. Ron Barber’s strong campaign made this a referendum on the Republican plans to drastically cut Medicare and privatize Social Security, while giving massive tax breaks to millionaires, Big Oil and corporations that ship jobs overseas. The Republican plan lost.
“This campaign previewed the message fight that will play out across the country in November: Democrats committed to protecting the middle class, Social Security and Medicare versus misleading Republican attacks on Obamacare and national Democrats. The 84 Republicans representing districts more Democratic than this district are on notice that scoring political points instead of making progress on the economy, and looking out for millionaires, Big Oil, and companies that ship jobs overseas instead of the middle class is a losing position with voters.”