by Pamela Powers Hannley
The GOP has been targeting Congressman Raul Grijalva for removal for years.
Remember Ruth McClung? The Democrats initially dismissed the young, blond "rocket scientist" with the fiery, Sarah-Palin-style speechifying, but in the end, the new-comer nearly whooped the Congressman's ass in 2010.
With a little more than a month to go, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has announced that Grijalva is "unbeatable". (In all fairness, it should be noted that the new CD3 is 43% Democrat, 34.5% Independent, and only 22% Republican-- a tough race for any Republican.)
Poor Gabby. The national-level Republicans are going to spend their truckloads of cash elsewhere.
Locally, the Republicans are trying to keep a stiff upper lip regarding the Mercer-Grijalva match-up, but it must be hard with the Republican presidential campaign in disarray and with Democrat Richard Carmona in a dead heat with conervative Congressman Jeff Flake for the Arizona's US Senate seat.
For more on the story, check out this story in the Arizona Daily Star.