Tuesday, September 2, 2008

In AZ-04 Republican Primary, Write-In Candidate Richard Grayson Concedes to Don Karg, Endorses Democratic Incumbent Rep. Ed Pastor

PHOENIX, Sept. 2, 2008 - Richard Grayson, the state-certified write-in candidate in the Republican primary for Arizona's Fourth Congressional District, tonight conceded defeat to 2002 and 2004 nominee, Don Karg. He then announced his support for Democratic incumbent Congressman Ed Pastor as "the only qualified candidate in the race."

"With the results in from today's Republican primary," Grayson said in a statement, "I would like to congratulate Don Karg for winning his third consecutive nomination in Arizona's Fourth Congressional District. Unfortunately, as The Arizona Republic noted editorially in his 2004 run, Mr. Karg is not a serious candidate for a major political party and is unfit and unqualified to serve in the House of Representatives."

"I heartily endorse incumbent Congressman Ed Pastor, who has done a good job serving his constituents in this district," Grayson continued.

"He is not only the only qualified candidate running in this race; he is a smart, compassionate public servant and a thoughtful, effective lawmaker. I will do anything I can to support his re-election."

"Thanks to the eight people who voted for me in today's primary," Grayson said. "I am gratified and honored by your support and surprised that 0.01% of Republicans can write."

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Arizona 4th Congressional District Republican Candidate Richard Grayson Attacks Poor Quality of GOP Candidates in Arizona's 4th Congressional District

PHOENIX, Aug. 19 - In a speech on the steps of the State Capitol last evening, Richard Grayson, a state-certified write-in candidate in the Sept. 2 Republican primary for the Fourth Congressional District seat currently held by Democratic Rep. Ed Pastor, decried the poor quality of GOP candidates in the race.

Speaking to random passersby, Grayson told the audience that his on-the-ballot opponent, Don Karg, who was the Republican party's candidate in both 2004 and 2006, is "to put it charitably, an unqualified nutjob."

"Anyone looking at his campaign website, his answers to the Arizona Republic candidate questionnaire, or his ludicrous and rambling MySpace videos will have to conclude that this man is at best unfit for public office and an embarrassment to the Republican party," Grayson said.

Of his own candidacy, Grayson said he was "too liberal to represent the warring Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon wings of the Arizona Republican party."

"The Arizona GOP and the Maricopa County Republican Committee have such contempt for the state's Latino residents that the party refuses to run a credible candidate in the Fourth Congressional District," Grayson said. "They've said over and over again: they do not seem to want Latinos in this party, and many of them apparently don't want Latinos in our state or our country."

"The Republican party's hostility to our hardworking Latino residents also extends to other esteemed groups in our community: Muslims, gay and lesbian Arizonans, and all those who they view as threats to our white-bread-and-mayo state," Grayson told the audience.

"Instead of embracing the wonderful diversity here, they are treating the Republican party as a country club, excluding people whose votes they need to win elections."

Grayson said he had hoped that his tongue-in-cheek campaign, combined with his sincere liberal views supporting immediate withdrawal from Iraq, Medicare for all Americans, new taxes on carbon and gasoline use, comprehensive immigration reform with a fast-track path to citizenship, tightened regulation of corporations and massive increases in federal spending for infrastructure and human capital to fight the current hard economic times - as well as the fact that he's a gay atheist and recent Democrat - would provoke a serious Republican to step forward and run in AZ-04.

"But no one did," he said.

"It's truly sad that those who do favor conservative Republican views don't have a credible candidate to vote for in November in this district," Grayson told voters. "For the third election in a row, the Arizona Republican party has let Don Karg win its nomination to Congress by default."

"Obviously," Grayson concluded, "given the demographics and party registration in Arizona's Fourth Congressional District, any Republican candidate will get pwned by Ed Pastor in November. But for a party which claims to stand up principles it holds dear, the Arizona Republicans are a little low on courage, integrity and responsibility - for a change."

In response to a question, Grayson said he would welcome write-in votes but expected to get "no more than a dozen" on September 2.

"A lot of Republicans don't know how to write," the candidate said.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Arizona Republican Congressional Candidate Richard Grayson Declares, "We Are NOT All Georgians"

PHOENIX, Aug. 17 - Speaking this morning at a matzoh-brei breakfast at the Chabad Lubavitch Center, Arizona Fourth Congressional District Republican candidate Richard Grayson declared that his party's presidential candidate is wrong in saying that "we are all Georgians."

"I am not a Georgian," Grayson said. "I am an American. And only an American. If Senator McCain thinks I'm a Georgian, he's blind to reality."

Continuing, the state-certified write-in candidate in the Sept. 2 primary said, "The only times I've been in the state of Georgia have been spent changing planes at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport or driving on I-95 from Florida to New York. And I've never set foot in the Republic of Georgia, a foreign country, ever."

Grayson stated that this November he would be voting for an American, not a Georgian, for President.

"I haven't voted for a Georgian since 1976," Grayson admitted.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Republican Congressional Candidate Richard Hussein Grayson Endorsed by Tolerance Group

PHOENIX, Aug. 14 - Arizona Fourth Congressional District Republican candidate Richard Grayson today stated he was proud to receive the support of an organization dedicated to tolerance and understanding.

Accepting their endorsement, Grayson told the group, "¡Gracias, mis queridos hermanos! Pienso que ustedes están haciendo una buena acción y que es benéfico para la sociedad."

Grayson, a state-certified write-in candidate, faces Don Karg in the Sept. 2 Republican primary for the congressional seat currently held by Rep. Ed Pastor (D-Phoenix).

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Republican Congressional Candidate Richard Grayson Calls Sen. John McCain Immature, "Not Yet Ready to Be President"

PHOENIX, Aug. 9 - Campaigning on Central Avenue this afternoon, Fourth Congressional District Republican candidate Richard Grayson called fellow Arizonan John McCain "not yet ready to be President."

"McCain might have the seasoning necessary to do well in the Oval Office in another four or eight years," Grayson told a voter who asked about his feelings on the presidential contest. "For now, he's shown in this campaign that he's too immature and impetuous."

"I have no doubt that with a few more years of experience," Grayson said, "John McCain will eventually be grown-up enough to lead our nation. But not this year."

Grayson faces Don Karg in the Sept. 2 Republican primary for the Congressional seat currently held by Democrat Ed Pastor.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Arizona Fourth Congressional District Republican Candidate Richard Grayson's Issue Positions Posted at Project Vote Smart

PHOENIX, Aug. 7 - At a campaign dinner at Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe on Jefferson Street last night, Republican candidate for Congress Richard Grayson announced that his issue positions had been posted on the website of Project Vote Smart as part of that nonprofit, nonpartisan organization's Political Courage Test.

Over cornbread and peach cobbler, Grayson, a state-certified write-in candidate in the Sept. 2 GOP primary, noted that his on-the-ballot opponent, Don Karg, had not submitted his issue positions on the Political Courage Test to Project Vote Smart and that neither had Fourth Congressional District incumbent Rep. Ed Pastor.

Grayson said that he was glad to provide his positions on the issues to Project Vote Smart and to voters, and he was pleased that Libertarian party candidate Joe Cobb and Green party candidate Rebecca Dewitt had also done so.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Republican Congressional Candidate Richard Grayson Attacks Incumbent Rep. Ed Pastor for Not Supporting Healthy Families Act

PHOENIX, Aug. 6- The Republican Richard Grayson for Congress AZ-04 Committee today issued the following statement, written by Richard Grayson, who is running as a state certified write-in candidate against Don Karg in the Sept. 2 Republican primary for the Fourth District Congressional District seat currently held by Rep. Ed Pastor (D-AZ):
The problem: More than 57 million workers in America are confronted with the harsh reality of losing pay and even risking a job when they get sick or need to care for an ill family member. Working families deserve paid sick days, but currently no state or federal laws guarantee them. I have friends who are forced to give up income when their little kids have the croup or a bad stomach virus or, God forbid, something worse. I don't have kids, but I have a mom with Alzheimer's disease who sometimes needs one of her grown-up kids to take off a day from work without pay to help her out.

The solution: the Healthy Families Act - legislation introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Sen. Edward Kennedy - guarantees seven paid sick days a year to full-time employees.

Even though Americans strongly support paid sick days, almost half of private-sector workers are denied paid sick days, and of the lowest quarter of wage earners, 79% have no paid sick days at all. The Healthy Families Act would require employers with 15 or more employees to provide seven paid sick days to care for their own and their families’ medical needs, benefiting 66 million Americans: 46 million would gain access to paid sick days; 19 million would gain paid sick days for leave for doctors’ visits and family care; and 1 million Americans would gain additional paid sick days.

If I were now a member of Congress representing Arizona's Fourth Congressional District, I'd have signed as a co-sponsor of the Healthy Families Act, and I'd certainly be voting for it. If I am elected this November, I will certainly co-sponsor this legislation and vote for it.

America's beleaguered working-class and middle-class families need all the help government can give them.

Why has Rep. Ed Pastor not joined his colleagues to co-sponsor the Healthy Families Act? Doesn't he care about the needs of Arizona's working families and their loved ones?

This bill has been co-sponsored by 103 House members, including Rep. Raul Grijalva [D-AZ], Rep. Rahm Emanuel [D-IL], Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY], Rep. Charles Rangel [D-NY], Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL], Rep. Dennis Kucinich [D-OH], Rep. Solomon Ortiz [D-TX] and Rep. Barney Frank [D-MA].

But not Rep. Ed Pastor. Why not?

Rep. Pastor should be supporting the Healthy Families Act. Over 57 million workers don’t have a single paid sick day.

Just as every other developed country in the Western world offers universal health care to its citizens, they also provide a mandated number of paid sick days for those times when it's unconscionable to make working moms and dads choose between their jobs and their kids. I don't understand why America doesn't do the same.

And I don't understand why Rep. Ed Pastor doesn't seem to care about providing this help for our families.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Phoenix Republican Congressional Candidate Richard Grayson Vehemently Denies Being "A Rat Climbing Aboard a Sinking Ship"

PHOENIX, Aug. 5, 2008 - Campaigning this morning outside the Gurdwara Sahib Guru Nanak Dwara in the northern part of the Fourth Congressional District where he's running as a candidate in the September 2 Arizona Republican primary, Richard Grayson strongly denied an accusation made about himself, a former Democrat, on a scurrilous blog comment.

"I am not - quote - 'a rat climbing aboard a sinking ship' - unquote," Grayson told his supporters and members of the Phoenix media. "My commitment to the Republican party is as deep as parts of Paris Hilton."

"See," Grayson continued, "just my bringing up Paris Hilton in attacking my opponents is proof that I'm a Republican."

Grayson is a state-certified write-in candidate facing two-time Republican nominee Don Karg in the Sept. 2 primary for the seat currently held by Democratic Congressman Ed Pastor.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Republican Richard Grayson, AZ-04 Congressional Candidate, Lays Out His Platform on Eve of Early Voting

PHOENIX, July 30 - On the eve of early voting, Arizona Fourth Congressional District Republican candidate Richard Grayson spoke to voters at the downtown campus of Arizona State University and laid out his platform. In the September 2 GOP primary, Grayson is a state-certified write-in candidate facing Don Karg, who has run against incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor in the past two elections.

"I entered this race because the Arizona Republican party needs to suck less," Grayson told voters, before providing his positions on major issues:

The Economy:
Grayson favors fiscal stimulus in the form of massive government spending in both human capital and national infrastructure. Improving education is the crucial factor in making sure the U.S. is competitive in an era of globalism. Stronger regulation must be enacted in order to prevent the kind of bubbles that have jolted the economy in recent months. Short term, extended unemployment benefits, more foreclosure relief and increased spending on food stamps and other government programs will help struggling families through this recession.

The War: Grayson favors immediate withdrawal from Iraq, a war he opposed starting in late 2002, an unnecessary pre-emptive war that has destabilized the Middle East, left Americans less safe from terrorists, and which has caused countless deaths and injuries among both our brave troops and Iraqi civilians - in addition to costing billions that could have been better applied to pressing domestic needs. Grayson favors talks with adversaries like Iran and Syria to prevent future wars and opposes widening the war in Afghanistan.

The Environment: With oil prices starting to recede, Grayson favors an unpopular higher federal tax on gasoline - up to a dollar - to keep Americans focused on conserving energy, changing their car-oriented lifestyles, and research and development on alternative sources of fuel. He opposes offshore drilling and other short-term measures that will do almost nothing and opposes politically-motivated restrictions on speculators. Grayson supports a carbon tax and believes that measures must be taken to lessen global warming. Green technologies can be the new driving force behind an American economic revival and should receive government support.

Health care: Grayson supports Medicare for all, a single-payer system of universal medical care for every American, eliminating the inequities and inefficiencies of a system based on private insurance. American companies must be free to compete with international competitors that don't have the burden of providing health benefits to employees and retirees. This will all be expensive and should be paid for by ending the cap on payroll taxes and on the new energy taxes Grayson proposes.

Grayson also supports comprehensive immigration reform with a path for citizenship for undocumented aliens, a rollback of Bush administration assaults on personal freedom and liberty, mandatory sick days and other assistance to struggling working parents, increased foreign aid, an end to politicization of the judiciary, access to safe reproductive health care and abortions for women, marriage equality, increased aid to veterans, and generally believes the Republican party must return to the pro-growth activist government that Theodore Roosevelt championed a century ago in the progressive era.

In the international arena, Grayson favors ending U.S. imperialist policies and supports more cooperation with other nations, more free trade agreements like NAFTA, the creation of a viable Palestine with guaranteed security for Israel, and increased federal support for nongovernmental organizations that foster sustainable global growth and the welfare of the earth's people, animals, and other species.

"The era of talking about small government is over," Grayson said at the end of his talk. "Struggling American families need a helping hand, and the federal government needs to provide it."

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Republican Congressional Candidate Richard Grayson Attacks Current GOP House Members for Abandoning Bush Administration on Foreclosure Prevention Act

PHOENIX, July 25 - In a speech last evening at a house party on North 9th Street, Richard Grayson, candidate for the Republican nomination in Arizona's Fourth Congressional District in the Sept. 2 primary, attacked the state's four current GOP House members for "abandoning President Bush, Treasury Secretary Paulson, the entire Republican administration and most of all, the struggling homeowners of Arizona" when they voted against the Bush-backed Foreclosure Prevention Act this week.

Grayson said that Reps. Rick Renzi, Trent Franks, Jeff Flake and John Shadegg all "acted like petulant, irresponsible spoiled children who seem clueless as to the severity of the economic threat posed by the potential for a housing collapse."

If he had been in the House, Grayson told the audience, he would have loyally supported the Bush administration -- and American homeowners and business owners: "I will always put the people over politics and personal pique."

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Republican Congressional Candidate Richard Grayson Urges Fellow Arizonans to Vote No on Proposition 102

PHOENIX, July 24 - Speaking this morning in front of the HoodRide Bodega on very cool North 5th Street, Fourth Congressional District Republican candidate Richard Grayson announced his opposition to Proposition 102 and asked his fellow Republican candidates and party officials, as well as all Arizonans, to reject the measure at the polls this November.

"Same-sex marriage is already illegal in Arizona under our statutes," Grayson told his audience. "We're facing a horrible recession; we still have a useless and endless war going on; inflation and foreclosures and problems getting affordable health care are making life tough for Arizonans -- so we have more important issues to address in 2008."

"We've already voted this down in 2006," Grayson said. "This is taking bigotry too far."

Monday, July 21, 2008

Arizona's Fourth Congressional District Republican Candidate Richard Grayson Announces Campaign's Theme Song

PHOENIX, July 21 - Standing outside David Pham's Bamboo Bakery on West Glendale Avenue in Phoenix this morning, Richard Grayson, Republican candidate for Congress in the Fourth Congressional District, announced his campaign's theme song, the hit "El Corrido del Gringo" by El Gringo (Shawn Kiehne):

Del otro lado del rio
en tierra Norteamericana
naci brindandole honores
a la partida de rayas,
mas siempre fui cautivado
por la gente Mexicana.

En un Rancho haya en El Paso
yo me ganaba la vida,
pero no me imaginaba
lo mucho que cambiaria,
no conocia el acordeon
el bajo sexto y tequila.

Trabajaba con Vaqueros
de Chihuahua y de Durango
y escuchando sus corridos
fui el Español pronunciando.
Son mis mejores amigos
y son indocumentados.

Todos me llaman el Gringo
pues soy Norteamericano.
Pero una cosa les digo
siento que soy su paisano
y hasta la gente me dice
que hablo como Mexicano.

Con todo mi gran respeto
cariño y admiracion
para mis maestros
en el Español ellos son
Los Triges del Norte.

Me gusta la borrachera
ir de parranda en parranda
canto rolitas Norteñas
y una que otra con la Banda.
Que suene fuerte el Conjunto
pa' bailar con las chamacas.

Les soy sincero Señores
no tengo el corazon duro
respeto a los Inmigrantes
y de algo estoy muy seguro
que hay que ser buenos vecinos
y no levantar un muro.

A mis amigos mojados
que viven en el gabacho.
Yo que soy gringo les digo
sigan soñando y luchando
que esta Pais necesita
de su esfuerzo y su trabajo

(Copyright (C) 2007 Shawn Kiehne. Used without permission.)

English translation of the last stanzas:

I respect immigrants and of this I’m sure
We need to be good neighbors and not build a wall
To my illegal friends who live in the U.S.
As a gringo I want to tell you to keep dreaming and fighting
This country needs your effort and your work.

Following the announcement, Grayson went inside Bamboo Bakery and snarfed down some delicious bear claw cake pudding.

Grayson is running as a state-certified write-in candidate against Don Karg in the Sept. 2 Republican primary for Congress.

(Non-Gringo photos by the great Barry Goldwater)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Phoenix Republican Congressional Candidate Richard Grayson Demands Medicare-for-All Single-Payer Universal Health Care; Endorsed by Rapper DMX

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 20 - Standing outside Scottsdale's Mayo Clinic this morning, Arizona Fourth Congressional District Republican candidate Richard Grayson announced his support of Medicare for every American. Grayson endorsed H.R. 676, the United States National Health Insurance Act, which would provide universal single-payer non-profit health care.

The candidate noted that Rep. Ed Pastor, the Democrat who currently holds the 4th C.D. seat, is one of 90 co-sponsors of that legislation.

"As a Republican," Grayson said, "I wholeheartedly support ending the current farkakteh system of health care in favor of expanding to everyone the Medicare system that has worked so well in protecting America's elderly since 1965."

In a related development, Grayson announced that his campaign had been endorsed by the rapper DMX.

Friday, July 18, 2008

AZ-04 GOP U.S. House Candidate Richard Grayson Denounces "Ugly, Scurrilous Biped Rumors" About Primary Opponent Don Karg

PHOENIX, July 18 - Speaking on Power 98.3 FM during this morning's Da Nutz program, Arizona Fourth Congressional District Republican candidate Richard Hussein Grayson denounced the "ugly and scurrilous rumors" that his Sept. 2 primary opponent Don Karg is a biped.

"I don't where these disgusting smears started," Grayson told hosts Joeyboy and JPhilla, "but it seems they have legs. So I wanted to step forward and denounce them and deny that my wholesome campaign is the source of these rumors."

Grayson also called for the end of discussions about whether and how often Karg has matriculated. "When he ran in 2006, the Arizona Republic did an investigation of that," Grayson said. "The newspaper found no evidence that Mr. Karg had matriculated, and that should put an end to that unfounded rumor."

Grayson and Karg are running for the Republican nomination for the Fourth Congressional District seat currently held by Democrat Ed Pastor.

AZ-04 GOP Congressional Candidate Richard Grayson Urges Nationalization of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Bernie Mac; Proposes New Bubble to Lift Economy

PHOENIX, July 18 - Arizona's Fourth Congressional District Republican candidate Richard Grayson, in a morning press conference by the Talking ATM at the Washington Mutual bank branch on Thomas Road and 3rd Street, called for the federal government to immediately nationalize Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Bernie Mac.

"Just propping them up isn't enough," Grayson told reporters, some of whom were trying without success to withdraw funds from WaMu accounts during the press conference. "Our government needs to totally take over these two financial entities headed for wipeouts and a comedian whose jokes are no longer funny to a nation suffering in this horrible recession."

Grayson also urged Congress and the Bush administration to form a commission that will establish a new financial bubble for investors to reinvigorate the sputtering American economy. "The real estate bubble may have popped," Grayson said, "and the dot-com bubble is history, but our nation must reclaim the innovative spirit that has artificially papered over how horrible things actually have been for the past thirty years."

Asked his reaction to the candidate's proposals, the WaMu Talking ATM had no comment.

Grayson, a state-certified write-in candidate, faces Don Karg in the Sept. 2 Republican primary for the Fourth Congressional District seat currently held by Democratic Rep. Ed Pastor.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Republican Congressional Candidate Richard Hussein Grayson Releases His Positions on Immigration Issues

PHOENIX, July 15 - Arizona Fourth Congressional District Republican candidate Richard Grayson today released his positions on immigration issues at this site of an organization called, rather misleadingly, "Americans for Better Immigration." Every one of Grayson's stands was in opposition to the positions of this nativist group:

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RACE: U.S. Congress, 4th District
Ed Pastor (D)*, Richard Grayson (R)
Primary: September 2, 2008

Ed Pastor

Congressional Immigration Reduction Grade

Richard Grayson

Immigration Issue

Oppose Amnesty/Legalization for Illegal Aliens
Fully fund Attrition Through Enforcement
Require Worker Verification
Require Federal Pickup of Locally Detained Illegal Aliens
Cut funds for sanctuary cities
Fund the entry/exit system
Fund & Implement Border Security
End Citizenship for Illegal Aliens' Babies
End Chain Migration
End Visa Lottery
Limit Importation
of Workers
Reduce Overall Immigration Numbers

A state-certified write-in candidate, Grayson faces Don Karg in the Sept. 2 Republican primary.