The Town of Oro Valley held their usual Independence Day celebration put on by GOVAC. The place was packed with local residents and politicians have learned to make a showing. The only one allowed to speak though was Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. When asked about his decision, Oro Valley Mayor Paul Loomis responded that it was a federal holiday. Senator Tim Bee was there and had requested to speak as well but was rebuffed by the mayor. Daniel Scarpinato wrote about the same thing happening over in Marana. Should Loomis have allowed Bee to speak if he allowed Giffords? It is a federal holiday but Arizona is also part of the federation. Giffords does represent the area in congress. Bee represents another district but as President of the State Senate doesn’t he represent all of Arizona? It is a valid question, Loomis made a judgment call and we wonder if our readers have any thoughts.
I spoke briefly with Giffords at the event. She was very friendly and alluded to some recent news about Kolbe. It was hard to understand what she was saying but when I got home and saw the news I understood exactly what she meant. Several other media outlets have commented on Kolbe’s decision to no longer support the Bee campaign. I would like to thank Ted for the link and especially the history lesson. Since my great-grandfather only worked part time in Tucson during the 1890′s I appreciate Ted’s little reminders about the political history of Southern Arizona. Duly noted Ted, Kolbe must know something.