The tape is slowly being stripped away as each new advertisement appears on television, and yes, we all know that in the months to come, the gloves will come off in the political arena.
With all state offices in Arizona up for election, and many key races happening nationwide to decide whether or not Democrats will maintain control of the Senate, or if Republicans are going to take the 2014 races.
Two of those races are already gaining attention. In Congressional District 2, Democrat Rep. Ron Barber has a tough race on his hands, which will likely come against a familiar opponent, Republican Martha McSally.
The commercials have already started airing against Barber, and his support of Obamacare is going to be a key issue moving forward. With commercials already starting, it’s really going to be interesting to see how personal this race gets during the primary race, and once general elections season comes around.
It’s interesting where the line is drawn, and what issues might help Barber. He seems a little more in favor of women’s rights over McSally. McSally is anti-abortion, but she did support the recently-failed equal pay act for women.
It was interesting to get a glimpse of her position in a recent article posted on the Wall Street Journal web page, where a 2012 comment was revived.
“I mean, I’m a woman warrior,” she said in 2012. “I’ve been fighting for women’s rights and women’s equality my whole life. You want to talk about a war on women? Walk in my shoes down the streets of Kabul. Walk in my shoes down the streets of Riyadh, where women have to be covered up, where they’re stoned, where they’re honor-killed if they’ve been raped, where they can’t drive and they can’t travel without the permission of a male relative. That’s a war on women.”
While the comments from McSally are powerful, and definitely bring into perspective how women in countries such as Afghanistan are treated compared to right here at home in America, what she may not understand is we don’t just want better. We women want to be treated equally. We want to be able to decide what happens with our own bodies, we want to be paid what our male counterparts are paid.
If you’re not going to fight for that, you will likely continue losing that female/minority vote that Republicans continue to forget to count in campaign planning.
CD1 is another vulnerable race for Arizona, as Republicans look to take over both the House and the Senate in 2014.
While those are just a few of the major races the nation will watch, in Arizona, we will be getting a new governor this year, as Gov. Jan Brewer has termed out.
A likely front runner already is Secretary of State Ken Bennett, a Republican candidate. Although Bennett does have plenty of competition in the primary, including Senator Al Melvin, R-Oro Valley, who is pushing the fact that he is the most conservative of them all.
As election season pulls into full swing over the next few months, the most important thing voters should remember is its not about the D, or the R in front of a candidate’s name. First, and foremost, it’s about being informed and actually casting a ballot. Low voter turnout continues to be a problem in Arizona and the rest of the nation.