Wednesday, June 10, 2015

AZ Representative Victoria Steele Exploring Challenge To Sen Martha McSally

Representative Victoria Steele Announces an exploratory committee for 2016 Congressional Seat Tucson, Arizona – Democratic Representative Victoria Steele, is announcing the creation of an
exploratory committee to test the waters for a possible run for United States Congress in Congressional District 2. She sent out the following email newsletter to friends and supporters:
Dear friend,

I can no longer stand on the sidelines and watch what is happening to my beautiful Arizona. 

After a lot of soul searching I have decided to announce that I am forming an exploratory committee to run for Congress in CD2 in 2016.  This will allow me to test the waters to see if there is enough support for a campaign. 

Martha McSally is failing us in Congress.  It is already clear that she only answers to the extremely rich and powerful special interest group that brought her to Arizona and put her in office.  She does not understand the people of Arizona and she does not have our best interests at heart. 

She is fighting to weaken the rules that protect Arizona’s rivers and streams.

The day after the deadly Amtrak accident in Philadelphia, she voted against critical funding that might have prevented such tragedies. 

The women of Arizona are fiercely independent and do not want politicians interfering in women’s health decisions.  As a woman and an elected official I believe the incumbent must be held accountable for her refusal to stand up for women and families and our rights to make our own healthcare decisions.   

As a Democrat I am a champion for middle class Americans.  Here’s what I believe: 
·       We must protect Social Security
·       Our children deserve love, safety and a world-class education
·       Mom’s and Dads should be able to afford to send their kids to college
·       College graduates shouldn’t start life out crippled with debt.
·       Men and women who work full time should not live in poverty
·       Workers should receive equal pay for equal work
·       We can create jobs and rebuild our economy without destroying our beautiful state
·       Billionaires should not be able to buy an election

I know you believe these things too because you have told me so.   

I have been surprised and deeply humbled by the large number of people who have asked me to consider running for Congress.  The folks I have listened to don’t believe they have a voice.  They are discouraged and disgusted with what is happening and they are running out of hope.   When I look into their eyes and I hear their stories I know one thing - I have to try.  I couldn’t live with myself if I knew that I didn’t do everything in my power to fight for Arizonans. 

I appreciate your continued prayers, good thoughts and sage advice as I fully consider this pathway. 


Victoria Steele