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Grijalva attacked over boycott stance, taxes in TV spots

2010-10-16T00:00:00Z 2014-07-02T08:58:21Z Grijalva attacked over boycott stance, taxes in TV spotsAndrea Kelly Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 16, 2010 12:00 am  • 

The ad: A 30-second television commercial by Americans for Tax Reform, a group founded by Grover Norquist, an advocate for smaller government and lower taxes.

The image: Pictures of U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Tucson, standing at podiums and an image of the Capitol, intermingled with quotes about him from other sources mirrored in the narrative of the ad.

The audio: A narrator says, "Raúl Grijalva - with our state facing 10 percent unemployment, he called for a boycott on Arizona that could have led to the destruction of our economy. The Arizona Republic called Grijalva's actions quote 'irresponsible' and 'beneath contempt.' And instead of fighting for tax relief for our families, Grijalva cast the deciding vote to go home. Reckless boycotts, no tax relief. Vote 'no' on Raúl Grijalva."

The facts: Arizona's unemployment rate was 9.6 percent in May, June and July. It went to 9.7 percent in August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Grijalva did call for a widely publicized boycott of the state in response to Arizona's new immigration enforcement law. He backed off of the call in late July after a federal judge tossed out certain provisions of the law.

The Arizona Republic did criticize Grijalva's boycott in an editorial May 1, writing, "For a congressman to call for destruction of his own state's economy is irresponsible and beneath contempt."

However, the newspaper did endorse Grijalva Oct. 1 in his race for re-election.

Grijalva urged the speaker of the House in September to bring the tax-cut vote to the floor before Congress adjourned, but he did vote to adjourn in October. Three Arizona Democrats, including Southern Arizona's Gabrielle Giffords, voted to stay in session.

His effort was publicized locally and nationally. That vote on the tax cuts, consequently, has not yet taken place, and Congress is adjourned until after the election.

The adjournment vote was 210 to 209, so any member of the house who voted yes could be defined as "the deciding vote."

On StarNet: Go to azstarnet.com/election for more election coverage.

Contact reporter Andrea Kelly at akelly@azstarnet.com or 807-7790.

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