These are photos from a July 17th protest in front of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords office (AZ 8.) The local Democratic Party tried to organizing a counter protest. They went so far as to label the Tea Party an “extremist organization.” Read the details here. There were an estimated 500 to 700 people protesting against government health care and Cap and Trade. The Democrats only managed about 50 to 70 counter protesters (they were there to support Giffords) despite the fact that Tucson is a heavily Democratic city. The temperature in the shade was about 103 degrees.
Arizona Congressional District 8 is a swing seat with more registered Republicans than Democrats. The Democratic incumbent, Gabrielle Giffords, is a dependable lefty who parades around as a “moderate Blue Dog” but the Tea Party is on to her game. She is a regular vote in favor of bigger and more intrusive government. There are a few Republicans lining up to run against Giffords. Please see the District 8 section of our July 14th Congressional Reports story for more details.
People protesting government health care outside Rep. Giffords Tucson office.
The other side of the street was also filled with protesters.
Despite being in Central Tucson, only a few people showed up in support of Rep. Giffords.
They know what government health care means – Rationing.
The Pima County Democratic Party thinks this person is an “extremist.”
The best sign of the day.
A really great sign as well.
District Director Ron Barber came out to check on things.
Ronald Barber, District Director for Rep. Giffords, looked like he was not having a good day.
Dave Croteau of the Green Party. Are the Democrats sure this is all about the “far-right wing’s agenda?”
Things were getting down right bipartisan. State Reps. Matt Heinz and Frank Antenori.
Our favorite photo. The president of SUV Owners for Giffords drove this gas hog to the event and then held up a sign about going green.