Tuesday, May 29, 2007

What's It Going to Be, Senator Bee?

Tucson, Arizona. Well, a recent post at Stacy's refers to an article at Congressional Quarterly adding fuel to the fire that it will indeed be Tim Bee facing Congresswoman Giffords in her bid for re-election in 2008. Now, I haven't heard, not that he hasn't spoken, on Senator's Bee's positions on Iraq, or health care, though I have heard he understands the value of education (imagine). Given the current firestorm over comprehensive immigration reform, I wonder if anyone can shed light on Senator's Bee's thoughts concerning the recent sparks flying between the Randy's and their bastions and our elected officials in Washington trying to get something done that significantly improves upon the status quo.

Has he spoken or written anything on the subject?

Does Senator Bee favor a path to legal status for the 12+ million already here, or are we to fire up those busses and airplanes? Have the Randy's made any remarks regarding the president of the state senate?

What say ye, Senator Bee?


Blogger cpmaz said...

Good post, though I'm not sure you did Giffords any favors by putting her in a photo group with Bush, Kyl, and McCain.

5/29/2007 1:01 PM  
Blogger Sirocco said...

The Tucson Citizen purports to have some video of Bee discussing immigration here, although I haven't been able to get it to load on the computer I am on. Maybe when I get home tonight.

he also provided the Citizen with the following as part of a Q&A:

What should the state's role be, if any, in dealing with illegal immigration?

It is important that the state does its part in protecting our citizens. I sponsored the law that stopped illegal aliens from getting Arizona driver's licenses, co-authored the law that established felonies for human smuggling and sex trafficking and supported a comprehensive border security plan that included a high-tech radar detection system.

5/29/2007 1:28 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Thanks, Sirocco, and I appreciate your initial reaction to the image, cp, but play it out.

An Indy running to her left is DOA. An Indy running to her right would find it useless, and a Republican cannot use it at all.

I see someone willing to cross the aisle to work on comprehensive solutions, hardly the puppet of a particular speaker as some would like to have us believe.

5/29/2007 5:23 PM  
Anonymous the doctor said...

HAH! HAH! HAH! HAH! x4mr!

She should hire you.

This is actually rather sticky for Bee, isn't it?

5/29/2007 6:36 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...


Use Windows Media Player instead of
Quicktime and it works on the XP platform. He says nothing that isn't already incorporated into STRIVE and the legislation on the table, which is increased use of sensor technology and more boots on the ground.

He doesn't touch on what to do about the 12+ million already here, which is a cornerstone of the contention. He says nothing controversial or impressive.

As an aside, I like him. I wish he weren't termed out in 2008 and could solidify a run for Governor remaining president of the senate.

I might be wrong, but like Janet, I think he chooses reason over partisanship.

5/29/2007 10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bee is a Republican that I would vote for if the alternatives were not great. I would vote for him for state positions, but for Federal...no way. Why? Simply put, I like our current house member and importantly, I don't want the Republicans controlling the federal government again after the way they have done it in the Bush years.

It is both of these things (and more) that make Bee's run unwise for him and his political career. I harp on this, I know, but I am speaking truth here. He is the best candidate they could put up and I still don't think he can win. If he loses, he will drastically damage any possibility for statewide office.

Again, we can argue about whether Republicans in Maricopa would accept someone from S. Arizona for Gov. I think Bee would be. But, we can't argue that they would accept him if he lost to Giffords in District 8. He would be dead in the water in any primary after that.

5/30/2007 3:50 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

Maybe you're right. The Republicans should just concede the 2008 election right now rather than face our brilliant Blue Dog Wannabe representative. Or, better yet, maybe they should just run Graf again and they can reuse all the old signs and bumper stickers and whatever to make sure that absolutely no effort or expense is put into such a futile effort as challenging the Democratic(?) incumbent.

Yes, you harp on this. At the risk of stating the obvious, the Republicans will in fact try to win back CD8. Honestly, roger, I do not think you will be able to talk them out of it.

5/30/2007 7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liza, I know, I know. Not that I expect Tim Bee to listen to me or anyone else on that side of the fence. I am just making the call, pontificating a little, and I think I am right. I also frankly like Tim Bee. He has been reasonable for those of us in education that would like to see something other than the animosity we have faced in the past by most Republicans in this state.

If I am to live in a Republican state, I'd prefer his brand, that of Burns, and Hershberger over the Pearce, Harper, Gould, brand any day.

Of course, I think they will spend all the money they have to get this one back and they will coax him to run...and I suspect he will lose if he does.

They disagree...what do you think?

5/30/2007 9:36 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

To be truthful, whether or not Giffords is re-elected is of no interest to me. I have immense disdain for the so called "Blue Dogs" and I'm not terribly fond of the DLC. Giffords is already alienating many of the liberal Democrats who helped her ascend, undeservedly (in my opinion), to the position she's in. Now they have to live with her.

As for Tim Bee, I think he'll make a great candidate for the GOP in 2008. I live in LD30 and I can attest to his popularity in this District. If he loses to Giffords, I seriously doubt it will end his political career. It's way too early to tell, but it is likely to be a very close election, nothing like the Graf contest.

5/31/2007 4:59 PM  

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