SUPERIOR — A surprising new political poll according to the Phoenix Press on Tuesday shows Democratic Congressman Raul Grijalva and his Republican challenger Ruth McClung, both of Tucson, are in a dead heat for Grijalva’s Congressional seat. Grijalva has been getting voter back lash for his call for an economic boycott of Arizona over the state’s new immigration law and his opposition to the new proposed $4 billion dollar copper mine east of Superior.
Ms. McClung, who is a rocket scientist, was in the Town of Superior Monday with U.S. Senator John McCain. McCain was holding a press conference before a group of some 80 persons in the VFW building.
He predicted the Republican party would win back Congress and this would allow the long stalled Resolution Copper land exchange to win approval in both the Senate and House.
McCain told the small group consisting of citizens and mine construction workers “We have the richest ore body ever discovered in America right here in Superior, Ariz. We have the ability for 1,200 direct jobs and a couple of thousand indirect jobs. The technology is fantastic and as you all know this involves digging a shaft down 7,000 feet.
“We have a chance to restore the economy of our mining towns and the lives of the people of this area.”
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This is what this is all about. Arizona, Superior, and Globe-Miami are hurting worse than they ever have before and we have a chance to do what we all want to do, that is to give jobs to our children and grandchildren.”
McCain claims Democratic Congressman Grijalva told him he would have a hearing last June over the Resolution Land Exchange bill which has been stalled in the House of Representatives for a year. McCain says Grijalva has control over the subcommittee where this bill has been bottled up and continues to refuse to hold the hearing.
But, the Senator says there is good news. “ That is most likely, we, my party will get control of the Congress of the United States and that will remove Congressman Grijalva from his position.” and this all will enable the Resolution Copper land exchange to finally move through Congress.
At the very beginning, McCain’s press conference had been disrupted for about 15 minutes by a man who was heckling the Senator and the crowd who was demanding that the intruder leave because of his loud yelling and profane language. When approached by the Superior Police Chief, the heckler was handcuff and arrested after he began scuffling with the law enforcement officer. Loud cheers and applause were given as police took the man away to the town’s jail.