Heinz says Barber piles on 'dumping ground' of 'extremist legislation'
In a new TV ad, Democrat Matt Heinz accuses his primary opponent, Ron Barber,
of contributing to Southern Arizona becoming a “dumping ground” for extremist legislation.
“Southern Arizona has become a dumping ground for extremist, tea party legislation,”
the narrator says. “Ron Barber added to the pile when he voted for a Tea Party-backed bill
that exempted the Border Patrol from over a century of environmental laws. An experienced
legislator knows bipartisanship doesn’t mean voting for bad policy.”
In what was his first vote in Congress after winning the Congressional District 8 special
election on June 12, Barber voted for a Republican-backed measure to allow the Border Patrol
to bypass many environmental laws on federally managed lands within 100 miles of the Mexican and Canadian borders.
The bill’s architect is Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, who was initially a member of the
Tea Party Caucus created in 2010 by Rep. Michelle Bachman, R-Minn.
Heinz, a Tucson doctor and two-term state representative, has been among a group of
Democrats and environmentalists who have called out Barber for that vote. This new TV ad continues that attack.