In response to Tuesday’s Roundup opinion page comments by Don Ascoli, chairman of the Gila County Republican Party, Don indicated that the “Tea Party is comprised of Democrats, Independents and Republicans.”
I am a leader of the Democrats of Gila County and doubt that any Democrats are affiliated with the Tea Party. I would also doubt his statement that Paul Gosar, Congressman CD1, has held more open and informative meetings in seven months than Ann Kirkpatrick did in her two years in the same office.
Our Democratic Club of Northern Gila County helped to advertise many events for her all over her huge district. In those meetings she was open, answered all questions, even when heckled, and was a great help to many in our district.
Ann Kirkpatrick cannot be held accountable for all successes or failures of her party, but she did some wonderful things. She sponsored 32 bills of which two were successfully enacted. She co-sponsored 142 bills during her term. She voted 97 percent of the time. She was a tremendous help in getting miners in Yavapai County back to work, she helped us to speed up the process of obtaining Blue Ridge water to increase our capacity. She helped develop the forest thinning that is now making our roadsides more visible and less likely to start on fire from careless travelers. I am proud to be able to support her in the 2012 election.
For the record I would like to state that the open meeting of the Democratic Club of Northern Gila County held last Wednesday night with Democrats, Independents, Republicans and Tea Party members was very orderly and good discussions allowed everyone to speak their peace without disruptions of any kind. There are several areas of common ground when we sit down together. I was pleased to be able to lead the meeting.
Gerald W. “Jerry” Foster,
president, Democratic Club of Northern Gila County