Grijalva to face primary challenge

Congressman Raul Grijalva has a democratic challenger in the upcoming primary. David Crowe has officially announced that he will challenge Grijalva and filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission.

Crowe owns Tucson Embedded Systems, a provider of hardware and software to the defense industries.

Jeff Rogers, Pima County Democratic Chair told the Arizona Capitol Times that Grijalva “overshot the mark when he called for a boycott.” Grijalva called for a boycott against his constituents for their support of Arizona immigration law SB1070. As a result Grijalva’s popularity has plummeted.

However Rogers claims that unions will rally around Raul. Rogers is a Grijalva loyalist. This past year, Rogers took the unusual step of endorsing one democrat over another before the democratic primary. He issued a preemptive endorsement of Tucson City Councilwoman Regina Romero, who is married to a Grijalva staffer.

Rogers told the Arizona Capitol Times, “Grijalva will have that seat for as long as he wants to have it.” He narrowly won over his Republican challenger last election.

Republican challenger, Gabby Saucedo Mercer is running unopposed.