Sergio Arellano is expected to announces his plans for entering the Congressional District 3 (CD3) race. The southern Arizona native was drafted to challenge Congressman Grijalva by fellow veterans “who have actively been promoting him online and on social media,” according to the Arizonamonitor.com.
Arellano, an Army veteran, who currently serves area residents in southern Arizona as a liaison for Pima County Supervisor Steve Christy, has spent his entire adult life in public service.
In his campaign to draft Arellano, Army Specialist (ret.) Alexis Jacquez Gamez said, “The people of southern Arizona deserve a strong leader, who understands what it takes to fight in the trenches. Sergio was an infantryman just like I was, and he knows what it’s like to take the oath. He knows what it means to stand up for the Constitution. To protect and defend something valuable. He won’t be afraid to take on tough topics and special interests. He will not disappear, like others have, if he should run and win.”
Gamez appeared on the James T. Harris radio show on Monday to discuss his draft Arellano campaign. When Harris asked Gamez why he started the campaign, Gamez responded, “I started it for the same reason I joined the military – I love this country.”
Gamez described Arellano as “a natural leader.”
Gamez, who was severely injured in 2011 while serving in Iraq as part of the Global War on Terrorism, discussed Grijalva’s support for Code Pink and its support for Hamas. “It’s time we take out the trash,” said Gomez referring to Grijalva. “Grijalva is a career politician, who is been doing this for years.”
“We infantrymen – when we enlist,” said Gamez, “we take a oath to protect and defend the Constitution. I do solemnly swear that I will protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against enemies both foreign and domestic. That is the same oath a congressman takes and obviously Raul Grijalva has forgotten that oath.”
“Currently, CD3 residents are represented by Congressman Raul Grijalva (D) who has served in Congress for seven terms so far and is considered a powerful figure for the Democratic Establishment in Tucson and Pima County. Grijalva first earned his political stripes as a member of the TUSD Governing Board and then moved on to the Pima County Board of Supervisors before getting elected to Congress. Known for his radical leftist views and his ruthless intolerance for dissent among his own, Grijalva has also been shrouded in scandal but that scandal has never been able to pry victory from his grasp,” repoted the Arizonamonitor.com.