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October 10, 2010

This Rocket Scientist Thinks She Can Beat A Longtime Democrat Incumbent Considered "Safe"

In AZ-7.

Her opponent? Just as cute, really.

He kind of looks like his parents were a tarantula and a deflated basketball. Bonus Knock: Napoleon B. offers, "Dude looks like Aaron Neville's meth addiction."

I don't want to say you should vote for a female candidate just because she's cute and gives you that "ooooohhh" warmth in your heart but I don't have to, because it turns out she's a damned good candidate.

Here name is Ruth McClung, and she's only got $16,000 cash on hand, because her opponent Raul Grijalva is completely unbeatable because all he did was call for an economic boycott of his own state over the very popular Arizona immigration bill. So, like, obviously Jabba's less socially-graceful cousin must be a lock, huh?

Not so much, not so much.

There was a chance for an against-the-odds upset but, honestly, I never expected to see a poll three weeks before Election Day showing a dead heat in AZ-7. Look at the data: Grijalva’s negatives are 47% against a positive of 39%, while Grijalva’s “deserves re-election” number is a mere 36% against 50% for “give new person a chance.” This is an incumbent in serious trouble.

To have these kind of results, when McClung reported a mere $16,000 cash on hand in early August — incredible!

Go give Ruth McClung $20 — do it now — but then come back while I tell you what this one poll, in one deep-blue district, means for the larger picture Nov. 2.

And that's not just Stace McCain saying that; Politico reports Democrats are worried about this seat:

Add Rep. Raul Grijalva to the growing list of Democratic worries this election season.

Party operatives say there’s increasing concern that the Arizona Democrat’s reelection bid could turn into a “sleeper” race for Republicans after Grijalva — responding to enactment of a tough new immigration law — called for an economic boycott of his own state amid a housing crisis and record unemployment.

Four Democratic sources from different parts of the country said that there is new attention to a race that was long considered in the bag.

Oh, and like when I said she was a rocket scientist? I wasn't being sarcastic.

Ruth McClung, a physicist who is currently working as a rocket scientist at a local engineering company, wants to use her knowledge to help the people of Southern Arizona, and the United States by serving in the U.S. Congress.

Oh here's a cute thing: On her list of endorsements, her number one, first-position endorser? "The grassroots, of course!"

Elect Ruth McClung

Because I'm actually not gay and if I have to look at nothing but John Boehner and Eric Cantor for the next two years I swear to God I'm going to kill myself and I'm taking some of you selfish pricks with me.

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