Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today on the results of the Arizona’s special election results:
“Congressman-elect Ron Barber’s victory last night against Tea Party candidate Jesse Kelly to succeed my dear friend Gabby Giffords is a tremendous victory for Ron, the people of Arizona, and Democrats across this country. Ron’s victory will help build momentum for Democrats gaining control of the House and provides clear evidence that independents are not shifting toward Republicans and their failed economic policies. Republicans should take note.
“Ron’s victory in a Republican-leaning district where GOP outside groups outspent Democratic outside groups by more than half a million dollars reveals how vulnerable Republicans are this November. Republicans have a 7-point voter registration advantage in the district and pulled out all the stops in this race, but middle-class Arizonans spoke loud and clear. This is a sign of things to come this November. Kelly and his Republican allies promised the same policies that Romney is promising now: more budget-busting tax breaks for the wealthy with fewer rules for Wall Street—the same formula that benefitted a few but crashed our economy and punished the middle class. But voters made it crystal clear that they don’t want any more tax breaks for large corporations and millionaires and billionaires paid for with cuts in their Social Security and Medicare.
“So Republicans take note: middle-class Americans aren’t buying the failed economic policies of the past that Republicans are selling, and it’s going to cost Republicans across the country this November. I look forward to working with Ron in the House, and know he will pick up where Gabby left off.”