Arizona Eagletarian

Arizona Eagletarian

Friday, August 22, 2014

Why does Catherine Miranda have to have volunteers misrepresent her policy positions?

A source told me he had been hearing for some time during the primary election campaign that door-to-door canvassers for state Rep. Catherine Miranda have been telling voters that the candidate, locked in a primary race with Army Reserve Capt. Aaron Marquez, is "pro-choice" on the hot button issue of abortion.

Miranda's record in the legislature and public statements would immediately call such claims into question. 

From Cathi Herrod's Center for Arizona Policy website,
Rep. Catherine Miranda,the only Democrat to support HB 2036 [2012], said:
“I feel all life is sacred.  I firmly believe that how we legislate on abortion reflects the moral values of society, respect for life and dignity of all human beings is a core value of my beliefs.  All of us have to answer to our constituent s every two years when we faced with getting re-elected, but as I have previously stated on the floor, after we leave this legislature, all of us must answer to a higher authority, and with that I vote yes.
In the 2014 legislative session, the GOP majority passed HB2284, which authorizes government harassment of abortion providers/clinics. Again, Miranda was the ONLY member of the House Democratic Caucus to vote with the Republicans.

So, imagine my surprise when I found out a volunteer, in a campaign office supporting Miranda, Mary Rose Wilcox and Norma Mu├▒oz told a prospective voter that Miranda, on the question of abortion is "pro-choice." Well, given that Ms. Miranda has consistently blurred the line between her legitimate constituents and those who she sells her votes to, I guess I'm not really surprised.

Why would there be any uncertainty or ambiguity in a candidate's campaign about such an important topic/issue?

For MORE about Ms. Miranda, and her questionable representation for citizens in the district she's supposed to represent, consult Arizona Eagletarian posts here and here.

In the meantime, as righteous as Miranda's quote (from the CAP website, posted above) might sound, Cathi Herrod and Catherine Miranda are clearly AGAINST freedom. For lawmakers to vote to remove the right for a woman to make her own decisions about her own body is to invalidate that woman's sovereignty (self-determination) over her own life.

Is self-determination a sacred principle in American democracy or isn't it?

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