Former Tucson Vice Mayor Rodney Glassman filed his signatures with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office today, setting up the Democrat’s run at John McCain’s U.S. Senate seat.
Glassman, one of five Democrats vying for their party’s nomination, filed about 14,000 signatures on May 20, about 9,000 more than he needs to qualify for the ballot in the Aug. 24 primary.
Glassman said McCain is out of touch with Arizonans, and said he hopes to convince voters that he will better represent their interests than McCain, who is running for a fifth term. McCain faces a serious primary challenge from former U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth, but Glassman said he is expecting to face McCain in the general election.
“My goal and our team’s goal is to demonstrate that voters are going to have a choice of someone that plans on actually raising a family in Arizona, someone that cares about bringing jobs to Arizona and supporting our educational system, protecting our sustainability and working on our Arizona issues. And that’s the option that we are going to represent,” Glassman said.
Glassman said he already put $250,000 of his own money into his campaign and exceeded his goal of matching that in outside contributions in his first month on the campaign trail.
A former aide to U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, Glassman said he opposes his former boss’ calls for people in other states to boycott Arizona over S1070, though he said he opposes the strict illegal immigration law passed by the Legislature in April. He said the bill was the result of frustration over the federal government’s inaction on immigration reform, an area where he said McCain has failed the state.
“The federal government has failed Arizona on immigration reform. John McCain for 28 years, for almost three decades, has failed Arizona when it comes to championing federal immigration reform. Ten-seventy was borne out of frustration,” Glassman said.