Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has picked up a challenger for her House seat, and this time it is someone who is supposed to be on her side. Special education teacher Anthony Prowell had filed paperwork to run as a Democrat in the district, citing his worry that Giffords will not be able to serve and that with no other Democrats in the race, the seat will flip to a Republican.
Prowell, who is actually a registered Independent, has expressed frustration with the local Democratic party for being unwilling to support his candidacy and has said he may have to switch parties as a result. In a blistering interview with the conservative website The Daily Caller, Prowell complained about the lack of response.
The few local Democratic Party officials he has spoken with on the phone are “livid” and have “flat out said, ‘we already have a congresswoman and I will not support you in any means whatsoever’” before hanging up, Prowell said.
“They’re furious that I’m even considering running after what happened to her,” he said. Most phone calls that Prowell makes do not get past the front desk of party organizations.
Prowell hypothesized that he has been given a cold shoulder because “they’re afraid to make Giffords mad.”
Prowell said he is meeting with Green Party leaders to be considered under their endorsement instead.
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