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AZ Senate candidate caught making disparaging remarks about rural Americans on video tape

 August 17, 2023

Rep. Reuben Gallego (AZ-03), also a Democratic candidate for Senate, contends that possessing firearms has become as emblematic of Republican culture as having "little cow nuts" on elevated pickup trucks.

Gallego made these remarks during a campaign event at Chalice Christian Church in Gilbert, Arizona, as Fox News reported.

Gallego's Views on Guns Culture

Video footage shows Gallego answering a query about gun violence and, specifically, school shootings.

The Senate candidate argued that casualties equivalent to school shootings occur daily across America, but politicians often shy away from addressing the issue due to fear of the NRA and the gun lobby.

Gallego, a Marine veteran, referred to firearms as "weapons," claiming they've evolved into a significant cultural symbol.

"If you're a Republican, you have to have a bunch of guns, a jacked-up truck with some of those little cow nuts hanging in the back," he said.

Gallego expressed his frustration at the difficulty of passing gun restrictions, seeing firearms as a part of an identity for a segment of America.

He advocated for universal background checks, adding that certain convicted criminals should not possess weapons.

Sharing his experience from the Iraq War, Gallego emphasized that "weapons of war" do not belong in classrooms, calling the glorification of such weapons "sickening."

He underlined his commitment to responsible gun ownership and "commonsense gun reform."

Gallego's Senate Campaign and Competition

Gallego is vying for independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's seat in the upper chamber of Congress.

The race is anticipated to be complex due to Sinema's former Democratic alignment and the potential splitting of the Democratic vote between Gallego and other left-leaning candidates.

This division could boost the chances for the eventual Republican nominee, with Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb currently leading among GOP contenders.

Controversy Surrounding Gallego

Since launching his Senate bid, Gallego has faced scrutiny over certain decisions. He voted twice to shield a Biden administration rule allowing pension fund managers to consider environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors, a move some have associated with "woke" banking and left-wing agendas.

Gallego's support also protected a close friend's investment in Aspiration Fund Adviser LLC, a financial technology company focusing on carbon credits and ESG investing.

His financial relationship with the firm went undisclosed in his financial reports until 2022, despite his acquiring up to $50,000 in non-public stock in 2019.

Gallego's friendship with Aspiration's co-founder, Joe Sanberg, has raised additional questions, as Sanberg has contributed more than $20,000 to Gallego's campaigns since 2014.