US Rep. Greg Stanton plans to stick to bipartisanship to get job done for Arizona
PHOENIX – U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton of Arizona hopes his chamber can resume the more mundane tasks of governing rather than fighting about who won an old election.
“I want to get back to the days when we could fight over, you know, taxes and regulation, not whether or not an election was legitimate or not legitimate,” the Democrat told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News on Monday.
“A lesson from this election: Extremism doesn’t win elections and so as long as Republicans keep putting up these extremist-type candidates, they’re going to keep losing and it’s not good for American democracy,” he said.
Stanton was projected to win his third term in the House, this time in the newly redrawn District 4, which includes Tempe and parts of Mesa and southeast Phoenix.
“That thing is huge,” Stanton said of the district.
“I did drop a few pounds [running around]. And this is important: although I hope they never come back, I have to outrun those insurrectionists if they ever come back to the U.S. Capitol. I have to get myself in shape,” he said.
Stanton pointed to his track record and his bipartisanship as reasons he was reelected.
“People know I’m not going to get involved in any crazy stuff or extremism, I just try to focus in on getting things done for the people I represent,” he said
He said immigration reform was on the list of topics that needed to be addressed.
“As a practical matter it’s is going to have to be (worked on) during my time in Congress,” he said. “I’ve already voted for over $100 billion in border security, additional border security.
“That’s boots on the ground, better technology at the border. Most of the fentanyl, which is hurting Arizona so badly, is coming across at the border checkpoints, not away from those border checkpoints. And so we need better technology.”