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Another Look at Raul Ruiz's Win Over Mary Bono Mack

This time Politico takes a look at the Ruiz win and what it means for the Pass and Coachella Valley.

Newly elected congressman Raul Ruiz’s successful bid to take away a seat from a well-known incumbent continues to make headlines.

On Sunday, the website Politico took a look at the near improbable run for the 36th Congressional seat against Mary Bono Mack, widow of the former congressman Sonny Bono, of Sonny and Cher fame.

The site spoke to Ruiz, 40, during his freshman orientation.

“More than anything, it’s a reflection of America,” Ruiz told Politico. “It’s a reflection of changing times that people are electing folks they feel are competent and will represent the issues and values of the country as a whole.”

To read the entire Politico article, click here.

Among the things touched on in the article is the area’s changing demographics.

According to Ruiz’s bio, his is the son of farm workers. Raul grew up in Coachella Valley. He says he realized early on that an education would be key to his future. In the summer of 1990, despite the intense heat of the low-desert, Raul writes that he walked from business to business in the Coachella Valley asking people to invest in their community – by contributing to his education.

“With each investment for college, he made a promise to come back home and serve the community as a physician,” he wrote.

Palm Desert, Banning and Beaumont are all within Ruiz’s new district.

Roland Alden November 21, 2012 at 03:50 PM
My wish for the New Year? That Raul Ruiz, George Soros, Sean Penn and Nancy Pelosi are so successful they drive people like Ron Moon right out of the Coachella Valley. Why not? They've already driven him out of his mind.
Carol November 21, 2012 at 05:37 PM
WOW!!! I thought you libs were the kind compasionate party.
Mariana Zuelsdorf November 21, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I find Ruiz's statement to Politico rather ironic. "More than anything, it’s a reflection of America”? To which America is Ruiz referring? The United States of Mexico?
Kathie Beu November 22, 2012 at 03:00 AM
I really am not interested in all this "stuff"! What are Ruiz's positions on the Constitution? Does he fully support the Constitution of the USA or does he support the Pres. of the USA and his socialist agenda? Where does he stand on Abortion, same sex marriage, Israel, jobs, taxes etc. Will he enforce the immigration laws as they exist today, or look the other way while our other leaders try to decide how best to handle an economic disaster. Who is this man. Pre-election, I did not hear one word about who he is. Maybe the Patch could do some research and let people know who these people are who hopefully represent us.
Mariana Zuelsdorf November 22, 2012 at 03:15 AM
The campaign, on both sides, was useless. Neither candidate stated beliefs and/or objectives. All we heard is that he went begging, advocated the destruction of Plymouth Rock, and is an advocate for ObamaCare. What a guy....


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