Is there political civility after Safeway shooting?Posted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Civility was a word tossed around by politicians across the country after the Safeway shooting.
They all pledged to change the way they do business.
Six months after Tucson's tragic day, we ask the question, "Have they kept their promise?"
The rhetoric was building, the disrespect hitting new lows.
And then shots rang out at a Tucson Safeway on January 8. Leaving six people dead, a congresswoman clinging to life and a nation searching for answers.
Early on the blame placed on a crazed shooter and the political environment surrounding him.
"It gave everyone pause and it was a literal shock to the system,"
That shock pushed elected officials to promise changes in their political discourse.
"My sense is this community really came together on a bipartisan basis,"
Six months since the tragedy city council members say things have changed. Talk has been civil.
Despite significant differences, progress has been made.
"More and more people in the community are stepping up to suggest compromise," said Councilwoman Karin Uhlich.
That's in Tucson though. On a national level, it's too early to note a difference.
Councilman Steve Kozachik says its too soon to tell if we've turned a corner because partisanship is still rampant.
"I'd love to see the city of Tucson take the lead in going non-partisan. I'd be happy to drop the R if everyone else would drop the Ds Is and Gs," said Kozachik.
The chances of that happening look pretty slim, but Kozachik and his political friend and counterpart Councilwoman Karin Uhlich think Tucson has shown it won't tolerate hostility in politics.
"I don't expect heated rhetoric or even insults to go away entirely, but I think, in Tucson especially, more peple want to see us working toegher," said Uhlich.
Political experts say the 2012 election will be a better litmus test to see if candidates are more civil.