The fight for District 6: Rep. David Schweikert

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- It is a smoldering 110 degrees outside. Still, Rep. David Schweikert and his wife Joyce are outside going door to door.

"This is one of the biggest races in the country,” Schweikert tells 3TV.

The newly drawn district lines have set up an ugly primary battle between Republican Congressmen David Schweikert and Ben Quayle.

Both candidates are trying to convince voters that they are the most conservative.

“My impression,” says Schweikert “is that they have to go viciously negative on us to move those numbers – and I brace for it.”

On Schweikert’s personal Twitter page, he tweets pictures of his dog, Charlie, and an Arizona sunset.  All with the hash tag #AZRight.

But the fact is, many people -- on both sides of the aisle -- feel there is a lot going wrong in Washington.

When we sat down with Congressman Schweikert at his campaign headquarters in Scottsdale, we asked about a recent Gallop Poll that found 76 percent of registered voters think Congressional incumbents don’t deserve re-election.

“And I can’t argue with them,” Mr. Schweikert tells 3TV, “The reality of it is, the great trouble we are in is Congress’ fault.”

With the so-called fiscal cliff approaching on the financial front, the fight over healthcare and unresolved issues on immigration, many people fear there is great trouble looming.

David Schweikert says he believes there is a conspiracy, of sorts, when it comes to the DREAM Act.

Mr Schweikert says he would not support the DREAM Act the way it is written.

“You gotta understand the unintended consequences…someone becomes a U.S. Citizen and often they may have as many as members they can sponsor to come to the United States. It is that chain migration that creates this massive multiplier effect of inbound migration,” Schweikert says.
Local immigration attorney Jose Penalosa challenged that claim saying that DREAM Act individuals would have very limited ability to sponsor family members for U.S. citizenship. And, he says, they could never sponsor extended family members and could not begin sponsoring parents or siblings for many years.

But Rep. Schweikert contends, “There is more to the story,” saying that there is “something else going on here.”

Shweikert tells 3TV, “I think they want the massive, extended chain migration.”

Those who support the DREAM Act deny this and say it is about allowing young people born and raised here to live the American dream. 

It has gained popularity with voters across the country but remains a bitterly divisive issue in Washington.

Back here at home, Mr. Schweikert and his wife continue their campaign.

The triple digit heat doesn’t seem to bother them much.

Perhaps it’s a foreshadowing of what’s to come in one of the hottest Congressional races in the country.