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Congressman travels to Tucson for healthcare rally outside district

Ruben Gallego Ruben Gallego
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The first member of Congress to hold a town hall in Tucson since the healthcare vote was not even elected by southern Arizona voters.

Congressman Ruben Gallego, a Democrat representing Arizona's 7th Congressional District, was scheduled to hold the "Rally to Stop Trumpcare" Tuesday evening, May 9, at Rincon High School's auditorium.

Details of the event state that Gallego has "adopted" Arizona's 2nd Congressional District represented by Congresswoman Martha McSally.

Hundreds of Rep. McSally's constituents attended, upset that she hasn't addressed them in person about why she voted in support of "Trumpcare."

Jaclyn Larson said she and her 8-year-old son who has a traumatic brain injury attended the event and worries she would be affected if "Obamacare" disappears or is replaced.

“I’m not sure what we could’ve done if we didn’t have these services," said Larson. "I definitely wouldn’t know how to take care of him the way I’m doing now.”

Rep. Gallego led the crowd in criticizing Rep. McSally who wasn't there to defend herself.

"If you're going to hastily vote to take away the insurance of 24 million people, then all the rules are out the window and I have a right to demand you speak to your constituents," he told Tucson News Now. "If there's a member of Congress that's not at least doing your basic duty of explaining their vote and why they voted, then I will have to explain for them."

McSally, who voted in favor of the American Heath Care Act, has declined repeated requests from Tucson News Now for an interview about the issue.

She introduced a bill that would stop lawmakers and their staff from exempting themselves from the AHCA. She shared a statement about her vote that reads in part:

“I will continue to work with state and local stakeholders and closely monitor this bill throughout the legislative and implementation process to ensure that my constituents have access to the care they need, that the most vulnerable are protected, and that Southern Arizona is better off in the future."

McSally's spokeswoman Kelly Schibi shared the following statement in regards to Gallego's event: “It is a shame that Representative Gallego is choosing to hold political rallies outside of his district, instead of spending his time serving the constituents in his own congressional district in Phoenix.” 

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