Ron Barber was an aide to former representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). Both of them, along with 13 others, were injured and six were killed when a gunman shot them at a meet-and-greet in Tucson on Jan. 8, 2011. After Giffords resigned her seat this year, she tapped Barber to run to replace her. His Republican opponent in the June special election will be Jesse Kelly.
Now, every time I see Barber (right with Giffords), my mind instantly goes to the great 1998 film “Elizabeth” and Sir William Cecil.
Sir William, played by the great Sir Richard Attenborough (in character below), constantly harangued the monarch about marriage. She ultimately casts him out of her service and dubs him Lord Burghley. At
the end of the movie, and in rather dramatic fashion, she announces to him, “Observe, Lord Burghley. I am married — to England.” If all goes according to his plans, Barber could be married to Arizona’s 8th Congressional District — if the voters say “I do,” of course.