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Ron Barber in Trouble for Calling House GOP, With 86 Percent White Men, a "Bunch of White Guys"

Democratic Congressman Ron Barber -- who won the special election in June to fill the seat of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords -- is already fighting for his reelection, and he's already made his Republican opponent angry.

Martha McSally's campaign put out a press release condemning Barber for saying House Republicans are "essentially a bunch of white guys."

McSally's campaign is upset that Barber "categorizes all Republicans with ultra partisan remarks," is "name calling," and spouting off "stereotypes."

Both candidates met with the Arizona Daily Star's editorial board to chat, and here's what Barbed said that apparently upset McSally:

"The Democratic side of the House is a rainbow of colors and ethnicities and religious beliefs," he said. "Quite frankly, on the other side, it's essentially a bunch of white guys."

That's because the people sent to represent Republicans are typically the 'big money' people in the country, he said.

Well, if your interpretation of "essentially" is about 86 percent or more, then it's more of a fact than a "stereotype." If you think "essentially" is less than 86 percent, Barber's a jerk.


Of the 240 Republican House members, two are African-American, seven are Hispanic, one is American Indian, and 24 are women. One person fits multiple categories -- Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is a Hispanic woman. That leaves 207 white male Republicans, or about 86 percent.


Democrats have about 53 percent white men.


McSally also took issue with Barber saying the white Republican guys are the "big money" people, which isn't really a specific claim from Barber.


However, irony appears to be lost in this squabble, since Barber appears to be a "white guy" Democrat and McSally's a female Republican.




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