Forget the D: Raul Ruiz joins No Labels

May 7th, 2013 | by Erica Felci | Comments

There’s at least one area of politicking where Rep. Raul Ruiz agrees with his predecessor, Republican Mary Bono Mack.

Ruiz, a Palm Desert Democrat, has joined the No Labels effort. As part of the new “problem solvers” group, Ruiz will regularly meet with Republicans, Democrats and independent leaders who are committed to meeting regularly to work on policy.

“People across the 36th District are sick of the gridlock and hyper-partisanship in Washington,” Ruiz said in a statement today.

“No political party has a monopoly on good ideas, and I have said from the beginning that I am committed to working with people on both sides of the aisle to find common ground and come up with real solutions to the many challenges facing the 36th District and our nation.

“I will always put people ahead of party and good ideas ahead of ideology to improve the lives of the people I represent.”

Bono Mack, who lost her re-election bid in November, also supported the No Labels effort.

During the 2012 State of the Union address, she joined more than 140 members in a bipartisan seating arrangement. It left her sitting next to Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas.

She had previously sat with her husband, then-Rep. Connie Mack, a Florida Republican.

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