Arizona politicians, who often split along party lines, have come together to root for the Phoenix Suns, bound for the NBA Finals for the third time in their history.
Bipartisanship can be easy when you want the same team to win. And #RallyTheValley is a pretty good campaign slogan.
Congrats Coach Monty Williams, @cp3 and the entire @suns team on reaching @nba finals. At its heart, Phoenix is a basketball town. We’ve been waiting 28 years for another chance at a championship. #RallytheValley #ItsTime
— Rep. Greg Stanton (@RepGregStanton) July 1, 2021
U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Ariz., and Republican Gov. Doug Ducey noted that it had been 28 years — back when Charles Barkley was donning the purple and orange — since the Phoenix Suns had made a Finals appearance.
“At its heart, Phoenix is a basketball town,” said Stanton, a former Phoenix mayor.
The Suns defeated the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday to win the Western Conference championship, 4-2, and advance to the Finals. The Suns will face the winner of the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks, who are tied 2-2 in the Eastern Conference finals.
U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and Mayor Kate Gallego, who are Democrats, cheered for the Suns to win the Finals.
There are no words to describe Rep. Tom O’Halleran’s tweet, yet the string of letters from the Arizona Democrat perfectly encapsulated all Suns’ fans feelings last night.
For others, Republican U.S. Reps. Debbie Lesko, Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs, along with Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a simple congratulations sufficed.