Passing a Python variable to R using rpy2

I have basic R script that performs a GLM on a MySQL dataset. This runs fine using Rscript in bash. However I would like to call it within a python script so I can add it to a loop, I can create the sql statement but I can’t seem to pass it to R using rpy2;

for word in words:
    sql_scores = "select a.article_id, response, score  from scores as a join profile as b on a.article_id = b.article_id where response in (1,0) and keyword = '%s';" % (word[0])
    robjects.r("mydb = dbConnect(MySQL(), user='me', password='xxxx', host='', dbname='mydb')")
    robjects.r("results = fetch(dbSendQuery(mydb, '%s'))") % (sql_scores)
    robjects.r("model <- glm(response ~ score , data=results, family=binomial)")

If I print sql_scores I can run this fine directly in MySQL. However Python produces this error;

Loading required package: DBI
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "", line 30, in <module>
    robjects.r("results = fetch(dbSendQuery(mydb, '%s'))") % (sql_scores)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/rpy2/robjects/", line 268, in __call__
    p = rinterface.parse(string)
 ValueError: Error while parsing the string.

I can’t figure out the proper syntax for:

robjects.r("results = fetch(dbSendQuery(mydb, %s))") % (sql_scores)

Source: python

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