It’s no secret how politicos spend what free time they have during the waning days of an important election — perusing campaign filings, of course.
Guess what was found while checking out the donors to CD 4 U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor? Tucked in among the expected Democrats, a number of intriguing names jumped out. And wouldn’t you know? McCain operatives feature prominently.
Many of them were Republican elected Precinct Committeemen who threw their support to liberal Democrat Janet Napolitano during her gubernatorial bid in 2006, signing on to the notorious Republicans for Janet website.
In the intervening years, nothing has changed.
Longtime McCain confidant and advisor Wes Gullett and his associates at First Strategic, Kurt Davis, Steve Roman and Bettina Nava each coughed up $2,400 for Pastor — a purse-strings holding member of the House Appropriations Committee.
With Janet Contreras, a strong conservative in that congressional race, why would these Republicans be supporting Ed Pastor? Contreras’ supporters will be hosting a fundraiser for her August 4, with headliners J. D. Hayworth and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. It seems that’s where Republicans should be, not throwing big money in a Democrat’s coffers.
Is McCain directing the Pastor donations, curiously made by so many of his allies? Who benefits? And how? What possible reason would cause associates of the former GOP presidential nominee to consistently support Democrats?