So it begins.
The Arizona Republic has already switched into General Election GOP candidate abuse mode, giving a Sunday double whammy to Congressional District 8 victor Jesse Kelly.
First out of the hatch in the Viewpoints section was the outlandishly biased headlined article from the Republic’s Washington Bureau: GOP’s Kelly can’t win, Giffords’ camp says.
Unsuspecting Arizona newcomers are left wondering what kept this so-called purveyor of news from running a header that read: Dem’s Giffords can’t win, Kelly’s camp says.
They need to be educated as to the liberal bent of the newspaper, which clearly hoped for the McCain-anointed Jonathan Paton to prevail in the primary. The fact that conservative newcomer Jesse Kelly outdid Paton in fundraising and outpaced him by over 6,000 votes left the Republic editorial board in stunned silence. When they finally were able to speak, it was derisively. Paton, who was himself targeted by Democrats, gave this unseemly assessment declaring the Democrats’ assumptions about Kelly are correct:
“The Democrats want Kelly to win because they see the same polls we do: I beat Giffords in November; Jesse loses,” Paton boasted in a brash news release shortly before he lost the election. However Paton never released his complete polling results which would have backed up his statement and the relentless campaigner Kelly unceremoniously showed him the door in the primary.
The farcical Kelly bashing continued in a piece by Doug MacEachern. Ostensibly using his allotted column inches to go after the recognizably flawed CD 3 GOP candidate Ben Quayle aka “Brock Landers,” MacEachern was unable to resist sticking it to a genuine conservative such as Kelly for holding true to his principles.
Expect more of the same between now and the November 2, 2010 General Election. And expect the forthright Kelly’s message to resonate with the district’s voters.