AZ CD 6: Political bigwigs already choosing sides

With 18 months until the November 2012 election it seems peculiar that the political luminaries are already tossing their divine endorsements around like so much sugar candy to the goblins on All Hallows Eve.

Stay with us on this.  The candidates, offices sought and endorsers are spinning fast enough to give the most level-headed political observer a case of the woozies.

Letting no grass grow under his soon-to-be retired feet, outgoing U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl endorsed state legislator Kirk Adams literally within moments after Adams resigned to run for the 6th Congressional District seat — still warm from Jeff Flake‘s lengthy tenure in opposition to his pledge to stay just 3 terms.

Former Congressman Matt Salmon, who held that same CD 6 seat for three terms before honoring his pledge to term limit himself, has announced not only his intent to run, but the solid endorsement he has secured from conservative Congressman Trent Franks.

In this zesty game of political pick-up, former state Senate Majority Leader Chuck Gray, who was the first to enter the race, has the most novel approach of all. Gray is actually meeting with and wants to hear from the voters in the district. In the final analysis they are the ones who cast the ballots.

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9 Responses to AZ CD 6: Political bigwigs already choosing sides

  1. East Valley PC says:

    It sounds as though Sen. Chuck Gray has zeroed in on the winning approach. Meeting with his constituents makes a whole lot more sense than sucking up to Congressmen who don’t even live in the candidates districts. Franks lives across the Valley from Matt Salmon so he can’t even vote for him. Ditto Jon Kyl in Kirk Adams race.

  2. Ajo Joe says:

    Excellent point! I’m betting that Gray’s strategy will win him the congressional seat. The number one lesson is remembering the voters. Endorsements mean nothing. Trent Franks endorsed Vernon Parker in the last congressional election and that was worthless. Parker came in a distant fourth.

    John Shadegg endorsed Jim Ward, who lost in another congressional district. And while Shadegg was still in office, McCain endorsed him in his failed bid to become majority leader. Far too much stock is placed in these endorsement games.

    • Catching On says:

      To paraphrase the Clinton strategists, “It’s the candidate, stupid.” Endorsements are given for many reasons, and like sausage making, often better not seen/known.

  3. Doc says:

    I won’t say anything about the Franks/Salmon connection. HOWEVER…if Mr. Kyl’s supporting ANYBODY, (He, who supported Mr. Holder AND dammit janet ova yondah in D.C…)they get an automatic 0 (pronounced Z-E-R-O, none, zip, nada, etc.) support from me. Just as well with Mr. Adams anyway, seeins as how he’s got almost 0 true conservatism in him (check his voting record) & apparently HAS NOT read the Republican Platform…now easily found on the Republican website, much to the McCainiac’s chagrin

    • Villanova says:

      There’s even more going on here, Doc. Jon Kyl has no need to placate conservative Republicans now that he’s announced his impending retirement. He’s a slicker, better spoken version of McCain but they stand for the same bogus so-called immigration reform policies that reward those who sneak into our country with the gift of citizenship. Count Jeff Flake in on that deception also.

      A couple of months ago new federal Judge Mary Murguia was formally sworn in during a ceremony at the federal courthouse here in Phoenix. Open borders Murguia was nominated to the court by open borders Obama. Judge Murguia’s twin sister, Janet Murguia, is the President and CEO of the national Council of LaRaza — “the Race,” a group whose two-sentence motto is chilling to everyone who values equal rights for all: “For The Race everything. Outside The Race, nothing.”

      The judge’s closest family connections link to the Mexican version of the KKK. Can you imagine Kyl’s presence at the judicial investiture of that type of racist? It would never happen. Nor should it.

      Not only was Kyl shamefully in attendance at the ceremony, so was Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Arizona’s liberal former governor who says with a straight face, “Our border has never been more secure.”

      We are screwed over as much by Republican elites as by the Democrats. But when they think they aren’t observered, they often hob and nob together.

    • Ditat Deus says:

      @Doc: Follow your own advice and check Adams’ voting record. Really no excuse for you to sound so uneducated. SRA just barely posted the latest pachyderm results here on this blog, were Adams received a very favorable rating.

      • Doc says:

        Ditat-do you think it’s a bad idea EVER to ask the voters to vote on something? Mr. Adams does. It’s my personal opinion that THAT (pardon me, a…”NON-vote) constitutes an open door to MY opinion, which I chose to post here. As for the Pachyderm standings, I have already stated here that for ME, they are a great guide, & I thank them for their service, they aren’t the final tally for me. I don’t post advice that I don’t follow myself, sir.

  4. Another LD11 PC says:

    The Kyl-Adams axis runs right through the Arizona Corporation Commission.

    a) Kyl, former member of the board and counsel
    b) Adama, who pushed through the single largest taxpayer rip off of all time, the “Commerce” Authority, at the Corporation Commissions behest, as if he were their paid lobbyist.

    WAY TO GO RINOS!