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This is the statement made at a joint press conference held today at 11:00am in Tucson, Arizona. The statement comes from all Republican candidates in the Primary race for Congress in Arizona's 8th Congressional District except for the candidate who has inappropriately received over $120,000 in media advertising help from the NRCC.

The NRCC is refusing to take calls from outraged residents of this district and won't even talk to the Republican Party Chairman of the district's largest county. The NRCC is stonewalling everyone and did not consult with its own congressional members before inappropriately interfering in this race.

As a resident of District 8 in Arizona, a Republican Precinct Committeeman, and the vice president of a Republican Club I absolutely resent the NRCC's inappropriate and unprecedented interference in this OPEN and competitive Primary Election.

Now, also unprecedented, is the latest bizarre twist to this. To counter the NRCC's inappropriate interference on behalf of Steve Huffman, the DCCC (yes, the Democrats) have made a massive media buy and are running attack ads against Huffman.

While I am totally opposed to liberal RINO Huffman's election, I am opposed to the DCCC's interference in this local Republican open Primary Election. Let the people of District 8 decide whom they want to be their representative in Washington D.C. National level interests more concerned with retaining or gaining majority power should NOT be permitted to put their massive amounts of cash (the NRCC distributed over $45 million in 2004) and their agenda ahead of our absolute RIGHT to decide our own representative.

And before anyone gets the idea that this is about the losing candidates gunning for the front runner, think again. Randy Graf is the frontrunner in this race by a large margin according to the latest opinion polls. Huffman is getting help from the NRCC in an attempt to defeat the frontrunning conservative candidate. Huffman's record in the State House of Representatives is terrible. In the last session he was absent 50% of the time and missed 30% of his votes. His ratings from conservative groups were rock bottom compared to the rest of the Republicans in the House and he was even endorsed by Planned Parenthood in 2004 and the liberal rag Tucson Weekly in 2006 specifically because of his support for abortion and liberalism in general. Huffman's record makes retiring CD8 Rep. Jim Kolbe look positively conservative by comparison.

1 posted on 09/05/2006 12:32:59 PM PDT by Spiff
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To: HiJinx; SandRat; gubamyster; sasafras; DLfromthedesert; AZHSer; AZBear

Ping! Please ping anyone else involved with SE Arizona politics or any other conservatives worried that the NRCC will interfere in their local races to defeat conservative Republicans.


2 posted on 09/05/2006 12:34:12 PM PDT by Spiff (Death before Dhimmitude)
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To: Spiff

Reason # 1,000,001 and counting why not to be a member of any political party. They have one interest in mind, preserving the party, period. I am now and have been for a while officially and forever an independant.


4 posted on 09/05/2006 12:45:18 PM PDT by vpintheak (Yep.)
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To: Spiff

This is exactly why the GOP is going to lose seats in Nov. - Conservatives are sick and tired of the GOP acting like liberals and leftests. I would rather vote for a true conservative and lose than vote for a liberal RINO and win. Morals count - a Clinton Republican is still a leftest democrat.


7 posted on 09/05/2006 2:25:40 PM PDT by sasafras (("Licentiousness destroyes order, and when chaos ensues, the yearning for order will destroy freedom)
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To: Spiff
From the FEC Website:

STRATEGIC MEDIA SERVICES

1023 31ST ST. NW
4TH FLOOR
WASHINGTON, DC 20007

Purpose of Expenditure: Issue Ad Placement
This Committee SUPPORTS The Following Candidate: JON HUFFMAN
Office Sought: House of Representatives
State is Arizona in District 08
Date Expended = 08/29/2006
Person Completing Form: CHRISTOPHER J. WARD
Date Signed = 08/29/2006

Amount Expended = $122292.60
Calendar YTD Per Election for Office Sought = $122292.60

The filing is incorrect. This is not an "issue ad placement" as it states. It is clearly an ad supporting Steve Huffman. It does not appear to be anything else except a pro-Huffman ad. It names him specifically, names no other candidate, and says that he is the "conservative choice" in the Primary Election.

Calling him the "conservative choice" is an outright lie because every other candidate in the race is more conservative than Huffman. As I've mentioned before, Huffman's record in the House of Representatives in Arizona is terrible. He voted with the Democrats quite often and was even one of only 12 Republicans who turned coat against Republican Majority leadership in the house and conspired with the Democrats to pass a liberal budget. His ratings from conservative groups are rock bottom compared to every other Republican in the House and he's been endorsed by liberal groups and publications. Calling Huffman the "conservative choice" is an outright lie.

8 posted on 09/05/2006 2:43:06 PM PDT by Spiff (Death before Dhimmitude)
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To: Spiff
From Arizona Republic's Plugged In section:

Hellon: NRCC are "idiots" for helping Huffman
09/05/2006 06:17:05

The Republican National Congressional Committee's decision to intervene in the 8th Congressional District's GOP primary drew a heated response today from most of the candidates.

The RNCC decided last week to back Steve Huffman and help him with more than $100,000's worth of TV ads. Retiring Rep. Jim Kolbe, R-Ariz., also has endorsed Huffman, a state legislator. That idea didn't go over so well with the other Republicans in the race: Frank Antenori, Randy Graf, Mike Hellon and Mike Jenkins.

Jennifer Talhelm of The Associated Press writes:

On Tuesday, Huffman's four more conservative GOP opponents took the unusual step of holding a joint news conference and delivering a message to the National Republican Congressional Committee.

"Stay the hell out of southern Arizona," said Mike Hellon, one of the candidates and a former state party chairman, in an interview following the news conference.

The four contend the NRCC had split the party, handing an advantage to the Democrats. They urged the NRCC to pull its ads and stay quiet until after the Sept. 12 primary.

"This is the granddaddy of unintended consequences," Hellon said in the interview. "They're idiots."

Huffman (and others) might quibble with Talhelm's characterization of Hellon as "more conservative" than him. Both candidates are pretty moderate.

Meanwhile, Graf has started a 7 a.m. to midnight "hotline" for voters with questions about Huffman's "salacious lies about Randy."

Here's the Graf campaign announcement:

(Tucson, AZ) Randy Graf, the leading Republican candidate to replace retiring US Congressman Jim Kolbe, has decided to open a 7 a.m. – 12 a.m. hotline for those who have questions in regard to Steve Huffman’s salacious lies about Randy. Huffman has mounted an extremely dirty smear campaign with the sole purpose of attacking the character of Randy Graf and has consistently lied and distorted Randy Graf’s positions on the issues. Randy believes that the technique of negative campaigning is not something that voters in Southern Arizona will appreciate. But in order to answer any questions about the lies coming out of the Huffman camp during the last days of the campaign, the Graf hotline, along with Randy Graf’s campaign website www.votegraf.com, which is available 24 hrs/day, will be there for the use of concerned voters. The hotline will be out of campaign headquarters at (520) 887-2984.


21 posted on 09/05/2006 9:03:15 PM PDT by Spiff (Death before Dhimmitude)
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To: Spiff
The NRCC's latest filing (dated 9/5/2006) shows that they've put even more money into supporting liberal Steve Huffman. More institutional corruption and inappropriate interference...

SCHEDULE E

INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES

FILING FEC-236837

Committee: NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE

STRATEGIC MEDIA SERVICES
1023 31ST ST. NW
4TH FLOOR
WASHINGTON, DC 20007

Purpose of Expenditure: Issue Ad Placement
This Committee SUPPORTS The Following Candidate: JON HUFFMAN
Office Sought: House of Representatives
State is Arizona in District 08
Date Expended = 09/05/2006
Person Completing Form: CHRISTOPHER J. WARD
Date Signed = 09/05/2006

Amount Expended = $60816.64
Calendar YTD Per Election for Office Sought = $234875.26


28 posted on 09/06/2006 8:44:38 AM PDT by Spiff (Death before Dhimmitude)
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