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Ariz. race splits GOP, Tancredo
Rocky Mountain News ^ | 09/08/2006 | M.E. Sprengelmeyer

Posted on 09/09/2006 9:47:31 AM PDT by Tiger007

WASHINGTON - An Arizona congressional race has sparked a rift between Rep. Tom Tancredo and the Colorado Republican Party. Tancredo, a Littleton Republican, is backing a fellow, hard-line opponent of illegal immigration, Randy Graf, in Tuesday's GOP primary in an open-seat race.

Much of the national Republican establishment has lined up behind another candidate, Steve Huffman. This week, the Colorado Republican Committee sent Huffman a $5,000 contribution, Federal Election Commission records show.

The Colorado contribution angers Tancredo, who has used his profile on immigration to boost state Republicans recently.

"He's definitely not happy about it," spokesman Carlos Espinosa said Friday. "He wants to talk to them, figure out what's going on. This money should be more of a priority for state candidates."

The Team America PAC, founded by Tancredo and run by Bay Buchanan, has been actively campaigning for Graf.

In a message to supporters Friday, Buchanan denounced national Republicans for spending $150,000 on ads for Huffman, and the Colorado and New Mexico Republican parties for making $5,000 contributions.

"They're working overtime to beat a Tancredo/Team America candidate," Buchanan wrote.

Hans Gullickson, executive director of the Colorado Republican Party, defended the contribution, calling Huffman "clearly the most electable Republican in a district that is key to keeping a Republican majority."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aliens; antenori; cd8; cochise; elections; graf; hellon; huffman; immigrantlist; jenkins; melhlmansaliar; norinos; nrcc; pima; rinos; screwedbytherinos; tucson

1 posted on 09/09/2006 9:47:32 AM PDT by Tiger007
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To: Tiger007

Tancredo is right on immigration and if the national party would come out strong we wouldn't be limping along going into this election. It is good to see things tightening up the Dems having continued to do what they do best which is lose.


2 posted on 09/09/2006 9:54:20 AM PDT by Maelstorm (If toes were frenchfries the Democrats would have the market corner on them.)
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To: Maelstorm

These anklebiters are going to have fun when Graf wins. I guess they cant read. All the polls say he has the Republican lead in the district, sometimes by a 3 to 1 margin.


3 posted on 09/09/2006 10:03:01 AM PDT by axes_of_weezles
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To: Tiger007
Putting all issues aside, I want to know why the RNCC and the Colorado Republican party are actively involved in an open primary. And from what I have been reading, supporting the Liberal Republican over the conservative one.

I am starting to think that the RNCC and some of it's affiliates, are being infiltrated by Liberal moles.

4 posted on 09/09/2006 10:08:11 AM PDT by Post-Neolithic
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To: Post-Neolithic

The NRCC has really irked Southern Arizona Republicans.
They will not support Huffman if he wins. There would be no difference between him and Giffords (D). At least Giffords would be less of a prevaricator than Huffman who is advertising himself as a Conservative; yeah right.

The primaries are for policy debates, not negative advertising.

The district was held by a RINO Homo Soros funded Republican and they are doing their best to coronate someone with a similar ideology.


5 posted on 09/09/2006 10:13:06 AM PDT by axes_of_weezles
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To: Tiger007

I fail to see why that 5 grand wouldn't be put to better use with Beauprez or O'Donnell.


6 posted on 09/09/2006 10:20:24 AM PDT by RippyO
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To: Post-Neolithic
That the National Republican Committee would involve itself so unjustly in an open primary and open its purse to boot, reveals how deeply committed president George Bush is to open immigration and amnesty.

We can expect no real enforcement as long as he is in office. If the Democrats take the House, they will shortly send a version of the amnesty bill to match the Senate's. If the Democrats take the Senate, the House will be very unlikely to be able to withstand the pressure because I cannot imagine Republicans losing the Senate and keeping any decent majority in the House. Under those circumstances, the Rinos with the tipping weight, will be running the asylum.

If the rats take both the House and the Senate, adios.

But if we can hold the House and the Senate, the immigration issue will likely survive in some form for the 2008 election.

Tancredo has good grounds for anger.


7 posted on 09/09/2006 10:29:02 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("I like to legislate. I feel I've done a lot of good." Sen. Robert Byrd)
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To: Tiger007
Both Team America PAC (Tancredo) and the NRCC (GOP establishment affiliate) needs to stay the F out of primaries. Let the conservative voters decide, and work WITH the Republican nominee whoever it may be.

Meddling in these races are only going to sow seeds of revenge and if elected, the nominee will not act in the best interests of the voters.

8 posted on 09/09/2006 10:33:10 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Team America Pac, The Minutemen, and Pro-Life groups got in the game because the NRCC was asked to get out and stop funding negative ads and they did not respond or refused.

What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

On top of that, the Rats have attack ads against Huffman.


9 posted on 09/09/2006 10:39:09 AM PDT by axes_of_weezles
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

The (R) Nominee will be Graf, who has been on the receiving end of these negative ads.

The RINOs have already pissed off Southern Arizonans. We do not want another Homo Rino Soros funded clone.

Anybody but Huffman. He's a loser, no ideas, no loyalty, no integrity,no conservatism, no honesty. He's also the coronated (R) candidate in the primary


10 posted on 09/09/2006 10:42:37 AM PDT by axes_of_weezles
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist; All

I agree... They should but out....


11 posted on 09/09/2006 10:46:04 AM PDT by KevinDavis (http://www.cafepress.com/spacefuture)
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To: axes_of_weezles
I'll agree with you that the RNC election committees are lower than pond scum.

Thanks for clearing that up.

12 posted on 09/09/2006 10:52:49 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Spiff; Reagan Man

The establishment is at it again. Cannon/Jacobs redux?


13 posted on 09/09/2006 10:55:58 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Worse than that.

The Rats are claiming to be pro border security, anti-tax too.

The only differences between Huffman and the Democrats is supposed support or non support of the GWOT.


14 posted on 09/09/2006 10:58:53 AM PDT by axes_of_weezles
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To: Tiger007

The open-borders elitists can go to hell.. we need elected officials like Graf that understand that open borders undermine our nation.


15 posted on 09/09/2006 11:02:25 AM PDT by nj26 (Border Security=Homeland Security... Put Our Military on the Border! (Proud2BNRA))
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To: axes_of_weezles
These anklebiters are going to have fun when Graf wins. I guess they cant read. All the polls say he has the Republican lead in the district, sometimes by a 3 to 1 margin.

So Tancredo found a race where someone was already well ahead and then came out yelling "I support this guy". I guess if he really is that desperate to claim a win, this is the way to get one.

Of course Tancredo will claim he is the reason Graf wins when in reality he had nothing to do with it. Tancredo proves once again he is irrelevant.

16 posted on 09/09/2006 11:02:34 AM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Free Republic is Currently Suffering a Pandemic of “Bush Derangement Syndrome.”)
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To: COEXERJ145

You are a moron.

Tancredo has visited Tucson numerous times as well as Ken Mehlman and Dana Rorhebacher and Sensenbrenner, and the rest of the party hacks when they were on their "border tour".


I guess you have difficulty reading and comprehending.

The party hacks like you have funded someone with no scruples, no integrity, is a RINO Liberal and is spending cash to say he is tough on immigration and a conservative.

I guess that makes you just as much of a prevaricator as the NRCC and would prefer a Liberal RINO over a Conservative of any stripe.




17 posted on 09/09/2006 11:15:30 AM PDT by axes_of_weezles
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To: COEXERJ145

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1698462/posts

It's not Tancredo.

It's Lying Leftist Republicans.


18 posted on 09/09/2006 11:16:40 AM PDT by axes_of_weezles
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To: COEXERJ145

By the way. What do Colorado Republicans know about Tucson?

You would think they would be saving their own money to cover their own asses.


19 posted on 09/09/2006 11:18:50 AM PDT by axes_of_weezles
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To: COEXERJ145
Why would you so strongly dislike someone with a near perfect voting record on conservative issues, as Tancredo has?

I thought promotion of conservatism is what FR is all about.

20 posted on 09/09/2006 11:19:11 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Tiger007

I hope the Tancredo side wins, if not, I'm voting Democrat so they'll tax the he!! out of the Bush Republicans - they can pay for the illegals, they brought 'em here ...


21 posted on 09/09/2006 11:22:57 AM PDT by 11th_VA
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Sounds like a dumbass idea for Hans Gullickson and the CRP to work at undermining Tancredo's efforts in support of Graf. This is turning into a crazy election cycle.

Here in southern Colorado my long time Congressman and staunch conservative Joel Hefley, is retiring after 20 years of representing the 5th district. Hefley backed his one time congressional aid Jeff Crank in the primary. In a close outcome, Crank lost to state Senator Doug Lamborn in what was a highly contested race. Now Hefley says he will not endorse the winner because Lamborn ran a dirty campaign. Conservatives battling conservatives, go figure.

22 posted on 09/09/2006 11:38:30 AM PDT by Reagan Man (Conservatives don't support amnesty and conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: COEXERJ145

So it's OK for a state GOP party to meddle in a primary race in another state?


23 posted on 09/09/2006 11:46:28 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Tiger007

Want to see something really sick, look how much money the GOP flushed on trying to help Schwarz, in the Republican primary... A candidate who is a better fit for the Democrat party.


24 posted on 09/09/2006 12:57:47 PM PDT by Mount Athos
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To: COEXERJ145; Spiff

Tancredo supported Randy Graf long before it was cool (in 2004 against Kolbe.)

This time, Graf has an eight point lead in the polls a week out. It's nice to see somebody as strong as Tancredo on immigration and not as weak as Bush leading the polls in this important party.


25 posted on 09/09/2006 1:30:22 PM PDT by NapkinUser
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To: NapkinUser

Right Napkin, but can Graf win the General election? We need to hold this seat, not piss it away to Giffords, a liberal Emily's list DEM.


26 posted on 09/09/2006 2:35:23 PM PDT by Welike ike
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To: Welike ike

GRAF will send the Democ-Rats craterous grave in NOV 2006 election.


27 posted on 09/09/2006 8:09:29 PM PDT by Tiger007
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To: axes_of_weezles

B U M P


28 posted on 09/09/2006 10:06:46 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

N O


29 posted on 09/09/2006 10:07:30 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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To: COEXERJ145

Let me restructure your tagline....

"Bush derangement is currently causing a pandemic of suffering for Free Republic conservatives"


30 posted on 09/09/2006 10:13:24 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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To: axes_of_weezles
We have a name for the Tancredo types in Texas.. He's all hat with no cattle.. Talk about a man with a selffullfilling mandate.. Tancredo and his followers are hearing their own echo, and mistaking it for a cheering crowd.. Sorry, he might be right on his single issue, but it is becoming irritating.
31 posted on 09/09/2006 10:25:49 PM PDT by carlo3b ("Leave the gun, take the cannoli")
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To: carlo3b

Tancredo is a conservative through and through. He's not just pro-border enforcement. He supports the conservative agenda down the line and has one of the top ACU percentages in Congress.


32 posted on 09/10/2006 7:31:18 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: axes_of_weezles

Hopefully Graf will win. The GOP needs to get a grip on reality. Our nation is being taken over by foreigners at an alarming rate, and it needs to stop.


33 posted on 09/10/2006 7:33:39 AM PDT by television is just wrong (our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens...)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Establishment ELITISH RINOs are scared to death of TANCREDO tsunami in 2008.


34 posted on 09/10/2006 7:57:33 AM PDT by Tiger007
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To: Welike ike

Graf can win. If he is allowed a forum.

The NRCC, Leftists,MSM and NRCC are the ones saying he cannot win.

1. He has been an elected State Senator and legislator for 6 years
2. He has run his own business
3. The people of his district have seen firsthand the illegal immigration problems, so he has been at the forefront of the issue, whether you like it or not.
4. AZ CD 8 is less "moderate" than the MSM and pollsters would have you beleive.

This is a "representative" democracy. When a State party monies from a different state, and National monies from the same party endorse someone in an open primary, something that has not happened in my memory, these outsiders are interfering with the "representative" part of democracy.

The outsiders do not represent local interests.

Gibbons the Rat is better than Huffman. At least she does not lie and say she is conservative in ads from monies outside the district.

Graf is going to eat them both for lunch because the National party and Colorado do not represent Tucson and Pima and Cochise Counties.



35 posted on 09/10/2006 9:14:01 AM PDT by axes_of_weezles
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
I trust your assessment of this congressman, but he hasn't been able to catch fire and garner any sizable base, so he and his followers have taken to snipping, which isn't very attractive, or constructive..

This may not be fair, or the entire case, but I am a student of sorts in this game and I haven't been impressed after all the noise and, it appears that I am not alone.. But for your sake my FRiend, I'll pay a bit more attention in the future.. :)

36 posted on 09/10/2006 9:28:11 AM PDT by carlo3b ("Leave the gun, take the cannoli")
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To: carlo3b
Hey carlo.

This is an open race.

Kolbe the R-RINO-HOMO quit because Graf gave him a hard time in 2004.

Out of spite Kolbe is using his influence to stop him.

This is an open race. The RINOS and RATS are interfering. This is the kind of crap Graf has had to put up with from the MSM here:


37 posted on 09/10/2006 11:56:03 AM PDT by axes_of_weezles
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To: axes_of_weezles; All
2006 Primary Election (Unofficial Results)
Produced by the Arizona Secretary of State's Office
U.S. Representative in Congress - District No. 8
Republican

County ANTENORI GRAF HELLON HUFFMAN JENKINS Totals Polls Polls
Reporting
Percent of
Polls
Cochise 0 0 0 0 0 0 64 0 0.0%
Pima 1,247 12,205 4,186 11,999 924 30,561 275 167 60.7%
Pinal 26 510 125 399 29 1,089 2 2 100.0%
Santa Cruz 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0.0%
Totals 1,273 12,715 4,311 12,398 953 31,650 346 169 48.8%
Percentages 4.0% 40.2% 13.6% 39.2% 3.0%        

Last Updated on Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at 8:17:51 PM

38 posted on 09/12/2006 8:34:15 PM PDT by axes_of_weezles
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To: axes_of_weezles
2006 Primary Election (Unofficial Results)
Produced by the Arizona Secretary of State's Office
U.S. Representative in Congress - District No. 8
Republican

County ANTENORI GRAF HELLON HUFFMAN JENKINS Totals Polls Polls
Reporting
Percent of
Polls
Cochise 0 0 0 0 0 0 64 0 0.0%
Pima 1,318 13,057 4,386 12,677 977 32,415 275 182 66.2%
Pinal 26 510 125 399 29 1,089 2 2 100.0%
Santa Cruz 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0.0%
Totals 1,344 13,567 4,511 13,076 1,006 33,504 346 184 53.2%
Percentages 4.0% 40.5% 13.5% 39.0% 3.0%        

Last Updated on Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at 8:37:02 PM

39 posted on 09/12/2006 8:43:23 PM PDT by axes_of_weezles
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To: Tiger007
The Team America PAC, founded by Tancredo

AMERICA, F**K YEAH!!!

40 posted on 09/12/2006 9:13:29 PM PDT by montag813
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