Skip to comments.NRCC pulls Graf ads in Arizona
Posted on 09/22/2006 12:07:50 PM PDT by VU4G10
National Republicans are pulling advertising in Arizona for 8th District GOP nominee Randy Graf, who last week won his partys primary but is trailing by nineteen points in a general election poll released Tuesday by his Democratic challenger.
A spokesman for the Tucson ABC affiliate, where ads were reserved, confirmed that the party committee was pulling them.
The Arizona Democratic Party on Wednesday accused Graf of "associating himself" with former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, citing a posting on Dukes website but offering no evidence of an actual relationship.
On Thursday, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) sent a letter to the media addressed to National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Tom Reynolds (R-N.Y). In it, he cited Grafs "ties" to Duke and called on the NRCC to stop supporting Graf.
An NRCC spokesman said it has paid for ads on behalf of Graf that are scheduled to run through Oct. 3, but declined to say what it would do beyond that date, citing a policy against discussing campaign strategy. The spokesman reiterated the NRCCs full support for Graf.
Reynolds responded to Emanuel in a letter arguing that Dukes posting didnt amount to an endorsement and detailing several Democratic donors and candidates with criminal pasts or "radical views."
The posting on Dukes website is titled "Minutemans Tough Border Stance Wins Primary!" and links to a U.S. News & World Report article, as well as Grafs campaign website.
Arizona Democratic Party spokesman Peter Jackson said the posting was on a publicly available site and that the party assumed Grafs campaign had seen it as well. He said by not asking Duke to remove the posting, Graf is showing he has no problem with Duke promoting his candidacy.
Graf campaign spokesman R.T. Gregg denounced Duke and his views but said the campaign wouldnt let Democrats dictate its actions. He also said the Graf campaign cant be responsible for policing the Internet.
Graf won a five-way primary even though the NRCC had supported his GOP opponent Steve Huffman and retiring Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.) had criticized him for being too extreme for the district.
Graf and the other three candidates publicly denounced the NRCC one week before the primary for reneging on its promise to abstain getting involved in the primary. But after winning his partys nomination Sept. 12, Graf flew to Washington, D.C., to meet with national party leaders and proclaimed their "wide support."
The race has long been projected as one of the most competitive in the country.
A spokesman for the Tucson FOX and UPN affiliates said early Thursday evening that the NRCCs ad purchase was still on the books as running through the general election. The NBC affiliate declined to relay advertising information over the phone, and the CBS affiliate didnt return calls by press time.
Grafs campaign said the NRCC hadnt notified them of any ads being removed.
"The NRCC does what the NRCC does, and quite honestly, in this campaign, it doesnt make an awful lot of rhyme or reason and hasnt from the very beginning," Graf spokesman R.T. Gregg said.
Democratic nominee Gabrielle Giffordss poll showed her leading 54-35, with 5 percent voting for independent candidates and 6 percent undecided.
"The Republicans have recognized that Gabrielle Giffords has broad bipartisan support across southern Arizona," Giffords spokesman Jonathan Neal said.
The NRCC's RINO candidate lost, so it sounds like they're taking their football and going home instead of fighting for, y'know, REPUBLICANS. Which I thought was the point of the NRCC's entire existence.
Way to surrender, guys.
Duke needs to post something about the Democrat.
Moose, Graf's internal numbers are terrible from What I hear, since I live in Tucson. The RNC's plan is to save money here and go after Giffords with Consensous Candidate in 2008. She is very liberal and will be a one termer.
Jim Kolbe is the one destroying Graf's campaign, because he is anti -Gay.
When the candidate's down by 14 points, and has been endorsed by David Duke without a peep of protest from the candidate, the election's over.
Even if Graf loses, he will likely run again in '08. Virtually all of the other candidates were RINO liberals.
I'd like to know what's really going on here.
KKK and stormfront ruining Graf's chances?
Are any debates scheduled?
""Even if Graf loses, he will likely run again in '08. Virtually all of the other candidates were RINO liberals.""
So he wants to be a 2x loser??
You could call him that now, as he lost the primary to the horrid Kolbe in '04. If his defeat is narrow, given all the screwing and sandbagging he has taken in THIS contest, it would be rightfully his to seek a rematch against Giffords. Kolbe himself ran in 1982 for the newly-created seat and lost to the 'Rat, Jim McNulty. So when he ran again in a rematch in '84, he beat the incumbent. Hopefully Graf will surprise the pundits and pull off a win the first time around.
Oh, whoops, lookie there. I just noticed he's one of those pesky principled Conservatives you deride on FR and ought to be "thrown out of the party" in your estimation. That's why most of us like him so much. ;-)
Filed he will run again but lose in the Primary. I hope he wins, but Internals show him down 15 to 20 because of jerk Kolbe and the RINO faction.
Good Point. Kolbe beat McNulty in a Reagan lead year. Kolbe hates Graf because Randy basically outed him.
If Graf loses, it'll be because he didn't cut ties with Duke. I swear these "true Conservatives" spend more time aligning themselves with kooks and reprobates, it's no wonder they turn voters off.
Sky, and the Democrats have Nation Of Islam Keith Ellison in Minnesota. He hates Jews as much as David Duke does.
Are you accusing Randy Graf of having ties to David Duke?
Do you have any evidence to back up that charge?
Doesn't happen that way; once they get a toehold on a district, the incumbent is often unbeatable regardless of the political complexion of the voters. The NRCC is lartely ineffective and irrelevant.
Isn't it more of a case of the KKK and Stormfront latching on to Graf?
Yes, and Duke is a member of Stormfront.
Hell Graf was silent when the democrats spent $175,000 against his primary opponent, Huffman.
Stormfront caters to non-Jewish white people of European descent from all across the world, and has sections in various languages, especially Dutch. Posters from the United States are the largest contingent, but other English-speaking countries (the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia) are well-represented, as well as the Netherlands and Flanders. The rest of the posters are from other European countries and Latin America, with a few from South Africa. Prominent posters include or included Vonbluvens, Kevin Alfred Strom, Paul Fromm, David Duke, Jurgen Graf. The website also provides internet radio shows hosted largely by site members.
Source: Wikipedia entry: Stormfront
And I gotta love your hypocritical rant against Tancredo "buring bridges with fellow Republicans" when you're out DEMANDING Graf burn bridges with fellow Republicans.
I think Grapf's problem will be that he needs to run against the democrat - and the republican establishment. Kolbe sucked, but the RNC didn't have a problem with him.
I doubt Graf is losing by 20 points - I see too many of his signs out and about for me to believe that. But the RNC is going to do their best to make it a self-fulfilling prophecy.
I guess I don't understand why conservatives need to ralley behind 'moderate' republicans when THEY win, but moderates are free to trash conservatives when WE win.
I do understand that the RNC won't get a penny from me for ever.
People know more about David Duke than they do Soros.
David Duke should stay the hell out politics. Surely he knows he's radio active, so I have to question the reasons behind his support.
My thoughts exactly. He's never been a uniter, always a divider. Because of him, Jindal isn't in Congress.
What are you talking about it was the democrats who put graf over the top with the democrats spending $175,000 against graf's primary ooponent, Huffman.
The democrats wanted graf as tghe nominee and I can see why, with duke's support, graf is a sitting duck.
Bobby Jindal? He's a US Congressman.
Is he? Oh. I know so few names in the House, there's so many of them.
Thank you for writing me to express your concern about our candidate's alleged "ties" to David Duke.
As you well know from media reports, "The Arizona Democratic Party on Wednesday accused Graf of "associating himself" with former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke...but offering no evidence of an actual relationship."
As there has not been one shred of evidence to prove your allegations anything more than a desperate campaign tactic, we do not intend to take action at this time and give credibility to your baseless attacks, but rest assured we intend to terminate our support of Graf upon the Revelation of ANY evidence he has supported Duke in the past.
That being said, I applaud your vigilance in rooting out white supremacists.
As I'm sure you're fully aware, Rahm, your party's current nominee for the U.S. Senate in West Virgina is not only an alledged but an ADMITTED former member of the Ku Klux Klan, who held such ranks as "Exhaulted Cyclops" and the position of "Klegal" for several years, according to his own testimony. Moreover, your Senate nominee has a proven track record of continued support for segregation and even writing letters of approval to the Klan, years after he allegedly "quit" the organization and had claimed to sever all ties to them.
Indeed, your party's leaders in 1958 declined to support his candidacy for that exact reason, and since that time, he has only proven their fears to be correct.
In light of these facts, I call upon you to follow your own criteria and cut all funding and support for Senator Byrd's campaign in West Virgina, and moreover to endorse the Republican candidate in order to prevent a longtime white supremacist from holding office. We will be happy to do the same if any of our candidates are ever proven to have held membership in organizations such as the KKK.
We feel certain that you will maintain a consistent position on the dangers of associating oneself with white supremacists, and are therefore terminating support of Senator Byrd. Please write me back to notify me of this action at your earliest convenience.
Have a nice day.
Yes, he is, but I think Duke ruined his run for US senator one time.
I think BSF meant that without duke's interferance Jindal would have been Gov. of Louisiana instead of the useless Blanco.
Heck, Duke used to be a Democrat. He really hasn't changed his ways. Cutting ties with the KKK is one thing, but hitching wagons with Stormfront, posting on their forum articles from his website is a whole other matter.
I recall a race wherein Duke attached himself to Jindal.
David Duke is the kiss of death, but that doesn't mean the candidates he backs are worthless or that they think like Duke.
Well that duke endorsed him says to me that duke likes what he sees and that shouts volumes.
Again no wonder the democrats actively campaigned for graf to get the GOP nomination. they knew he would be an easy opponent especially with his duke endorsement.
Republicans find themselves in trouble from the MSM when they associate with divisive figures. Democrats get away with alot of junk like that because the MSM isn't beating it in to the skulls of average Americans just who it is their people are. Thanks to guys like O'Reilly and Rush, people know just what kind of shyster's Jackson and Sharpton are.
Graf won the primary and it is his duty and the duty of his supporters to see that he is elected. The GOP and RNC should back him 100%.
And David Duke should stay the hell out of politics. He's an all around troublemaker.
Really? Even though graf didn't condemn the $175,000 in DNC help to defeat huffman.
Like I said it is the democrats who are smiling about graf's win, it was money well invested for them.
BUMP --- that is my original point: David Duke needs to stay the hell out of politics.
Now back to my other concern: David Duke knows he's radio active, so why does he publicly and vociferously and monetarily back some candidates? I question his motives seriously.
I am just as concerned about the RNC backing Kolbe's guy as I am about the democrats lending support to Graf.
It was an OPRN seat and should have been left to the individuals to raise their own campaign funds. (In a perfect world).
Voters decided. I hope Graf wins.
You raise an interesting point. There's gotta be an underlying reason why he's meddling in Arizona.
The DNC was for graf in the GOP priumary, the RNC against him.
That should tell you something, even though you wish not to admit it.
Better kooks and reprobates than RNC bootlickers
That may be part of the reason they backed Graf. Graf presents an easy target for them to destroy later.
Michael Weiner is that you? Shouldn't you be doing a radio show about now?
What am I trying not to admit?
That the DNC deemed Kolbe's guy more of a threat so they backed Graf?
That's a DUH, Dane, but it doesn't lessen my concern.
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