Giffords’s Lead Widens

Here are the latest numbers in the CD 8 race:

  • Gabrielle Giffords (DEM) – 127,077
  • Jesse Kelly (REP) – 124,022
  • Steven Stoltz (LBT) – 10,128

I’m still awaiting the hopeful-crossing-the-line-to-delusional missive from Jesse Kelly claiming this is “narrowing the gap.” Cue Sonoran Alliance and Publius Pundit claiming this lead is the result of an ACORN/Soros-inspired voter fraud scheme to bring Mexicans over the border to vote in Naco.

That’s a Good Sign

Greg Patterson of Espresso Pundit has predicted a seven point victory for Jesse Kelly over Gabrielle Giffords. Here is his past record of predictions in that district:

Prediction Result
’06 Primary Patty Weiss Giffords by 23
’06 General Randy Graf Giffords by 12
’08 General Tim Bee Giffords by 12

I dunno, something tells me his CD 8 predictions are a bit less than…predictive.

Ash Attacks Giffords’s Faith

After the jump is a post on Doug Martin’s blog. Martin is with Good News Communications, the folks that bring you KVOI and KGMS. The post was written by Republican National Committeeman Bruce Ash, who, of all things, takes a shot at Gabrielle Giffords for not being Jewish enough:

After all , Congresswoman Giffords , who claims to be a Jewess, has foolishly done much to destabilize the security of Israel with her votes and alliances with others who want to force Israel to make treaties with enemies who do not even recognize the existence of the state.

(“Jewess”? Do people still use that word? I haven’t heard it since the last time I saw a remake of Ivanhoe.)

Yep, Gabrielle Giffords, who makes frequent trips to Israel, whose grandmother was president of Hadassah and…well, who the heck is he to declare who is Jewish and who isn’t? Does he run our local rabbinical court?

And Giffords hasn’t been supportive enough of Israel? Puhleeze.

He also, by the way, takes her to task for supporting the auto bailout, which she voted against. Ash, check your facts, dude. (He may also want to check them on Raúl Grijalva as well: he voted against the bank bail out that Ash castigates him for. Eh, facts!)

Also after the jump is a response from several members of the Jewish community, including former Chief Justice Stanley Feldman and developer (and Republican) Donald Pitt.

Also note that Ash takes Grijalva on for allegedly being anti-Israel as well. Never calls him out for not being Jewish enough though.

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What Dave Said…

Over at Blog for Arizona, David Safier takes down the Star for its anemic coverage of the President’s speech last night. I’m here to pile on.

Something that Safier only tangentially notes is that both of the Star’s articles can be found elsewhere: one was from the New York Times (cue the angry Pace cowboys) and the other from the AP. This means that there was no local angle, no comment from our local representatives. No one picked up a phone to call Gabrielle Giffords; no one picked up a phone to call Jon Kyl. Especially strange is that no one bothered to look for comment from Raúl Grijalva, who has been quoted nationally as the leading voice of the progressives in congress, or from John McCain, who was mentioned in the speech as a source of some of the President’s ideas.

It is ridiculous that the Sierra Vista Herald, a paper serving a county whose population would make up a single ward in Tucson, manages to find a local angle, but the Star, Southern Arizona’s daily paper of record, can’t be bothered. The story is human interest and not about policy, but it at least acknowledges there are local officials who have something to do with this. By the way, I understand that the man in the Herald article was interviewed by the Republic too. Yep, even the folks at the Republic, who usually have to be convinced that there are parts of Arizona South of the Pecos Road interchange, were interested in a Southern Arizona angle.

This isn’t just a matter of reporters pumping up the ego of our Representatives and Senators. We elected these folks, and we count on our local media to let us know how they are thinking about a major issue that is bound to affect all of us.

Change You Can Xerox?

Yes, yes, both PolitickerAZ and Scramblewatch have already covered this one (Curse You, Nintzel and Brown!), but, gawddernit, it is so beautiful, it needs to be repeated.

Okay, I guess the premise is that these two guys, Orville and Ed are supposed to be two regular folks from Southeastern Arizona. Now, mind you, I have lived here my whole life and my family has been here since the 18th Century. I have never met a guy named Orville.

But hey, wait, Ed and Orville are really from Missouri?

Wow. That’s the sort of creativity we need in congress.

The weirdest part is, it isn’t even the only cookie cutter ad being run in Arizona.


I was chagrined yesterday when I saw that after Barack Obama had met with Gabrielle Giffords, Gifffords rzecznik C. J. Karamargin had given Greg Sargent the news that Giffords was, well, still officially uncommitted.

I mean, how am I supposed to keep up my reputation as a Giffords toady if these people give their exclusives to other blogs? Will I have to start singing “Possum Kingdom”?

That’s okay. Today, Hillary Clinton’s campaign sent a Power Point presentation to House Democrats. So, I called Karamargin so I could get the earth shattering, exclusive news about the results of this move.

She’s still uncommitted. Film at ten.

NB – Yes, I made the “Possum Kingdom” joke only a few days ago. Only one of you got it, so I’m doing it again.