In the summer of 2006, I was surprised to see the Democrats running TV ads…in the GOP primary. The ads targeted a candidate (whose name escapes me and Google can’t find) who was the GOP’s preferred successor for the retiring Jim Kolbe.
Perhaps those Democratic ads in a GOP primary helped: the targeted candidate lost the primary. The primary winner, Randy Graf, turned off enough voters in CD8, a purple district, to allow Gabrielle Giffords to win the seat.
Fast forward to 2010. Giffords is vulnerable, and there’s a tight GOP primary in CD8 between Jonathan Paton and Jesse Kelly.
This weekend, I noticed that Paton signs were starting to sprout…well, an awning of sorts.
Very narrow signs were springing up directly behind Paton signs. The signs were just tall enough—what a coinky-dink!—to sit right on top of the Paton sign. They also were strategically placed so they didn’t touch Paton’s original signs. (IIRC, it’s against the law in AZ to physically attach something to another candidate’s sign).
The signs say “PayDayPayton.” They list a website (http://www.paydaypayton.com) that criticizes “lobbyist Jonathan Paton” for “lin[ing] his pockets lobbying for payday lenders.”
Scroll to the bottom of the website, and what do we see?
PAID FOR BY THE ARIZONA DEMOCRATIC PARTY, 2910 N. CENTRAL AVE., PHOENIX, AZ 85012.
WWW.AZDEM.ORG. HQ 602-298-4200. NOT AUTHORIZED BY ANY CANDIDATE OR CANDIDATE COMMITTEE.
I’ll start checking the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson’s daily newspaper, to see if the intrepid reporters there are covering this story. IMO, the fact that one party is OVERTLY playing in the other party’s primary should be a newsworthy story.
I suspect, though, that the Arizona Democratic Party is counting on the Arizona media’s silence to cover up what they’re doing. Something tells me the local media will find they just don’t have the time to cover this story. Or, what’s more likely, they’ll cover it in detail—AFTER the election is over. Much in the same way that Howard Kurtz, lead apologist for the MSM runs exposes after every election, decrying the bias the MSM showed in its reportage and calling on them to NEVER do it again. (Until the next election, that is).