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Thursday, September 21, 2006

AZ-08: Republicans Flee

Posted by James L.

So says Jesse Lee over at the DCCC blog:

The NRCC, having gone out on a limb to get a more moderate candidate through the primary and failed, has just given up on the Medicare-abolishing, Department of Education-hating, David Duke-endorsed nominee Randy Graf.

We have just gotten word that they have cancelled everything on the air from October 3rd forward.

The NRCC still decided to play in this district after Mr. Randy "The Only Thing That's Scarier Than Going Into A Bar Without A Gun Is Not Being Allowed To Bring A Gun Into A Bar" Graf, an anti-immigration zealot, won the 9/12 primary over their much-preferred choice, Steve Huffman. I'm sure it pains them to cede this seat to the Democrats, but they're being backed into a corner here: the consensus surrounding this purplish district is that candidates who appear politically moderate attract the strongest support. Graf has a raging conservative base, but not much else to work with here. His fundraising is terrible; his charisma is absent. I'm not quite sure what the breaking point for the NRCC was, but maybe they threw up their hands after they realized that ex-KKK leader David Duke gave Graf his proud endorsement.

Graf is not even worth a token effort. Like I said yesterday, stick a fork in him; AZ-08 is going to be Giffords country now.

Posted at 04:26 PM in 2006 Elections - House, Arizona | Technorati

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Wasn't David Duke at one time running as a Democrat? Wouldn't this site consider those who'd try to use that fact against the Dem Party to be reaching low into the barrel? What does the reader think of a site that would play an even worse trick, trying to make something of someone getting a link? I got a link from David Icke once, does that make me a lizard person or believer in same?

As for Huffman, why oh why would the GOP support him over Graf? Would, just blue skying here, some people tend to make more money with Huffman than with Graf?

Posted by: BigMediaBlog [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 22, 2006 03:27 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Hell, I'm not trying to "make something" of Graf getting an endorsement from Duke. I don't need to "make something" of it. It's there. When you couple Graf's extremely nutty ideas (e.g. guns in bars) with some of the extremely nutty people that he excites, then I think it's safe to say that the NRCC felt that spending $1m to prop up his campaign was about as futile as trying to polish a turd.

Posted by: James L. [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 22, 2006 12:21 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Duke ran as a Democrat a long time ago, failed miserably inthat party and 18 years ago Duke switched to the gopee.
Duke, a Ku Klux Klan member can be described a white supremacist, which would parlay well into Graf's anti-immigrant campaign. You get what you attract.

Posted by: Predictor [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 22, 2006 12:29 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment