Archive for the '2006 CD8 Open Seat Race' Category

CD8: The battle for moderates and young women

Monday, October 9th, 2006

Rep. Jim Kolbe (R) has declined to endorse [Randy] Graf but said McCains endorsements certainly got to help Graf appeal to moderates. [Arizona Daily Star]
Graf is apparently angling for the young mother vote in this ad.
GOP is losing its grip on married moms. [CNN]
My feeling is that Graf is right, that he will bring some [...]

Gabby and Randy: The McCainiac edition

Sunday, October 8th, 2006

The news everyones heard of by now: John McCain endorses Randy Graf. Graf seems ok with this.
Wondering if the Minutemen are still thinking of boycotting Arizona until McCain is removed from office, or if the stompy fit is over.

[I]t is a good move for McCain. The people lining up behind Graf are the same people [...]

CD8 Roundup: Graf on Dobbs, Giffords gets endorsed

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

Randys going to get his a handed to him, says a veteran Arizona Republican consultant. And in this national atmosphere, the NRCC isnt about to piss away a million bucks on him. [The Nation]
Graf to Lou Dobbs: Im certainly going to take a little different approach than the Congressman that is stepping down from the [...]

AZ Foleygate fallout continues

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

Some more strong reactions have trickled in from both members of Congress and their opponents:

Raul Grijalva calls on Dennis Hastert to resign. Accountability stops with the Speaker of the House. Speaker Hastert must step down immediately.
[Trent] Franks said he did not know Foley personally, and did not know about his conduct with congressional pages, but [...]

CD8 Roundup: Polls, Foleygate, tagging along with Kyl

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

Reuters/Zogby poll has Gabrielle Giffords up by only 8 points, the closest gap yet.
Debate schedule is here.
Graf doesnt think Foleygate will hurt Republicans as a whole. [Fox 11]
Graf campaign manager: (Randy) is about as far away from this scandal as you can get. [Tucson Citizen]
Graf tags along with Jon Kyl; staffers apparently didnt get the [...]

Giffords vs. Graf: Taxes, English and Howard Dean

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

Gabrielle Giffords criticizes Congress for raising taxes on the middle class By not extending these middle class tax cuts before adjournment, Congress effectively raised taxes on teachers and for those paying college tuition.
Randy Graf calls for Giffords to take a stand on Proposition 103, a referendum that would declare English as the official language of [...]

Thrasher, Paine left out in the cold

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

An angry reader forwarded me this invitation to a Democratic gala to be held this weekend:

The Arizona Democratic Party
Congressman Ed Pastor
Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva
and
Chairman David Waid
Invite you to the
HALL OF FAME DINNER
With Keynote Speaker
Former Secretary of State
MADELEINE K. ALBRIGHT
AND
With Special Guests
Governor Janet Napolitano
Attorney General Terry Goddard
In Honor of our Democratic Candidates
Jim Pederson
Israel Torres
Jason Williams
Mark Manoil
Ric [...]

Foley best thing to happen to AZ Dems in weeks

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

Top story in an otherwise dull news day: Foleygate! Dems react to yucky e-mails from GOP Rep. Mark Foley to teen pages:

AZ Dem Party: Dennis Hastert knew about Foley. Dennis Hastert gave money to Randy Graf. Ergo, Randy Graf should return all money from Dennis Hastert, as he is the chief architect in this cover-up.
Ellen [...]

CD8: Polls, ads and morgues

Sunday, October 1st, 2006

Latest Tucson Weekly/Wick Communications poll (taken Sept. 20 23) has Gabrielle Giffords over Randy Graf by 18 points. [Tucson Weekly Blog]
Arizona Daily Star: Dont read too much into the moves by the parties, which have a hand in hundreds of races nationwide. With a little more than five weeks to go until the Nov. [...]

Drake supports official English; Giffords not sure

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

Gabrielle Giffords and Ron Drake spoke to the Society of Military Widows and the Military Officers Association of America today. The Arizona Daily Star reports:
Giffords, a Democrat who is running against Republican Randy Graf in Congressional District 8, told them, English is our official language, and we dont do enough to make sure people speak [...]

CD8: Well have this thing won by next week

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

AZ Dems release an anti-Graf website called tooextremeforaz.com. Contains bits like Graf voted against legislation to require repeat domestic abusers to serve prison time.
EMILYs List conducts poll in CD8, finds Giffords has a strong net-positive rating, while Graf has just the
opposite, a strong net-unfavorable ratio. [PDF]
Graf/Giffords is the only competitive race [...]

CD8: Detainee policy, NIE leak

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Randy Graf would support the presidents position on handling detainees, though he said its not much of a campaign issue in CD8. [The Hill]
Gabrielle Giffords on the NIE report: When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging Getting bogged down in a religious war in Iraq does not make us safer.

Gabby and Randy to hold six debates

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Gabrielle Giffords and Randy Graf will hold six debates. Two will be televised.
The over sampling of women and the probable bad sampling of the outlying counties would suggest to me a rushed, inexact poll [Arizona Eighth]
Graf will be fundraising this week with House Speaker Dennis Hastert, will not be meeting with RNCC officials. Im [...]

Conservative columnist wont be voting GOP

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

AZ Daily Star poll of 600 likely voters: Gabrielle Giffords is ahead of Randy Graf by 12.7 points. [B]order control/immigration is the run-away leader on issues in CD8, and theres a sharp divide by gender.
Democratic party cancels Giffords TV ads, agreeing with Republicans that that race really isnt all that competitive. [Arizona Daily Star]
Conservative columnist [...]

GOP pulls ads in CD8; Graf camp calls Duke a nut

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

From the Associated Press:
Republicans signaled retreat Thursday in their battle to retain an Arizona congressional seat, dropping plans for nonstop television advertisements through Election Day on behalf of GOP contender Randy Graf.
Officials in both parties said private polls show Graf trailing Democratic rival Gabrielle Giffords in the race to replace Republican Rep. Jim Kolbe, who [...]

Giffords running up the score

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

Gabrielle Giffords is leading Randy Graf by 19 points, according to Bill Clintons pollster. 54 to 35%.
Giffords new ad, which focuses on national security, was featured on NPR yesterday.

The Cook Report has changed their CD8 rating from Toss Up to Leans Democrat.

The Democratic party demands that Graf cut ties with Klu Klux Klan wizard [...]

Steve Huffmans wife likes Gabby

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

From the Arizona Daily Star:
As the crowd funneled out of the room, District 8 candidate Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat, and her boyfriend, astronaut Mark Kelly, were answering questions about last-minute campaigning when Republican Steve Huffman and wife Letty stopped by to say hello. Three days before the election, Huffman and Giffords wished each other luck.
Then [...]

Flake: Grafs win wasnt an uprising

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

US News and World Report examines the meaning of Randy Grafs primary win, as well as the impact of illegal immigration on races nationwide:
In this atmosphere, Grafs win was electrifyingat least in some corners. I think it shows people are furious about immigration, says Ira Mehlman, a communications director with the Federation for American Immigration [...]

Candidate roundup: Primary debrief

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

From Patty Weiss (D-8) website: We must work hard for Gabrielle [Giffords]. As I have said throughout this campaign, we have an opportunity this year to elect someone who will fight for working families instead of corporate special interests. I believe Gabrielle can be that candidate.
Limericks about JD Hayworth (R-5). No comment.
Mike Caccioppoli (D-1): While [...]

Cook Report: Giffords in the drivers seat

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

Brand new item from the Cook Report: Primary Results: In Arizonas 8th district, a win by GOP state Rep. Randy Graf over party-endorsed state Rep. Steve Huffman puts Democratic nominee State Sen. Gabby Giffords in the drivers seat for the fall:
Unlike the Rhode Island Senate race, heavy investment by the national Republican party in Arizona [...]