Democratic nominee Richard Carmona used the praise heaped on him by Arizona's Senators Kyl and John McCain when President Bush had nominated him for U.S. Surgeon General in an ad. Kyl and McCain - who both support GOP Rep. Jeff Flake (CD6) to be Kyl's replacement - were outraged and said Carmona had lost all credibility. Kyl shot back by saying that when he had recruited Carmona to run as a Republican for retiring Rep. Jim Kolbe's office, Carmona had been overly concerned about whether the job included a car and a house in D.C. Today, Carmona fired back, producing a praising letter from Kyl to Carmona earlier, when Kyl had apparently recruited Carmona to run for Governor against then-Gov-now-DHS-Secretary Janet Napolitano.
DeConcini - through the Carmona operation and the Politico website - publicized the letter, and said that Kyl's comments to conserative blogs (which found their way quickly into Arizona media) were "a factual statement." The comment plays on Kyl's imbroglio last year when his spokesman said Kyl's erroneous comments about Planned Parenthood "were not intended to be a factual statement".
The famous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral took place in Tombstone in 1881 and involved several participants on either side.
Following the jumps are Carmona's initial ad, the Kyl-McCain responsive ad, and DeConcini's comments.
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