Monday, August 11, 2014

BREAKING: Tobin Doesn't Want McCain Endorsement, But Will Accept His Money (FOLLOWING MONEY IN ARIZONA'S POLITICS)

Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin has pointedly avoided getting the endorsement of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)in his contested GOP primary race to battle Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-CD1).  However, he just accepted a $2,500 check from the senior Senator's Leadership PAC.

Congressional candidates are now (from Aug. 7 until Aug. 23) in a period where they are required to disclose contributions (of $1,000 or more) within 48 hours.

Country First PAC - McCain's own - gave $2,500 to the Tobin campaign on Friday.  Tobin also disclosed $1,000 contributions from two Representatives' committees (Michigan Rep. Dave Camp and NC Rep. Richard Hudson).

McCain has not been very popular among rank-and-file Republicans in Arizona, as evidenced by polling and party censures.  The former GOP Presidential nominee was an honorary co-host - with Sen. Jeff Flake and former Sen. Jon Kyl - for a Tobin fundraiser in May that was headlined by Mitt Romney.

However, while the Tobin endorsement page touts the endorsements of Flake, Kyl and Romney, McCain's name is noticeably absent.

Partisan blog Sonoran Alliance concludes from the McCain/Flake/Kyl support that Tobin has quietly agreed to support their version of comprehensive immigration reform if he is elected.

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