Friday, October 3, 2014

FIRST WATCH: Trio Of Well-Known Arizona, Republican Power Hitters Behind $200K Anti-Barber Ad (FOLLOWING MONEY IN ARIZONA'S POLITICS)

Women Lead PAC just put a $200,000 ad buy* on Tucson TV, attacking incumbent Rep. Ron Barber (D-CD2) for supporting Obamacare "and keep taking healthcare choices away from working women".  A trio well-known to Arizonans is behind the new spot - Jim Click, Jr., Randy Kendrick and Christine Toretti.

Here is the new ad, titled "Paying the Price" (transcript below):

It ties Barber's votes to not repeal Obamacare to uncited studies showing that "women are losing pay and working fewer hours."

Women Lead PAC was created last year by Christine Toretti - known to most Tucsonans as the woman Lute Olson married (and divorced) following Bobbi Olson's passing.  She took over her father's oil drilling company and has been a powerful executive since. She and her firm account for more than $125,000 in contributions.  Longtime attorney and Republican activist Randy Kendrick - who is married to the general managing partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks - wrote a $100,000 check to the PAC in June, which followed major McSally supporter and Tucson automobile king Jim Click, Jr's $25,000 seed money.

The PAC has made two much smaller expenditures in two other races across the nation, but the much-watched toss-up race in southern Arizona is its major focus.  And, now we know why.

Does Congressman Ron Barber care more about his party's political agenda than working women in Arizona? Because of new regulations and higher insurance premiums under Obamacare, women are losing pay and working fewer hours.  But, Ron Barber says he's proud he voted six times to keep Obamacare and keep taking healthcare choices away from working women. Ron Barber proudly plays politics while working women pay the price. Women Lead PAC is responsible for the content of this advertising.

*including production of the ad

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