If you watch Tucson TV stations in the early evening you’ve no doubt heard of Will Cardon – he’s been flooding the airwaves with ads denouncing Jeff Flake as a “career politician”, “world traveler” (at taxpayer expense), pro-amnesty, pro-cap and trade, and even lobbying the ultimate Republican insult: “liberal”. He seems to be getting some bang for his buck – PPP (Public Policy Polling) reports when they first polled the race last February Will Cardon had little name recognition and Flake was trouncing him 56-7. But when they polled again late last month Cardon had shaved 27 points off Flake’s lead, narrowing it to 42-20. Yes, that’s still a pretty sizable lead, but the polling suggest momentum is on Cardon’s side. His name recognition has improved from 17% to 35%, and among those who know Cardon enough to have an opinion of him – either favorable or negative – he trails Flake only by 45-35.
UPDATE: It appears I’m behind the time reading Politico & RollCall – Franks endorsed Cardin last night:
In front of more than a hundred Arizona voters in Sun City West Tuesday night, Congressman Trent Franks gave his heartfelt endorsement to Wil Cardon in Cardon’s bid for the U.S. Senate.
“Wil Cardon understands what Arizona needs in Washington,” says Franks. “He is committed to getting our economy back on track, upholding our country’s rule of law and looking out for Arizona families.
I also missed that Cardin has already been endorsed by recalled State Senator Russell Pearce:
“Wil, I think you’d do a great job there (in the Senate) — You’re my kind of guy,” Pearce said near the end of the broadcast on KFNX (1100 AM). “I hope we get a chance to expose you more to those folks who love this country, that want a champion, a warrior. A warrior! I’m tired of sending wimps to Washington. I want a warrior! I want our country back! I want a guy that doesn’t apologize — an unapologetic American. That’s what I want in Washington, D.C., and I think you’re the man that fits that.”
Well, it will be an interesting race to watch. We would love to see Will Cardon win the GOP nomination for US Senate – it’s high time Arizona have it’s very own Sharon Angle or Christine O’Donnell.