…on the front page today, I thought I’d add this.
Next to National Review, the Weekly Standard is probably the most popular conservative news and opinion magazine in America. Bill Kristol, a well-known conservative TV pundit, is its editor.
The Standard‘s David Halper has written a story that strikes very close to home for Arizonans. Not only in its target, but in its sourcing as well. (All emphasis is added).
Richard Carmona, the former surgeon general under President George W. Bush and the current Democratic Senate candidate in Arizona, recently came under scrutiny after Senator Jon Kyl revealed a memorable conversation the two had about the perks of being a member of Congress. It happened in the 2006 election cycle, Kyl revealed to this publication last week, when Carmona was briefly recruited to be a Republican congressional candidate in the district outside Tucson.
“I had one phone conversation with him when the Republican party was looking for a candidate to run in the congressional seat [for the seat close to Tucson], and I talked to him about it,” Kyl told me.
“I thought his response was odd and a little off-putting. … He seemed more concerned about the perks of the office; he specifically asked about a house and a car, in the context of, well, he wasn’t a wealthy man and he would need to consider what went with the job. And he also seemed to think that it was just a lot of work for just two years, and having to run again, he thought, well, a position in the Senate would be a lot better to hold.”
Oh, and here’s a current report on how Senators McCain and Kyl, REALLY stand on the Arizona Senate race.
Carmona has faced a backlash from both senators, who charge that it was dishonest of him to use their comments to imply support and that what they said in 2002 should have no bearing on the race today. They have both endorsed Flake for Senate.
Flake’s new ad, “Integrity,” features the two senators standing side by side speaking directly into the camera about Carmona’s ad, with McCain calling it “the most shameful of all.”
“We helped Carmona 10 years ago, but found he’s not the kind of man to represent you in the U.S. Senate,” Kyl says.
“It isn’t just that he supports the Obama agenda; his ads prove Carmona lacks integrity,” McCain adds.
Your comments are always welcome. Yours too, HP.