What kind of a welcome should we give Bush and all the Evil Arizona Aristocrats who will come out en masse to engage in their evil “let them eat cake” activities in support of Jon Kyl?
October 19, 2005
Bush to give Kyl Senate campaign a November boost
The Business Journal
President Bush will be in Arizona next month, helping U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl’s re-election efforts.
Bush will keynote an fundraiser for Kyl scheduled for Nov. 28, according to knowledgeable sources. Further details of the event are not yet available but it is expected to take place in the Phoenix area. One source said the goal is to raise $2 million for Kyl’s re-election efforts.
Kyl faces a tough and very expensive reelection fight next year against Democrat Jim Pederson, a shopping center developer. The conservative Kyl is a top ally of President Bush on Capitol Hill, especially when it comes to tax cuts, social issues, repeal of the estate tax, free trade and expanded oil drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
The battle between the conservative Republican Kyl and Pederson, the former Arizona Democratic Party chairman, is expected to be the most expensive in state history.
The contest will also center around immigration, border security and tax cuts.
Pederson is top Democratic campaign donor nationally and is expected to spend and attract substantial money on the election. He has strong ties to Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, as well as national Democrats.
Kyl enjoys strong support from business interests and has already received fundraising help from former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and has an Oct. 29 fundraising picnic scheduled with Fred Thompson. Thompson is a former U.S. senator from Tennessee and is a movie and television actor.
Bush carried Arizona by 11 percentage points over Sen. John Kerry last year, but the president’s approval rating in the state has dipped to 40 percent, according to a new poll by SurveyUSA.
Rising gasoline and energy prices, the troubling situation in Iraq and GOP ethics scandals have contributed to that slide.
Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain is also backing Kyl. McCain is chairing Kyl’s campaign and has already cut one television ad for his Senate cohort.