Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Unions decide not to drop money to try and save AZ Democrat members of Congress like Harry Mitchell

More really bad news for Harry Mitchell, who is significantly behind challenger David Schweikert in the polls. From the Phoenix Business Journal

Arizona won’t see any campaign cash or ads from AFL-CIO labor unions this election season. That’s bad news for Democratic U.S. Reps. Harry Mitchell, Gabrielle Giffords and Ann Kirkpatrick well as Dems like Terry Goddard running for statewide offices.
The AFL-CIO says Nevada, New Mexico, California and Colorado are on its radar and will put resources toward key races there but not Arizona. Labor unions are good at getting out the vote, running television and radio spots and general grassroots efforts. They also can add energy to the Democratic side of key races.
Arizona isn’t a big union state, but Mitchell, Kirkpatrick, Giffords and Goddard need all the help they can get this November with the economy and housing market dragging down Democrats just like they did to Republicans in 2008.
Conversely, Republicans and their allies in the business community and conservative circles are eyeing the three Arizona congressional seats. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has said she will campaign for GOP candidates running in those Arizona districts. Mitchell, Giffords and Kirkpatrick all hold seats held by the GOP in recent years.
Arizona Democrats could also face a low turnout if Goddard continues to trail Gov. Jan Brewer in the governor’s race. Polls have shown Goddard down about 20 points.

Read more: Arizona snubbed in union election push - Phoenix Business Journal

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