Five Questions Congressional Candidate Jon Hulburd Doesn't Want you to Ask

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If you see this guy, ask him these questions. He aint tellin' us nothin'.
We've spent the last two weeks trying to get Congressional candidate Jon Hulburd to respond to a few questions, to which voters might want to know the answers before heading to the voting booth. It's been two weeks and he hasn't given us one actual answer.

In the past, Hulburd's campaign's been quick to get back to us -- mainly because our previous questions have focused on his apparent campaign platform: bashing his opponent.

Now that the questions have shifted from being about Ben Quayle to being about Jon Hulburd, getting a response from his campaign is like pulling teeth. Sadly, we were even snubbed -- and shot a dirty look -- by Hulburd at a press conference following his debate with Republican candidate Ben Quayle.

Since Hulburd won't give us any real answers -- and because he's insisted on making morality the basis of his campaign -- we've created a list of five questions Jon Hulburd doesn't want you to ask. Check it out after the jump.
 

1) While in the Mexican knick-knack business -- before (as you claim) being muscled out by the Chinese -- did you send a letter to several of your competitor's customers saying his business was defunct even though it wasn't?

We already know the answer to this one but wanted to give Mr. Hulburd a chance to weigh in. He declined.

Hulburd sent the letter pictured below to his competitor's customers claiming -- among other things -- that his competitor's company was no longer in business and they should shift their accounts to his company, CD Sales Co.








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That's Hulburd's John Hancock there at the bottom.

The owner of the business Hulburd claimed was defunct later sued the Congressional candidate for -- among other things -- slander.

The plaintiff in the case, Matt Frazier, tells New Times the suggestion that his company was no longer in existence hurt his business.

The lawsuit was later dismissed but Frazier says it wasn't because of the merits of the case, it was because competition with Chinese import companies made it impossible to compete in the Mexican pottery import business and he didn't want to waste any more money on a lawyer.

2) Did you ever spread rumors that a female member of the Paradise Valley Country Club was a lesbian?

In yet another lawsuit filed against Hulburd, a female member of the Paradise Valley Country Club sued him for defamation of character, claiming he and other members of the club spread rumors that she was a lesbian. The plaintiff in the case was married with children at the time.

Hulburd describes the suit as a "nuisance lawsuit."

That suit also was dismissed because it was filed after the statute of limitations had run out. Just because lawsuits are dismissed doesn't mean the incident the suit is based upon never happened. So we asked Hulburd's campaign point-blank if Hulburd had ever spread such rumors. Nobody got back to us.

3) If elected, would you vote for Nancy Pelosi to remain as speaker of the House?

Nancy Pelosi isn't the most popular kid at the lunch table that is Washington D.C. these days, and recently, several Democratic Congressional candidates have said they wouldn't vote for her to be speaker again.

Pelosi endorsed Hulburd's candidacy, even though Hulburd is to the right of the aisle on many issues -- including his support of Arizona Senate Bill 1070 and prolonging the Bush Tax Cuts. Hulburd's running in a primarily Republican district, where Pelosi is despised, so we wanted to know if Hulburd would vote for Pelosi to be speaker again if he's elected.

We actually got a response.

"Jon is not an automatic vote on any issue and has said that the only way he'll support the Speaker is if she demonstrates that her priorities are this district's priorities: an immediate vote on taxes, additional resources to secure our border and a commitment to Arizona's solar industry," Hulburd's campaign spokesman, Josh Abner, told New Times in an e-mail.

While that's a lovely answer to a question, it's not the answer to our question.

If elected, the first vote would-be Congressman Hulburd would cast is for speaker of the house. Pelosi's record speaks for itself on these issues and not much is going to change between now and when Hulburd would be required to cast his vote for speaker -- if he's elected.

In other words, Abner's shuckin' and jivin' aside, it's a yes or no question, to which we got no answer.

4) Would you have voted for the healthcare reform bill?

This isn't actually our question, it's a question posed to the candidate during a recent meeting with the Arizona Republic's editorial board.

Hulburd, reportedly, just flat-out refused to answer the question, which is part of the reason the paper endorsed his opponent.



"Quayle is an unequivocal "no" to the Obama health-care plan, prepared to defund its key provisions. Hulburd won't say how he would have voted on the bill had he been in Congress, and much of his discussion about the bill with The Republic's Editorial Board focused on how it affects Phoenix Children's Hospital (where he is a board member) not consumers," the Republic stated in its endorsement of Hulburd's opponent.

5) Is it still your position that Quayle lied about children who appeared in some of his campaign literature, as you clearly stated in one of your radio ads?

Aside from Ben Quayle's ties to DirtyScottsdale, a campaign mailer he sent out has been the main focus of Hulburd's campaign -- he brings it up in several of his campaign ads.

In the mailer, Quayle is seen with his two nieces. To the casual observer, it would be easy to see the ad and think the kids are Quayle's but he never actually says they're his.

Hulburd released a radio ad last month, where the narrator clearly says "[Ben Quayle] lied about having children in a campaign mail piece."

Check it out here.

It's easy to come away from the mailer under the impression that kids were Quayle's, but he never lied about it.

Hulburd refused to directly answer questions about his lying about Quayle's lying in the mailer. At a press conference following his debate with Quayle. Hulburd told New Times (before shooting us a nasty look after pressing him on the issue) that the way the ad was worded made his claim that Quayle lied truthful.

"[Ben Quayle] lied about having children in a campaign mail piece" seems pretty cut-and-dry, if you ask us -- not much room for interpretation.

There you have it. If you see Hulburd around town, ask him these questions. We're dying to know, so if he actually answers, give us a call.



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AZINDEP
AZINDEP

If Jon Hulburd sued James King for defamation, he would almost certainly lose, but there would be a complaint and a docket that could then be doctored to appear as though there were some lingering questions as to James King's guilt. Quayle is trying to play his voters as fools by pushing a non-story from 15 years ago, hoping they won't ask the logical next question which is: is there anything to these claims? The fact that King is pushing it with out the next logical question means that James King is either a fool himself or he is in fact complicit. If you want to try and find real dirt on Hulburd, by all means, but this isn't dirt. Both lawsuits were dismissed out of hand with prejudice.

James King
James King

That "next logical question" is exactly what I tried to ask his campaign -- hence, the whole point of this article. He wouldn't even address it. For two weeks I asked "is there anything to these claims" and Hulburd's camp didn't even reply other than to say "the suits were dismissed with prejudice." I wouldn't have had to track down the plaintiff in the lawsuit if Hulburd had just responded to my questions.

RD Trish
RD Trish

QUAYLE v rich-liberal Hulburd? Easy choice. Quayle runs a small Arizona business that employs 20 people. He's got fresh new ideas and will shake up Washington. He's traveled the world, met world leaders and has a huge microphone to help the 3rd District. He is smart and attended some of America's best university's and law schools. He believes in the power of the people, not big government.

Hulburd on the other hand hasn't worked in a decade because his wife is rich. He's an admitted "stay-at-home dad", which must be tough given he's got tons of nanny's and a "community organizer"...heard that before Mr. Obama! When Hulburd did work as a "Mexican pottery importer" he employed a handful of Mexicans, in MEXICO. The business quickly failed but not before he defrauded an Arizona competitor that he put into bankruptcy. rich-Hulburd hates gays and anyone he deems lesser than him. He was sued for defamation for spreading lies about a lesbian couple at his rich country club. Finally, Hulburd has a shady, shady personal side which will be revealed.....

Pelosi-loving Hulburd is an entitled LOSER with no qualifications for Congress.

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.c...

Bi-Partisan Homo
Bi-Partisan Homo

Jon... No, I wouldn't vote for you, but I'd sure like to do you in the ass.Call me 623- 997 9707

Leonardclark
Leonardclark

Democrat-1, don't please don't sit out this race, vote me as the Green party candidate for I am the only true liberal and Progressive in this race. The media has been blacking out my campaign and other Green party candidates using many excuses but on election day there will be no more excuses, send your party leaders a mesage that if you wanted to be a republican, you would register republican and you send this message by voting for the Green party, we do not mince words and do not take money from corporations or businesses and are therefore are not beholden or manipulated by them. If you have any questions that you would like to ask me please email me at: leonardclark385@hotmail.com or call me at: 623-329-0284

Joe
Joe

Hulburd = Obamacare

Hulburd = PELOSI

Leonardclark
Leonardclark

James, you're not the only one holding Mr. Hulburd's and Quayle's feet to the fire. I as the endorsed Green party candidate don't support S.B. 1070 because it is a racist and unconstitutional law in addition unlike this so called democrat (like many democrat elites today who are democrats in name only) I strongly SUPPORT the Dream Act where as John Hulburd the democrat does not. Unlike him, I support same sex marriage and the immediae elimination of Dont' Ask Don't Tell where as Mr. Hulburd "says" he like the president does not support same sex marriage but only civil unions. This guy, John Hulburd like many democrat elites have become the "Joe Lieberman's of the their party. I am the only true Progressive in this race. I much rather would have a clear cut republican who tells me what he stands for than a Benedcit Arnold who has sold the democratic party down the drain. Remember: If this guy gets in just like alot of other Joe Lieberman sell out democrats, we will continue to have this pandering to the fascists on the right but at least they tell me their racist stances unlike John Hulburd who has the same stance as Russell Pierce does and by the way, the great Valley Interfaith Project excluded me from their so called religious forum to invite a fake democrat (John Hulburd) and a republican that both support a racist law that causes much suffering among good, hard working and loving people ! Hmm...some Christains, huh?Thank you for this article Mr. King, it is very informative and a good read.Leonard ClarkArizona endorsed Green party candidatefor Arizona congressional district #310-21-10

Democrat-1
Democrat-1

Mr. Clark, I agree with you. The true problem is that in Mr. Hulburd you have no idea what to get. This is why he was rejected by the Arizona Republic's endorsement. The newspaper couldn't endorse someone who equivocates, obfuscates and says whatever it takes to get elected. He is both a moderate and a liberal, and in so he is neither. All he wants to do is attack Quayle and then speak out of both sides of his mouth. As far as his qualifications the only thing I know about him is he's very wealthy through inheritance. That doesn't impress me. I'm going to sit this one out and hope for a better candidate in 2012.

Leonardclark
Leonardclark

My republican opponent Ben Quayle and more stunningly my democratic opponent John Hurlburd both support the racist Arizona law s.b. 1070 and support the Bush Era tax cuts for millionaires,in addition they both stated to the reporters in front of the Arizona Republic Editorial board (which we all attended as congressional candidates together in the same room)that they would not vote for the "Dream Act".Now...the above stances are not surprising for a republican like Ben Quayle but a democrat like John Hurlburd? This is why I got out of the democratic party and joined the Green party, they do not take corporate nor business campaign contributions. The democrat John Hurlburd may be a democrat in name but he is no Progressive to be supporting a racist Arizona law and Bush Era tax cuts ! I hope that you will vote for me on November 2nd, 2010.Sincerely,Leonard ClarkArizona endorsed Green party candidate for Arizona congressional district #3October 16, 2010

SC Johnson
SC Johnson

Somebody take all of my Windex, OFF and Glade and scrub the head of this loser great grandson in-law of mine.

I didn't bust my ass so that a few generations later some nobody could marry into my family and spend my cash. I didn't work hard so that I could finance that jerks all-attack-ad run for congress, a run for congress as a freakn' LIBERAL no less who wants to kill the same jobs I created. I didn't envision some great grandson-in-law who would spend my money on lavish wild weekends in Mexico with the Thunderbirds.

SC Johnson is a family company, damnit! Get that loser out of here!!!

truth
truth

WOW...Mental midgets unite...all so jealous and envious. Must suck to be all of you! Get a real life and stop wasting your time pretending you wish you were from one of the most successfully privately owned family companies in the country and get back to the real issues at hand.

AZINDEP
AZINDEP

The 10 people who shared this story are the same 10 people writing libel about Hulburd are the same 10 people voting for that embarassment Quayle.

Ms Info
Ms Info

Wasn't there another AZ Democrat who got in a similar situation over at the Phoenix Country Club not long ago? I think it was even covered in the New Times, but the guy denied he was part of the crowd harassing the woman there.

R.D.
R.D.

Who's more experienced, Quayle or Hulburd? The last five years they have both created jobs. Quayle has created 20+ jobs in the financial sector and high paying jobs for his security company. Hulburd has created a handful of jobs...they're called nannies, chauffeurs, and yacht captains. Hulburd doesn't work. Failed at his businesses. Lives off his wife. LOSER!

Independent-Joe
Independent-Joe

No way in the world I'll vote for a fraud like Hulburd. Fortunately my district will reject this Pelosi-loving, wife-freeloading, know-nothing. We can't afford an inexperienced EMPTY SUIT liberal like John Hulburd.

KingHeartsQuayle
KingHeartsQuayle

I have ONE question for James King: Why do you love Ben Quayle so much?

The majority of voters in CD3 have a negative opinion of Ben Quayle, for good reason. You have stars in your eyes that seem to be inhibiting your ability to see this fraud candidate for who he is.

James King
James King

If you read the New Times feature last week, "Tater Tot," I think it's fairly clear I don't "heart" anyone. I think they both deserve a fair shake but nobody's bothered to shake Hulburd at all. Am I pissed off I can't get a straight answer out of Hulburd on any of this stuff? Yeah, absolutely. I've been hounding his campaign for two weeks and got no answers! Whenever I called before, to give Hulburd a chance to bash Quayle, I got a call back almost instantly. Now that my questions are about Hulburd, he doesn't want to call me back. And I don't understand why the mainstream media is giving this guy a pass on this stuff. You think if Quayle had these types of lawsuits filed against him it wouldn't be front-page news? Get real. I think both candidates deserve to be criticized. The mainstream media seems to have all the bases covered when it comes to scrutinizing Quayle, which is fine with me -- beat the shit out of the guy for all I care, it comes with the territory when you run for office. But if that's the case, and nobody wants to look at the other guy, I'm callin' dibbs on Hulburd. Simple as that.

Dems-4-AZ
Dems-4-AZ

Fraud, defamation, Nancy Pelosi??? I'm a moderate Democrat, but that guy ain't got my vote!!

AZINDEP
AZINDEP

Riiiiiiiight, is that you TLouis?

Trish-the-dish
Trish-the-dish

Hulburd owns a $10mm home in Arcadia. His kids go to elite boarding schools on the East Coast. He summers at a $20mm lake compound in Wisconsin. He must have started a great business......NOT! That loser lives off his wife.

vote for trish
vote for trish

Trish, are you really a dish or do you just spend your days dishing about other peoples life and sit in your trailerpark? Might be a good idea to get a job and move on from your anger issues. Very sad that your facts are wrong because all the listings you wrote about are very undervalued! Ha ha.Trish read the paper and stop spreading rumors...very unattractive for someone who calls them self a dish!!!

AZINDEP
AZINDEP

Well, Quayle's down in the polls, so they trot out their favorite bought-and-paid-for "journalist" to re hash the same debunked stories about Hulburd.

The fact that Hulburd's vote for Pelosi is contingent on her going to bat for the district isn't disingenuous, it's called *representing* the district. Jon's position on health care is clear, instead of childishly insisting he's going to "knock the hell out of the place" and somehow do the impossible, Jon wants to remove some provisions of the bill and keep others. Throwing hundreds of thousands of recent college graduates and people with pre-existing conditions to the wolves to score political points might be emotionally gratifying, but it's horribly callous and quite frankly stupid. Should we spend another two years trying to get rid of something millions of people are already benefiting from only to spend the next two years trying to put a completely new bill in place? Or maybe--just maybe--we spend the time perfecting an imperfect bill. There's a name for this process, it's called legislating.

Why do Quayle trolls think that posting the same comment in a magazine that no one on the right reads will gain traction? It's bad enough that they use the names of his family members as handles, but really, don't want to take the time to respond to the article? Just going to copy/paste the same lame garbage over and over. I guess if you work for a child it's easy to get away with being children.

James King
James King

Agreed. The Quayle trolls are obnoxious. The same regurgitated bullshit can be found in comment sections on the Arizona Republic Web site. As far as being "bought-and-paid-for" by the Quayle campaign, I wish -- I hear they have deep pockets and I could use the cash. Just because I'm the only person to hold Hulburd under any sort of microscope means I'm a puppet? Give me a break. Have a look at last week's New Times cover story. There was a tater tot with a Ben Quayle campaign button on the cover. I'm not in anyone's pocket, I just think each candidate should be scrutinized equally and that's not happening in this campaign. I was not "trotted" out by the Quayle campaign. In fact, his campaign hasn't acknowledged my existence since Quayle unknowingly recreated the cover of The 40-year-old Virgin in "Tater Tot" -- and I'm more than cool with that. Is it so shocking that someone might just want answers from a guy running for Congress -- even if he doesn't share the last name of a former vice president?

Brock Landers
Brock Landers

Just because your graphic artist created the "tater tot" cover does not make amends for your apologetic piece on Quayle last week. Funny how you point to the cover art and not to the journalism in the story as proof you are tough on Quayle.

AZINDEP
AZINDEP

So, to be clear: Hulburd will vote for Pelosi. Hulburd supports Obamacare.

AZINDEP
AZINDEP

Sure, cause I just blatantly contradicted myself in a reply to my own post. Brilliant campaigning Ben, "if only I can win the Valley Fever boards, I'll have won the district!"

Robert
Robert

QUAYLE v rich-liberal Hulburd? Easy choice. Quayle runs a small Arizona business that employs 20 people. He's got fresh new ideas and will shake up Washington. He's traveled the world, met world leaders and has a huge microphone to help the 3rd District. He is smart and attended some of America's best university's and law schools. He believes in the power of the people, not big government.

Hulburd on the other hand hasn't worked in a decade because his wife is rich. He's an admitted "stay-at-home dad", which must be tough given he's got tons of nanny's and a "community organizer"...heard that before Mr. Obama! When Hulburd did work as a "Mexican pottery importer" he employed a handful of Mexicans, in MEXICO. The business quickly failed but not before he defrauded an Arizona competitor that he put into bankruptcy. rich-Hulburd hates gays and anyone he deems lesser than him. He was sued for defamation for spreading lies about a lesbian couple at his rich country club. Finally, Hulburd has a shady, shady personal side which will be revealed.....

Pelosi-loving Hulburd is an entitled LOSER with no qualifications for Congress.

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.c...

AZINDEP
AZINDEP

Ben Quayle wants a path to citizenship and Jon Hulburd doesn't. Very cut and dry.

Jill
Jill

Hulburd supports boycotts of Arizona. Supports boycotts of SB-1070!!

Independent-Joe
Independent-Joe

All I know is that I would never vote for a LIBERAL who will support NANCY PELOSI.

Hulburd = PELOSI

SC Johnson Wax
SC Johnson Wax

Man, my offspring are so pathetic. They sit around their country club all day making fun of people less fortune? They don't work? Stay-at-home dads with their nannies? I should have bequethed Windex and Glide to charity. Man, my offspring suck.

Angelica
Angelica

This nobody John Hulburd reminds of John Kerry. Liberal and a nobody but for his rich wife. He's also smug like Kerry too. Fortunately he'll get worked on Nov. 2 and go back to being a nobody.

Jenny
Jenny

Hulburd is a LOSER! Hasn't worked in a decade, spends his wife's fortune (while he has wild weekends with the Thunderbirds) and frauds Arizona businesses. LOSER!!!

FRAUDBURD
FRAUDBURD

Jon Hulburd is a disgrace and a liar

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