Ben Quayle's Campaign Pissed After David Schweikert Declares He's Winning

Categories: Election 2012
It happens all the time -- a candidate for public office says he's winning the race, based on a poll the candidate or his supporters paid for.

Congressman David Schweikert did that today, saying he's up 13 points -- or 16. The credibility of that lies somewhere between of a well-respected nonpartisan polling firm's results, and Schweikert jumping up and down, yelling, "I'm winning!"

Either way, the campaign of his primary opponent, Ben Quayle, seems abnormally pissed off about this.

"Everyone watching this race needs to understand that Dave Schweikert and his supporters lie for convenience, they lie for advantage, and they lie as a habit," Quayle campaign spokesman Jay Heiler says in a statement. "It's unfortunate, but the problem has manifested itself throughout this campaign and it's been done again here. Dave Schweikert is trailing in this race, and the more pressure his campaign is under, the more they will continue to lie."

JC, man, it's just a poll.

The relationship between Schweikert and Quayle was once described (by Quayle) as "cordial," but the campaigning has been anything but.

There's not much for the candidates to debate in the "debates," so most of the good stuff has been coming from the campaign people -- like spies and the revival of Brock Landers.

That said, read the whole, angry release below:

Schweikert's campaign called this "what can only be described as a long winded and false attack on David and our campaign..."

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They both suck.  I've now gotten 4 campaign pieces from Scheikert - 3 glossy, full color, full page cards and one letter.  All four were paid for by taxpayer dollars and sent using the Congressional franking privilege (free postage for members of commerce).  That means that I, as a taxpayer, am paying for Schweikert's campaign materials.  I'm not in Quayle's district so I have not received any "constituent mail" from Quayle, but I'd be surprised if he is not doing the same thing.


How the hell does someone who claims to be a fiscal conservative use federal tax dollars to mail campaign pieces.  According to Bloomberg News, of the top 50 frankers by spending, 38 -- or 76 percent --are Republicans, who are 56 percent of House members.


According to USA Today, the 87 GOP members of the freshman class -- including Arizonans Paul Gosar, David Schweikert and Ben Quayle -- sent more than 25.6 million pieces of unsolicited mail last year at a cost of nearly $9.8 million, Schweikert spent the second-most among Arizona members of Congress and sent out more than 155,000 mailers at a cost of $72,000 and Quayle ranked fourth among members of the Arizona delegation, spending more than $35,000. (Note that these were 2011 dollars - a non-election year and all of the mail I've received from Schweikert has been in election year 2012.  Coincidence that spending has gone up right before an election????)


Even Jeff Flake (who I rarely, if ever, agree with) says the brochures amount to little more than taxpayer-funded campaign mailers in which incumbents of both parties tout their accomplishments. USA Today quotes Flake as saying "I oppose the glossy brochures because they are frankly campaigning on the taxpayers' dime, in my view," Flake said. "Incumbents have enough advantages with our ability to get free news coverage."


While this is a small blip in the overall federal budget, it points to these incumbents who promised to shake things up in Washington falling into the exact same old incumbent-protecting spending as the Washington way of doing business they promised to oppose.  Neither of these guys have turned into valuable representatives of or for the people of Arizona.

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