Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
The Dr. Richard Carmona for U.S. Senate campaign is up with a new ad entitled "Confirmation," featuring the glowing endorsements from Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl at Carmona's confirmation hearing for U.S. Surgeon General in 2002. (Video below the fold).
Naturally, Arizona's twin embarrassments are none too happy about their own glowing endorsements of Dr. Carmona being used against their partisan pony in this race, The Flake. The GOP duo pushed back late Thursday with a hard-hitting joint statement in which they called the new Carmona spot "deeply dishonest" and part of a "shameful" effort to try to deceive voters that demonstrates Carmona's lack of credibility. Carmona TV ad provokes McCain, Kyl pushback.
The Carmona campaign has responded to McCain in a press release:
Carmona campaign responds to Sen. McCain
Carmona for Arizona communications director Andy Barr released the following statement in response to Sen. McCain:
"The only thing career politicians like Jeff Flake, John McCain and Jon Kyl care about is whether you have a 'D' or 'R' next to your name, not what you'll do for the people of Arizona."
"Rich Carmona is the same person with the same values Arizona Republicans have praised for decades. When they believed they could exploit Rich Carmona’s life story for partisan gain, they were his biggest supporters. Now, they're trotting out false attacks. Our ad illustrates just how disingenuous and patently false their character attacks have become."
"During Rich's last year as Surgeon General, he was asked to run as a Republican for Congress by Jon Kyl. Now, while Rich Carmona is locked in a hotly contested battle for Arizona’s U.S. Senate seat, Congressman Flake and his allies are trying to re-write history."
UPDATE: As E.J. Montini of the Arizona Republic says, Only in politics would being completely honest be deemed “deeply dishonest.” McCain, Kyl honestly (or dishonestly?) upset:
Sorry, senators, you said what you said.
And because you’re honorable men, I can only assume you were being … honest.
Video below the fold.