Three major races have undergone bone crunching events in the last week and it's going to be interesting to see if the revelations have hit early enough in the voting cycle to make a difference.
I'm sure that you are familiar with two of the events. Politico's revelation that Ben Quayle is one of the founders and early contributors of the Dirty Scottsdale site--together with Quayle's initial denial and eventual confirmation of the report--are casting serious doubts about his fitness as a candidate.
Next, the release of the records in the Grand Jury proceeding demonstrates that Andrew Thomas was on a complete witch hunt against the County Supervisors. Not only has his case completely fallen apart, but it was also clear that there was no case to begin with. Grand Juries are designed to be able to indict a Ham Sandwich yet in this case, they told Thomas to pound sand and despite the rebuke, he continued his Captain Ahab-type pursuit of those refused to bow to his political will.
Then we have CD 8. Tucson Tea Party Co-Founder Robert Mayer has sent out this extraordinary email to his 10,000 person distribution list and the initial distribution has been magnified many times as the original ricochets around Southern Arizona. I first heard of it on the national site "Instapundit" and I've talked to several people who say that it's had a devastating effect on the Kelly campaign.
Click on the link above and read the whole letter, but here are the first four questions.
1) Why won't Jesse Kelly release his full military performance evaluation? Jesse Kelly says that he was a squad leader in the Marines, but his campaign has lied about releasing his full evaluation, and then only released his discharge papers. Brian Miller and Jonathan Paton have both released their full performance evaluations to the Pima County GOP, but Jesse Kelly either has not or will not. What is Jesse Kelly hiding?
2) Why won't Jesse Kelly release his high school transcripts? Jesse Kelly failed his classes and dropped out of college during his freshman year. Therefore, we know that he has a high school level education. Even back then, how well did he do in U.S. History and Government?
3) Why does a man who just registered as a Republican, and has never voted in a primary or municipal election in his life, think that he should be a United States Republican Congressman? Jesse Kelly became politically active for the first time in his life the day that he filed to run for Congress. This suggests that he never paid attention to the issues atall until Obama became president. His campaign manager and policy advisor, Adam Kwasman, is the person who crafts all of Jesse Kelly's positions. (Just ask him an in-depth policy question and see if he can fully answer it without rhetoric and one-liners).
4) How can Jesse Kelly possibly oppose earmarks and stimulus funds when his father's company receives tens of millions of dollars in stimulus funds? Don Kelly Construction, the company of Jesse Kelly's father, bids on and lobbies for projects that receive earmarks and stimulus funds. Just one of their projects alone, the Pima County sewer pipeline project, received $2 million in stimulus funds. While many construction companies bid on public works projects, it is safe to say that Don Kelly Construction may not even be in business if it weren't for stimulus funds propping up the company's projects. How can we trust that Jesse Kelly will actually fight against earmarks and stimulus funds if his family's business relies on them?