Tuesday, October 26, 2010

McClung and McCain: Office Mates

Posted By on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 6:28 PM

Kyle, McClung & McCain LLC
  • Kyl, McClung & McCain LLC

The Huffington Post took a glimpse at Ruth McClung's campaign against U.S. Congressman Raul Grijalva, and the extra help she's getting from John McCain, which includes some office space (of course, don't forget the ad for McClung with Jon Kyl and McCain in formal undertaker wear). You can read the entire post here, and a snippet below:

John McCain, lacking a viable challenger in his Arizona Senate race, has picked a proxy and is waging war against a longtime thorn in his side, Rep. Raul Grijalva, by cutting an ad for and sharing office space with Grijalva's challenger, Ruth McClung.

While polls have shown Grijalva's race to be a tight one despite the overwhelming Democratic registration advantage in the district, Washington operatives have expressed confidence in his ability to prevail largely because McClung isn't seen as having the type of ground operation needed to get out the vote. But McCain certainly does have one. And even if McCain doesn't fully hand over his entire apparatus to McClung, as long as he vigorously turns out Republicans in the district, they can reliably be presumed to be McClung supporters.

Without McCain, McClung, a 28-year-old newcomer to politics, has essentially no campaign operation. On Monday, HuffPost called the main headquarters number listed on McClung's website and reached volunteer activist Beth Schmugge at her home. Schmugge explained that the campaign had no office space until recently and that she was volunteering to answer the phone when someone called. Reports the campaign filed with the Federal Election Commission confirm that no money has been spent on rent and otherwise details very meager spending. McClung's mother, Gini Crawford, is acting as her campaign manager and the campaign has reimbursed her for modest campaign expenses. ...

And McCain is now sharing office space with Grijalva's opponent, subletting a chunk of his Tucson headquarters to the cash-strapped campaign of novice candidate Ruth McClung.

A McClung spokesman says that the campaign is reimbursing McCain for the office space in order to stay within campaign finance rules, but Grijalva's backers wonder how much of McCain's ground network is now at the disposal of McClung.

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