With race to replace Giffords approaching, ad by Democratic group stirs controversy
The election to fill Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ (D-Ariz.) House seat will take place June 12, and pits Jesse Kelly against Giffords’ former district director Ron Barber.
Giffords held on to her seat in 2010, when many of her Democratic colleagues lost their elections, narrowly beating Kelly, but resigned early this year to focus on recovering from a Tucson shooting in January 2011.
This ad by the House Majority PAC, an independent group supported by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to elect Democrats, quotes Kelly calling Giffords a “hero of nothing,” during the 2010 election and five months before Giffords was shot.
Local conservative news sites like the Arizona Daily Independent denounced the ad in a post, and TucsonCitizen.com editor Mark Evans called it “BS” and called on Barber to denounce the ad as misleading.
Barber attempted to distance himself from from the ad in an interview Friday with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd.
Barber has raised about two times more than Kelly in his bid to finish Giffords’ term and run for reelection in the 2012 general.
Yvonne Gonzalez is a senior at Arizona State University and is the incoming editor-in-chief for The State Press, ASU’s campus newspaper. On Twitter @ymgonzal