Guess even the liberal print media has turned on its golden boy, coincidentally timed when (liberal) KAET/ASU’s poll came out showing Thomas 7 points ahead of ACLU Tim. Probably the biggest theme of ACLU Tim’s campaign has been that Thomas ordered the arrest of the New Times publishers, and subpoenaed internet browsing records of people visiting the New Times website. The latest radio ad for Nelson, probably illegally funded by the Democrat Party, accuses Thomas of trying to get the personal internet browing records of YOU, the public.
The Republic did a fair job of exposing this as completely false yesterday. Dave Hendershott, Arpaio’s Chief Deputy, has admitted all along that he ordered the arrests without consulting with Thomas or Wilenchik, and even produced an affidavit for the Republic just to stop the Nelson campaign from continuing its lies. The Thomas campaign asked local radio stations to stop playing the false ad, which compares Thomas to the KGB, the secret police, and Castro’s Cuba!
Astonishingly, Nelson’s campaign manager Josh Kilroy did not denounce nor pull the ad, but defended it.
“We reviewed the ad and we’re fine with its content,” Kilroy said. “If the Thomas campaign wants to spend the final few days of this election reviewing the New Times fiasco, we’re more than willing to do it.”
The Tribune article also addressed the claims in the radio ad, and exposed the ad for failing to identify that the Democrat Party was funding it. The ad names “Arizona Wins” and “Arizonans for Responsible Law Enforcement” as funding sources. According to the article, both groups are nothing more than shell organizations that the Democrat Party funneled $100,000 through to pay for the Nelson ad. The money first went to “Arizonans for Responsible Law Enforcement,” which appears to be a shell organization created by the Democrats to funnel money to the Nelson and Saban campaigns, and then to “Arizona Wins,” which appears to be nothing more than Nelson supporter and trial attorney Scott Palumbo, who paid for the radio ad. The Thomas campaign has filed a complaint with County Elections over it.
We suspect the newspapers have finally given up on trying to hide Nelson’s dishonesty because the KAET/ASU poll has him trailing. It wasn’t even a poll of likely registered voters, it was a poll of registered voters. Registered voters don’t vote as Republican as much as likely registered voters (voters who have actually bothered voting in the last election or two). So we predict Thomas will actually win by more than 7 points. We’re going to play it safe and estimate he will win by 9 points. Horizon never bothered to point that out in their analysis last night, which was a bit dishonest, but the pollsters lean liberal and their biases do come out. They also failed to mention that Maricopa County has an overwhelmingly Republican voter registration edge, so there’s little chance for a Democrat challenger like Nelson or Saban to beat a Republican incumbent. They referred to Thomas’s 7 point lead as a “statistical dead heat.” Can you imagine the liberal news media referring to Obama leading McCain by 7 points as a “statistical dead heat?” Of course not. It’s absurd. I’m sure even ACLU Tim is not dancing around with glee thinking he has a chance at this point.
Or what about noting that the same exact number of voters are supporting Nelson and Arpaio? The difference between Arpaio’s and Thomas’s race lies in the undecided voters – the voters who have never heard of Thomas. Where was the observation that gee, the public service announcements Thomas has supposedly wasted money on promoting himself really were a lot less significant than the media made them out to be, since so many people still don’t know who Thomas is?
We really wish KAET/ASU would be more objective in their coverage.