Andy Tobin Calls on Gary Kiehne to Exit CD-1 Race

Andy Tobin

May 19, 2014


Andy Tobin Calls on Gary Kiehne to Exit CD-1 Race

Andy Tobin released the following statement today in response to comments by Gary Kiehne about Vietnamese-Americans and mass shootings:

“With his pattern of bizarre and deeply offensive remarks, Gary Kiehne has illustrated that he lacks the temperament, character and basic common sense to not only represent Arizona in Congress, but to even get elected. He should exit this race immediately and apologize in full for all of his remarks, not just some of them. To win this district and win against the Democrats in Washington, we need a candidate with a level head – which Mr. Kiehne clearly doesn’t have based on his numerous comments. This is a pattern, and Mr. Kiehne’s own partial apology is acknowledgment of the toxicity of these comments. Suggesting that mass killings are party affiliated is beyond the pale and insulting to the families and victims of these senseless killings. All of this raises the question: What other incendiary remarks has Mr. Kiehne made on tape that Democrats are waiting to release if he’s the nominee?”

“I have every confidence that Republican voters will reject such an offensive candidate. But, if he somehow wins the nomination, Mr. Kiehne will not only ensure Ann Kirkpatrick’s re-election, but he will be an anchor around the neck of every other Republican candidate in the state, from Governor on down.”

Speaker Andy Tobin has a long-record of defending the Second Amendment and fighting for border security. He has an A+ rating from the NRA and helped pass SB1070.

All three of Kiehne’s comments can be viewed here.


For more information, please contact Tobin for Congress Campaign Manager Craig Handzlik at or 928-275-1417

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