7th Congressional District Republican hopeful Lang Sias, who is going up against Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazier for the GOP nomination to challenge incumbent liberal Democrat Ed Perlmutter sent out a press release that John McCain will be visiting Sias' campaing office on Sunday evening:
7th Congressional candidate Lang Sias will host Senator John McCain (R-AZ) on Sunday evening at Sias' Arvada headquarters. McCain will visit with weekend phone bank volunteers and rally with supporters.
Senator McCain is expected to arrive at Sias headquarters at 6:30pm. Campaign headquarters is at 5790 Yukon St.
Sias worked on McCain's 2008 campaign and I presume the men are friends, just as Jane Norton and McCain are friends.
What strikes me as interesting is that although I have not paid extremely close attention to the 7th CD GOP debate, I haven't heard Sias criticized for supporting McCain, or at least not as much as Frazier criticizes Sias for not voting in an election in the past decade. (Something Sias also acknowledges was an error on his part as both he and Frazier make specific claims to "not be perfect"...as if we thought otherwise. And I say that as someone who thinks both men are solid candidates and solid people.)
Presumably, this means (correctly) that having supported McCain in the last election doesn't automatically make someone a RINO or a "squish"; certainly nobody would suggest that Lang Sias, a Lt. Colonel in the Air National Guard and former Top Gun instructor, is anybody's liberal.
(This is of course not to say that nobody who supported McCain was a RINO or that conservatives or libertarians didn't have good reason to refuse to support McCain, which was the conclusion I reached.)
Yet Ken Buck and his supporters are simply glued to the guilt-by-association tactic, slamming Norton for knowing McCain and for having him campaing for her.
That said, since we all know that that's one of the biggest criticisms made of Jane, whether it's reasonable or not (and it's not), it still strikes me as a risky move, or at least a move designed to appeal to people other than the usual GOP base, to ask McCain to come stump for a campaign. That goes for Sias as well as Norton. It's a sign that neither is currently confident that he or she is in the lead.
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