Voters look to bar candidate from primary election
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Three Tucson voters want a congressional candidate barred from the primary ballot after they say she lied on her nominating petitions by listing two Tucson addresses when in fact she doesn’t live in the area.
A legal challenge filed Monday says Congressional District 2 hopeful Ann Kirkpatrick actually lives in Phoenix, the Arizona Daily Star reported .
Craig Morgan, an attorney representing Tucson residents Thomas A. Elias, Regina G. Mireles-Elias and Tuan Vo., told the Arizona Daily Star that he can prove Kirkpatrick went to great lengths to trick voters in the district.
Though no federal law requires Kirkpatrick to live in the district, statutes require her to list her actual address on nomination paperwork and petitions, Morgan said.
Kirkpatrick spokesman Rodd McLeod called the claim baseless and said the effort behind it is funded by one of Kirkpatrick’s political rivals, emergency room Dr. Matt Heinz.
“Nobody is surprised by another false attack by Matt Heinz, who hasn’t won a campaign in years due to his negative GOP-style politics,” McLeod said. “Ann Kirkpatrick lives in Tucson in District 2, not in District 3 where Matt lives.”
McLeod pointed out that some fundraising materials list a house Heinz owns in downtown Tucson, which is in Congressional District 3.
Brian Robinson, the manager for the Heinz campaign, said the Kirkpatrick team doesn’t seem to understand the issue.
“The fact that Ann lives in Phoenix and comes to Southern Arizona for special occasions isn’t the issue,” he said. “The problem is that she lied about it and swore in official documents that her lies are the truth.”
The filing requests that the judge nullify nominating petitions, bar Kirkpatrick from being on the primary ballot in August and prevent her from running as a write-in candidate in the fall.
Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.tucson.com