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Antenori: GOP special down to two candidates

As the CD8 special election looms, GOP candidate Frank Antenori declared that the primary field is essentially down to two candidates.

Antenori said some of his challengers are already inside the Beltway and ready to compromise with House Democrats.

The conservative state legislator implied that the Republican primary is a two-man race between him and Jesse Kelly.

Amid hoots and assentive grunts from about 50 supporters at McMahon's Steakhouse on Wednesday night, Antenori railed on state and local lawmakers who advance a liberal agenda that he said will bankrupt America.

He asked the crowd, "Do you want to send a yippy little dog to Washington, or do you want to send a pit bull?"

"When the big arm of government reaches for your wallet, I want to bite it off," he said.

The evils of bipartisanship and government go beyond Washington, according to Antenori.

"The [Arizona] Daily Star wants a representative they can control to do their will. A lot of people in Washington want the same thing," he said.

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Antenori also accused the Tucson newspaper of calling him a "mean guy." Antenori self-identifies as a "team player."

"A couple of people from Washington came out here ... and asked me whose team I'm on. I'm on America's team. I'm on the taxpayers' team," Antenori said.

He cited his track record in the Legislature as the reason voters should send him on to face Democrat Ron Barber in the general election.

"I went to Phoenix, and I balanced the budget by cutting 22 percent to fix a $3 billion problem," Antenori said. Laws in nearly all 50 states (thrifty Vermont being the exception) require them to maintain balanced budgets.

Antenori's staff declined to comment on their fundraising to this point, but Antenori did ask the crowd for $25,000 to "close the deal."

Antenori is in a four-way primary against Jesse Kelly, Martha McSally and Dave Sitton for the seat vacated by Gabrielle Giffords in January. The primary election is April 17, but early voting began last month.

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Apr 5, 2012, 2:14 pm
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What CD8 candidate Jesse Kelly would like you to forget

Article: Citizens United Endorses Jesse Kelly in Special Election http://j.mp/w4YGg8
      About “Citizens United”: http://j.mp/zz409s

Article: CD8 candidate Jesse Kelly’s and Tea Party’s economic platform similar to Communist nations http://j.mp/zBKXth

Article: CD8 Republican Jesse Kelly Calls For New National Sales Tax http://j.mp/xNFoui

Article: Giffords Opponent, Jesse Kelly, Held June Event to “Shoot a Fully Automatic M16? to “Get on Target” and “Remove Gabrielle Giffords” http://j.mp/zsqdwJ and http://j.mp/A5to9a

Article and Video: Jesse Kelly: “Oil Is A Renewable Resource” http://j.mp/xlm23i

Article:  Jesse Kelly Supported by Groups Tied to White Supremacists, Neo-Nazis http://j.mp/Ax5lXO

Letter:  Tucson Tea Party Co-Founder: 13 Questions for Jesse Kelly that must be answered before you vote http://j.mp/zCtsMM

Simply put, Jesse Kelly has neither the brains, credibility or honesty for public office, the will for fighting or the compassion to represent the people of southern Arizona either CD8 OR CD2.

Apr 5, 2012, 11:16 am
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What a jerk. He’s a legend in his own mind.

My dad was a war hero, too, spending a little time as a guest of the German government in 1944-45. Then when he was liberated, finished his time in the Army and came home, he didn’t bloviate about it. Just lived his life. Frank could learn a few things from my old man. Too bad he died 26 years ago.

Apr 5, 2012, 8:37 am
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Polling numbers are done by the same types of idiots who told us no one was watching Star Trek of the Family Guy. I for one never take polling numbers seriously.

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State Sen. Frank Antenori talks to supporters Wednesday night.