First the news from http://sonoranalliance.com/:
" I just received an automated call from Arizona Republican Party chairman Matt Salmon urging me to ignore the negative attack ads against Steve Huffman being run be the Democrats. Matt weakly claimed that he was not endorsing any candidate.
Sorry Matt your pathetic attempt to help Huffman and say you are not favoring him is too transparent. For the record Matt Salmon did not call when Huffman was lying about and attacking the reputation of Randy Graf. Salmon was also absent when the NRCC intervened in a primary and backed one Republican candidate over the other.
If you are sick of the backroom deals being made by Republican higher-up during a primary please call the Arizona Republican Party at (602) 957-7770 and tell them what you think. You might also try to reach Matt at his office (602) 445-8274."
Insiders say that when the NRCC broke its promise and began advertising for Huffman, Matt Salmon made an alleged verbal protest, but a compliant nod, and stood by while the NRCC moved in. If there was any sign of leadership, it was behind closed doors. A call from Click has broken the silence, however. Now Matt Salmon is running a phone ad on behalf of Huffman claiming it's not an endorsement, just a clarification. 'Kind of like the NRCC "non-endorsement." If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, etc., it's still a dog, cow or something else according to the Arizona Republican Party.
The calls coming in to the party headquarters are not flattering. Some report constituents threatening to stop all contributions to the party, or worse, leaving the party altogether. In any case, don't expect to see Matt Salmon as the state party chairman after this term if he is able to make it to the end. It's doubtful that his friends in Maricopa and Jim Click will be able to save him from the anti-Huffman constituents of CD8 candidates and conservatives throughout the state.
The latest attack ads against Mike Hellon, the last minute Huffman lawsuit against the Minutemen to stop their ads, and pressure on neighboring state parties as well as our own Arizona Republican Party suggests Huffman is not polling well. His efforts to steal votes from Mike Hellon will fail. Mike's support base is solid. Will more ads and more endorsements make a difference? Probably not. Party activists are the only ones who care about a de-facto party endorsement, and they have chosen Hellon or Graf overwhelmingly. So the party endorsement will have little effect. More attack ads are reinforcing the belief that Huffman has nothing to offer and is simply a nasty person. So we don't expect tremendous gains here either.
Huffman has peaked and he knows it.
This latest act by the state party may actually put the final nail in the coffin for Huffman as it brings out the outraged party activists. It may also spell doom to the Republican Party in Southern Arizona with ripple effects throughout the state. If enough activists rebel—and some reportedly have—what chances do fellow conservatives like Kyl have in Southern Arizona? And how will the party ever rebuild regardless of who wins the primary and general elections in this race?
Like sharks in the water, the Democrats are circling....and they smell blood.