Nazis, singing stump speeches and (wait for it), a full on ‘stache bash? Just when we’d given up hope for any new sizzle out of this endless AZ political season, there’s been a flurry of funny. Of course, it’s probably not so funny if you’re the AZ congressional candidate being accused of having “Nazi ties.” Or the AZ Representative (pictured) whose famed face furniture has been turned into a battle cry. OK, that last one is funny, no matter which side of the aisle you call home. More political pithiness ahead.
First up on the carousel is AZ GOP congressional candidate, Jesse Kelly , who has been accused of having “Nazi ties” because he accepted an endorsement from a controversial anti-immigration group. According to Politico, “At issue is an endorsement from the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, or ALIPAC, an anti-immigration group that John McCain’s spokesman condemned as ‘backed by white supremacists, neo-Nazis and anti-Semites’ after it endorsed McCain’s primary opponent, former Rep. J.D. Hayworth” (aka the guy who went all ShamWow! in this infomercial). And naturally, Kelly’s opponents are trying to tie him to this charming Ohio candidate who likes to dress up like an SS Nazi soldier in his spare time (pictured at left). Needless to say, Kelly’s campaign is none too enthused, demanding an immediate retraction and saying there is a “special place in hell” for people who make allegations of anti-Semitism. ShamWow!
We’ll just let that one simmer while we move on to the main event, ‘Stache Bash 2010: the Tea Strainer Tussle in Tucson. Yes, things are getting hairy in the race between Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and his opponent, Ruth McClung. This after the AZ GOP started running a mailer (pictured at top right), “that parodies Grijalva’s trademark facial hair and, perhaps, raises a few eyebrows regarding what it might imply about Grijalva’s ethnic background,” Talking Points Memo reports.
Which is all a bunch hooey, says Team McClung, pointing out that Grijalva’s own campaign has been printing signs promoting his world-class cookie duster (pictured at bottom left). Either way, this is the biggest nose-neighbor news since Burt Reynolds and Tom Selleck’s handlebars had a hirsute hoedown on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”
Finally, let’s end things on a high note. Meet Rodney Glassman, the Democrat who is running a long-shot campaign to unseat Senator John McCain. According to the NY Times, Glassman “lacks money, time and attention. But he does have his vocal chords and years of singing training. So why not sing his stump speech?”
Why not, indeed? Check the video below to see Glassman campaigning to the sweet sounds of “Freebird” by the the 70s supergroup, Alabama.