Kirkpatrick to run again

2011-03-30T05:00:00Z Kirkpatrick to run againCYNDY COLE Sun Staff Reporter Arizona Daily Sun
March 30, 2011 5:00 am  • 

It's been a little less than five months since Republican and Doney Park dentist Paul Gosar defeated first-term Flagstaff Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick to win northern Arizona's U.S. House seat.

Kirkpatrick announced Tuesday that she plans to run again on basically the same platform of job creation that she had while in office in 2009 and 2010.

"I still think the economy and bringing jobs to the district is a top priority," she said.

Kirkpatrick, a Flagstaff attorney, differs from Gosar on what she would fund and how.

She would support earmarks to mitigate flooding from the Rio de Flag, for example, and federal spending on education, expansion of roads and Internet service, and public broadcast stations such as KNAU.

Gosar has supported broad budget cuts and does not support the use of earmarks; he has pledged to fund Rio de Flag construction through other means.

Now that Gosar has some record of votes and statements as an elected official, Kirkpatrick is on the attack.

"It's clear to see where his priorities are. I think that's different than in the last campaign, and I think quite frankly that the Republicans in Congress have overstepped in their budget proposals that would really cost District 1 thousands of jobs," she said.

She pledged to be "a moderate," and to work with other representatives to solve problems.

Gosar won November's election for the House seat representing Flagstaff, the Navajo Nation and much of rural Arizona as far south as Casa Grande, gaining 49.7 percent of the votes to Kirkpatrick's 43.7 percent.

Libertarian Nicole Patti won about 6.6 percent of the vote.

Voter turnout in 2010 was down across the board when compared to the presidential election of 2008. But those voting for Democrats appeared to drop out of the 2010 election at far greater numbers than those voting for Republicans.

Gosar pulled in 11,400 fewer votes in November than Republican candidate Sydney Hay received in 2008 but still won the election.

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(8) Comments

  1. Ringokid
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    Ringokid - March 30, 2011 2:38 pm
    And she shall loose again!
  2. toyhunt
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    toyhunt - March 30, 2011 12:10 pm
    Go away Ann.You will never get a vote after your failure to contact voters.Healthcare is a no go.Thanks for your vote on destroying America.
  3. River Rat
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    River Rat - March 30, 2011 11:08 am
    It's really sad to see someone come begging for their job back after they've been fired. At least we know who's running now and there won't be much need for debate. Looks like an easy win to me.
  4. Westisbest
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    Westisbest - March 30, 2011 10:54 am
    Gosar is nothing more than an ideologue in an empty suit. His incoherent talk on KPNX TV last week left no doubt that this is a man ill-prepared for the job. He made it apparent (as he did throughout the campaign) that he has no grasp of the issues and thinks he was hired to simply do the bidding of the amazingly hypocritical Tea Party. Democratic turnout was extremely low in 2010, that won't be the case in 2012. He'll soon be back to cleaning teeth.
  5. santafray
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    santafray - March 30, 2011 9:51 am
    And the socialist libs keep pluggin' away, hoping to wear and tear America down.
  6. NatFlag
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    NatFlag - March 30, 2011 9:48 am
    Yes! I get to vote against her again.
  7. Pete
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    Pete - March 30, 2011 8:49 am
    ghostrider, you are so correct. Ms. Kirkpatrick voted AGAINST her constituents wishes just to appease Nancy Pelosi. She wouldn't even let her stand on an issue be known until the time she had to vote. She was dishonest to her constituents.
  8. ghostrider
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    ghostrider - March 30, 2011 6:13 am
    Ms. Kirkpatrick cannot count on my vote. In my opinion, she failed to represent our district when she last held the office.
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