Arizona: Martha McSally Aide Resigns

Posted June 19, 2012 at 11:07am

An aide to Martha McSally, the presumptive GOP nominee in Arizona’s 2nd district, has resigned from the campaign.

McSally’s communications director, Sam Stone, stepped down after he reportedly approached an aide to the campaign of Democrat Ron Barber and offered advice on how to beat Republican Jesse Kelly in the special election to replace former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D).

“Members of my campaign team are representatives of who I am, what I stand for and why I am running for Congress,” McSally said in a statement. “Because of that, my communications director, Sam Stone, has resigned his position with the campaign effective immediately.”

reported by Politico

Stone is one of the local Republicans credited with discovering McSally and helping to get her campaign off the ground during the frenzied special election, which was held last week. The incident involving him plays into chatter among Tucson Republicans that McSally was not sufficiently supportive of Kelly in that race after she lost to him in the special election primary.

In a recent interview with Roll Call, McSally insisted she encouraged voters to go to the polls for Kelly.

Barber, who won the special election by a comfortable margin, is set to be sworn in to Congress today. He will likely face McSally in the fall when he runs for re-election.