Oops! AZ Dem Party’s tone-deaf GIF shows Pennsylvania shooting missile at CD-08

PHOENIX — There’s nothing quite like an accidental nuclear missile to make constituents feel safe.

After Democrat Conor Lamb won the special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district earlier this week, the Arizona Democratic Party tried to capitalize on the victory by claiming that momentum is in their favor.

The state party sent out several fundraising emails to supporters making the case that, if Lamb can win in Pennsylvania, Democratic congressional candidate Hiral Tipirneni can win in Arizona.

“Last night, a SOLID TRUMP district elected a DEMOCRAT in Pennsylvania’s special election,” one of those emails said. “The next big special is RIGHT HERE in Arizona and we’re going all out to make sure Dr. Hiral Tipirneni is the next Democrat to SHOCK the political world.”

But the GIF embedded in the middle of that email . . . caught recipients’ attention.

What was likely intended as celebratory fireworks moving westward looked a lot like Pennsylvania shooting a missile at Arizona’s eighth congressional district, culminating in explosive sparks and all.

Last week, the Arizona Democratic Party sent out another email begging donors for “a spare room or bed” or even a “top bunk” for out-of-state operatives looking to influence the state’s special election.

Tipirneni — whose prospects of winning have been called a “pipedream” by the Arizona Republic’s liberal columnist — was mocked this week for accidentally holding a “Meet & Greet” event for prospective constituents outside of the congressional district that she’s running to represent.

Tipirneni will face Republican former state senator Debbie Lesko on April 24.


CD-08 Democratic candidate Hiral Tipirneni accidentally holds campaign event in wrong district

PHOENIX — Democratic candidate Hiral Tipirneni held a campaign event Thursday evening to hear what the residents of Arizona’s eighth congressional district are looking for in their next U.S. representative … but she accidentally held the event in the wrong district.

Tipirneni, an underdog candidate running for the open U.S. House seat formerly held by Congressman Trent Franks, advertised a “Meet & Greet” for prospective supporters of her campaign.

“Join the Maricopa County Democratic Party at a Meet and Greet with Dr. Hiral Tipirneni for Congress,” the invitation said. “Let’s talk about important issues facing our country and Congressional District 8.”

The problem? The event — located at 14301 North 87th Street in Scottsdale — wasn’t held the district Tipirneni is running to represent. The “Meet & Greet” took place in Arizona’s sixth congressional district, far away from families eligible to vote for her.

According to screenshots taken by the National Republican Congressional Committee, recipients of the invitation weren’t pleased. “Yes, something in the west valley would be nice,” one Facebook user comment. “Scottsdale is farther than I want to travel,” said another.

“Before trying to impose Nancy Pelosi’s far-left agenda of higher taxes, socialized medicine, and weak borders, maybe Hiral Tipirneni should learn where the district she’s running in is actually located?” suggested Jack Pandol, an NRCC spokesman.

The Republican National Committee also weighed in.

“Hiral Tipirneni is not only out of touch with the values of the voters in the 8th district, she’s not really sure where the district is even located,” RNC spokeswoman Christiana Purves added.

Tipirneni has been an outspoken opponent of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies since securing the Democratic nomination in February, dismissing the idea of a border wall as “not the answer” and recommending that the proposed funds be spent on “clean energy” and “renewable energy sources.”

Laurie Roberts, a liberal columnist for the Arizona Republic, recently called Arizona Democratic Party chair Felecia Rotellini “delusional” for suggesting that Democrats will win the heavily Republican district.

Tipirneni will face Republican former state senator Debbie Lesko in the general election on April 24.


David Garcia quietly fundraises with Alec Baldwin in Beverly Hills

PHOENIX — Democratic gubernatorial candidate David Garcia quietly attended a fundraiser Thursday co-hosted by Hollywood celebrities like Alec Baldwin and Alyssa Milano.

The fundraiser was first reported by the entertainment-business trade magazine Variety. It was attended by two other Democratic candidates, Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum, who are running for governor of Georgia and Florida, respectively.

The same trio attended an event in Washington, D.C., last month, where they received an endorsement from People for the American Way, a liberal group with ties to the secretive Democracy Alliance donor club.

Thursday’s fundraiser, which took place at the Beverly Hills home of Heather Thomas and Skip Brittenham, was co-hosted by entertainment figures like Alec Baldwin, Rashida Jones, Norman Lear, Alyssa Milano, and Tracee Ellis Ross, according to the magazine, noting that “Hollywood has given lopsided support to Democrats for decades.”

Thomas, an actress, and Brittenham, a lawyer, have become major donors to Democratic candidates and causes over the years, contributing thousands of dollars to the campaigns of Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Senator Al Franken, and others.

The fundraiser’s co-hosts also are notable supporters of liberal causes. Baldwin is best known these days for his recurring impressions mocking President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, while Milano has ramped up her political donations, contributing to the failed campaigns of Democrats like Jon Ossoff and Brianna Westbrook.

Garcia — whose campaign was criticized earlier this month for having “trampled on” a grassroots demonstration organized by teachers — recently lost the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers to his Democratic primary opponent, State Senator Steve Farley of Tucson.