On the third day of the federal government shutdown, and with a motto of "Fight Washington!" Arizona Speaker of the House Andy Tobin threw his hat into the ring for Congress in CD 1. He will be running against incumbent Representative Ann Kirkpatrick.
"The truth is, I'm just sick of Washington, D.C.," Tobin said as he announced his candidacy, claiming that Kirkpatrick chose Obamacare over the Grand Canyon.
Fact Check: During this federal government shutdown, all the national parks have been closed, including the Grand Canyon. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to make a continuing appropriation specifically for the National Park Service Operations, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for government's fiscal year 2014. Although the measure passed by a vote of 252-173, Representative Kirkpatrick voted against it, according to the Legislative Digest.
Tobin's new campaign website, AndyTobin.com, includes a video:
Here is his press release:
Andy Tobin: Kirkpatrick Chooses Obamacare Over Grand Canyon
In announcing bid for Congress, Arizona House Speaker says:
"The truth is, I'm just sick of Washington, D.C."
Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress today, calling out Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick for voting to close down the Grand Canyon this week in order to protect ObamaCare (H.J. Res. 70, Oct. 1, 2013). The vote is just another example, Tobin said, of Washington's assault on Arizona.
"There could be no harsher reminder of why we need new leadership in Washington," Tobin said. "Arizona is under attack by the federal government, and Ann Kirkpatrick is part of the problem. Kirkpatrick is so committed to protecting ObamaCare and supporting Nancy Pelosi, she has literally voted to shut down the Grand Canyon."
Tobin's remarks came as he announced his candidacy for Congress in Arizona's 1st Congressional District, launched www.AndyTobin.com and released a web video. Tobin plans to continue visiting every corner of the vast district in the days, weeks and months ahead.
"The truth is, I'm just sick of Washington, D.C.," Tobin said. "From ObamaCare to over regulation of our small businesses and our lives, it's clear that President Obama and Ann Kirkpatrick are totally out-of-touch with rural Arizonans. In Congress, I'll stand for the same conservative principles I always have and fight back against Washington's assault on our state."
About Andy Tobin:
Andy Tobin is a dad, husband and small business owner who has devoted his life to job creation, public service and advocating for conservative principles. Tobin has built successful careers in the real estate, banking and insurance industries, creating jobs and helping small businesses grow and expand.
Tobin has been elected four times to represent rural Arizona in the Legislature since 2007. As Speaker of the House, he has overseen the largest budget reductions in the history of Arizona and led the fight against ObamaCare in Arizona.
Tobin and his wife Jennifer have five children.
At this point, Kirkpatrick has not commented on Tobin's candidacy.