Kirkpatrick is a Democrat from Arizona. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call Photo)
TUBA CITY, Ariz. | Arizona’s 1st District is so vast and diverse that running for political office involves time travel.
It’s also helpful to pick up a little of a language so difficult to master, it formed an unbreakable code that helped the United States win World War II.
But first, the time travel.
When visiting the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona, the largest tribe of a dozen in the district, Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick and her Republican opponent, state Speaker Andy Tobin, have to build in an extra hour.
Why? A befuddled cellphone won’t pick up on it, but the Navajo Nation observes Daylight Saving Time. The rest of the Grand Canyon State, brandishing its contrarian streak, never changes its clocks.
So to ensure Kirkpatrick was in line for the Western Navajo Nation here at 9 a.m. DST on Oct. 18, the usual 90-minute ride from Flagstaff became a two-and-a-half hour journey.
Tobin had to factor in the same math on a visit he made here the day before the parade, as the Western Navajo Nation Fair was getting under way.
On the flip side, when heading somewhere else in the district from the Navajo Nation, even to the Hopi Nation, which is completely surrounded by Navajo land, one gets that hour back. Surrounded by Navajo land, you’re back to the past, or at least, back in the rest of the state’s time zone.
Confused? That’s just the start of the logistics involved in a campaign here.