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November 28, 2014

Arizona: Jesse Kelly Uncommitted to Vote for John Boehner

Arizona: Jesse Kelly Uncommitted to Vote for John Boehner

Republican Jesse Kelly is locked in a tight race to succeed ex-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

TUCSON, Ariz. — Veteran Jesse Kelly (R) is noncommittal about how he would vote in party leadership races should he be in Congress after the November elections, much like his Democratic opponent in Arizona’s competitive special election.

“It depends on who is running,” he said in an email on Monday when asked if he would vote for Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) to lead his party in the new Congress.

Democrat Ron Barber voiced a similar sentiment in an interview with Roll Call on Monday when he was asked if he would support Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Kelly’s general consultant, Ed Brookover, criticized Barber’s statement on Twitter Monday evening:

@EdBrookover Ron Barber won’t answer key questions. Honesty, authenticity key qualities for voters. http://bit.ly/LZzUJi see this by @RollCallAbby

In other news from the 8th district special election, Barber released a positive television ad for the last last two weeks of the campaign. The June 12 contest will decide who replaces ex-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) in Congress. Both parties are spending heavily on what is believed to be a very tight race, which Roll Call rates as a Tossup.

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