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10/3/2013 6:00:00 AM
Tobin to run for Congress
Joanna Dodder Nellans
The Daily Courier

Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin, R-Paulden, says he will seek the 1st Congressional District seat in 2014.

Tobin is likely to face at least two other Republicans in the primary, including another member of the Legislature who already announced, before the winner takes on incumbent Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick of Flagstaff.

"It's kind of hard sitting around here trying to solve problems in Arizona when you've got the feds continuing to punch you in the gut like they do, and Ann Kirkpatrick is part of the problem," Tobin said.

Tobin lives in the 4th Congressional District, although it's not far away from CD1. His Legislative District 1 included Flagstaff, Williams, Tusayan and all of the Verde Valley until 2012 when decadal redistricting took place. He has lived in Yavapai County since 1993 including Prescott, Prescott Valley, Dewey and now Paulden.

He is serving his fourth term in the state House so he won't be eligible to run for the state House again.

Tobin said he didn't run for CD4 last time because he wanted to finish his job as speaker. Instead, U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar moved his stated residency from CD1 in Flagstaff to CD4 in Prescott and won last year.

Tobin doesn't have to live in the congressional district he represents, but he does have to live in the legislative district he represents. He said when he wins CD1, he will have a second home there to better represent that huge district.

Tobin doesn't have to quit his job as House speaker while running for CD1 because of a change in the state's resign-to-run law.

Tobin criticized Obamacare and the federal government shutdown, saying the Obama Administration is hurting Arizona's economy, mismanaging its forests, and putting its power sources at risk by trying to add regulations on the Navajo Generating Station.

He said Wednesday he's trying to help get the Grand Canyon National Park back open during the federal government shutdown, but the Obama administration won't accept private or state help.

He criticized Kirkpatrick for voting against House bills that would grant budget money to veterans and national parks so they could reopen.

"The House GOP is now introducing piecemeal bills that pick winners and losers for funding," Kirkpatrick said on her website, and the Republicans know the bills are doomed in the Senate.

CD1 is the state's largest district, running from Flagstaff through eastern Arizona counties and then west into parts of Pinal County. It includes the Navajo Nation, where Kirkpatrick has strong support.

"If they call a carpetbagger somebody that is as close to the line as I can be and was carved out, it is what it is. But I am the rural legislator with the most experience," Tobin told the Associated Press last month while he was considering a run for CD1. "Clearly I'm the only one with a record cutting taxes, growing jobs, fighting for a pro-life agenda."

First-term Arizona Rep. Adam Kwasman of Oro Valley and Springerville businessman and rancher Gary Kiehne, a political newcomer, already announced their candidacy for the Republican nomination in CD1.

Republicans believe they have a good chance of wresting the district from Kirkpatrick, who was ousted after one term in 2010 but took back the seat in 2012 even though presidential candidate Mitt Romney won in the district. Of the district's approximately 374,000 registered voters, Democrats have 143,000 and Republicans 114,000. But there also are 115,000 independents, and the district can swing to either party with their votes.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, October 04, 2013
Article comment by: Susan TFHat

If he's already served FOUR terms he should not be trying for a fifth, even if it is in a different system (national vs state). NO ONE who cares about our state or nation should be voting in a career politician. He is part of the problem, not part of any solution.

Posted: Friday, October 04, 2013
Article comment by: Mr Maverick

The Tea Party is over. Forcing extreme politics in on Americans is sinking the Tea Party. 75% of voters blame the Tea Party and the Republican House for the incredible impasse in Congress. A minority in congress is creating a treasonous situation. All Boehner has to do is put the budget up for a vote but he refuses. The last thing we need is another nut case in office. Tobin has shown he is part of the problem. Ann Kirkpatrick tried to get congressional pay lowered which made her a target in Washington plus the voters did not support her fiscal responsibility. Political Parties are not more important than the USA.

Posted: Friday, October 04, 2013
Article comment by: maybe Tobin can stay at Gosar's place? -

Friends of a feather carpetbag together!

You could not write a better tragic comedy if you tried.

So prescott get's a rep in flag and now flag will have a rep from prescott... sheesh.

Hope they don't get the 2 mixed up like that old disney movie 'freaky friday'.

even better- gosar gave up on his district because it was too liberal and hard to win... now tobin is giving up his district because? gosar is too conservative and hard to beat due to the large tea-publican population in the prescott area.


Posted: Friday, October 04, 2013
Article comment by: @ Open Book

"At least he admits that he is a carpetbagger."

Unlike Paul Gosar, who represents District 4 but lives in Flagstaff and has never acknowledged it. If Tobin gets elected in District 1, neither district would have a resident representative. While technically legal, this is NOT how the Founding Fathers intended for our country to be governed.

Posted: Friday, October 04, 2013
Article comment by: another one

Probably has Palin support.

Posted: Friday, October 04, 2013
Article comment by: Peter, Yavapai County

Register Independent, think Independent, vote Independent.

Mr. Tobin is part of the problem, not part of the solution.

Posted: Friday, October 04, 2013
Article comment by: PV Resident

Tobin not only looks kind of like Karl Rove, he acts like him. He has nothing to offer, much like Jan Brewer. Self-important (people) like these keep us in the running with places like Texas for having the goofiest legislators.

Posted: Friday, October 04, 2013
Article comment by: Insurance Guy

Doesn't like Obamacare? Wow. How come insurance agents never tell you their commissions on car insurance, health insurance, annuities?

Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013
Article comment by: long time resident , A republican!

At a recent event I attended, Mr Tobin and a film crew were there filming and taking still shots of him and all the affluent people and politicians there. Very disheartening, he never talk to any of the so called common folk that might vote for him. Mr Tobin this was a family event with people who probably would have love to talk to you and for you to listen. Also the whole Yarnell fire tragedy, became a let me get my name and face out there fiasco. Not sure this is who I would vote for. You are becoming a career politician and right now not sure anybody, Democrats or Republicans want that! It isn't working so well in D. C. right now !

Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013
Article comment by: J Rogers

Do you ever listen to yourself Mr Tobin. I mean really listen. You are exactly what insulting names you call other politician's.
When you first got into office your moneymoon started. Serve ALL the people, not a minority. NO radicals wanted. Why? Not good for Americans.
I would love to vote for a moderate Republican. That leaves you out.

Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013
Article comment by: A Simple Question

Not Qualified: If Obama does not hate America, he is sure doing a good impression of someone that does. Perhaps you'd explain why?

Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013
Article comment by: ron white

As if there are not enough crazy Republicans, here
is another trying to get the governments money and run for another job he can not handle. And no
doubt wants to shut down the Federal Government
since they can not get their way.

Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013
Article comment by: Dizzy Girl

I probably would have supported him, but after he proposed that bill that would put the taxpayers on the hook for millions of $. I don't think he has my best interest in mind.

Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013
Article comment by: Ryan Jensen

@ One Thing For Sure

Watch the longer clip…Kirkpatrick walked to her car after trying hard to get the rabid, rude and ignorant Tea Party "Patriots" who had assembled before her to shut up and have a conversation. They chose not to do that. They were only interested in yelling and screaming…she chose the mature route and left rather than sink to their level.

Tobin will get support among his tinfoil-hat wearing base, but he will not get elected.

Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013
Article comment by: Not Qualified

Someone that says "Obama hates America" is not qualified to serve in Congress.

Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013
Article comment by: One Thing For Sure

Anybody would be better than Kirkpatrick. I still can only see her as in that clip where she is running to her car to avoid answering tough questions about Obamacare. She is both wrong and a coward.

Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013
Article comment by: Mike Bates

Another Teapot Patriot who will hold the nation hostage when can't get his way through Constitutional means.

Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013
Article comment by: Tobin Admirer

Tobin's bumbling and incompetence are exceeded only by his boundless ambition.
He has risen steadily on the GOP by the time-honored method of Just Showing Up.

He is a man of many easy promises but few achievements. In the legislature he has made numerous pledges to district voters but delivered only for Rolex ranchers. Now he says he will keep Grand Canyon open. What about his recent pledge to rebuild Yarnell? How is that coming?

Tobin has his work cut out for him in his new district. Not only is Rep. Kirkpatrick an able legislator. He has strong opposition in the Navajo nation which is important there. How about an even-up swap? Gosar runs against Kirkpatrick. After all, he rents only a small apartment in Prescott while his principal home and his wife remain in Flagstaff. Tobin would not need to move a hair from Paulden and could seek votes from people he's already represented. Ooops. That might be a problem.

Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013
Article comment by: Well, couldn't have picked time to come out

Don't know the guy, Prescott to PV to Dewey to Paulden ?
Now, I've only lived here for thirty years and I'm not really into this isolationist lifestyle, but on paper anyway, is't he kinda going in the wrong direction?

Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013
Article comment by: open book

At lease he admits that he is a carpetbagger.

Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013
Article comment by: Vote No

I am a life-long Republican, I will actively campaign for his opponents, I will give financial support to anyone running against.

Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013
Article comment by: Old Gringo

Oh great, just when we thought he was going to be gone, he announces that he's going to try to go to Washington and screw it up even more than it already is. Get a life Andy, and quit trying to suckle from the public teat !

Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013
Article comment by: I wish he'd run

to District 9.

Actually, any running would probably be beneficial, he appears to need some cardiovascular training.

Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013
Article comment by: Az Mot

We don't need another Tea Party member going to Washington. We need people that know how to govern. I will do everything in my power to keep this carpet bagging extremest out of Washington.

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