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Ann Kirkpatrick announces plans to run again

Former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Flagstaff (File photo)

Former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, a Democrat from Flagstaff (File photo)

Former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick has confirmed she is running for the U.S. House of Representatives. Kirkpatrick served one term in the House before losing last fall to Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar.

The Flagstaff Democrat tells The Associated Press she is running because the district needs a moderate representative in Congress.

Kirkpatrick says jobs and economic development are the top priority for northern Arizonans along with a good education system.

Kirkpatrick said Wednesday she thinks she lost to Gosar because voters were angry over the economy. The former congresswoman says Gosar is out of touch with the district and she plans to be more accessible if voters elect her.

Gosar’s campaign released a statement Wednesday saying voters have already rejected Ann Kirkpatrick’s liberal voting record and they will once again in 2012.

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One comment

  1. Gosar’s appearance on KPNX last week displayed his complete lack of knowledge on the issues of importance to CD1 and his fealty to the hyper-hypocritical Tea Party, as opposed to moderates who dominate this district. Gosar’s campaign got traction with a TV spot in which he claimed it showed Kirkpatrick ” Walking out on constituents.” If fact, Kirkpatrick left the event because she was fearful for the safety of her staff because a mob of Tea Party thugs were out-of-control.

    Ironically, the event was also at a Safeway, just like Giffords event where several people were shot and killed. Democrats didn’t turn out at all in 2010, they will in 2012 and Gosar will be back to cleaning teeth. Gosar must be dipping into the medical marijauna if he thinks Ann is a liberal. Her politics track right of center.

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