I wonder where John McCain got the idea that Tony Estrada was supporting him, especially when the Santa Cruz Sheriff has officially endorsed Randy Parraz for US Senate.
Story below, and video above where Estrada specifically mentions that John McCain is out of place.
McCain will remove sheriff’s name from ad
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – Senator John McCain’s camp is apologizing to Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada for an ad running featuring Estrada’s name. Sheriff Estrada has come out saying he does not support the senator. McCain’s ad features several Arizona sheriff’s taking his side.
Towards the middle of the ad you see Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada’s name scroll along the bottom.
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“I thought it was a mistake. They shouldn’t have had that name in there and I did talk to some of the aids for senator McCain and I set the record straight on that I am not supporting him on his campaign,” Estrada said.
The sheriff told KGUN 9 News McCain’s staff apologized to him and said they would change the ad as soon as possible. Nine On Your Side called the McCain camp to find out how this happened.
McCain’s campaign spokesman Brian Rogers told KGUN 9 News Estrada endorsed John McCain back in January.
They gladly emailed Nine On Your Side a copy of the press release that clearly shows Estrada’s name. The sheriff did confirm he had initially endorsed the senator but changed his mind when McCain backed SB 1070. Estrada also confirmed the McCain camp wanted him to be in the ad.
“Yes I was invited to Phoenix and I told them I couldn’t attend. I told them I couldn’t attend. For obvious reasons because I’m not supporting the senator at this time. It might have been a mix up there somewhere,” Estrada said.
McCain’s campaign spokesman did tell us they respect the sheriff’s decision and will remove his name from the ad within the next few days.