McCain endorses Drake for AH Mayor, move announced by leading Dem strategists

McCain endorses Drake for AH Mayor, move announced by leading Dem strategists

Posted by Kerry Lester on Mon, 03/25/2013 - 10:51

We usually shy away from writing much about political endorsements as to avoid swaying opinion one way or the other, but this, we felt, was occasion to break the rules because it raises eyebrows on a few levels.

We heard from Democratic strategist Kitty Kurth this morning, who wryly noted on a voicemail message that this was probably the only time she'd be calling us about John McCain.

The Arizona Republican Senator and former presidential nominee is endorsing Ron Drake, who is bidding against Tom Hayes and Mark Hellner in the three way race for Arlington Heights mayor.
In his six year tenure as mayor of Avondale, Ariz., Drake worked closely with McCain. A news release notes that "they addressed the encroachment issues around Luke Air Force Base and the protection from closure of Luke Air Force Base in the budget process."

McCain, in a statement, calls Drake "effective and energetic."

Now, why are Kurth and her husband Kevin Lampe announcing this?

She tells us they and Drake are Chicago office neighbors, and have become friends in recent months.

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