Democratic Congressional candidate Jon Hulburd has found himself smack-dab in the middle a closer-than-expected race that, according to the only poll released on the matter, has him leading his Republican opponent Ben Quayle by two points. So he's decided to dump a ton of his
wife's own money into his campaign.
Hulburd reportedly has poured $250,000 of his money into his campaign. He hasn't had a paying job in five years, so the money is probably coming from his wife's family's fortune, built on things like Scrubbing Bubbles and Drano.
Hulburd's wife, Carrie, is an heir to the SC Johnson fortune. SC Johnson is the consumer-products giant responsible for the aforementioned items and things like Windex, Glade, and several other products found in just about every home in the country.
According to the latest filings with the Federal Election Commission, Hulburd now has about $100,000 more cash-on-hand than Quayle ($346,306 to Quayle's $247,717).
That's a far cry from the $1.3 million Quayle raised for the GOP primary, which he narrowly won.
Quayle's been criticized for using the Rolodex of his father (former Vice President Dan Quayle) to garner a list of high-profile donors, including former President George W. Bush, former Dallas Cowboy's quarterback Roger Staubach, and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Hulburd's now-full campaign piggybank will allow him to continue to hound Quayle over his ties to DirtyScottsdale.com, which has been the foundation of his campaign and is brought up in nearly every campaign ad he's run.
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He recently released a new ad, where he says Quayle has no business running for Congress and that the only house he belongs in is a frat house. Expect to see a lot more where that came from over the next two weeks.
As we pointed out yesterday, Hulburd has yet to answer for some of his own morality issues, which include getting sued for allegedly spreading rumors that a female member of the Paradise Valley County Club was a lesbian and blatantly lying in one of his earlier campaign ads.
His campaign barks that the suit was dismissed "with prejudice," but this doesn't mean that Hulburd didn't do what the action alleged. He refuses to say one way or the other to New Times.
Click here to see the five questions Jon Hulburd doesn't want you to ask. And we're not even getting into how he's abandoned Democratic Party principles (read: he's for Arizona Senate Bill 1070 and against the DREAM Act) in an attempt to appease a conservative, anti-immigrant constituency. So's Ben Quayle, but can we expect a Republican rattlesnake not to bite?