This being a year in which Democrats are expected to make some serious gains (yes, even in Arizona), many groups noted for their slavish, even monomaniacal, support of all things and candidates Republican are wading into the Democratic side of the ballot. They've been issuing endorsements and spending money in D primaries.
Generally speaking, there are just to "primary" reasons to do so (yes, pun intended :) ) -
1. They're trying to give a boost to a candidate they consider to be weaker in a general election. The Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) tends to go this route (note: their "Endorsements" page is blank for some reason, but they have issued endorsements in the past and in the current election cycle).
2. They think that the candidate in question will be receptive to their entreaties if/when the candidate wins the election.
AZBlueMeanie at Blog for Arizona has noticed such activity in a race in southern AZ, and now there is evidence of it here in Maricopa County.
A assemblage of "independent" expenditure groups has paid for and released a mail piece supporting Ken Cheuvront in the LD24 race for state senate against current State Representative Katie Hobbs.
A quick look at some of the listed sponsors of the piece:
The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce? Headed by Todd Sanders? Endorsed Jan Brewer for Governor in 2010. And Sanders worked for the Republican caucus in the AZ House until a few years ago.
The Arizona Cattlemen's Association? Headed by Bas Aja? The last time I looked, there wasn't any ranch land in LD24, which covers a swath stretching across south Scottsdale and central and eastern Phoenix. And Aja? He's a Republican PC in Buckeye.
A mailer from Cheuvront's campaign touts another "special" endorsement -
The Arizona Multi Housing Association (AZ MHA)? This one may actually be about the *next* election. One of the most persistent rumors in AZ's political circles is that Cheuvront is going to run for Justice of the Peace in two years because a term as JP will quadruple his elected official pension.
The Multi Housing Association's members tend to be involved in evictions. Lots of evictions.
And JPs? They adjudicate evictions. Lots of evictions.
Think the AZ MHA would like a JP who's inclined to turn a blind eye when they cut a few corners in the eviction actions?
Bonus endorsement quibble: The endorsement that's implied, but not directly claimed. Mostly because the endorser actually supports another candidate.
Check out the quote from former Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon.
It makes it seem as if he has endorsed Cheuvront, yet doesn't directly state that as fact.
Which is good for Cheuvront, because Gordon actually endorsed Katie Hobbs.
Note: In the interests of full disclosure, not that I've tried to hide it, I support and have already voted for Hobbs.