ARIZONA 8 Electoral Votes
Bush-Cheney Gore-Lieberman
Campaign Campaign
Victory 2000: Lisa James
Office: 3900 East Camelback Road, Suite 200, Phoenix

Arizona Republican Party
Chairman: Mike Minnaugh
Exec. Dir.: Nathan Sproul
Office: 3501 N. 24th St, Phoenix

Gore-Lieberman State Director: Rosie Lopez
...worked for the previous five years as director of a Hispanic mother-daughter program at ASU; member of the Democratic party state committee; precinct committeeperson in district 22.  Wife of a state senator; grandmother.  Started as state director in the latter part of August.
Political Director: Rico Izaguirre
Office: 4205 North 7th Ave, Phoenix

Coordinated Campaign Director: Ana Ma

Arizona Democratic Party
Chairman: Mark Fleisher
Exec. Dir.: Cortland Coleman
Office: 13610 North Black Canyon Frwy, Phoenix

Candidate Travel (Aug. 1-Nov. 7) Candidate Travel (Aug. 1-Nov. 7)
Aug. 12 -- GWB and LB w/ Sen. John McCain, welcome at Yavapai County Courthouse, Prescott; GWB and LB w/ Sen. and Mrs. McCain at their home in Sedona. Neither Vice President Gore nor Sen. Lieberman visited the state during the fall campaign. 
A Sampling of More Campaign Activity A Sampling of More Campaign Activity
Oct. 16 -- Hadassah Lieberman stopped in Phoenix for a few hours, doing a town hall style discussion with working women at Orbit Restaurant in Phoenix and a fundraiser. 

There were also a number of surrogate visits (Jim Frush, who guided Gore up Mount Ranier, Matt Lieberman and others listed below, also Joe Andrew and Ed Rendell from the DNC).  Gore-Lieberman state director Rosie Lopez and Arizona Democrats organized various activities as well:

Nov. 4 -- Fly around including Debbie Gaby, co-founder and president of Sleep America/a Republican for Gore; State Attorney General Janet Napolitano; Shirley McAllister, Sun City West Seniors for Gore; Rosie Lopez; and a couple of others:  GOTV rally at El Portal Restaurant in Phoenix; rally at Knights of Columbus hall in Globe; rally at Pima County Democratic headquarters in Tucson; back to Phoenix.

Oct. 20 -- TN Speaker Pro Tempore Lois DeBerry's activities include a luncheon with African-American leaders and an event with ministers.

Oct. 18 -- Rosie Lopez speaks to about 30 Asian-Americans at a doctor's house in Paradise Valley.

Oct. 9 -- Irish rollout at Dubliner Restaurant in Paradise Valley.

Oct. 6 -- Gore-Lieberman Outreach Director Janet Murgia speaks to students at Phoenix College and debates a Bush surrogate at the Hispanic Women's Conference in Phoenix.

Sept. 8-10 -- Caravan featuring huge diesel truck with banner travels the state; participants include state party chair Mark Fleisher, DNC member Janice Brunson and Rosie Lopez.  Sept. 8 Start at Democratic headquarters in Phoenix; rally in Prescott (Yavapai County); rally in Flagstaff (Coconino County).  Sept. 9 Participate in the Navajo Nation parade at Window Rock (capital of the Navajo Nation); Winslow; Show Low.  Sept. 10 [An automobile accident this morning put a damper on the caravan] Globe.

Sept. 7 -- Grand opening of Maricopa County headquarters in Sun City West.

Television Television
Some Newspaper Endorsements Some Newspaper Endorsements
Arizona Republic --10/29/00   Daily 445,322   Sun 559,170 Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) --10/29/00   Daily 131,659   Sun 164,846
Tucson Citizen --11/2/00

Miscellaneous Notes Miscellaneous Notes
The national campaign did not put the same level of money and resources into Arizona as it had in 1992 and 1996; if it had, some local Democratic leaders believe Gore could have won here.  Given Republican control of the governor's office, both chambers of the state legislature, and the congressional delegation it would have been difficult. 

Other Candidates
Nader.  Ralph Nader did not visit during the fall campaign (his one appearance was back on March 29-30).

Buchanan.  Pat Buchanan visited Phoenix on Oct. 10 , when he held a news conference to promote his TV spot on illegal immigration, and again Oct. 28-30.  (On Oct. 30 he held a press conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Phoenix).

Browne.  The Libertarian Party split into two factions in Arizona; the one known as the Arizona Libertarian Party placed Colorado science fiction writer L. Neil Smith and Nevadan Vin Suprynowicz on the ballot.

Browne forces collected over 22,000 signatures to qualify him for the Arizona ballot as an Independent, submitting them on Aug. 17, 2000.  However, the filing deadline for independent candidates was June 14 (two months before the deadline for major party candidates).  Browne supporters challenged the early deadline in the Maricopa County Superior Court and then in the U.S. District Court.  On Sept. 22 U.S. District Judge Robert C. Broomfield ruled Browne could not run as an Independent, making Arizona the only state in which he did not appear on the ballot.  As a postscript, on May 29, 2001, the Arizona Court of Appeals, ruling in Browne v. Bayless (PDF), found the early deadline for independents was not constitutional.

Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001  Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.