Giffords Condemns Democratic TV Ad Trashing Her Opponent

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which has reserved as much as $700K in advertising time in Congressional District 8, launched a new ad this week hammering Republican Tim Bee, who is hoping to unseat Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, for his connection to his brother’s bus company.

The Bee campaign had been expecting to get hit on the topic. Bee told ScrambleWatch more than a month ago–back when the campaign was talking to us–that he’d heard about a poll that brought up the bus company back in the summer. For what it’s worth, Tim Bee says he only did the books for the bus company, which was owned by his brother, Keith Bee.

Here’s the DCCC ad:

Giffords condemned the ad in a press release earlier today. Giffords’ statement:

I denounce the latest advertisement from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee towards my opponent Tim Bee that began on 10/08. Personal attacks have no place in this campaign.

Legally I have no control or influence on the advertisements paid for by DCCC or any other outside group. However, I would like to see this ad  removed from the airwaves immediately.

I am disappointed that Tim Bee and his campaign allies have repeatedly tried to distort my record, and I’m equally disappointed in this recent TV ad sponsored by the DCCC.  Southern Arizonans deserve better.

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3 Responses

  1. Nice try Ms. Giffords! Are you trying to tell the voters that the print and on air media campaign hat has been sliming Tim Bee for about two months now, cannot be controlled by you? Are you trying to tell us that you are unable to tell the Democratic Campaign Committee not to deliver that kind of support. If that is the case, then perhaps you are not able to say no to your party when need be. Perhaps you will continue to vote Pelosi’s will 90% of the time. Perhaps you can deliver the strongly worded letter to them telling them top stop, thaty you did not send.

    Your campaign has been pretty transparent about you delivering nice positive adds approved by you and then unleashing the attack dog Democratic Party to do the slash and burn ads. You have made Tim Bee out to be just short of a child molester in the print ads – it does not ring true. How can you accuse a man with that many kids of not wanting to protect children?

  2. Thursday, December 8, 2005
    Bee brothers’ political possibilities generating plenty of buzz
    Phoenix Business Journal – by Mike Sunnucks The Business Journal

    A pro-business Republican state lawmaker and Tucson business owner is looking to climb the political ladder.

    State Senate Majority Leader Tim Bee is eyeing run for the House seat currently held by retiring Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe. Bee is also considering a bid next year for state Senate President if he does not run for Congress, sources say.

    Kolbe recently announced he will not seek re-election next year. That has launched a typhoon of speculation in business and political circles as to who might run to represent the district, which is located in Tucson and southeastern Arizona.

    The latest waves center around Sen. Bee and his brother Keith — a former state lawmaker and owner of a Tucson transportation company.

    The Bee brothers are well known in the Tucson area and are liked by business and conservative interests.

    Tim is also the president of Bee Brothers Printing and has been talking about a possible run for the U.S. House or State Senate President with business lobbyists and others.

    Keith Bee has also been mentioned as a possible congressional candidate and business lobbyists expect one of the brothers to run for Kolbe’s seat.

    Tim Bee could not be reached for comment Thursday.

    State Sen. Gabrielle Giffords has resigned her post and is the likely Democratic candidate in the race. Giffords is viewed as one of the top up and coming stars in the Arizona Democratic Party.

    A number of Republicans are in the hunt to succeed Kolbe — a pro-business, pro-guest worker, openly gay Republican.

    That list includes state Rep. Steve Huffman, Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll, party activist Mike Hellon and immigration hawk and former state lawmaker Randy Graf.

    Huffman is popular with business groups for his support for manufacturing and other private sector tax cuts.

    Graf ran against Kolbe in 2004 and was already in the race before the incumbent’s retirement decision.

    The race is expected to draw big campaign dollars from both parties. Kolbe is a pro-business and socially moderate Republican. The district has a slight Republican voter registration edge.

    Some top national Republicans have been courting U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona to run to succeed Kolbe. Carmona is from Tucson.

    TUCSON WEEKLY:

    PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2003:

    Easy Ride

    The Tanque Verde School Board is preparing to give a key politico’s company a sweetheart deal.

    By CHRIS LIMBERIS Your browser may not support display of this image.

    The Tanque Verde School Board is primed to bail out a company owned by influential state Sen. Tim Bee and his brother with a real estate deal for a bus yard and office next to the district’s headquarters.

    The Bee Line, operated by the second-term Republican and his brother and Senate predecessor, Keith Bee, wants to switch from tenant to landlord on a parcel that adjoins the Tanque Verde bus yard and is east of the district offices at 11150 E. Tanque Verde Road.

    Taxpayers already subsidized the Bee Line this year after the company fell behind on the $725 monthly rent. Tanque Verde officials also allowed the Bees to use the property after the lease expired in February.

    Rather than face eviction, Keith Bee eventually paid the back rent while he simultaneously pitched the proposal for Tanque Verde to use space on the adjoining Bee property. Such an arrangement will clear the Bee buses from the district’s lot. More important, Keith Bee is hoping his company will therefore be able to circumvent Pima County zoning and building codes, records show.

    Under the proposal, set for board approval Sept. 11, the Bee Line will open its own bus yard and office on two acres of residential-zoned land just north of the district’s bus yard. The Bee brothers will then free up space for the Tanque Verde school buses and lease the parcel to the district for $1 a year.

    Keith Bee, a five-term senator representing the Tanque Verde Valley and other east Tucson and Green Valley areas, bought the property for $135,000 in 1999, according to county records.

    Zoning at CR1 allows not a bus yard but two homes. Without the nominal lease with Tanque Verde, the Bees “would not be able to fence, grade, put down gravel or house a portable office because of zoning issues,” Superintendent Denise Ryan told the school board in an Aug. 8 memo.

    By signing the nominal lease with Tanque Verde schools, the Bee brothers are hoping to piggyback on land use law that generally allows school districts to use property as they please. County officials say there is no guarantee in this case.

    Keith Bee has asserted that the new arrangement will save Tanque Verde taxpayers, but one proposal had the district paying an equal $6,500 share for initial improvements, records show.

    Some neighbors already have issues with Bee Line’s use of the district’s property, particularly when the large touring coach is fired up.

    Among the problems cited by Carolyn Gould, director of Tanque Verde school transportation, are “complaints from neighboring houses. Diesel smoke, noise late at night and on weekends. Bee Line has been asked to move their buses in the main parking lot in the morning to ‘pre-trip,’ them. Only a few drivers are doing this,” Gould said in an 2001 assessment.

    Exhaust from the coach bus, Gould said, “creates a dust storm, which keeps our district vehicles and vans filthy.”

    Gould listed five other problems in the 2001 memo and confirmed in a new memo on Aug. 6 to the Tanque Verde board that “all of the problems listed are still problems today.”

    Tim Bee’s position in the Senate–and his role on the appropriations committee–as Tanque Verde progresses with its controversial plan for a new high school prompted at least one board member to demand kid-glove treatment for the Bee Line.

    Board member Doug Hughes unilaterally ordered Ryan and Associate Superintendent Marty O’Shea to not rile the Bee brothers while start-stop funding for the high school was on legislative tables, O’Shea said.

    “Doug came into my office and told me to back off,” O’Shea said. “He told Denise Ryan the same thing. This is when we were talking to Keith Bee about the late rent and the expired lease. You know me; I like to have the document. We didn’t have a lease.”

    O’Shea said Hughes, who sells school textbooks, said he was not solely focused on Tim Bee’s vote to preserve funding for the high school, but for educational funding in general.

    State policy prohibits members of school boards from issuing individual orders. Directives must be approved by the full board in open session.

    But it worked. Tim Bee subsequently did not recuse himself from a key vote on funding for the high school, which has caused civil war in Tanque Verde and prompted a recall drive of Board President Dr. Sherrylyn Young.

    Neither Hughes nor Tim Bee returned calls from The Weekly.

    TUCSON WEEKLY:

    PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2003:

    Easy Ride

    The Tanque Verde School Board is preparing to give a key politico’s company a sweetheart deal.

    By CHRIS LIMBERIS Your browser may not support display of this image.

    The Tanque Verde School Board is primed to bail out a company owned by influential state Sen. Tim Bee and his brother with a real estate deal for a bus yard and office next to the district’s headquarters.

    The Bee Line, operated by the second-term Republican and his brother and Senate predecessor, Keith Bee, wants to switch from tenant to landlord on a parcel that adjoins the Tanque Verde bus yard and is east of the district offices at 11150 E. Tanque Verde Road.

    Taxpayers already subsidized the Bee Line this year after the company fell behind on the $725 monthly rent. Tanque Verde officials also allowed the Bees to use the property after the lease expired in February.

    Rather than face eviction, Keith Bee eventually paid the back rent while he simultaneously pitched the proposal for Tanque Verde to use space on the adjoining Bee property. Such an arrangement will clear the Bee buses from the district’s lot. More important, Keith Bee is hoping his company will therefore be able to circumvent Pima County zoning and building codes, records show.

    Under the proposal, set for board approval Sept. 11, the Bee Line will open its own bus yard and office on two acres of residential-zoned land just north of the district’s bus yard. The Bee brothers will then free up space for the Tanque Verde school buses and lease the parcel to the district for $1 a year.

    Keith Bee, a five-term senator representing the Tanque Verde Valley and other east Tucson and Green Valley areas, bought the property for $135,000 in 1999, according to county records.

    Zoning at CR1 allows not a bus yard but two homes. Without the nominal lease with Tanque Verde, the Bees “would not be able to fence, grade, put down gravel or house a portable office because of zoning issues,” Superintendent Denise Ryan told the school board in an Aug. 8 memo.

    By signing the nominal lease with Tanque Verde schools, the Bee brothers are hoping to piggyback on land use law that generally allows school districts to use property as they please. County officials say there is no guarantee in this case.

    Keith Bee has asserted that the new arrangement will save Tanque Verde taxpayers, but one proposal had the district paying an equal $6,500 share for initial improvements, records show.

    Some neighbors already have issues with Bee Line’s use of the district’s property, particularly when the large touring coach is fired up.

    Among the problems cited by Carolyn Gould, director of Tanque Verde school transportation, are “complaints from neighboring houses. Diesel smoke, noise late at night and on weekends. Bee Line has been asked to move their buses in the main parking lot in the morning to ‘pre-trip,’ them. Only a few drivers are doing this,” Gould said in an 2001 assessment.

    Exhaust from the coach bus, Gould said, “creates a dust storm, which keeps our district vehicles and vans filthy.”

    Gould listed five other problems in the 2001 memo and confirmed in a new memo on Aug. 6 to the Tanque Verde board that “all of the problems listed are still problems today.”

    Tim Bee’s position in the Senate–and his role on the appropriations committee–as Tanque Verde progresses with its controversial plan for a new high school prompted at least one board member to demand kid-glove treatment for the Bee Line.

    Board member Doug Hughes unilaterally ordered Ryan and Associate Superintendent Marty O’Shea to not rile the Bee brothers while start-stop funding for the high school was on legislative tables, O’Shea said.

    “Doug came into my office and told me to back off,” O’Shea said. “He told Denise Ryan the same thing. This is when we were talking to Keith Bee about the late rent and the expired lease. You know me; I like to have the document. We didn’t have a lease.”

    O’Shea said Hughes, who sells school textbooks, said he was not solely focused on Tim Bee’s vote to preserve funding for the high school, but for educational funding in general.

    State policy prohibits members of school boards from issuing individual orders. Directives must be approved by the full board in open session.

    But it worked. Tim Bee subsequently did not recuse himself from a key vote on funding for the high school, which has caused civil war in Tanque Verde and prompted a recall drive of Board President Dr. Sherrylyn Young.

    Neither Hughes nor Tim Bee returned calls from The Weekly.

  3. And, um, Kenneth Moyes, get a clue or rather pull your head out before you speak your Tpro Tim Bee dreck. Mrs. Giffords, by law, cannot even talk to much less mail or have any contact with the DCCC under law. Rather condemn her for things she has no say so about how about controlling your horses ass Bee who has no platform other than mud slinging and lies.

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