Jonathan Paton and Jesse Kelly, the leading two Republicans seeking the party’s nomination in Congressional District 8 next Tuesday, compare themselves with incumbent Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

“I believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and she apparently does not,” Jesse Kelly said. “She has provided nothing but four years of failure.

“The people of this district are sick and tired of her voting with Nancy Pelosi, and talking like she’s Thomas Jefferson. She’s a San Francisco liberal, she votes that way, so that’s what she is.”

“I can actually get elected,” Jonathan Paton says.

He contrasts himself with Giffords on spending and health care.

Giffords “fretted” over the cost of the health care bill, Paton said, “and she votes for it anyway. Paton wants a balanced budget amendment to be passed and take effect immediately. “She wants it to take effect in 10 years,” he said.

He argues wasteful spending and excessive borrowing by the federal government are burdening future generations.

“Why doesn’t Gabrielle Giffords get it?” Paton asked. “They know in their heart it’s a burden on their kids.”

Miller ends Congress bid

Brian Miller announced on Wednesday, Aug. 11, that he would step out of the Republican race for a Congressional District 8 nomination immediately, citing a lack of money to continue his campaign.

“Though we have run a tremendously successful grassroots campaign on a limited budget, at this point I do not have the funds to continue this race,” Miller wrote in statement posted on his campaign website.

Jonathan Paton, Jesse Kelly and Jay Quick remain active in the Aug. 24 primary. The winner of that race will square off against Democratic incumbent Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in the November general election.

Miller gave his support to Paton in the primary.

“My competitors have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on advertising — and it is impossible for me to make up that gap,” Miller wrote. “We are looking to the future, and I believe the only candidate who can beat Gabrielle Giffords in November is Jonathan Paton.”

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