Crossing party lines: Prominent GOP members back Barber
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Reporter: Cory Marshall
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - In a press conference Friday, six prominent members of the Republican party threw their support behind Democratic Congressional District 2 candidate, Ron Barber.
9OYS sat down with Barber's opponent, Republican candidate Martha McSally.
"He's trying to show he's got a few Republicans coming his way. They're the same ones from last time, " said McSally.
McSally says going forward, the public backing doesn't change her campaign.
"It's just not helpful," said McSally. "I mean the partisan politics of labeling people and dividing us and trying to put people into camps is just not what people are looking for right now. "
Clean Cities Manager Colleen Crowninshield is one of six Republican Barber backers. She says her endorsement has nothing to do with crossing party lines; it's a matter of support over key issues.
"Alternative fuels, biofuels [and] solar are very non-partisan issues," said Crowninshield.
Tucson City Council member Steve Kozachik and former Tucson mayor Bob Walkup are among the six GOP supporters that turned out for afternoon announcement.
"It's important. When we have strict party line votes on nearly every issue, that's a problem," said Kozachik.
The backing comes on the heels of the launch of , "Republicans for Carmona."
At least two Barber supporters are also named on the "Republicans for Carmona" list.