GOP group pulls out of tough Arizona House race
The main Republican campaign committee is pulling out of a hard-fought race in a southern Arizona swing district.
The National Republican Congressional Committee has canceled its remaining advertising buys in Arizona’s 2nd district. That’s according to a Republican familiar with the situation who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
The seat represents the Tucson area and was vacated by Republican Rep. Martha McSally so she could run for the state’s open Senate seat. The NRCC’s exit is a sign of a lack of confidence in the GOP’s prospects there.
Former Democratic Rep. Anne Kirkpatrick is running against Republican businesswoman Lea Marquez Peterson for the seat. The district narrowly supported Hillary Clinton in 2016 and was considered one of the most likely to flip in November.
FBI: Arizona man fatally shot by ranger was armed with knife
CHINLE — The FBI says an Arizona man was armed with a knife when he was fatally shot by a National Park Service ranger at a national monument.
Authorities say 43-yearold Venson Yazzie was killed in an area overlooking ruins at Canyon de Chelly in Chinle.
It’s still unclear what led to the shooting Friday afternoon.
The FBI said Wednesday it is investigating an assault on a federal officer but won’t elaborate.
Park Service spokeswoman Vanessa Lacayo says the ranger is on paid administrative leave and won’t be identified unless he’s found guilty of a crime.
A local tour guide, Adam Teller, says Yazzie was a vendor who sold rock art to tourists at the monument.