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Franks Appearing at Cardon Event

June 12, 2012

Arizona Republican Senate candidate Wil Cardon's Senate campaign announced on Tuesday that Republican Rep. Trent Franks will join the businessman at a campaign event on Tuesday evening. While Franks's office isn't ready to say he is officially endorsing Cardon, it sure looks he is doing just that.

"Wil Cardon understands what Arizona needs in Washington. He is committed to getting our economy back on track, upholding our country's rule of law and looking out for Arizona families. I hope you'll join us tomorrow night to discuss the issues important to Arizona voters," Franks said in a statement distributed by the Cardon campaign.

Franks's congressional office declined to say whether his appearance amounted to an endorsement. A spokeswoman said his office would release an official statement at a later date. Cardon's campaign, meanwhile, said that as far as it is concerned, it is an endorsement.

"Yes, we are considering it an endorsement," said Alyssa Pivirotto.

Cardon, a self-funding first-time candidate, is challenging Rep. Jeff Flake, with whom Franks doesn't have a warm relationship. Last year, Franks nearly entered the Senate primary against Flake, but ultimately decided not to.

"I am honored to stand side-by-side with Congressman Trent Franks tomorrow evening and speak with Arizona voters," said Cardon in a statement. "Mr. Franks is also an admirable champion for children and Arizona families."

This is not the first time Franks has appeared at an event with Cardon. In May, Franks was listed as a "special guest" at a Washington event host by Cardon, but Franks's office would not say if the appearance meant he would endorse Cardon.

The primary is August 28.

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