Navajo Nation council nearly endorses Renzi rival

After endorsing Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Arizona) for re-election, the Navajo Nation council nearly endorsed his rival, Democrat Paul Babbitt.

The vote for Renzi was 60 to 0. But 35 of the council delegates also voted to endorse Babbitt, leading one to call the whole affair "silly."

"When we vote on legislation, we aren�t allowed to vote for, against or maybe, we have to take a position," delegate Hope MacDonald-Lonetree was quoted as saying.

Delegate Ervin Keeswood said the council should endorse Babbitt as well as Renzi just to show their support.

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Relevant Links:
Paul Babbitt - http://www.babbittaz.com
Rick Renzi, campaign site - http://www.rickrenzi.com
Rick Renzi, U.S. House site - http://www.house.gov/renzi

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