A new political rivalry heats up in the Valley with two GOP candidates lashing out at each other.
You may consider the latest chapter in the Republican primary race for the 6th Congressional District "spygate".
Representative Ben Quayle's campaign is accusing Representative David Schweikert's campaign of sending a woman to spy on Quayle's camp.
"It's childish, but these things to happen in campaigns," said Quayle.
Schweikert's campaign lashed back at Quayle's allegations.
"We fully expected them to engage in these types of shenanigans, it's silly, we wouldn't do anything like that," said Chris Baker, a spokesperson for Schweikert.
According to Quayle's campaign staff, a young woman asked to volunteer at Quayle's office, wanted a tour of the campaign headquarters and left.
Quayle's staff members tell ABC15 they felt something wasn't right and checked the address she left and it was fake.
"I hoped it wouldn't go down to that level," said Quayle while describing what he thought when his staffers told him about the incident.
Quayle's staff members say they went to Schweikert's campaign headquarters and the same woman who wanted to volunteer for Quayle was sitting at the front desk of Schweikert's campaign office.
"This is our third campaign running for Congress in the last four years, we have never engaged in this kind of behavior and we never would," said Baker.
It's unknown what will happen next, but for now, both sides say they are disappointed, and blaming each other.
Baker admits the woman named in a release from Quayle's campaign is a volunteer for Schweikert.
"We've got a large lead in this race, we don't need to do this stuff and never have," said Baker.
"If David (Schweikert) has just owned up to it, and said it was a mistake, it would have just been water under the bridge," said Quayle.
Quayle says the so-called "spy" was trying to get any information from his campaign, but Schweikert's representatives say the claim is false.
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