06/20/2012 05:55 pm ET

Sam Stone Resigns From Martha McSally Campaign After Reportedly Offering Advice To Barber Camp

The campaign spokesman for a Republican congressional candidate in Arizona resigned Monday after reportedly slipping the competition some friendly advice -- literally.

Martha McSally's campaign announced communication director Sam Stone's departure in a news release Wednesday but did not cite a specific reason for his resignation.

According to the Arizona Daily Star, ahead of the June 12 special election to fill former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' congressional seat, Stone scribbled a political tip on the back of a business card and handed it to a staffer for Democratic candidate Ron Barber, a former aide to Gabrielle Giffords. Barber won the election over Jesse Kelly, who had defeated McSally in the Republican primary to challenge Barber earlier this year.

According to a copy of the business card provided to local media outlets by Barber's staff, the note suggests that Republican polling shows that Barber should "move" on "social issues (abortion)."

McSally campaign manager Christian Morgan told the Arizona Daily Star on Wednesday that it was "outside of the bounds for [McSally's] campaign to give any kind of support to Ron Barber's campaign."

Stone has denied offering any assistance to the Barber campaign, telling Politico that he only shared a "quick, friendly chat" with the Barber staffer.

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