Billionaire elephant slayer picks pachyderm to assist

August 19, 2014

Christine Jones’ benefactor ginning up her campaign war chest

As primary election campaigns slide into the final stretch, the governor’s race gets more pedal to the metal in the form of a mega amount of hard cash being infused into the gubernatorial coffers of Republican hopeful Christine Jones.

GoDaddy.com founder Bob Parsons, who sold his company for a cool $2.25 billion in July 2011, added yet another $1 million into an effort to help Jones, his company’s former corporate lawyer. She hasn’t been a piker, either. Jones donated $758,000. to her own campaign on Aug. 12.

Parsons, a controversial elephant killer, made the hefty donation to Better Leaders for Arizona, an independent campaign committee that supports Jones while zoning in on attacking another contender, Doug Ducey. The GOP primary is heavy with candidates: Ken Bennett, Doug Ducey, Frank Riggs, Scott Smith, Andrew Thomas, and Jones are all vying for the state’s top job. State Sen. Al Melvin dropped out June 23, after being unable to gain traction.


Below-the-belt politics? Nathan Sproul lurks nearby

August 18, 2014

The side-by-side signs are head turners. Appearing on street corners around the Valley, they could be the source of whiplash for many driving by. They are also the source of disgust, since they exemplify politics at its worst.

So who would be behind the reprehensible signs slamming two Republican candidates for the office of state treasurer? The reasonable assumption would be a political rival of the opposing party. Then we remember, the upcoming election is the primary. The only challengers at this point are within the same political party.

Given the circumstances, it doesn’t take long for the name Nathan Sproul to emerge.

Sproul, the former executive director of both the Arizona Christian Coalition and the Arizona Republican Party, eventually opened Sproul & Associates, a political consulting firm. After the his name became toxic he switched to the more reputable sounding Lincoln Strategy Group, but the sliminess remained. Sproul is a pro-amnesty McCain ally who, among his other notorious schemes, has previously defended a tawdry independent expenditure campaign as a “battle for the heart and soul of the Republican party.”

In this latest despicable venture into the intra-party primary, Open Secrets reveals Sproul has teamed with Tucson auto dealer and high-dollar McCain donor and bundler, Jim Click, to form the high-minded sounding “Preserve America’s Future.” The two are listed as top contributors, with political operative Sproul running the show, and registered with the AZ Secretary of State’s Office on Aug. 7.

Nathan Sproul is listed on competing GOP treasurer candidate Hugh Hallman’s campaign website as one of his supporters, on a list that looks like a Who‘s Who in McCainville, with a few surprises thrown in. Connect the dots. As this post points out the link is always McCain.

Sproul is far more than merely a supporter. He actually recruited Hallman.

The daily covers the sleazy tactics Sproul has employed to aid Republicrat Hugh Hallman’s desperate campaign, using distortions and outright lies about both the exceptionally well-qualified Randy Pullen, whom we have endorsed, and Jeff DeWit. Neither man should be subjected to these squalid tactics.

Sproul is quoted as saying his committee will disclose its donors during the next reporting period. The next campaign finance reports are due Aug 22, just 4 days before the Aug. 26, Primary election.

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Libertarian spoilers in key GOP senate races

August 15, 2014

As Americans who are paying attention are all too aware, it is imperative for the GOP to regain control of the U.S. Senate. With Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid playing hand-in-glove with a president who disregards congress as irrelevant and has repeatedly made good on his vow to use the power of executive actions to bypass the Republican-controlled House, the urgency of winning the midterm senatorial elections is undeniable 

But Republicans face a substantial problem, and it isn’t coming from the left. Game-playing Libertarians present a new wild card, with the potential of gumming up these vital elections by siphoning votes in crucial races from Republican candidates.

A key 2014 race is in New Hampshire, where Libertarian candidate Gardner Goldsmith is complicating Republican former senator Scott Brown’s bid to unseat Democrat incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Brown trails Shaheen by 10 percentage points (42 – 52) with Goldsmith taking 2 points and 9 percent of voters still undecided, according to most recent polling.

Although Goldsmith’s 2 percentage points might appear too small to decide the race, politicos contend New Hampshire voters have a history of supporting independent candidates, which means that Goldsmith could take a hefty chunk of the undecided vote and decisively block any hope of a Brown victory.

North Carolina is also dealing with a Libertarian spoiler. Sean Haugh a perennial candidate, open-borders supporter and pizza delivery guy is attempting to throw ice water on Republican plans to defeat Sen. Kay Hagan, considered one of the most vulnerable Democrat incumbent senators.

This Aug. 7, 2014 Rasmussen survey shows Thom Tillis edging Hagan 45-to-40 percent, with Haugh taking 6 percent of the vote, though other polls show Haugh hitting 11 percent. The odds of the Libertarian winning are nil, but his ability to botch the election is formidable. Those odds increase should he qualify for the senatorial debate series which begin Sept. 3. 

The Libertarian Party goes to great lengths to mask its spoiler image, oddly claiming it has broader appeal.  “Gay marriage, less taxes, there’s overlap there,” Libertarian Party President Wes Benedict recently claimed in a Fox news report. “From a marketing perspective, we want to distinguish ourselves from Democrats and Republicans. But we do want to attract voters from both sides,” he admits.

This Washington Post July report provides an overview of Libertarian efforts to swing control of the U.S. Senate away from the GOP.

Here in Arizona, Sen. Jeff Flake and Attorney General challenger Mark Brnovich run as Republicans but have roots deep in Libertarian soil. Both have worked for the Libertarian — not Republican — Goldwater Institute.  It should come as no surprise that Flake supports Brnovich’s candidacy.


AZ Court of Appeals upholds campaign finance disclosures

August 12, 2014

The leftist Arizona Republic newspaper shows no constraints when it comes to hammering political conservatives. The latest one in their sights is Arizona’s Attorney General Tom HorneIf there is a topic they can contort to include Horne, the daily’s multi-pronged gang springs into attack mode to unleash their liberal venom in unison, employing opinion crafted as news reports, editorials, columns and biting political cartoons.

When Horne wins major cases he personally argues, the news is met with clenched-jaw stoniness. His victories are marginalized when those cases are heard and won in the U.S. Supreme Court. When he is vindicated by virtue of a judge’s ruling, there is a deafening silence followed by derision of the decision.

His numerous achievements while serving the people of Arizona as Attorney General go unmentioned.

The Arizona Daily Independent provides the latest evidence of the blatant bias. A report titled “Lawsuit against Rotellini results in Court of Appeals ruling,” reveals that Attorney General Tom Horne has won a victory against a high-dollar, “dark money” supporter of his Democrat challenger Felicia Rotellini.

Just days before the 2010 General Election, the deceptively named Committee for Justice & Fairness (CJF) an independent expenditure group, spent approximately $1.5 million running attack ads against then-Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne as he ran for  State Attorney General.

On Thursday, the Arizona Court of Appeals decided in favor of full disclosure in the matter of Committee for Justice & Fairness (CJF) v. Arizona.

The Court of Appeals, Division One ruled that CJF qualified as a political committee that must comply with Arizona’s political committee registration and disclosure requirements. Judge Lawrence Winthrop wrote the opinion (read it here) for the three judge panel.


Political Endorsements: Primary Election 2014

August 11, 2014

For those who are searching for Seeing Red AZ’s endorsement pages for the upcoming Primary Election, we are reposting them.

This list includes our selections for statewide offices.  It includes links to the candidate’s websites.

State legislative endorsements can be seen here.


AZ GOP Chair Graham tugs on Guv candidate’s reins

August 8, 2014

The Eleventh Commandment, popularized by Ronald Reagan, stated “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican”

As the Democrats have the luxury of avoiding major statewide primaries, they sit back, raise money and watch the spectacle of the Republicans doing their work for them as the internecine gubernatorial slugfests continue to rev up.

Now even the GOP top brass has had his fill. Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham has sent a letter admonishing the six candidates running for governor —- requesting  they cool the negative attack ads against one another.

Graham’s August 7, 2014 letter says he’s receiving “an increasing volume of phone calls, emails and physical letters expressing Republican voter disappointment with the level of negative campaigning.”

He adds, “I respectfully request that each of you refrain from any and all personal attacks at the remaining debates and/or forums.  Give the voters an honest and invigorating debate on the issues and stop clouding the race with personal attacks on each other’s business dealings, driving records, etc.”

Graham tells the candidates that he’s worried the party’s eventual nominee “will have such high unfavorability ratings that we will have a tough time winning” the November election “even with many favorable headwinds.”

He’s right to be concerned. It was the same level of rancor between Sam Steiger and John Conlan, two Arizona Republican congressmen running for an open U.S. Senate in 1976 that gave us liberal Democrat Dennis DeConcini. The recipe for disaster repeated itself in 1998 when Republicans Tom McGovern. and John Kaites bloodied one another in a race for Attorney General that allowed another liberal Democrat, Janet Napolitano, to slide into the seat —- and ultimately move forward to the ninth floor governor‘s office.

It’s worth remembering, and learning from, the words of philosopher and cultural critic George Santayana (1863-1952), who said “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  

Here’s Graham’s letter:

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LD 25 Senate race’s clear choice: Vote Ralph Heap

August 6, 2014

Dr. Ralph Heap is the conservative choice —- Worsley’s history is colluding with liberals

Two candidates are running under the Republican banner for the single state senate seat in Mesa’s Legislative District 25. Although they both claim to be conservatives, the facts tell a different story.

The incumbent Bob Worsley has shown himself to be a Democrat collaborator who joined with five other AZ Senate Republicrats —- Adam Driggs, John McComish, Steve Pierce, Michele Reagan, and Rich Crandall —- and the unified Democrats.  Their betrayal resulted in passage  of the unconscionable and unsustainable Medicaid Expansion, a key element of Barack Obama’s signature health care scheme. 

In its endorsement of Worsley, the far-left Arizona Republic newspaper lavished praise on his deceit, calling him “one of six courageous lawmakers who bucked the party to do what was right for Arizona.” 

Challenging Worsley is Ralph Heap, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon.  His issues page tells the unequivocal story of where he stands on the matters of importance to the grassroots, Constitutional conservatives in the district. As a physician, he has a deep understanding of the myriad  problems connected with the multibillion expansion of Medicaid which his opponent recklessly and irresponsibly supported. Heap is pro-life, pro-Second Amendment and committed to limited government and lower taxes.

A tour of the Secretary of State’s public campaign finance reports tells where Worsley gets his support. His donor list is heavy with lobbyists, unionists, utility company, big pharma and health care execs. The pro-illegal labor Chamber of Commerce and immigration lawyers are contributors, along with a fair share of Democrats. It’s not much of a surprise to see  Cindy Hensley McCain’s Hensley/Anheuser-Busch Co. executives Robert Delgado and Doug Yonko among Worsley’s donors.

We first covered Bob Worsley in March 2012 with Worsley’s new pals at Periódico de la República de Arizona and then again in June 2012 with this post, Bob Worsley: Hypocrite-in-Chief.

Compare Dr. Ralph Heap’s informative website to the mumbo-jumbo dished by Worsley, who inanely declares, “We need to repair our image and heal the scars of divisive politics,” as he promotes his “vision” #ELEV8AZ which includes “more apples, more sunshine, more ethics, more music…less hatred and less government.” Considering that he irresponsibly supported massive government overreaches Worsley’s words are all the more shallow and glib.

Ralph Heap’s campaign is being out raised by the extremely wealthy and politically connected Worsley who founded Sky Mall. Heap’s donation site is here.

This election is crucial. Time is short.

H/T This post was written in response to an August 4th suggestion from commenter Barbara Parker. We wish to thank her for the nudge.


AZ AG Tom Horne only statewide candidate to win NRA endorsement

August 5, 2014

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne has not only received the NRA endorsement, but has won its highest rating.

Tom Horne is the  only statewide officer or candidate for any office in Arizona to be so honored. It is highly unusual for the group to endorse an Attorney General candidate or make Primary Election endorsements.

 The NRA’s Political Victory Fund ranks political candidates based on voting records, public statements and their responses to an NRA-PVF questionnaire. Their track record is impressive. In 2008, NRA-PVF was involved in 271 campaigns for the U.S. House and Senate, winning in 230 of those races (85%). It also endorsed thousands of state legislative candidates that same year and achieved an 84% success rate in those elections.

 Read more about conservative Horne’s fierce advocacy of protecting gun rights and preserving the Second Amendment here.


Brewer’s unseemly primary endorsement aims to remove Montenegro

August 4, 2014

The Arizona Daily Independent substantiates the foul rumors that have become increasing rife concerning Gov. Jan Brewer’s plunge into the roiling waters of the Legislative District 13 Republican primary.

Following the template set by her mentor John McCain and his endorsement-happy buddy Bill Montgomery, Brewer is immersing herself in an unseemly pre-primary endorsement that reeks of retribution against conservative incumbent state Representative Steve Montenegro.

When Brewer ramrodded the late-night Medicaid Expansion (H.B. 2010) in June 2013, Montenegro criticized the maneuver, calling the governor’s move “disrespectful.

The Independent reports “Brewer has secured donations from the healthcare providers who stand to gain economically from her expansion. Through her PAC, she is directing money to be spent against fellow Republicans like Montenegro.”

It’s more than an odd coincidence that lame-duck Brewer is enamored with first-time candidate Diane Landis, declaring she “understands the needs of this very diverse district.” As she throws her “enthusiastic support” Landis’ way, it’s well to remember that Landis approaches the illegal invasion that has reached crisis proportions in our state, with these words: “Arizona needs a well-defined, manageable, and appropriate legal guest worker program, that has nothing to do with citizenship or a pathway to citizenship.”

With this statement Landis displays her abysmal disconnect regarding the fact that those who disregard our laws will be disinclined to be “guest workers” who will then placidly return home when the job is completed.

Rep. Steve Montenegro is a legal immigrant from El Salvador. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Arizona State University with a B.S. in Political Science. He also had the temerity to call out Brewer on her unconscionable and unsustainable Medicaid Expansion, the passage of which was aided by nine House and six Senate Republicrats* who traitorously voted with the Arizona Democrats to pass this key element of Barack Obama’s signature health care scheme.  For Montenegro’s outspoken opposition to OBrewercare, Brewer shamefully spends her final days in office throwing political missiles his way.

Check out SRAZ’s state legislative endorsements which also provides a link to our statewide selections  We stand in solid support of conservative state Rep. Steve Montenegro.

*Senate: Adam Driggs, John McComish, Steve Pierce, Michele Reagan, Bob Worsley and Rich Crandall.

  House: Kate Brophy McGee, Heather Carter, Ethan Orr, Bob Robson, Doug Coleman, Jeff Dial, T.J. Shope, Doris Goodale and Frank Pratt.


Reelect Tom Horne: The AG Arizonans can depend on

August 3, 2014

Tom Horne’s new TV ad clearly delineates the differences between conservative Attorney General Horne and his establishment recruited challenger. Watch it. Then check out Tom Horne’s campaign website to see his impressive list of conservative endorsements.

This page gives an in-depth analysis of Horne’s proven achievements on behalf of the citizens of the state of Arizona as our Attorney General. We need to return this quality man to office.

This telling PBS debate excerpt puts the incumbent AG and his challenger Mark Brnovich into sharp perspective, exposing the opponent as unprepared for office. Attorney General Tom Horne listed his accomplishments while in office, arguing that giving a promise is cheap, but you can tell best what someone will do from what they’ve actually done. His opponent proved that he was not prepared for the job of Attorney General, saying nothing about his achievements or what he plans to do if elected. He chose instead to attack Tom Horne.

At one point exasperated  moderator Ted Simon, asked the unprepared challenger: “Are you running to be Attorney General, or just against Tom Horne?”

Support Tom Horne in his reelection effort.


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