Indicted! Austin & Logan Flake, Todd & MaLeisa Hughes

October 16, 2014

Felony & misdemeanor charges filed against Sen. Jeff Flake’s son Austin, wife Logan and her parents

Four long months after the heat-related, suffocation deaths of nearly two dozen dogs at a Gilbert kennel, the owners and caretakers have been charged with multiple felony and misdemeanor counts. An indictment was handed down Wednesday by a Maricopa County Grand Jury.

The Grand Jury should be commended for diligently considering the evidence and doing the job it was impaneled to do —- conducting its business, without regard to politics.

Todd Hughes the owner of the boarding facility, has been a bad actor throughout this despicable saga, lying about the number of dogs involved and initially claiming they merely ran away. The story was later changed to cast blame on the dogs themselves by alleging one or more of the pets chewed through the air conditioning wiring. Hughes and his wife MaLeisa were vacationing out-of-state and left their daughter Logan, and son-in-law Austin, to oversee the care of the pets.

When the Flakes’ returned to the kennel the next day and witnessed the horrific scene, they callously hosed down the dying dogs in a crude attempt to cool them. The carcasses of the dogs were then piled in a storage shed. No professional veterinarians were called to help.

The dogs sweltered to death, packed together  in a steamy utility room, lacking air-conditioning, and without food or water provided for them.

After deputies responded to a call the morning of June 21, 2014, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office launched an extensive investigation and submitted its findings to the County Attorney’s Office on August 27, 2014.  This is Montgomery’s Sept. 10, follow-up press conference. (Courtesy of KTVK-TV3)

The indictment charges Todd and MaLeisa Hughes with 22 felony counts and 7 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals, and one felony count of fraudulent schemes and artifices. Austin and Logan Flake are each charged with 21 felony counts and 7 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals.

A hearing for the four defendants is scheduled Oct. 23, 2014.

Seeing Red AZ has covered the deaths of the pets in these posts:

Oct. 13, 2014: Bill Montgomery: Focus of daily’s sarcastic jab remains inert

Sept. 29, 2014: Still awaiting Montgomery’s Flake decision

Sept. 19, 2014: Bill Montgomery: Between a Flake and a hard place

July 17, 2014: 21 dead dogs inconsequential as Flake connection gets cover-up

June 27, 2014: AZ Republic uses dead dogs to bash Arpaio, give pass to Flake & Update


Bill Montgomery: Focus of daily’s sarcastic jab remains inert

October 13, 2014

Ten days ago, the Arizona Republic’s tabloid style insert ran an ironic cover report titled, “No VIP treatment” detailing the handling of arrested “celebrities” in Phoenix. It continues to a jump page which boldly declares, “No one is a celebrity in handcuffs.”

The list details the arrests of actors, a fitness guru, athletes and musicians. 

Missing is any mention of relatives of politicians.

Also MIA is the usually loquacious Maricopa County Attorney, Bill Montgomery.

After a lengthy and intense investigation —- even consulting with out-of-state experts, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office recommended criminal prosecution on 23 felony animal neglect charges against Todd and MaLeisa Hughes and their daughter and son-n-law Logan and Austin Flake. The Hughes’ were on vacation leaving the incompetent Flake’s as caretakers at the Green Acre kennel where nearly two dozen dogs died agonizing deaths, suffocating in the small, steamy utility room in which they were crammed together without food, water or cool air in the scorching heat of June 21.

Frustrated pet owners and the Valley community are weary of the stalling tactics, as County Attorney Bill Montgomery tries his damnedest to obfuscate, deflect and, yes,  figure out a method to ditch this political albatross altogether.

Bringing charges against Sen. Jeff Flake’s son, daughter-in-law and her parents, does not fit into Montgomery’s long-range career goals.

Meanwhile, the preventable deaths which the family initially lied about, occurred months ago and not a word has been heard on the subject from Montgomery since his insulting press conference where he noted that the dead dogs “weren’t 23 children,” after all.

On Sept. 10, Montgomery said it would take a “couple of weeks” for him to come to a decision regarding whether there was sufficient evidence to file charges in the case. Since he’s made numerous endorsements this election cycle, the fallout of his decision could have negative blowback on the hapless candidates he’s thrown his support behind. It would not be surprising if that consideration looms large as the motive for his inertia.

Montgomery has sent the investigative report back to the sheriff’s office. In the meantime, he’s hoping we’ve all developed cases of amnesia.

Few political observers will forget how the self-promoting Montgomery displayed his vile penchant for derision as he turned his back on his former benefactor Joe Arpaio, insulting the man who helped him fundraise during his campaign for Maricopa County Attorney. County Supervisor Don Stapley, hardly a paragon of virtue himself, had the presence of mind to tape record Montgomery as he was more than willing to insult the sheriff* while pimping himself for an interim appointment to the county attorney post that was never in the cards.  

It’s time for Bill Montgomery to proceed with this case. As much as he might wish otherwise, an amnesia epidemic has not overtaken the Valley.

* H/T Phoenix New Times


AZ GOP Hispanic outreach exposed as bogus

October 11, 2014

The shameful snub of conservative Gabriela Saucedo Mercer

This swell party invitation for high dollar swells willing to shell out up to $7,800 a head, raises more than a few questions. Three brand new Republican congressional candidates are hosting a swanky reception for House Speaker John Boehner at an undisclosed Paradise Valley address. In the style of a suspense-filled whodunit, once the price is paid, the site will be revealed.

A closer look shows Republicans Martha McSally, Wendy Rogers and Andy Tobin as co-hosts.

McSally is challenging Democrat Ron Barber in Congressional District 2. Wendy Rogers in CD 9  is mounting a campaign against radical leftist Kyrsten Sinema, and Andy Tobin is poised to take out Ann Kirkpatrick in CD 1.

Oddly missing from the lineup is the lone Latina, Gabriela Saucedo Mercer, running in Congressional District 3. Gabby is challenging the disreputable Raul Grijalva, whose roots are firmly planted in the most extreme factions of the Democrat party and is the willing recipient of Hamas-linked donations.

With her impeccable resume, knowledge of the issues and love for her adopted country as a naturalized American citizen since 1991, this eloquent and elegant woman should be the headliner. Instead she is mysteriously missing from the lineup.

Given that the Arizona GOP and the Republican National Committee go to great lengths to tout their Hispanic Outreach, even making sure diverse faces are in the mix at the National convention, omitting Gabby Saucedo Mercer is beyond blunderous.

The only plausible answer to this Sphinx-like riddle is that Gabby Saucedo Mercer is an unapologetic conservative. Take a look at her “Issues” page to see where she stands on the topics that matter. There is no equivocation.

In the world of Republican politics, Gabby Saucedo Mercer is pure gold. But the AZ GOP hierarchy is in the tight grasp of the McCain-led establishment, RINOs all.  A conservative candidate such as Gabby Saucedo Mercer gives them heartburn, so they ignore her. Since she won’t be splitting the jackpot after the Paradise Valley soiree, please help this outstanding woman as much as you can.  Time is short. There are ads to buy and mailers to send in order to get her message out. You can make a donation here without leaving home.  Do it. It matters.

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Fred DuVal and his friends & Update

October 9, 2014

His choice of “acquaintances” speak to the core of the man

Saddam Hussein’s consultant threw a lavish farewell party for Arizona Democrat gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal when DuVal left his post in the Clinton administration in 2001 to reestablish residency in Arizona, according to this Daily Caller report.

The report includes a substantiating link to the Washington Times, detailing the “impressive” double penthouse soiree on Cathedral Avenue NW where about 150 guests stopped by to wish career liberal lobbyist Fred DuVal well as he departed for Arizona.

With his move, DuVal was already setting in place the groundwork to run for governor of the state he had abandoned years earlier.

The party’s host, notorious fellow lobbyist and Washington insider, Edward J. von Kloberg III, greeted party guests while “donning black slippers embroidered with a devil holding a pitchfork,” the Washington Diplomat reported.

Von Kloberg, who dramatically committed suicide in 2005, served as a public affairs consultant for some of the world’s most despotic and tyrannical dictators including Saddam Hussein (Iraq), Mobutu Sese Seko (Congo), Samuel K. Doe (Liberia), Nicolae Ceausescu (Romanian genocidal butcher), among others. He was reportedly attempting to sign up North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il in 2001.

DuVal’s  campaign spokesman characterized their association an “acquaintanceship” and told the Daily Caller that criticism of their relationship is a “smear.”

The race was earlier said to be a dead heat. The Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s more recent poll results showing Ducey with a six-point lead can be seen here. Expect those numbers to soar in Ducey’s favor on the heels of the Daily Caller‘s revelation.

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H/T to Night Owl for sending this Washington Times news link to the lavish farewell bash thrown for Fred DuVal by his close associate, the disreputable Edward J. von Kloberg III. With this substantiating evidence of the party DuVal claims not to remember, his memory might be jogged.

We include the link here.

http://azgop.org/photos-lobbyist-fred-duval-and-saddam-hussein-lobbyist-von-kloberg/


Ebama: The tale of a president willing to gravely endanger Americans

October 8, 2014

Thomas Duncan, 1st Ebola patient diagnosed in U.S., died today in Dallas

The General Election is just around the bend. Many of the races and candidates have been covered here. But today we digress from campaigns to a single politician —- Barack Hussein Obama.

As the President of the United States, he is the man entrusted with the solemn duty of keeping American citizens safe.  Yet he is now risking the lives of the populace with policies designed to further the spread of a deadly contagion.  More concerned with political correctness and a commitment to open borders, he refuses too impose any travel restrictions from the West African nations where death runs rampant. Several African nations, including Kenya and Nigeria have issued travel bans. Additionally, Obama has inexplicably sent American troops, unprepared to deal with a deadly epidemic, to the infected areas.

The U.S. State Department currently allows applicants with HIV/AIDS to apply and enter our country. Those infected with tuberculosis, leprosy, or other afflictions “of public health significance” can apply for waivers.

Ebola, with no treatment or known cure, is rapidly becoming a global health crisis of monumental proportions. According to this September CDC report, which admits under-reporting of the actual cases, the number of Ebola outbreaks in Liberia and Sierra Leone could escalate to between 550,000 and 1.4 million by January 2015, and rise even higher if there are no “additional interventions or changes in community behavior.”

Another assessment published by WHO experts in the New England Journal of Medicine reports the fatality rate of the outbreak in West Africa is 71% and assesses the “current epidemiologic outlook [as] bleak.”  “The Ebola epidemic,” they write, is “in grave danger of spiraling out of control.”

Against this backdrop, we invite you to read the illuminating commentary “Ebola and Obama” by Dr. Thomas Sowell. It’s printed in Human Events, known for its powerful, conservative voices.


Two timing McCain jilts Hillary

October 6, 2014

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Fickle McCain dumping Hillary for Lindsey

Was it just last year that the awestruck John McCain called Hillary Clinton a “rock star” and said he could support her presidential bid in 2016?

His deep affection for Clinton remained true, even in the face of the outrage he expressed over the four dead Americans at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya —- left unprotected by the State Department Clinton oversaw and the barrage of lies told in the cover-up effort.

Now we see the old crooner either forgot he was already serenading his liberal honey Hillary, or he suddenly discovered she isn’t quite as alluring as his submissive South Carolinian buddy Lindsey Graham.  Either way, the daily reports that “if U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham decides to run for president in 2016, he can count on the whole-hearted support of the 2008 Republican nominee, U.S. Sen. John McCain, his longtime ally on national security, immigration reform and other matters.”

“Of course,” McCain, said, explaining his change of heart. “I mean, we’re the closest of friends.”

Then the ever-vacillating “Maverick” said this about the wife of the only Democrat to carry the state of Arizona since Harry Truman in 1948: “Sen. Clinton has earned great respect for her tenacity and courage. The media often overlooked how compassionately she spoke to the concerns and dreams of millions of Americans, and she deserves a lot more appreciation than she sometimes received.”

“As the father of three daughters, I owe her a debt for inspiring millions of women to believe there is no opportunity in this great country beyond their reach. I am proud to call her my friend.”

Read more of his previous praiseful remarks in Top of the Ticket, the L.A. Times’ political commentary.


Who’d want to paint Phoenix purple?

October 5, 2014

Domestic violence has been in the news frequently of late, and always paints an ugly picture. The image of an unemployed beer-swigger in a  “wife-beater” tee shirt has too often given way to high paid celeb athletes who punch out their girlfriends —– who then marry them and defend the thuggish actions.

Here in Phoenix, there is a campaign to raise awareness of the issue as it impacts a broad spectrum of families. This report compiled by the Arizona Coalition to End Domestic Violence states that since March there have been 25 domestic-violence related deaths in Arizona.

Calling attention to this crime is admirable.  What rings the bell on the oddness meter is the method the City of Phoenix is using to promote it.  When the Mayor of Phoenix is a leftie with connections to nationally prominent like-thinking liberals—- including Barack Obama —-  the concept of naming the campaign “Painting Phoenix Purple” has even greater implications.

Stanton has been quoted as saying that Obama told him that red Arizona is an “important state” to the White House. It would be even more important as a purple-tending-blue state.

The radically left daily reports that to heighten awareness of the Paint Phoenix Purple program, purple lights have been placed on top of City Hall, Tovrea Castle and in trees along Washington Street downtown. Window clings and magnets are being distributed to businesses and affixed on city vehicles. The public can join in by putting purple ribbons on cars, changing outdoor light bulbs to purple and dressing in purple on Oct. 15, “Wear Purple Day.

Serendipitous choice of color? The odds are, this was a well thought out scheme, accompanied by more than a few cackles and maybe a retention bonus for the city employee who conceived the idea.


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