Mark Brnovich: Just “Can’t Get No $atisTraction”

July 3, 2014

Dismal fundraising, questionable judgement,  indicate establishment recruit Brnovich not a contender

These days candidate Mark Brnovich reminds us of rocker Mick Jagger. Although he was recruited by establishment Republicrats to challenge conservative incumbent Attorney General Tom Horne, he appears to be drawing not much more than dust in the campaign donation department. Jagger sang about not getting no satisfaction’ and Brnovich is clearly not generating much in the way of the all-important fundraising traction.

Endorser Jon Kyl, a titan in the McCain brigade sent an urgent message to Tucson auto dealer Jim Click some time back, urging him to rally the car dealers to Brnovich’s aid. Zilch came of that. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery,  who has become a close McCain ally, was instrumental in recruiting Brnovich, but hasn’t come to the table with the cash needed to run a viable campaign. Lobbyist Steve Twist, another in Brnovich’s McInner circle delivered 2K, but the newly released campaign finance reports show Brnovich has raised just $127,961, of which he has spent $40,475. In statewide races, that’s considered chump change. 

A quick scan through the state legislative filings show several candidates have raised more in their small home districts than Jan Brewer’s former gambling director has mustered for his statewide race.  One district candidate has raised nearly $152,500 more than this recruited Attorney General challenger!  Not a good sign.

Between his primary and general election filings, and despite a constant barrage from the left-wing local media, Attorney General Tom Horne has already amassed a healthy $417,254. But campaigns are costly and the Democrat general election challenger has a hefty war chest. Conservative Tom Horne won this office back for Republicans  after nearly a dozen years of Democrat control —- beating the current retread Democrat challenger in 2009.  Liberals desperately want to regain this key office and are hoping for the easy pickings offered by Brnovich.

Showing his disconnect to basic political realities, Brnovich proudly displays the endorsement of Malcolm Barrett, who was ousted as Yavapai County Republican Chairman —- for being too liberal. He also proclaims the support of former state legislator Frank Antenori. We covered Antenori’s questionable antics here as Antenori joined with the unified Democrats, abandoning the Republican caucus, to defeat bills dealing with the continued invasion of our country by illegal aliens. 

Having these RINO endorsements should not come as a surprise. Brnovich has contributed to Democrats himself.  Here Brnovich is listed as a “Top Contributor” to Pete Rios, formerly one of the most liberal state legislators, now a Pinal County (District 1) Democrat Supervisor.

This post, “Brnovich’s campaign ads violate code of conduct,” clearly indicates he thinks adherence to ethics are for others.

Incumbent Attorney General Tom Horne has won the endorsement of “America’s Sheriff” Joe Arpaio. He recently received the strong endorsement of one of Arizona’s most conservative and respected legislators, Sen. Judy Burges.

Visit Tom Horne’s campaign website. Read his impressive achievements while in office.  Arizonans need this good man to continue his work on our behalf.


McCain condones sleazy tactics in Miss. Senate runoff

July 2, 2014

McCain approves fishy scheme of Republicrats encouraging Dems to upend GOP primaries

One week after traveling to Mississippi to aid fellow career politician Thad Cochran,76,  helping him overcome conservative challenger Chris McDaniel, Republicrat Sen. John McCain engaged in some Monday morning quarterbacking  regarding strengths he saw in Cochran’s approach to campaigning.  According to the McCain venerating daily.

McCain dismissed criticism over the smear campaign and race baiting tactics establishment Republicans used to encourage black Democrats to crossover and reregister as Republicans or Independents to vote for 6-termer  Cochran. In a squeaker of an election, Cochran beat McDaniel by 50.9 percent to 49.1 percent.

McCain was full of sarcasm as  he  zinged, “There are some people complaining that African-American voters voted. [But] I thought one of the major priorities of the Republican Party was to get all minority and ethnic voters out to vote for Republicans.” He described Cochran’s “get-out-the-vote campaign” as “excellent,” then talked about how he will face similar circumstances in Arizona and needs to work equally as hard if he runs again. “The key is you’d better pay attention, you’d better work hard, you’d better organize.” He added, “And you’d better understand that there’s a strong anti-Washington/anti-incumbency sentiment out there, which is justified and you’ve got your work cut out for you.” 

McDaniel accurately described  McCain, saying ” he is the perfect example of an establishment Republican. McCain voted to fund ObamaCare, and he won’t rest until he finds a way to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants. His liberal stances might work in Arizona, but he does not line up with Mississippi.”

After being censured repeatedly by elected Republican leaders from around the state of Arizona, it no longer takes much to disabuse Arizona conservatives of the notion that John McCain actually represents them. We know better.

There is an ideological war within the ranks of the Republicans Party. It is exemplified by the  “moderate” GOP establishment’s ire at being unable to control the growing Constitutional conservative base.

In order to pull off the Cochran victory, his campaign recruited and relied on Democrats to win the runoff —- which was held under the state’s open primary format in which even those voters not registered as Republicans could cast ballots.

Rev. Stevie Fieldler, a black Democrat pastor who brought hundreds to the polls for a promise of payment, exposes an alleged massive voter fraud, including a vote-buying operation by the Cochran campaign. “They said they needed black votes,” said Fielder on the phone. Watch the Got News video here.

True The Vote, a leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the outcome of the bitter Mississippi GOP Senate primary, saying that investigators should take more time to determine whether election laws have been broken and whether illegal ballots were cast. Read the True the Vote lawsuit here.

Beyond despicable is the involvement of former RNC Chairman and two-term Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour in these deceptive tactics. Barbour is now making $millions at his influential D.C. lobbying firm. He and several of his family members were the driving force behind Thad Cochran’s unsavory re-election campaign.

It’s no surprise that these shady tactics meet with John McCain’s approval. They define him.


McCain toadies endorse ship-jumping Kate McGee

June 25, 2014

Just when it appears we’ve seen it all, raw political machinations continue to amaze. Kate Brophy McGee has sent out this announcement heralding what she terms her “key Phoenix City Council endorsements.”

The incumbent council members ooze with compliments for the Republicrat Legislative District 28 incumbent House member —- despite the fact that during her tenure McGee has made a habit of jumping ship from the Republican caucus to repeatedly vote with the Democrats.

If you’re wondering why council members Sal DiCiccio, Bill Gates, Jim Waring and Thelda Williams have all joined in slobbering effusive praise on McGee although there are three Republicans running in the district, look no further than the connective “Mc” before her surname.

 Pull back the curtain to reveal master puppeteer John McCain. His aides lobbied on behalf of Bill Gates initially getting appointed to his city council post, although the team was not so chummy back in 2009, when Thelda Williams voted against Gates’ appointment.

Waring served McCain as a former staffer, and in this Arizona Republic election questionnaire refers to one of McCain’s quotes as the best piece of political advice Waring says he’s ever received: “Use your judgment,” McCain told Waring. “If it’s no good, you won’t be in office very long, anyway.”

Not to be outdone, last November, councilman Sal DiCiccio, another former McCain staffer, followed his mentor’s lead, as seen here, Waring, getting the message, dutifully hopped on the endorsement bandwagon as well —- although none of the endorsements helped perennial candidate Martin Sepulveda, then running for state treasurer.

The cunning DiCiccio credits his teacher and mentor, liberal former U.S. Rep. Harry Mitchell, who required his students to attend Tempe City Council meetings, with originally planting the seeds of interest in politics.

Joining in these McCain approved united endorsements of McGee indicate obediently falling in (Mc)line overrides the conservative Republican ideology these council members purported to represent on the Phoenix City Council.

The knotty conundrum facing conservatives voters in LD 28 is that none of the three Republicrats running are worthy of support. 


The rise of arrogant “off with their heads”demanders

June 24, 2014

Calls for incumbents to step down becoming commonplace with elites

We hear a lot about bullies these days. Traditionally they were fist-swinging school yard intimidators, usually bigger and brasher and primed for a fight.

Today they are those who think surreptitiously taped private conversations require an NBA team owner to lose his holdings. After being slapped with a lifetime ban from the organization and fined $2.5 million, his team is up for sale pending league approval.

Politicians who don’t like others of their ilk have entered the fray. But instead of swinging their fists, they demand that the other politicians leave, resign or otherwise take a permanent hike. The bullies stand on rocks of righteous indignation, wearing an aura of pomposity and cloaked in irreproachable morality. 

Recently we have witnessed the spectacle of politicians with their own favored candidates in the wings, calling for GOP office holders to step down. Calls are now mounting for state superintendent of public education John Huppenthal to resign. His crime? Using aliases while commenting on blogs. Make no mistake, we are not Huppenthal fans, and in fact, support his conservative challenger Diane Douglas, who has won the endorsement of Michelle MalkinBut the unseemly spectacle of educrats, including the president of the leftwing state teachers union and a couple of has-been state superintendents demanding Huppenthal’s resignation —- coupled with the AZ Chamber of Commerce canceling an awards luncheon honoring him, speaks worse of them than it does of him.

The same fate has befallen Arizona’s effective, conservative Attorney General Tom Horne. His political adversaries, McCain allies who have recruited their own malleable candidate, are contemptibly calling for his resignation —- a shaky political overreach that would, in more reasonable times, cause damaging blowback on them.  Republicans, marginal though they are, have joined with the liberal Arizona Republic against a proven and effective leader who has successfully challenged the Obama administration, sued the federal government to stop ObamaCare and has personally argued on behalf of the state in Federal District and Ninth Circuit Courts, plus winning two major victories for Arizona in the U.S. Supreme Court —-  including Arizona’s right to require evidence of citizenship when registering to vote. Horne defended SB 1070, something his McCain-bonded challenger would never have done.

Yet the allegations have been like buckshot, despite the fact that an independent judge found the accusations of campaign finance violations were false. That decision garners scant coverage. 

The bullies have become emboldened thinking their calls for resignation are golden. In fact, they are premature and arrogant.  The ballot box works.


AZ República’s Phil Boas outs SOS candidate Michele Reagan

June 23, 2014

Michele Reagan’s duplicity appears to be “jarring” editorial board —- again

Editorial page editor and amnesty supporter Phil Boas is late to the political reality table with his Quick Hit titled, “Reagan taking hard line on migrants but is a moderate.”

He writes, “Despite her latest pose, Secretary of State candidate Michele Reagan is an immigration moderate. Understanding the mess SB 1070 created, Reagan worked largely behind the scenes to kill five follow-up immigration bills. If leading Republicans such as U.S, Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake could recast themselves as border hardliners to win primary elections, it’s no surprise down-ballot Republicans such as Reagan would do the same.”

In this March 2011 post, “Meet Arizona’s Benedict Arnolds,”Seeing Red AZ linked to the five bills on which Michele Reagan and a group of other colluding Republicrats joined with the united Democrat bloc in the state senate, voting against bills intended to address the continued invasion of our state and country by illegal aliens. In the years since, many of the problems which could have been addressed have significantly exacerbated.

We’ve long been aware of Michele Reagan’s leftist proclivities, which is why we are strong supporters of Wil Cardon in the race for Secretary of State  —- a ”sleeper” post that is often the direct route to the governor’s office. For an overview of how often this line of ascension, which enabled Jan Brewer to succeed Janet Napolitano, has historically played out, read the bold type in this link.

As to Boas’ disappointment in Sens. McCain and Flake recasting themselves as “border hardliners,” we noted in this 2011 post, “Oops — Jeff Flake’s crown slips as he sinks to mere McPolitician,”that the  Arizona Republic’s Doug MacEachern was editorially sputtering out of control when the duplicitous Jeff Flake fell from grace as the newspaper’s anointed amnesty advocate after declaring his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. Flake’s politically expedient change of heart, in which he emulated both McCain and his own predecessor Kyl —- who after crafting these (linked) campaign ads giving lip service to “securing the border,” reverted to their previous amnesty stance on legalizing millions of illegal aliens immediately after the ballots were counted.  It was their fraudulent pre-election positions that were “jarring” to those at the newspaper.

It’s surprising that Phil Boas wouldn’t have realized Michele Reagan is cut from the same McCloth.


AZ GOP Governor’s race: And then there were six? & Updates

June 22, 2014

Al Melvin considers dropping out of GOP Gov primary 

Speculation is running high that Arizona state senator Al Melvin may well drop his bid for the Republican primary nomination for governor before the end of the week.

Melvin’s campaign strategist Constantin Querard acknowledges he is lagging in collecting the required 4,500 qualifying $5 contributions to enable him to receive $753,616 in public campaign funding for the Primary Election. The final date for Melvin to voluntarily remove his name from the ballot is June 27.

The amount awarded to the winner of the Primary Election —- if  qualified to use the “Clean Elections” public financing scheme in the General Election —- is a hefty $1,130,424.

In the crowded Republican field, only Secretary of State Ken Bennett has qualified for and received the citizen-paid funds. In addition to Bennett, Al Melvin and former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas are participating in the public funding system. Thomas is currently scrambling to get his final $5 contributions after 113 were disqualified by the Secretary of State’s office on Friday.  

Those taking the traditional route funded by supporters attracted to their specific messages, are State Treasurer and former CEO of Cold Stone Creamery Doug Ducey, former Go Daddy exec Christine Jones, former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and former U.S. Rep. Frank Riggs, who represented California CD 1 in the 1990’s.

Update-tag

Monday, June 23, 2014:

KTAR reports Al Melvin has exited the governor’s race.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014:

Within days after withdrawing from the gubernatorial race, State Sen. Al Melvin, a candidate who cast himself as a conservative, has disappointingly endorsed Doug Ducey, the McCain approved candidate for the state’s top office. Since Ducey has amassed a huge campaign $tash and is considered the front runner, best bet is Melvin must be angling for a job to supplement his retirement.

 


Huppenthal outed as anonymous commenter on blogs

June 19, 2014

After 31 years at the public trough, it’s time to retire the increasingly bizarre John Huppenthal: Vote Diane Douglas

CBS Channel 5 provides this coverage of what AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal does in his spare time.  Judging from various news reports, it appears Huppenthal has a lot of it. Seeing Red AZ has  made no bones about the fact we hope he has even more after the Primary Election votes are counted on August 26, 2014.

Conservative syndicated columnist, Michelle Malkin who has devoted the past two years to sounding the alarm on Common Core, supports Diane Douglas. Read her endorsement.

Huppenthal’s staff offered a statement explaining John Huppenthal’s proclivities which can be read in the Channel 5 link and this report in the daily newspaper, which includes Channel 12 video coverage. His comments —- sometimes posted late night/early morning —- but often during time when he should be tending to his duties and on the state computer —- use the monikers “Thucydides,” “Socrates1289,” and “Falcon9.”

The Arizona Daily Star has been following Huppenthal’s blog prowls, also.

Back in September, unaware we were dealing with the state’s top educrat —- in a post that garnered 35 comments —- SRAZ chastised Huppenthal’s alias “Socrates 1289” with these words:

You have tried dominating this section with over a dozen comments. Although some have been posted, don’t expect to see any others. Your wild accusations, name calling and warning to others that this is an untruthful site, will not fly here. This conservative, fact-based site obviously is not the place for you.

It is frenzied candidate John Huppenthal, meeting strong opposition to his bonding with Arne Duncan and Obama’s educare, who is untruthful. He deviously wants to change the name “Common Core” to “Arizona College and Career Ready Standards” hoping no one will notice. We all have and will not forget. Huppenthal is rightly sweating his upcoming election and has taken refuge in deceit.”

Huppenthal has commanded a lot of attention on this site:

Sept. 19, 2013: Huppenthal’s con job: Pushes renaming Common Core

Sept. 22, 2013:  Common Core deception: In AZ it starts with Huppenthal

Sept. 24, 2013: Gov. Brewer, AZ SPI Huppenthal, partner on education deceit

Sept. 27, 2013: Educrat trio: Huppenthal, Brewer, AZ Republic

Feb. 12, 2014:  Huppenthal urging parents to remove kids from Common Core?

Feb. 21, 2014:   Common Core gets hammered in AZ Senate

Apr. 29, 2014:  Veto of HB 2316 proves Huppenthal wrong on student privacy

May 12, 2014: AZ Education Superintendent race goes national

Check through these previous posts and it becomes apparent Huppenthal leaves a lot to be desired. Common Core is serious business. America‘s children are the pawns in the alarming game of federal overreach. As happens too frequently, those we trusted are attempting to hoodwink us with catchy jargon and glib name changes. Now as a worried candidate facing angry parents, Huppenthal has reconstructed the name, though keeping the rotten core of Common Core and spends hours defending his indefensible actions on blogs —- often on the taxpayer’s dime. 

Our education house is made of cards. It’s time to rebuild with a solid foundation. Conservative Diane Douglas deserves your vote and support.


AZ AG Tom Horne wins Sheriff Arpaio’s endorsement

June 17, 2014

With today’s endorsement by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne’s re-election campaign has captured the support coveted by many conservative Republicans.

Sheriff Arpaio announced his endorsement of Horne, reprising his 2010 support. Arpaio, calling it an “honor and a privilege” to lend his support,  said he’s impressed with Tom Horne’s record as attorney general and his efforts to constrain the flood of illegal immigration into our state.

Sheriff Arpaio’s statement reads: “I have spent my career serving and protecting the people who elected me.  As a public servant, I take my job very seriously.  That is why I am happy to endorse Tom Horne for re-election.  Since taking office he has worked tirelessly to protect the citizens of Arizona. Despite a deluge of attacks from opponents and the liberal media since taking office, Tom has remained focused and determined – and has the results to prove it.  He has worked to protect our border, dismantle drug cartels, been a real partner with law enforcement across the state, and continues to fight Obama and federal overreach. He personally argued two cases to the U.S. Supreme Court last year and won them both: one establishing our right to require evidence of citizenship from those registering to vote, and the other also stopping federal overreach.  He is the Attorney General who over the next four years who will resist Obama administration overreach, help protect our border, and enforce the law.”

Former state gambling director and lobbyist Mark Brnovich, with ties to the McCain/Kyl/Flake and Montgomery establishment wing which recruited him, is challenging Horne in the GOP primary.

 

 


Democrats vs. Free Speech

June 15, 2014

Terry Eastlake, Executive Editor of the Weekly Standard, has written an important article revealing nefarious liberal schemes to undercut U.S. Supreme Court decisions relating to elections and our fundamental First Amendment freedom of speech rights.

The article, Democrats vs. Free Speech is a must read for conservative Americans desiring insight into the seemingly endless machinations of the left.

As an example of such suppression tactics, this CNS news report provides the background to the manipulative efforts of John McCain and his then Democrat senate ally Russ Feingold (WI) in their attempt to overturn First Amendment protections and empower incumbent politicians with the clout to prohibit public criticism —- virtually an incumbent protection racket. This specific case involved their attempt to silence Wisconsin Right to Life.

In 2008 the U.S. Supreme Court soundly rejected the assault on free speech imposed by the deceptively named “Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002” —- widely known as the McCain-Feingold Act.

In November 2010, Wisconsin voters rose up and ejected Feingold in favor of conservative Ron Johnson. Arizona voters were not as successful in their senate race. The alarmed McCain, unpopular with Constitution-based voters, dumped over $30 million into his effort against conservative former U.S. Rep. JD Hayworth. McCain has since been censured by state and county GOP officers and both he and his underling Jeff Flake have staggering low poll numbers —- the worst in the nation.


Did Bill Montgomery violate state statute? Will he resign?

June 13, 2014

Montgomery should hold himself to the same standard he imposes on others

The daily reports that Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is taking flak for his recent boasts about legal questions he was researching on behalf of Doug Ducey, a political ally who is running for governor. Montgomery used his bi-weekly press conference to expound on the advice he has been providing Ducey. In response, Ducey issued this June 8, press release, acknowledging Montgomery was supplying him and his gubernatorial campaign with legal advice. This letter seeking legal advice was written to Montgomery the same day, on Ducey’s campaign letterhead.

Experts on both sides of the political aisle question the ethics of such political involvement since the statutory scope of Montgomery’s duties include but one client: Maricopa County.

Montgomery recently took the low ground, arrogantly demanding Arizona’s Attorney General Tom Horne abandon his reelection bid and resign the office to which he was elected. This haughty overreach came despite the decision by an independent administrative law judge clearing Horne of allegations of illegal coordination with an independent expenditure committee during his 2010 campaign. 

The fact that Montgomery not only has endorsed Horne’s challenger —- a kindred McCain ally —- but helped recruit him, marginalizes Montgomery’s credibility even further.  The challenger, who pompously campaigns on “restoring integrity” to the office, has his own problems in that regard.

Will Montgomery now hold himself to his own standard and step down? Should his recruit abandon his campaign?

Attorney General Tom Horne’s distinguished public service record is clearly conservative, and decidedly anti-amnesty. The hard fact is, those are the actual issues that render Horne unpalatable to the local leftwing media and the establishment elites.

The newspaper reports that the usually glib Montgomery refused to respond to requests for comment. Instead, his public information officer responded on his behalf  —- by e-mail —-  rather than engaging with the press and having to field embarrassing questions.

Going mute is uncharacteristic for the loquacious Montgomery. He’s likely pondering how he will respond to calls for him to step down.


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