Dem PC shows ethical road to wayward GOP PCs

October 30, 2014

The Arizona Daily Independent reports on the actions of the ethically challenged elected Republican Precinct Committeemen who misuse their offices, publicly making cross party endorsements.

Always dedicated to the far-left position irrespective of the specified duties of precinct committeeman, an Arizona Republic editorial mischaracterizes the actions of Maricopa County Republican chairman A.J.. LaFaro as ‘stifling dissent.” The Republican-loathing newspaper hypocritically advises LaFaro to “take heed from national party stalwart Haley Barbour, who warned his team earlier this year that enforcing ideological purity “is the enemy of victory.”

It’s no surprise the Republic would swoon over Barbour, who long ago lost his creds with conservatives.

Mark Stegeman, the Democrat described in the Daily Independent report, stepped down from his post, honoring his party’s bylaw relating to the role of precinct committeemen. He demonstrated integrity.

Squish Republican Grant Woods and his cohorts, who lost their voting privileges, could learn a thing or two from the example set by Tucson Unified School District Governing Board member Stegeman.

Chairman LaFaro’s comments can be read in the Sept. 25, 2014  issue of Maricopa County Republican Briefs. Scroll down to “Message From MCRC Chairman A.J. LaFaro: Republicans Indorsing Non-Republicans.”

Read Article VI, Section 5, Sub-section, B, Page 18. which clearly statesNo member of the Maricopa County Republican Committee shall lend an endorsement to a non-Republican candidate in any election. Should a MCRC member endorse a non-Republican, that MCRC member will lose his voting privileges, including proxies, for the rest of his term.

 Those who run for this office, do so to represent the Republican Party and work to elect Republican candidates.

The concept is a simple one. If you care enough to be involved in the political process to run for precinct committeeman, it should be to assist rather than attack, candidates of your own party. 


RIP: AZ Rep. David Burnell Smith

October 28, 2014

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It is with sadness we report that Republican former state Rep. David Burnell Smith has passed away at age 73.  Take time to read his fascinating biography.

Arrangements are pending. They will be announced here when they become available.

Update: We have been advised that the memorial service for Rep. David Burnell Smith will be private.

In 2006 Rep. Smith, then representing state Legislative District 7, was removed from his office by the unelected “Clean” Elections Commission.  A lawyer, Rep. Smith personally contacted the commission to inform them of a bookkeeping irregularity he discovered that took place during his 2004 primary campaign.

At the time, Rep. David Burnell Smith, a dedicated public servant and a true Southern gentleman, had the dubious distinction of being the only duly elected U. S. office holder so removed by a panel of unelected bureaucrats and an unelected administrative law judge. This quasi-governmental overreach occurred although criminal charges were never filed and no trial was ever held.

 Rep. David Burnell Smith lost by a mere 32 votes in the recent August 26, 2014 Primary Election.

Heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Rita and extended family.


Naturalized AZ Rep. proposes requiring civics to graduate high school

September 18, 2014

State Rep. Steve Montenegro knows a thing or two about American citizenship.  His background has motivated his desire to ensure that Arizona high school students are knowledgeable about our government and the freedoms that were intended for us by our nation’s founders.

Montenegro, a Republican representing Legislative District 13, was born in El Salvador, immigrating to the United States with his family when he was little more than a toddler. His personal history is inspiring —- a true American success story.

A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Arizona State University, he earned degrees in Political Science and Theology. He has taught school and works as a youth minister. Montenegro is also a District Representative for U.S. Rep. Trent Franks (CD-8). 

Montenegro has proposed that graduating high school students have a solid understanding of civics. He is working with other state legislators and representatives of the Civics Proficiency Institute, writing legislation for the requirement. Arizona’s 51st legislative session begins January 12, 2015.

“Every single student in Arizona and across the United States of America should have basic knowledge and understanding of American government,” Rep. Montenegro said. “If we as a people don’t know where our fundamental rights come from, where that authority comes from, it’s easier to be led astray, led away, misled,” Montenegro said at a press conference Wednesday. “What we want is to help people engage in society.”

He was joined by fellow Republican Representatives supporting the proposed legislation, including John Allen (LD15) and newly elected Jay Lawrence  (LD23).

The alarming  lack of basic knowledge about our government is exhibited by the high school students in this video. These grossly undereducated kids will be deciding our nation’s future. Will they be inclined to protect that which they are ignorant about?


Frustration abounds in LD 28 as RINOs reign

September 12, 2014

The following message was sent to Legislative District 28 Chairman Scott O’Connor by Tom Mason, a decades-long precinct committeeman. It was also copied to AZ GOP Chairman Robert Graham and Maricopa County Chairman A.J. La Faro. This district has been the longtime home to John McCain, Jon Kyl and their establishment operatives, who preach the deceptive message of “unity,” which actually translates to promoting the liberal theme of the Democrats.

Scott,

I attended my last district 28 meeting as an elected PC this past Tuesday. Interesting that you would greet me and Sally Geyer as we approached the sign-in table with “here’s two faces I don’t recognize – are you two new PCs”? Sally and I have been PCs for over 20 years. Sally has been the PC captain in Kaibab Precinct for 18 years with exception of the past two where I was the captain. Actually, I was appointed by you because none of the (I was assured I wouldn’t have to do anything) PCs in Kaibab would take the position. As a side note, of the ten elected PCs in Kaibab, I believe we were the only two present at Tuesday’s meeting.

I would have extended my congratulations to District 28 PCs Kathy Petsas, Jane, Ann and Bob Lynch on whatever efforts they may have put forth in electing “closet democrats” (aka RINOs) to replace Conservative Republican PCs. But I didn’t want to disillusion Shawnna Bolick (candidate for State Representative in 28) or Wendy Rogers (congressional candidate in CD 9) who were both in attendance and are counting on Republican PCs to get out the GOP base. In my precinct of Kaibab newly elected PC Marci Farnsworth has an Eric Meyer (current democrat representative for Dist.28) sign in her front yard and PC Susan Charlton and her husband Paul are Co-Chairs of democrat Fred DuVal’s gubernatorial campaign committee.

While democrats are busy “fundamentally” changing the United States of America into a socialist nation it struck me as rather odd you, who are never reluctant to take on a GOP office holder or call someone out during a meeting, would not have publicly chastised PCs Charlton and Farnsworth and/or called for their resignations as Republican Precinct Committeemen.

This may come as a surprise to you but I assure you Fred DuVal, Felecia Rotellini, Terry Goddard and Eric Meyer aren’t the least bit surprised with their good fortune; because all the aforementioned District 28 PCs could easily fall under the “usual suspects” category when it comes to helping democrats get elected to public office.

The democrat’s mantra for this year’s election cycle is “It doesn’t matter what party you belong to”. Unfortunately, we have PCs who are misguidedly playing into the democrat’s hands. I have always maintained these special interest non-principled political campaign strategists and lobbyists would eventually infiltrate and destroy our political party structure.

Scott, unless you too believe in “bi-partisan” party structure, you need to get a handle on these PCs before we lose our state to the special interests that prey upon the naive and uninformed.

Tom Mason

District 28 Kaibab PC

Seeing Red AZ has previously written about RINO attempts to takeover this once solidly conservative district. Here are a few:

Jan. 10, 2014:  Prayer controversy escalates in LD 28 & UPDATES

June 15, 2013:  Laurie Roberts champions GOP traitors & update

May 18, 2013:  Reagan, O’Connor: Liberal elites masquerade as Republicans

Dec. 22, 2012:  RINO Kathy Petsas aids Dem fundraising machine

Nov. 29, 2012:  Conservatives targeted in LD 28

Aug. 17, 2012:  Snake oil salesman Jon Kyl undermines conservatives

July 25, 2012:  Kooky newspaper on DeKook toot

July 6, 2012:   Dist. 28 (formerly 11) recertifies its RINO status Update: O’Connor responds

March 18, 2001: Meet Arizona’s Benedict Arnolds Adam Driggs LD 11, now LD 28

Oct. 8, 2010:    Political comedy: Grant Woods plays the clown, loses vote

Sept. 24, 2010: Grant Woods leads RINOs for Rotellini


Lame duck Gov. Jan Brewer seeks vengeance

August 25, 2014

Her hoped for legacy? A RINO legislature

Arizona’s Republican governor Jan Brewer is sliding none too gracefully out the door of the ninth floor office she has occupied in the state Executive Tower. That’s the same office she was so warmly welcomed to in January 2009, when Democrat Janet Napolitano took an early hike to sign on with the Obama administration. Republicans greeted the change with jubilation.

Lacking a Lieutenant Governor, Arizona’s line of succession is through the Secretary of State’s Office, and many governors besides Brewer have found that to be the slickly greased route. Jane Hull, Rose Mofford, and Wesley Bolin also ascended to the state’s top job by virtue of their predecessor’s good or bad fortunes.

Jan Brewer, a woman with over three decades of political experience under her belt, has chosen a destructive path as she wraps up her final term. Rather than remaining neutral in statewide and legislative races, or endorsing GOP incumbents, she has chosen to spew bile on her way out, by working hard to topple conservative state legislators who voted against her wildly ill-conceived and costly Medicaid expansion —- which became the focal point of her left-wing platform. 

Brewer has been doling out endorsements like candy to those who voted in support of her outrageous scheme, while spitefully cold-shouldering conservatives, many of them incumbents with solid records. 

Though claiming pro-life credentials, Brewer endorsed abortion supporter Michele Reagan for Secretary of State. 

The spectacle of this petulant woman who has spent her entire career in elective office, now acting like a spoiled child is appalling to watch. One would hope for a less ignoble way to take leave.

Uncomfortably aware of her own limitations early on, Brewer was all too eager to cede her authority over to the McEstablishment and they enthusiastically took the reins, as she was relegated to a figurehead doing their bidding.

She leaves as a second-rate disappointment to those who once celebrated her arrival. Tomorrow evening’s election returns will show if her now sullied name holds clout or hampers those RINOs she sought to help. We’re betting on a noxious taint following her endorsements.


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.


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. 


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