“We are extremely pleased with the outcome of the 2008 endorsement process,” said Glenn Hamer, president & CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry. “Each of the endorsed candidates and ballot measures received overwhelming support of Chamber leadership on behalf of Arizona businesses.”
Readers will recall Hamer, the former Executive Director of the state Republican party, who dashed over to his new job with the pro-illegal hiring Chamber just in time to preside over the endorsement of liberal Democrat Janet Napolitano‘s gubernatorial bid in a cheery demonstration of bipartisanship. Such an endorsement was rare enough, but the disappointment caused by Hamer’s defection still resonates within GOP political circles.
Both the Arizona Chamber and the Phoenix Chamber are rife with former aides and associates of Arizona’s senators, part of the trio of architects (along with Ted Kennedy) of the failed amnesty bill masquerading as an immigration reform measure. The Phoenix Chamber is now chaired by Andy McCain, son of the GOP presidential nominee. Andy is VP and chief financial officer of his step-mother’s Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship, Hensley & Co.
In an endorsement list as notable for omissions as inclusions. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and County Attorney Andrew Thomas are MIA. The group dismissed conservative Carl Seel and endorsed Tony Bouie, the Legislative Distinct 6 candidate who switched his party affiliation only five days prior to filing his intent to run. Bouie is supported by the open-border business crowd at the AZ Chamber, coveting a replenished stream of exploitable laborers who eagerly accept sub-standard wages. The East Valley LD18 senate race is omitted entirely. In LD 3, conservative Sen. Ron Gould and Rep. Trish Groe are mysteriously missing.
The sheer numbers of Republicans ensure there are still reliable folks on this list, but seeking obedient legislators and other public officials is a major consideration as the vetting takes place.