More Republicans for Janet

Perfecting the immigration two-step

Longtime readers will remember the disgraceful list of Republicans for Janet* during her last gubernatorial campaign. It was heavy with McCain aides and staffers, unwilling to support Republican candidate Len Munsil.

Today we have two more notables to add to the ranks: Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl. They call the nomination of Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as Secretary of Homeland Security, “A good fit.”

“She knows border issues. She knows the problems of a state like Arizona, which has to put up with a lot of illegal immigration,” said Kyl, who is the ranking Republican on the Senate’s anti-terrorism subcommittee. “And while that’s only a piece of her job as Homeland Security secretary, we’re not going to have to explain it to her.”

Today’s daily describes McCain as “effusive in his praise” of Democrat Napolitano.

“I think she’s highly qualified, and we as citizens of Arizona are very proud to have a border-state governor and someone with her knowledge and expertise serving in this very, very important and vital position, I think we all know that we face challenges from Islamic extremism throughout the world, and I believe she will do an outstanding job,” McCain said.

Apparently they missed her numerous vetoes of legislation intended to implement border security.  Sen. Jon Kyl campaigned as tough on the border but immediately after winning reelection, he joined his senate cohorts, John McCain and Ted Kennedy in attempting to push through the so-called Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill, which met strong public opposition and was derailed.

*Although the site has been taken down since it embarrassed some GOP candidates for office who had signed on, the names remain available at AZ Conservative, where Dennis Durband thoughtfully copied and retained the list.

13 Responses to More Republicans for Janet

  1. Mr. Conservative says:

    Hey, I don’t think this makes them RINO’s for J’Nap… Fine with me if they “talk her up” because I would like to get rid of her from Arizona so that Jan Brewer ( a real adult who can make real decisions ) can become the governor so we can “fix” this budget mess once and for all… Would Obama apoint anyone to that post who we’re going to like? Think about it…

  2. Robert says:

    Maria Baier. There’s an interesting name from the Republicans for Janet Napolitano list. Thanks a lot (for nothing) Maria.

  3. Night Owl says:

    Mr. C,
    Our “moderate” pro-amnesty U.S. Senators are supportive of Napolitano because she is singing their tune. None of them are in favor of staunching the flood of illegals across our border. We are vulnerable, but business want the cheap labor and business owners are the heavy campaign contributors. The AZ delegation, save for Trent Franks, has no shame.

  4. Sideliner says:

    Ah, yes, Maria Baier, She was prominent on the list of Republicans for Janet and endorsed by John Shadegg. He along with his aide, Sean Nobel and Grant Woods, teamed up with Phil Gordon to endorse Baier. What a swell team!

  5. Tex says:

    Mr. Conservative:
    You are sounding far less so by the minute,

  6. Jill Franklin says:

    Thanks for the reminder of Jon Kyl’s reverse play on border security. As soon as he was elected he was pushing the McCain/Kennedy amnesty bill. That is when thousands of Arizona Republicans cut off contributions to the state party and even quit the Party. McCain and Kyl became a force for destroying the Party from within. That much sweeter to see Arizona voters statewide elect border security conscious state legislators this year.

  7. Rweethere says:

    Ahhhh. And Phil Corbell, LD-4 1st Vice Chair, was censured for not backing McCain in the presidential election. He saw McCain for what he was. Hopefully, when Kyl comes up for re-election, the AZ GOP will remember this. Same applies to Randy Pullen, too.

  8. RA says:

    For or against, it is J-No’s funeral. Hopefully it won’t be ours as well.

  9. Stanford says:

    Mr. Conservative:
    You don’t think this makes them RINOs for Janet? Do you think they stand in opposition to her limp border policies? Take off your blinders, Pal. What will it take for you to acknowledge that the majority of our delegation is in Mexico’s pocket? I hope you won’t be stunned when McCain resurrects his “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” scheme. It was Kyl who cosponsored it, along with Teddy Kennedy — another solid “conservative.”

    We are in a world of hurt in this country and a good portion of it comes at the hands of our own (so called) Republicans.

    It’s time to call them out on their double dealing rather than giving them a pass.

  10. Vince says:

    Hooray! Stanford!! Mr. Conservative sounds like Mr. I Just want to Get Along With the Powers That Be.

    Sometimes, you have to get off the fence and stop worrying about offending the people we put into elected office.. They will toss you under the bus at the slightest provocation. Sucking up to them doesn’t make you their friend.

  11. Janelle says:


    Jon Kyl did not even have the integrity to wait until after he was elected to work with Teddy and Johnny in their private, closed door treachery. People should remember and know that this type of treachery will arise once again this spring.

    To Rweeallthere?

    As to Corbell, no one said he was required to endorse or even support McStain. His problem was he was openly giving his support to the candidate of another party in writing while using his elected Republican Party leadership title – after he was told that it was against the by-laws. He should have spent his time and energy supporting our conservative candidates for state office – maybe if he had spent as much time and energy helping Republican candidates in contested districts, he might have been instrumental in the election of Altmann or Dial or Fillmore or Zerull.

    As to Nappy being appointed to DHS, whoever is appointed to that position will do no more or no less than Barack Hussein approves. At least this appointment has a silver lining in how Arizona can benefit by her departure.

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