Wong suggestion criticized by AZ Chamber open border enthusiasts

Right on the heels of Corporation Commission candidate Barry Wong’s suggestion that regulated utilities be required to check the immigration status of customers, Glen Hamer, President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce whips off a scathing letter to the onetime commissioner. Hamer is remembered as the AZ GOP executive director who, immediately after leaving that post, fronted the Chamber’s endorsement of Janet Napolitano for governor.

But Hamer wasn’t content to let Wong know how the group he fronts for feels.  He grandstands with this “open letter.”

The AZ Chamber has long been known for its penchant for non-enforcement of our immigration laws. The group’s endorsements reflect that bias, as does the new chairman and slate of officers released today.

The McCain connection is all too evident, with the Vice Chairman of Membership: Doug Yonko. If Yonko’s name is unfamiliar, we provide this bit of information: He is the Vice President of Communications at Hensley & Company —  Cindy McCain’s Anheuser-Busch wholesale beer distributorship, one of the largest in the United States.

Recently the Arizona Chamber released its candidate endorsements for the state House and Senate. The business group endorsed 52 candidates – 17 Senate and 35 House candidates – who they said share the Chamber’s “pro-business, free-market agenda.” 

“Whether they’re a Republican or a Democrat, the candidates we’ve endorsed all share a belief in free markets and a commitment to growing Arizona’s economy by creating a tax and regulatory environment that attracts good jobs to the state.”

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is committed to advancing Arizona’s competitive position in the global economy by advocating free-market policies that stimulate economic growth and prosperity for all Arizonans.

How difficult is it to read their real agenda between those few lines?

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9 Responses to Wong suggestion criticized by AZ Chamber open border enthusiasts

  1. Keen Recall says:

    I wouldn’t trust the Chamber of Commerce as far as I can throw them. It’s good that you pointed out that they are open border proponents. The AZ Homebuilders, restaurant and service industries are heavily involved in illegal hiring and are all members.

    Glen Hamer showed himself to be exactly what we all know him to be when he contracted with the Chamber while employed by the state Republican Party. And as soon as he walked in their door, he endorsed Janet Napolitano for Governor. I never heard that he choked on the words, mumbled them or turned red-faced in shame as he should have done.

  2. LD 7 PC says:

    McCain in, McCain out. It’s a continual assault from every corner. Watch where you step. There’s sure to be a smelly pile of McCain underfoot.

  3. Seen It All says:

    Wong aside, be wary…very wary… of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. They are NOT on the same page as conservatives. Hamer is the star of their liberal show.

  4. nightcrawler says:

    I am no fan of the Chamber, and also happen to believe in Barry Wong enough to vote for him.

    Having said that, Hamer got it right. This was a not so transparent lift of the political skirt to the Conservatives in hopes of attracting some attention. The question Conservatives need to ask themselves is Wong marriage material ? You decide.

  5. Another LD11 PC says:

    Don’t even give Wong credit as any kind of conservative.

    If he were conservative, he would be advocating for a return of the AZ Corporation Commission to its constitutional bounds and against the “mandatory” and unconstitutional (per the AZ constitution) commission requirement for utilities to have x% of production from green sources. (In other words just a tax increase on ratepayers.)

    You know Communists secured the borders very effectively. The way seeingredaz is acting is as if you’d support anyone even Communists as long as they sealed off the borders.

    Get a grip.

    Get back to your conservative roots.

  6. John Q says:

    Hamer? Is this the same Hamer that agreed to become the Executive Director of the Chamber while still employed at the Republican Party AND immediately endorsed Nappy? The man with NO integrity, who is bought and paid for by McCain and the open borders crowd. I am sure that Wong is proud of this endorsement since he is in league with the McCain crowd. Pierce and Burns may not be the most conservative candidates in the state, but they are the most conservative in this race.

  7. truth or consequences says:

    I read the article in the Capitol Times. From one of the business money grabbing yahoos,… “Broome said measures such as S1070, which led to Arizona’s new immigration law, distracted the Legislature at a time when it should have been working on measures to boost Arizona’s economy.”

    This is the thinking which is destroying the country as well as AZ. We are being invaded by millions of illegal aliens, stealing our ids and our money through increased taxes to pay for all the services corrupt politicians and judges afford them. Our schools are being destroyed as well as our health system. And these jerks want nothing done about it. They want us to pay the cost for their cheap labor.

    It is clear where Glen Hamer and his Chambers of Horrors are taking us. Look to the south to see Hamer’s vision of our future.

    • Another LD11 PC says:

      Did you see the Governor’s executive order today establishing a Commerce “Authority”? Where do you think that idea came from? HAMER.

  8. Ross Wolf says:

    In California it is against the law for landlords to ask prospective renters if they are legal immigrants. But under federal law, the Patriot Act, landlords can be charged with a crime because they didn’t make a reasonable effort to determine if a prospective renter was in the country illegally. U.S. Government can charge landlords with knowingly providing a Safe House to an illegal immigrant. Considering how many illegal immigrants are renting residents in America, U.S. Government may use the Patriot Act for selective enforcement.