Republican activists are familiar with true Lincoln Day festivities. Various county GOP organizations throughout the state hold these events each year to commemorate Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican President of the United States, and support the county parties.
This event, complete with an elaborate invitation, is cloaked as a Lincoln Day dinner, but the intended beneficiary is none other than the ubiquitous Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu. His email says, “We continue our aggressive fund-raising schedule the first six months of 2011 in preparation to lead our Pinal GOP to additional victories in 2012.” And to make certain recipients of the invitation don’t make the mistake of thinking this event honors Republican Lincoln, Babeu identifies himself as “Independent.” The contact person is listed as the “Honorable Cheryl Chase,” formerly a Democrat legislator representing Dist. 23.
It’s a safe bet Babeu doesn’t intend an indefinite stay in Pinal County. The tag on the donation form declares: Proudly paid for by the Paul Babeu for Sheriff Committee. How long would it take to shift those funds into another campaign account? Especially if a new congressional district opens?
Babeu, it should be remembered helped deceive Arizona voters by assisting the reelection efforts of John McCain over conservative former Congressman J.D. Hayworth, with this misleading “Complete the danged fence” commercial. Listen as Babeu declares, “Senator, you’re one of us.”
As soon as the election was over, in a stunning display of total disregard of the voters he lied to, McCain began talking amnesty again. What a surprise.