The Hill uses unreliable information in McCain report

Polling shows John McCain carrying increasingly negative numbers as well as the wrath of a large swathe of his home state Republicans —– evidenced by multiple state and county censures.  As The Hill speculates about the senior senator’s political future, major flaws in the article “McCain gets ready for the race of his life,” are revealed in the sourcing and less than accurate skew.

Reading the article, one outside of Arizona would likely come away thinking McCain was invincible and that his three-plus decades in DC, have imbued him with brilliance in matters of national security and accumulated wisdom simply by virtue of staring octogenarian status in the eye.

The facts belie such notions. His left-of-center alliances and preference for illegal invaders over Arizona’s citizens have earned him the ire of grassroots Republicans .

The Hill anoints Wes Harris as the ‘grassroots conservative expert’ to speak for all of Arizona. Although Harris’ observation of McCain’s unpopularity is correct, his assertion that McCain won reelection in 2010 because his conservative challenger —- former Congressman J.D. Hayworth —- was a flawed candidate laden with too much “baggage,” has no basis in reality.

Wes Harris has alienated many conservatives. Few would say he speaks for them.

In fact, the popular Hayworth was formidable. After a year-end Rasmussen Reports survey showed McCain in a virtual dead heat with the still-undeclared Hayworth, McOperatives did the expected, launching into counterattack mode by running a disreputable push poll to inflate McCain’s numbers. Hayworth, who carried strong conservative support, was not hobbled by baggage, but rather by being outspent roughly 10 to 1.

The man with baggage galore is John McCain. Last January at the annual mandatory meeting of the Maricopa County Republican Committee, elected precinct committeemen voted to censure McCain. The measure passed overwhelmingly — 1,150 in support with only 351 opposed. Read the complete Resolution to Censure John McCain, including a list of grievances 

Later the same month, McCain was censured again, this time by elected state committeemen at their statutory meeting of the State Committee of the Arizona Republican Party.

The Hill article does include one telling segment worthy of a second glance:

Former Sen. Jon Kyl, a longtime Republican colleague, said McCain would likely draw a challenger but predicted he would prevail. Kyl is quoted as saying the state party make-up next year will be different from the one that censured McCain in January.

 “I think you’ll see a different party make-up after the primary election. There will be a new group of precinct committeemen. I don’t think you’ll see many of the same old faces,” Kyl said.

Kyl’s facile words tell a much more significant story.  The McCain/Kyl/Flake establishment has been hard at work attempting to remove  diligent, conservative elected Republican precinct committeemen and replace them with compliant moderates. This past Primary Election cycle, when committeemen are elected, there were numerous reports of recruiters being paid for enlisting new people to run against conservatives. McCain’s frequent censures were a national embarrassment the McCabal doesn’t want repeated. 

Thursday’s post MC GOP Chair LaFaro exposes Wes Gullett in complaint explains the efforts being taken to oust elected committeemen.

This post card is an example of those sent out by then-Sen. Jon Kyl in 2012, as he inserted himself into the LD 28 precinct committeemen races and attempted to facilitate the removal of conservatives.

In the end, it’s all about maintaining McCain and his ilk, even if it means destroying the Arizona Republican party by eliminating committed party stalwarts in the process.

19 Responses to The Hill uses unreliable information in McCain report

  1. azgary says:

    if McCain runs again I have no doubt he will be reelected, too many people say we have to vote for the lesser of two evils candidates. I myself will vote for the democrats opposing him or flake should they run again.
    the azgop and Robert mcGraham are big supporters of lobbyist/McCain, even after the state, county etc…. censures Robert mcGraham still brought McCain into place with him when he obviously wasn’t wanted. graham and bruce ash are destroying us, we need leadership, a fighter and principles at the head of the azgop, we need A.J. LaFaro.

    ” MCRC Chairman A. J. LaFaro: The Sept 25, 2014 Arizona Capitol Times article, GOP-Leader-Says-AZ-Sen-John-McCain-Trying-To-Ethnically-Cleanse-The-Party, is a result of the campaign finance complaints I filed with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Elections Office, the Citizens Clean Elections Commission and Maricopa County Elections against Arizona Grassroots Action (AGA). It’s also the result of Hank Stephenson’s prowess as an investigative reporter. The article speaks for itself and my metaphor comment to the reporter about “ethnic cleansing” was referring to John McCain, Jane Lynch and the other left of center Republicans continued attempts to eliminate or purge the Arizona Republican Party of its mainstream members who support the Republican Party Platform and the Constitutions of the United States and Arizona. – A. J. LaFaro Chairman, Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC).”

    once again, where is Robert mcGraham? hiding in the closet conspiring with McCain, bruce “amnesty” ash and the chambers of commerce?

    we need a LEADER like A.J. to head the azgop

    • Clair Van Steenwyk says:

      Flake is McCains’ side kick in the Senate now and on the Gang of Eight with him. The problem anyone running against McCain will have is both money as most who encourage won’t give and of course McCain or someone else getting some so called conservative to run, fund or self funded as Cardon and divide the vote to guarantee McCain a victory, if we can solve those problems then McCain can and I believe will be beaten. God Bless You All; Van

  2. American Patriot says:

    The Hill should have called Rob Haney if it wanted bona fide facts about what’s going on in the Maricopa County Republican Party. He was twice elected as county chairman and had previously held the post of district chairman in the same legislative district now dominated by McCain RINOs. AJ LaFaro is the conservative leading the state’s most populous county now. He would also have been a solid choice to call. Wes Harris has never been elected to any intra party political office. Turning to him as an authority is a joke! He was asked to leave a campaign during the recent Primary due to his ineptness and pomposity He’s best known for sending out rambling emails filled with misspellings in which he tears into his imagined foes who are most often conservatives.

  3. Maggie says:

    Another revealing post, SRAZ. I appreciate the “back stories” that fill in the gaps.

  4. Overtaxed1 says:

    The wise reporters, who care about the truth, should research their source before they quote anyone. Wes Harris has a very hard time telling the truth about his felony record. He also has a hard time telling the truth about others he reports on. He has run for different offices and always loses and also run his mouth off about people and events he knows nothing about. Anyone who wants the REAL truth can go downtown to criminal records, pull his case file and read the court records. If you are following him without doing this you are really being smoked.

    • Villanova says:

      Criminal court records are all available online. No need to go downtown to verify Wesley Harris.

      • Overtaxed1 says:

        You cannot get all of the files and case details on line and if you can please tell us where. If you could get them on line the lawyers would not be in the records department reading them.

  5. East Valley Conservative says:

    The Hill article speculates that Rep. David Schweikert is considering a challenge to McCain. Unless he has a pot of gold and a beer heiress wife he’ll have an uphill battle. I join with the others who have opined that when the time comes, Bill Montgomery will have the inside track. He went from a border hawk candidate to a an elected border squish after tying the knot with Kyl, McCain and Flake and showing he will do their bidding. His collusion was evident when he disparaged Sheriff Joe Arpaio after Arpaio helped get him elected. The fact that he was secretly recorded spewing insults against the sheriff was telling. But most telling will be the news that is bound to come that he will not charge Jeff Flake’s son and daughter-in-law in the deaths of dozens of dogs in their care at the kennel where they were in charge. Montgomery is no fool. He will find a way to characterize the brutal heat related deaths of the pets crammed in a small room with no air conditioning as “an unfortunate accident.” Wait and see.. His lofty aspirations are not going to fall because of dead dogs

  6. Tea Party PC says:

    The Hill leans left. Truth tellers Rob Haney and AJ LaFaro would never substantiate what they want to hear. It’s a good bet the erratic Wes Harris was so thrilled to be called that he would say whatever he thought it took to get himself publicity.

    • azgary says:

      unfortunately to the politicians in both parties, the hill and politico are like the bible and they worship and believe every word, unless of course they have an unusual conservative piece, then it is scoffed at.

  7. Seeing Red AZ says:

    Note to westnash:
    Your comments are among those that are held in moderation and not automatically displayed. That’s because they are often insulting and demanding. Additionally your insistence that elected officials forego their earned retirement and churlish demands to have them answer you on this blog are beyond reasonable. If you have a question for a candidate or office holder, go to their events and ask them directly.

    Your chosen moniker westnash is appropriate. West is on the left side of maps. Nash Motor Co. went out of business in 1954. Your leftist rants and attempts to take over this blog by sending numerous comments, many time stamped in the middle of the night, will no longer fly. You have shown yourself to be a leftist troll. Consider this a permanent goodbye.

    • azgary says:

      imho westnash is kind of a rabid libertarian, or at least sounds like one, and in many cases other than spending, libertarians are very much like liberal democrats: open borders, no defense spending etc…..

  8. GOP PC says:

    JD Hayworth was our congressman when we lived in the old CD 5 in 2006. We thought he was a great representative because he knew what the word meant and the job description entailed. He has a mind like a steel trap, even remembering the name of our young son who he met once and asked us about him by name on later occasions. When you meet hundreds of people, that ability is quite an asset. What made him a standout was his accessibility. After my wife called his local office about a matter, he personally returned her call from his DC office. Bear in mind, we were not big donors, so there was no personal gain to him. Another thing I remember is he would stay after ‘meet and greets’ to answer questions when I’m sure he would have rather gone home. JD is the kind of representative most people only hope to have. The attack ads the sub-standard McCain ran against him were reprehensible. JD is a genuinely decent man. I wish I had the ability to personally thank him, but this will have to do.

    • azgary says:

      “How did John McCain beat JD Hayworth? $18 million from his PRESIDENTIAL campaign (MCNASTY ALERT)”
      John McCain easily beat JD Hayworth in the Republican primary for Senate this year, but the reason why is disturbing. The vast majority of the money he spent, $18 million out of a total of almost $24 million, came from contributions to his prior presidential campaign, not this Senate campaign. Many people who contributed to his presidential campaign – including myself – contributed because of Sarah Palin, not McCain. To have our money used against a better conservative candidate we prefer in a different race is despicable. It was even more insulting for me personally since my money was used by McCain’s staffers (who proudly refer to themselves as the “McCain Mafia”) in vicious personal attacks against me, as Director of Social Media for Hayworth’s campaign. By the end of the campaign, I had blocked almost every one of them on Twitter due to reprehensible behavior that was condoned (I believe encouraged) by their boss.

      In contrast, Hayworth spent only $2.4 million. It was difficult for him to raise money because McCain had already locked in many high-level donors through threats and strong-arming. The McCain Mafia would accost potential contributors by warning them, “The Senator would be very disappointed if you did not contribute the full amount ($2,400 in the primary, or $4,800 per couple).”

      In reality, McCain’s record is terrible. He has an 81% lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union, which dipped to its lowest ever in 2008, 63%, due to voting for the billion dollar pork TARP bailouts. The main bills he has co-sponsored were left-leaning bills with Democrats: Cap and Trade with Joe Lieberman, amnesty with Ted Kennedy, and an assault on free speech with Russ Feingold.

      McCain’s second disturbing tactic was to aggressively smear JD Hayworth. He went after JD Hayworth in cruel ways vastly different from the soft approach he took with Obama. If McCain had ran against Obama as hard as he ran against JD, he would probably be president now. He falsely portrayed Hayworth as a liberal. It would be laughable if it hadn’t been so effective. Because McCain could afford to run TV ads round the clock on Arizona’s TV stations, he was able to fool a majority of Arizona’s Republicans and Independents into believing he was the conservative in the race. In reality, JD Hayworth has a 98% lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union over his 12 years in Congress – the same score as the most conservative member of the Senate, Jim DeMint! Over 16 Tea Parties, located mostly in Arizona, endorsed Hayworth. Virtually no Tea Parties endorsed McCain or the third Republican candidate, Jim Deakin.

    • Delilah says:

      I will do anything for JD to run again. But what many of you must remember McCain had his strawman in Jimmy Lee Deakin in the race. We need JD now more than ever. Go to his FaceBook page and start trying to convince him of the importance of his voice and his conservative bona fides.

  9. Clair Van Steenwyk says:

    Well as I’ve stated many times unless & until the conservatives back someone with $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ then McCain, Flake and others will continue to win and run AZ at Federal & State Levels, so unless everyone who wants someone to run gives $$$$$$$$$$$$ they might as well stay home. God Bless You All; Van

  10. harristimes says:

    Continual attacks on me regarding something that took place almost 20 years ago are vile and venomous. Kind of like attacking the messenger. Comments about who and what I say with only innuendo and no facts only further degrades the attacker. Not signing what you say is only the way of cowards. This is all old news and the so called shock factor has long since worn off. I will not be deterred, especially by those who sit back and take unwarranted shots but do nothing positive themselves to change the situation. Continue to sit in your armchair as you are inconsequential at best and unnecessary at worst. I will be surprised if this is published other of my replies have be censored. That is also cowardly. By the way, what I did was nothing more than to protect myself and my property and was railroaded by a corrupt County Attorney and judge. Today my actions would be perfectly permissible. My civil rights were restored many many years ago and I will match my civic volunteerism against any of those possessed by the cowardly naysayers writing in this blog.

  11. Borderhawk says:

    McCain is in as much trouble as Bennett, Murkowski and Lugar.

    His 2013-2016 record will be as bad as Bennetts in 2009 and 2010. McCain’s 2009-2010 record was much better than any other time in his career past or future.

    Scott Brown is more popular in New Hampshire than Kelly Ayotte and he only moved there. Scott Brown’s campaign against Shaheen(D) will be similar to the Tea Party against Amnesty Ayotte in 2016.

    If Pat Roberts and Lamar Alexander can’t get 50% in a GOP primary, McCain will struggle. I know there will be a spoiler but I think McCain would have problems in a 3-way race. The losing Tea Party candidate managed to unite most of the vote above 40%. Roberts only won 48-41 and Lamar 49.7-41. There is some split voting but much better than what happened in Wisconsin in 2012 and Indiana in 2010. Pat Roberts also had the endorsement of Kris Kobach. Kobach is also helping Roberts. Kobach is the face of the Kansas GOP in their lawsuit to keep a Democrat on the ballot. The actual victory in court is not the issue. What Kobach and Pat Roberts want to do is to get the Kansas Democrat Party to admit Greg Orman(I-Closet Dem-KS) is a Obama lapdog. All these discussion has hurt Orman who calls himself an independent the way McCain calls himself a Maverick.

    Unlike Ducey or Mayor Smith, low information voters know McCain is pro-amnesty. Smith only got 22% even with Brewer’s backing. I doubt any of the low information voters knew the other candidates were squishes as well. What did Tobin get 37%?

    Id actually be happy if Paul Gosar ran for Senate. McSalmon chose Boehner as his leader and Gosar chose Steve King.

    The only people who skated through primaries with were Mike Enzi, Tim Scott, Jim Risch and Jim Inhofe. All opposed to amnesty and all voted to not open debate. On June 11, 2013 Jeff Sessions, Vitter, Cruz, Lee, Grassley, Risch, Scott, Inhofe and some other senators refused to open debate on the gang of 8 bill. At that time only 15 Republicans voted against it. Cornyn and Mitch McConnell only got around 60% because the voters in their state knew the final cloture vote was BS and they have talked up amnesty most of the time. Both of them voted conservative 90% of the time in 2013-2014 unlike McCain who worked with Bob Corker and others to help Obama and Harry Reid. McCain has been doing terrible things on issues other than immigration relative to his 2009-2010 voting record.

    “In fact, the average share of the primary vote received by Republican incumbent senators so far this year is 73 percent. Not only is that lower than 2004 through 2008, when incumbents averaged 89 percent of the vote — it’s also lower than 2010 and 2012, the years when the tea party was supposedly in ascendency, when GOP incumbents got an average of 78 percent.”

  12. LD 23 PC says:

    The AZ 4 all lie in bed at night staring at the ceiling picturing themselves in the senate. They would turn on one another like rabid dogs if they thought they could benefit. But when the time comes, it will be McMontgomery who will waltz in and grab the gold ring. What a stroke of luck…. his term coincides with McCain’s.