AZ 2016 U.S. Senate race takes bright, right turn

Supporters of AZ State Sen. Kelli Ward put together ‘KelliPAC’  hoping to encourage challenge to John McCain


The news that John McCain is revving up for yet another bite at the senate apple, is of the ho-hum variety.  After decades in Washington, he knows no other life, though he rates abysmally low on the home popularity meter as does junior senator Jeff Flake. Just last month the often censured McCain was greeted with boos and turned backs (video) by elected delegates at the annual Arizona Republican Statutory meeting.

In the wake of such nationally reported embarrassments, McCain and his allies have expended considerable resources and energy attempting to purge conservatives from precinct committeemen positions and party leadership posts. But the hostility directed toward him has even deeper roots, as articulated so well by Tom DeLay, (video) former House Majority Leader.

Arizona U.S. Reps. David Schweikert and Matt Salmon have each been rumored to be mulling a challenge to the senior senator who is looking his 79th year squarely in the eye. Ultimately, neither will take him on. His $1.54 million war chest is too large and his notorious retaliatory rage too great for decent sorts to desire to engage him in this last battle of his career.

Schweikert has already said his wife isn’t onboard, which nixes his entry into the race. Salmon is also unlikely to move forward.

But another name gaining momentum has the ring of a winner. State Sen. Kelli Ward, a Lake Havasu conservative Republican, has a stellar résumé making her an exceptionally strong contender against the unpopular and repeatedly censured McCain. In addition to representing Legislative District 5 in the Arizona senate, Kelli Ward is a medical doctor. Her perspective on health care would be invaluable as Obamacare’s negative impact grows. The Havasu News asks a single question in its recent poll: “Should State Senator Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City run against Arizona’s U.S. Senator John McCain if he seeks re-election in 2016?” Votes in the affirmative are overwhelming.

Now fans of Kelli Ward’s have independently put together KelliPAC an Independent Expenditure Committee. In its Mission Statement, describing the reason for forming the PAC, are these words: “If Sen. Ward decides not to run, KelliPAC will use the funds collected to advance a conservative candidate against John McCain.

If Sen. Ward agrees to run, we will work tirelessly to see that she has a fair and equal opportunity to return that seat to whom it rightfully belongs…The People.”  


28 Responses to AZ 2016 U.S. Senate race takes bright, right turn

  1. Mohave Mike says:

    Go, Kelly!! Run, run, run!!
    I can’t tell you what a welcome sight her name on the primary ballot would be. Arizonans should not allow themselves to be held captive by the doddering phony who created a “Maverick” mystique to describe his continual bedding down with liberals

    • CD 8 PC says:

      The Havasu News poll shows very clearly that those who know Dr./Sen. Kelli Ward not only like her, but like her a lot. Take a look at those numbers from the home town folks. Very impressive! I believe Sen. Ward presents the best chance we have to oust McRINO.

  2. jake sez says:

    Want to help Kelli Ward? Continue to fight for a closed primary.

    • Conservative Since Birth says:

      Agree. That’s the only way to a possible end to the ‘unpopular and repeatedly censured McCain.’

  3. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    Imagine! An accomplished young woman challenging the embarrassing old RINO! I certainly hope she enters this race.

    • Clementine says:

      McCain is and has always been more comfortable with the far leftists, than Republicans. Calling him a RINO is insulting to RINOs.

  4. azgary says:

    unfortunately kelli is too little, too late.

    once republicans cave in on amnesty (and they will) and choosing foreigners and lobbyist money over American citizens I will be voting against every republican just as I vote against every democrat.

    the republican brand has become every bit as toxic, poisonous and anti American, anti freedom as democrats, socialist, Marxist, commies etc…

    they too have chosen to side with lobbyist, and foreigners over America and American citizens and they should be treated as such, and damned at every opportunity.

    amnesty finishes the republican party just as thoroughly as it destroys the middle class and the nation.

    after amnesty, NEVER another vote for any republican in any race, against any opponent.

    • East Valley Conservative says:

      Voting against everyone serves none of us well. Someone with no US House or Senate voting record can’t be blamed for the actions of others. This is the type of thinking that will further doom us.
      Amnesty for illegals is also my foremost issue when voting. I believe it destructively under girds everything else, including soaring crime rates, education costs and payouts of unnecessary benefits to the undeserving. That being said, why would I vote against a conservative who didn’t participate in any congressional vote on the issue? Your fury is misplaced. Use your anger to vote out incumbents not those who have a chance at overturning some of the Obama disasters. Who would you have lead this country? Maybe you prefer anarchy?

      • azgary says:

        same clap trap that we have been told for decades.

        the party has abandoned us, I am just returning the favor.

        if a candidate is truly conservative they will leave the twin of the democrat party aka the republican party.

        once again, once amnesty is forced down our throats by the anti-American citizens, lobbyist owned republican party they will be treated no differently than democrats, commies, Marxist etc…nor should they be

    • Overtaxed1 says:

      AMEN to your comment… azgary. We have been betrayed once to many times and Kelli Ward just helped put the children of Arizona in the hands of pro Common Core unelected employees
      with the SPI (Diane Douglas) in agreement with her. You might also want to watch her where the liquor industry is concerned. Freedom to make and sell as much beer as you want should not have limits on the amount you can manufacture and sell. Looks to me like the large distributors have lobbyists that got to her.

  5. SmallGovt says:

    All this will do is reelect McCain or Giffords/Sinema. Kelli isn’t going to be senator except in Phoenix.

    • Ellsworth says:

      You and your repetitive and delusional Giffords in the US Senate dream. She will not be holding elective office again. Take that to the bank. If your ideas held water, Flake wouldn’t be in the senate either, “except in” Mesa.

  6. Conservative Since Birth says:

    After reading today that Jeb Bush was “popular” at CPAC – I wondered what happened to those who were going to walk out when he was introduced. A few did, but apparently there was a lot of applause for Bush. He has a following – even at CPAC. Is there no place safe from these liberal “Republicans?”

    Then John McCain’s old staffer, Salter, called Scott Walker a “dumb ass.” I would expect nothing less from that despicable McCain gang.

    I’ll bet the ‘often censured’ (love it!) McCain will fight dirty with all the money he has to ‘kill’ the opponent, a qualified Kelli Ward, or whomever may deign to go up against this rabid fool for his last hurrah. It will be bloody.

    • azgary says:

      while cpac is far from what it once was now that cardenas is heavily involved, and jebbypoo being a speaker is proof of this, here is an interesting tidbit:

      “Jeb Bush Had to Bus In CPAC Supporters from K Street”
      “It sounds like Jeb Bush’s supporters are taking CPAC pretty seriously this year. Emails provided to Slate show that backers of the former Florida governor are busing supporters from downtown Washington D.C. to CPAC in National Harbor, Maryland, and organizing to get them day passes into the event.”

    • SmallGovt says:

      Why would anyone walk out. Why be so narrow minded as to not be willing to listen? CPAC has managed to be seen as having much more influence than it actually does, or should.

      • Brandy Baron says:

        Anyone that would listen to the idiot who called illegal immigration ‘an act of love’ doesn’t have a mind to narrow. LOL

  7. azgary says:

    off topic, but fun anyway:
    CPAC Attendees Plan To Walk Out On Jeb Bush…Update: And They Walk

  8. Saguaro Sam says:

    Lots of CPAC news, including video, at

  9. Enuff says:

    So you like McCain? Your blather will keep him doing us harm for 6 more years. Ducey is a McCain construct. Getting rid of McCain will restrain Ducey.

    • SmallGovt says:

      You wont get ride of McCain with an untested state senator. This is the opponent McCain wants. He can whip her badly and graciously say what a great future she has……or you will have Sinema/Giffords/Napolitiano whip her badly and laugh all the way.

    • azgary says:

      you “lesser of two evils” drones is why we are in the shythole we are in in the state and in the nation:

      “HB2184 has been amended in the Senate Education Committee, which had failed as (SB1038) yesterday in the Senate Appropriations committee. “Kelli Wards’ committee voted for this, with the exception of Sen. Smith who understood not handing over power to the unelected board. The Amendment agreed to by Superintendent of Public Instruction, – who was elected by the people of this state will be required to execute whatever policies (i,e. Common Core) that are agreed to by the non-elected State Board of Education.
      Those Elected Senators gave up all authority with this Amendment, to an unelected board to answer to the voters. Senator Kelli stated along with others agreeing that they’d now oversee any attempt to hire more staff by the board, give raises and monitor expenses of the board & staff which is presently the Responsibility of the Supt., until this Amendment is passed. The problem with this statement is quite clear, AZ is over 8 Billion in the hole facing another deficit, and also has over 20 Billion in Unfunded Mandates= over $ 28 Billion in Debt, this happened while being watched by our Elected Officials, so why would we trust they’ll manage this well? These elected AZ officials are doing the same thing done in DC the last few Decades, handing over power / authority to an appointed agency with no real control, so sometime in the future they’ll tell us that they don’t have the authority to stop them, as is the case with our Ineffective US Congress, when you look at the EPA, OSHA, Depts. of Ed, Ag, Energy etc., believe you get the picture. Since those now in office have decided to hand over Authority / Power to an Un Elected Group, who in this instance so obviously supports Common Core, I personally don’t support this, it’s an Issue of Freedom, and hope others won’t be swayed by being emotionally attached to these Senators, as you’ve worked, supported, donated and voted for them, this is about Freedom and not Personal Relationships.

  10. azgary says:

    A Big Thank You to my Senator, Steve Smith, a TRUE conservative, the single hold out in voting against more govt control of education and common core!

    Senator Smith should be the one we want taking out mccain

  11. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Off topic, but fun anyway…..Jeb Bush bussing in “supporters.” Everybody’s a community organizer now. John McCain bussed in Vietnamese people recently – Jeb Bush had to do it to “look legitimate” at CPAC. Obama has done it out of necessity many times. What happened to this country?! Calm down – it’s a rhetorical question. :)

  12. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    An “untested state senator” with a hazy background, Marxist tenancies, unable to name the global terror network as Islamic, and far less to recommend him than Sen./Dr. Ward is now sitting in the White House in the middle of his second term.

    As to McCain “whipping her badly:” If he goes after her with his usual surrogate slime opposition researchers, all hell will break loose. She is a respected physician as is her military officer husband.

    He’ll lose the women’s vote right out of the hatch and worse yet if he attempts to beat her up. He’s never had a female opponent and this one would be formidable. Until former Congressman JD Hayworth who was outspent by nearly $30 million, McCain’s perennial opposition candidates were Democrat Stuart Starkey, a middle school math teacher, and Libertarian Ernie Hancock.

    Kelli Ward has impressive credentials and should be able to raise money from within the medical community as well as Arizona’s grassroots citizens who are sick and tired of the aisle crossing, amnesty bent, liar John McCain.

  13. Vince says:

    John McCain’s Voting Recordis worth noting as the election cycle gets into full gear. From Jan 1987 to Feb 2015, McCain missed 970 of 9,420 roll call votes, which is 10.3%. This is worse than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. This chart shows his voting pattern or lack thereof. I hope Sen. Kelli Ward has this information handy.

  14. Seen It All says:

    Sen. Kelli Ward IS impressive. I’d support her over McCain in a heartbeat.