Make no mistake. Although Seeing Red AZ, like the vast majority of Arizona conservatives, actively supports the defeat of John McCain, we are not onboard with liberal Ann Kirkpatrick who recently announced her challenge to the RINO senator.
We optimistically look forward to a face-off led by state Sen. Kelli Ward, a uniquely qualified Mohave County whirlwind. Sen. Ward, a family physician, has opened an exploratory campaign, impressing crowds as she travels the state with her well articulated conservative message.
In tackling the liberal Kirkpatrick, we found it curious that the AZ GOP chose to raise the issue of her votes in support of Obama endorsed Cap and Trade and his signature Obamacare.
They must have suffered a memory lapse regarding Jeff Flake’s stunning complicity when the votes on these mega-issues were taken. The appropriately named Flake was one of only two Republicans who didn’t bother to show up —- which was a good as voting for the so-called American Clean Energy and Security Act (Cap and Trade), a massive government expansion with dire consequences for American taxpayers and manufacturing. By his absence, Jeff Flake helped the Democrats pass a junk science, climate change-based, massive national energy tax, restricting carbon emissions by imposition of exorbitant penalties against the U.S., which other nations are able to skirt.
Flake claimed a “family conflict” due to his daughter’s participation in the talent portion of a teen beauty pageant in Alabama to be held the weekend following the vote. His fellow Republican dodger John Sullivan was in alcohol rehab, though the Dems thought the vote was crucial enough to pull Rep. Patrick Kennedy out of his drug treatment program.
In giving cover to McCain, the AZ GOP oddly referred to the lackluster Kirkpatrick as Arizona’s “Most Progressive Democrat in Congress,” completely obscuring the disastrous records of Raul Grijalva; Ed Pastor, succeeded last election by Ruben Gallego; and former Green Party member Kyrsten Sinema. The voters of the First Congressional District were so dissatisfied with Kirkpatrick’s performance they booted her out after her first term. She regained the seat by a slim margin in 2013 when U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, who replaced her, relocated to CD 4 and was returned to congress representing that district.
Kirkpatrick is not formidable. Neither is she any different from either Flake or McCain. We have gotten the same treatment from them that she dishes out. The only difference is they deceptively run as Republicans.