Ken Bennett, Paul Babeu relocate to run in CD 1

Ken Bennett the guitar strumming politico resigned his position as chairman of Republican Legislative District 24 in Phoenix earlier this week to devote more time to his candidacy for the U.S. House in Congressional District 1. Bennett, a former Secretary of State and failed 2014 gubernatorial candidate has recently worked as a lobbyist for the state court system followed by a stint with SDB Contracting Services — but its the political arena that he craves.

The longtime Prescott resident has moved frequently of late as he sought various political posts. Most recently, he has  taken up residency in Maricopa, AZ as he readies for his latest adventure.

Though he announced his intent to seek the congressional seat in July, Bennett’s congressional website remains oddly devoid of any information, though it does have the all-important donation page.

In addition to House Speaker David Gowan, other Republicans in the race are Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, who strolled the Arizona/Mexican border with John McCain in 2010, aiding McCain’s deceitful ‘complete the danged fence” reelection charade. Immediately after the ballots were counted, McCain and Jeff Flake formed the “Gang of Eight” pro-amnesty cabal in which they colluded with the most liberal of Democrats. Marco Rubio, now a presidential candidate, was an eager participant.

Now Babeu has also moved to facilitate his CD 1 race. Only rancher and business owner Gary Kiehne actually has generational roots in the district.

The First Congressional District seat is open since incumbent Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick is running for the U.S. Senate, challenging McCain. Seeing Red AZ strongly supports conservative Dr. Kelli Ward in that crucial senate race.


19 Responses to Ken Bennett, Paul Babeu relocate to run in CD 1

  1. azgary says:

    Still hoping somebody decent gets into the race.

    Russell Pearce should move into the district

    • Seeing Red AZ says:

      We have removed your second comment, which contained falsehoods. We’ve been down this road with you before. Give it a rest.

      • azgary says:

        please show me what she will do with illegals already here.

        on seth liesboehns (spelling?) radio show on the patriot her answers regarding illegals was in line with the other az congressmen

    • State Delegate says:

      The illegal invasion is THE defining issue for me and I’m fine with her perspective.
      THIS is what Kelli Ward has to say on illegal immigration:

  2. lowadobian says:

    Have to comment on the statement about Gary Kiehne’s “generational roots” in the area. That is not a true statement. Mr. Kiehne purchased property in the CD 1 area and alternately has it under his and his children’s names on the titles. Since the late 1990’s. Nothing generational about that. The “hotels” he brags of aren’t really. They are renamed motels under instie AZ LLC. He, too, purchased a dirt lot with a trailer in Casa Grande and doesn’t live there either, nor do his adult children. He a New Mexico and Texas guy, and dabbles in AZ as it suits him. As my old man used to say “Look it up.”

  3. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Kelli Ward on Immigration (from her website)

    Securing our border is one of the most pressing issues for Arizonans. That should be our first priority, not amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants.

    America is a nation of laws. With tens of millions of illegal immigrants in the country and thousands regularly crossing our border, it is simply unrealistic to worry about issues like guest worker programs until we secure the border. We must stop the flow of those entering illegally and ensure that the border is secured.
    Secure our border NOW

    No amnesty
    No free rides for programs Americans have paid into
    No more political games

    This kind of talk got Trump where he’s been in the polls, #1. Let’s see what the rest of them say.

    • azgary says:

      what got Trump to #1 in the polls was/is REMOVING illegals, ward is not for that, remember the current Az congressmen say they are “against” amnesty too, yet they will not go for deporting them, which IS amnesty

      • Not A Kool Aid Drinker says:

        Trump says a lot of things. That doesn’t mean they will be implemented. How would you propose deporting 30 million people? I assume you know that 10-11 million illegals is a longstanding lie?

        If Trump is your hero on this subject, how do you come to terms with his statement that he will “put a door in the wall” he will get Mexico to build, so we can “bring the good ones back in.”

        This is all BS. How’s it taste?

  4. state committeeman says:

    Golly gee, the candidates and elected bozos we have elected in AZ have all stabbed us in the back. As stated above moving into residences just to run for office….stinks to high heaven. I agree Ward will be a disaster. But how bout we address the current AZ delagation’s vote for the snake oil salesman Ryan. Or the fact that the bunch of them are raising funds for Kevin McCarthy??? Why ?.? They don’t care about Az just job security and doing what ever it takes to get elected! Had enough yet?? I sure have. Disgusted in the Eazt Valley! Oh PS Russell and his good bud Robert Graham are to busy trying to get Russell to take Bruce Ash’s place as national committeeman. AZ really smells bad nowadays!

  5. Teller Of Truth says:

    Congressional candidates are not required to live in the district from which they run, but not doing so reeks of vulgar opportunism.

    Article I, Section 2 of the US Constitution sets only three qualifications for US Representatives. Each representative must (1) be at least twenty-five years old, (2) have been a citizen of the United States for the past seven years, and (3) be an inhabitant of the state they represent.

    Notice the operative word is “state’ not “district.”

  6. East Valley Conservative says:

    Ken Bennett is a lackluster candidate who thinks his singing makes him interesting. Have you ever endured his Kleenex box routine on the economy? He must think we’re all as dense as he is.

    • Conservative Since Birth says:

      He’s “low energy.”

      • East Valley Conservative says:

        That “Trumpism” is putting it nicely. Besides being a raw opportunist, Ken Bennett is a colossal bore.

    • az01patriot says:

      Sorry that you got bored with substance over flash. It’s a shame, you might have actually got to learn where your tax dollars are going and where they’re being wasted. Knowing where the spending goes is the first step in cutting it. Bennett has forgotten more than the other candidates could ever possibly know about the budget because he is the only one that has actually balanced it without borrowing and he did so with a Dem Gov. none the less & got one of the largest tax cuts in AZ history, again with a Dem Gov. But go ahead and be mesmerized by those that will make promises they can’t possible keep because they are either lying or just plain ignorant about how things actually work.

  7. Pima Pal says:

    An oversight, I’m sure, but you neglected to mention that John McAmensty repaid Babeu’s campaign assistance by dropping him like a hot rock when it turned out Babeu’s boyfriend Jose, was a Mexican illegal who threatened to expose their relationship. Jose then accused Babeu of intimidation by threatening him with deportation. McAmnesty boogied faster than greased lightening.

    • Night Owl says:

      Imagine the headlines if Babeu was elected and then represented Arizona with openly bisexual Kyrsten Sinema. Arizona would be on par with NY when Barney Frank’s boyfriend was running a male prostitution service out of the townhouse the two men shared. America has lost its way.

  8. LEO IN TSN says:

    Candidate Gary McKiehne is a fraud. He was when he ran in 2014 and still is. He was a vote-splitter then, but the constant swagger and media attention inflated his ego even more, and now his big hat won’t even fit. He loves the strut of a peacock, and wants to spread his feathers in the big DC social circles. He is counting on his talent as a blustery story teller to get him in.

    Interesting that all of his business interests – ranches, hotels/motels, oil fields – are traditionally prone to attracting illegal alien slave labor? Could it be Mr. McKiehne is using the Jeffie “Blond Boy” McSnake model of campaign strategy, given all of their similarities? Do we know yet if McKiehne owns any doggie boarding hotels?

    There is a great candidate running in CD1, and his name is David Gowan. He is the Speaker of the AZ House, and has a lengthy record as a conservative legislator. His work in the AZ House, especially as Speaker, is well-respected by his peers and gives him extensive knowledge of the entirety of CD1 and the issues that face AZ.

    As soon as it was whispered that Mr. Gowan was considering this move, the McEstablishment loser candidates and McSnake imitators jumped into the arena. The AZ McGOP is scared to death because David Gowan IS a conservative, and has a great record as a legislator. Meet David Gowan at

    When the campaign ads start flying, just remember this is McTraitor country and the McCainiac big-money boys and the AZ McGOP want to tell US who to vote for. Use your AZ life experience and pay close attention, and help your neighbors with their vetting.

    God bless America.

  9. Concerned Voter says:

    Dumb, a candidate for U.S. House doesn’t have to live in a Congressional District to run…