GOP lures AZ Navajos: Dems take state senate hit

The newest Republican on the Arizona political scene is state Senator Carlyle Begay, (LD7)  a Democrat who officially switched affiliations and joined the GOP Monday. Begay, a Navajo from Ganado represents a rural district which encompasses Navajo and Hopi reservations. Gov. Doug Ducey welcomed Sen. Begay with this statement.

In announcing his decision, Begay released this powerful explanatory video, “Change Must Happen Now,” in which he states the Republican Party is the party of progress and opportunity. Troubled by the failing education system, high dropout rates, crumbling infrastructure and staggeringly high unemployment rates in Arizona’s tribal communities, Begay says he’s found it is the Republican Party which has been willing to work with him to address these issues of concern.

Shawn Redd, a Republican businessman, is running for  the U.S. House of Representatives in Arizona’s massive First Congressional District. Redd is also a member of the Navajo Nation making him somewhat of an anomaly in his community, where tribal members lean Democrat. 

Other announced GOP CD1 candidates include Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, AZ House Speaker David Gowan, and rancher/businessman Gary Kiehne. 

Unlike on-again, off-again Democrat U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick — elected in 2008, losing in 2010 and reelected in 2012 — now stepping down from the House seat to run for the senate, Shawn Redd doesn’t have to learn to speak the Navajo language. He describes himself as both a conservative traditionalist and a realist who examines the issues and keeps an open mind when developing workable solutions. Shawn Redd’s website can be viewed here.


9 Responses to GOP lures AZ Navajos: Dems take state senate hit

  1. Maggie says:

    Welcome to new Republican Carlyle Begay!! That’s a very moving video!

  2. Patriot Dad says:

    Janet Napolitano won the governor’s race by mobilizing tribal votes in conjunction with a conveniently timed ballot issue on Indian casinos. Carlyle Begay and Shawn Redd are clear indicators that the lockstep vote isn’t playing anymore. Bravo!

  3. Ellsworth says:

    Congressional candidate Shawn Redd comes by his conservative views from his faith. He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). That fact should be an asset in the crowded field.

    • azgary says:

      “He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). That fact should be an asset in the crowded field”


      how is this any indication of being conservative?

      I would say its more proof of the opposite, jeff flake and mitt romney come to mind, not to mention mormons are all in on amnesty for illegals and open borders, just as evangelicals, catholics etc… are, particularly the leadership who the rank and file generally listen to.

      and for the same reason, filling more pews and collection plates.

      religion often has very little to do with conservatism.

      • Ellsworth says:

        You make valid points with your examples. I’ll add Adam Driggs to your list of LDS leftists disguised as Republicans. My point is that the LDS culture is traditionally conservative. The church is veering left as are so many these days, trying their best to be “cool” enough to keep warm bodies coming in the doors who will drop enough in the collection basket to make it worthwhile for the liberal charlatans running these shows. Sorry to admit it, but I’m very familiar with this topic.

      • lowadobian says:

        Whoa AZGary!!! You are absolutely misinformed and thereby misstate the LDS & Catholic positions on Immigration and “Refugees”. Even the AZ Republica, in it’s Sunday quest to show all the signers of the anti-Ducey NO REFUGEES – about a hundred – not a single LDS OR Catholic signer/group in the crowd, for starters. There is a group using the word Catholic in their name (the Ecumenical Council of catholics) I assure you, they could not be farther from ANY tenet of the Catholic faith and ought to be sued. They reject the Pope 100%, believe in gay marriage, married priests of both the male & female variety, etc. Despite the current bad apples like Flake, the tents and existence of a morality, and a traditional one at that, is way better than the alphabet soup nonsense and pro-ISIS crowd peddling baby refugee pictures as if that’s what they are. There’s a “baby daddy” behind that baby, and it ain’t catholic OR Mormon. Your “collection plate” comment is a nasty crack for someone who has no idea how intelligent the majority of Catholics and Mormons are. We are raised too think, as Intelligence is “God’s gift to man”.We do not follow blindly like the fundamentalists who signed on in legion to support open borders in AZ and the USA. there are currently groups in both faiths who are undermining and attempting to remake the core values at any cost. The Pope himself is a far left liberal who will be the death of us – Catholics can’t be rid of this cancer of a Pope fast enough. But he’s a Jesuit, and they are known for their far-left positions and always have been for it. Fiscal conservatism is an intrinsic part of BOTH faiths as it is all a part of responsible behavior at home and in society at large (like thinking). You fall prey to too many stereotypes and I believe you are better than that.

  4. Kent says:

    When Kirkpatrick was running, Pres. Obama actually used a popular Navajo radio station to run ads he cut with the Navajo greeting “Ya’at’eeh” as he begged members to get out and vote for Democrats.

  5. LEO IN TSN says:

    Welcome to Sen. Begay. He seems to be rightfully concerned with working for the benefit of his constituents, a quality that is very rare nowadays. I wish him strength in trying to handle the intrigue of the AZ McGOP.

    And speaking of McGOP intrigue, I have to question the candidacy of Shawn Redd in CD1. This has all the appearance of another Robbie McGraham vote-splitting McScam in an “R” primary. This is a perfect ploy to split votes away from the conservative candidate, AZ House Speaker David Gowan, so as to hand the nomination to a McTraitor plant. It doesn’t look good to me at all, and comes right out of the McGOP playbook. AZ and the Navajos would be much better off if Mr. Redd supported the conservative candidate and helped him secure the nomination. Shadows of intrigue, alright.

    God bless America.