Some vote totals in last night’s primary election races remain incomplete. If you ran for precinct committeeman those numbers aren’t yet available. Since McCain operatives were once again working on his behalf, using deceptive practices to remove conservative PCs, you’ll have to wait to see if you’ve been purged.
So there! category: Popular Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s enormous 66% victory over nearest Republican competitor Dan Saban who carried only 26% of the vote. Arpaio’s triumph is more than the lopsided percentages. He prevailed despite contemptible daily assaults from the leftwing Arizona Republic and the relentless punitive measures taken against him and his chief deputy by Judge Murray Snow, who persists despite the fact that a personal conflict should have caused him to recuse himself from the case. Sheriff Arpaio’s runaway victory attests to the fact that the people are fed up with the overbearing judiciary, which previously conducted itself in a judicious manner and was held in esteem..Judge Snow, who suspiciously timed forwarding his bogus case to the feds to coincide with this election, personifies the current contempt many have for the judiciary.
Question with no sensible answer: How did Dr. Kelli Ward lose to the deceptive John McCain? In his Tuesday night acceptance speech, McCain engaged in code talk and thanked his “coalition.” Translation: Out of state, deep pocket, lobbyist backed PACs willing to spend $ millions to lie about Ward’s support of ISIS terrorists, allegedly based on votes as a state senator, where national security is never on the agenda. Those votes take place in D.C. where McCain has spent close to four decades. Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick won last night with nearly 33,000 votes more than McCain. A mailer he sent out recently said he would safeguard our conservative Arizona values. How would he know a conservative value?
Unhappy surprise: Congressional District 5: Christine Jones’ single percentage point win over Senate President Andy Biggs, an intelligent and well-respected conservative who knows how to herd cats.
Welcome upset: Conservative educator Jana Jackson beating incumbent Don Covey in the race for Maricopa County School Superintendent. ERROR: Steve Watson was the winner in the Republican Primary.
Running as a team?: The dual losses of Al Melvin and Rick Gray stand as proof that the other fella might not do you a favor. The duo came in last in a field of five where three Corporation Commission were being selected. Bob Burns, who waged war on “dark money” spent by utilities to influence commissioners, Andy Tobin and Boyd Dunn were the victors.
Time‘s up: Longtime Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell will be replaced by Aaron Flannery, who has run a respectful but assertive campaign, calling out Purcell for the snafus on the day of the presidential preference primary where too few polling places left people standing in line for up to 6 hours to cast their ballots.
Jerk replaced by quality: Desert Ridge JP Clancy Jayne was trounced by the very capable Cathy Riggs, a former police detective and law school grad with a BA in Administration of Justice, who exposed Jayne’s numerous reprimands by the Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct. When Gov. Ducey endorsed Riggs, Jayne let go with a barrage of foul mouthed utterances that should enable him to find employment with John McCain, renown for his own crudeness — even publicly directed at his own wife.
Best resurrection from scandal: Congressional District 1: Pinal County sheriff Paul Babeu easily won the GOP Primary, overtaking five challengers. Ken Bennett’s dismal 4th place showing should keep him out of the political arena in the future. Babeu’s previously much publicized romance with another male is of no consequences in this age of Kaitlyn Jenner. His Democrat challenger, also out of the closet, is the recipient of donations by the Gay& Lesbian Victory Fund.
More evidence of the lack of influence of the Arizona Republic: Though the newspaper endorsed his primary challenger, conservative Congressman Paul Gosar easily captured 71% of the vote.
No surprises: CD 6 incumbent Republican David Schweikert won with 80% of the vote. CD 8 incumbent Republican Trent Franks won with 71% against Clair VanSteenwyk who simultaneously was in the U.S. Senate race. Can’t something be done to keep egotists from running for more than one office at a time?
Biggest loser not on the ballot: Secretary of State Michele Reagan whose job it is to oversee statewide elections failed miserably with her new “Error” plagued website That word popped up instead of the candidate names and vote totals Arizonans were looking for. More proof that even this age of technological advances, the old adage, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” still applies.