Bravo! Dr. Kelli Ward runs for AZ GOP chair

There is no question that Arizona Republican party chairman Jonathan Lines needs to be replaced.  His failure to effectively lead the state GOP was clearly evidenced as the returns came in following the November 6 General Election. Lines, the hand-picked successor to slickster Robert Graham, appallingly fell down on the job which he was ill-equipped to hold. Couple his obvious inadequacies with the fact that Yuma resident Lines lives nearly 2 hours away from the office he’s supposed to be running in Phoenix and the recipe for disaster is exceedingly clear. This is an example of Lines’ deceptive work which resulted in Dems taking both LD 28 House seats.

Kelli Ward’s announcement answers the long held hope of the GOP grassroots party activists, as she declares, “It’s time to unite the Arizona Republican Party to win big in 2020.”

The red state of Arizona is now veering purple having lost a U.S. Senate seat, Secretary of State, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and one of the two seats on the utility rate-setting Corporation Commission. Greg Stanton, the leftwing former mayor of Phoenix won in Congressional District 9. Dems now hold five of Arizona’s nine CD seats.

Republicans Paul Gosar (CD-4), Andy Biggs (CD-5), David Schweikert (CD-6), and Debbie Lesko (CD-8) are currently the minority in the delegation.

Only Republicans Gov. Doug Ducey, Attorney General Mark Brnovich retained their state seats and first rate former state senator Kimberly Yee won as State Treasurer. But the state legislature is no longer a solid bastion as Dems made inroads in the AZ House and Senate led in large part by liberal unionist teachers, who were placated by Ducey when they abandoned their students for a week. Ducey added insult to injury with his recent appointment of a far left Dem to the Arizona Board of Regents. Could this be the final affront behind his longtime chief of staff taking a hike?

The state Republican Party clearly needs energized new leadership as this unprecedented seismic shift took place under Jonathan Lines. Amazingly, he is considering a second term as GOP chairman. Another name being floated is Frank Thorwald, whose padded resume doesn‘t address his lack of involvement in the state party. He works for Robert Graham providing Graham another puppet.

Conservative Kelli Ward is a former state senator. She traveled the state repeatedly as she waged two U.S. senate campaigns and developed national relationships necessary for this leadership post. She also has the much needed fundraising skills required for the job. Most importantly, Dr. Kelli Ward, an osteopathic physician, challenged the establishment. She is not part of it.

“The Party of Lincoln and Goldwater should be one that is led by the grassroots; unfortunately, over the last four years, the grassroots within the Republican Party have been silenced and disenfranchised both nationally and at the state level in Arizona.” Ward said in her announcement.

The Arizona Republican Party, which still has this page up touting a smiling John McCain — who died in August — as a “federal official,” will be holding its internal election in January.

Clearly, Jonathan Lines is over his head.

17 Responses to Bravo! Dr. Kelli Ward runs for AZ GOP chair

  1. Mike says:

    Minor point: we were already “purple” long before. The new Dem only replaced the worst RINO who ever lived, so it’s not like the difference is going to be of any significance as it otherwise might have been.

  2. Michael Schmitz says:

    While I voted for Ward in the primary and have in the past been a big supporter of hers, I have concerns as I did not see her or that outdated egotistical Arpaio campaigning for McSally in the general election.

    I’m honestly asking the readers of Seeing Red, did I miss something?

    • State Committeeman says:

      If Ward and Arpaio would have signaled their supporters to support McSally, she might have won. Though it’s disappointing, I also realize national campaigns take over your life and making such a magnanimous gesture to someone who relentlessly lied about you in well-funded prime time ads would put such a person on a pathway for sainthood.

      I will definitely support Kelli Ward for state chair.

  3. Saguaro Sam says:

    Dr. Ward, and others, may benefit from reading this:

    “. . .In Arizona, Soros and his son Alexander, who serves as deputy chair of the Open Society Foundations and as a member of organization’s U.S. Programs Advisory Board, helped to underwrite a mysterious super PAC that launched attack ads against Republican U.S. Senate candidate Martha McSally.”

    “The group, called Red and Gold, failed to provide required financial disclosure documents to the Federal Elections Commission until after the Arizona GOP primary election. But by then it had already spent $1.7 million solely attacking McSally in an attempt to boost her primary rivals. McSally nevertheless became the GOP nominee to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake.. . .”

    “Red and Gold received the $1.7 million infusion from the Senate Majority PAC. The coordinated effort had ties to Alexander Soros, reported the Arizona Republic, the state’s largest daily newspaper. After the primary, George Soros gave $600,000 to Red and Gold and another $425,000 to Priorities USA Action for anti-McSally attack ads. . . ”

    —————–The entire article is lengthy and is disturbing.

    A “mysterious PAC”.

    Dr. Ward will need to take that white lab coat that she is so fond of being photographed in and take that friggin stethoscope from around her neck and brush up on some hand to hand combat skills.
    I recommend KRAV MAGA. Look it up.

    Read yesterday that Kirk Adams was leaving Ducey’s staff.
    Will he be replacing Kyl and become the mouthpiece for the McCain machine ?

  4. Trevor says:

    How close is Jonathan Lines is with Flake who I suspect he will try and interfere to sabotage Dr. Ward.

  5. jake sez says:

    Please tell me we have someone to look to for leadership rather than Kelli Ward and McSally. New blood would be nice but these two have been around long enough to removed with a fork. They are done.

    • Arizona Conservative Guy says:

      Kelli Ward is a skilled communicator and battle tested. Would you prefer a self aggrandizing con like Robert Graham and his easily manipulable green novice cronies such as Jonathan Lines or Thorwald? What will it take for you to have had enough of the McCain/Flake/Kyl syndicate?

      Ward didn’t lose because she was a weak Senate candidate. She was outspent 10 to 1 by McCain, and later against McSally by his worshiping enablers carrying on his “legacy.” Check out the FEC filings. The donors are all listed there.

      Jonathan Lines who led the AZ Republican Party to not previously seen massive GOP losses was the “new blood” you seem to revere.

      Experience is a plus, not a detriment. Would you send a Pfc or a General to lead a war? We’re in the fight of our lives right now.

      • jake sez says:

        Your comment is like asking if I want to be shot or burned to death. I don’t want either. Why do we have to pick from someone who is the establishment devil and the lady who I don’t have confidence in? Cant we find someone else who is new and fresh. How about Andy BIggs?

    • Jig says:

      I agree about McLesbo and hope she goes away or returns to run for Congress in her old district if the voters there so choose.

  6. Saguaro Sam says:

    Major and unprecedented press conference tomorrow (Wed) at 10 ET in Columbia, SC.

    Being held by U.S. Attorney’s Office; Army, Air Force and Navy crim investigative units; IRS (crim), US Postal Inspectors, and other L.E. entities.

    If there’s anyone awake from the gov’s office or the AZAG office, might want to tune in.

  7. Jig says:

    I would support this. I was never in favor of her other races as I don’t think she was qualified for those steps but if she can pull this off, bravo and it will give her more experience.

    Arizona’s Republican Party needs an overhaul or it will soon be as relevant as the Democrat party in Mississippi.

    Please remove McCain’s picture ASAP!

  8. Karen G. says:

    I personally am sick and tired of the cronies running our state, and all the back-room deals that gave us nothing but corrupt Rinos. We should run ‘fast’ from Frank Thorwald a ‘friend and associate of Robert Graham. That’s all I need to know, so Kelli is looking good to me.

  9. PC and State Committeeman says:

    Ward should not run for anything and I agree with so many on this thread we need new blood we have nothing but ignorant, grandiose opportunists or Cabal puppets running in our Party

  10. BS61 says:

    Ward, Ducey & Douglas were responsible for implementing & continuing Brewers azmerit renamed from Commoncore, so I won’t support her!

    • Clementine says:

      You couldn’t be more wrong!!! When in the state Senate, Kelli Ward authored a bill to get rid of Common Core state standards and give local districts the right to adopt their own standards.

      What’s more conservative than that? It’s clear you not only have a grudge against Dr. Ward, but are willing to lie in order to advance your own deceitful agenda.

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