McCain hosts Sedona shindig: Your invitation is in the mail

April 23, 2015

Well, not actually.

Although John McCain wants your money and your vote, he doesn’t want YOU. According to the website, “registration for this invitation-only, closed-press event is full.”

These are the high-profile folks you could have mingled with at the third annual weekend conference, if only you had made the cut. As you nose around the site, be sure to take a gander at the high dollar donor list, with categories ranging from “$100,000 and above” down to a paltry “$24,999 and under.” The McCain Presidential Campaign and Bloomberg Philanthropies are among the eye catchers, but San Francisco-based Democrat donors Lisa and Greg Wendt, should ring a bell or two. As FrontPage magazine reports, under the guise of the benign sounding “Arizona Grassroots Action PAC,” the longtime McCain contributors helped raise nearly $300,000 to oust elected conservative committeemen —- the backbone activists of the AZ GOP —- who voted in a stinging rebuke to censure McCain in 2014. Colorado businessman Gregory Maffei and the Wendt’s wrote the PAC’s largest checks.

 Leftist Democrats are integral to McCain’s programs. Last year, Hillary Clinton, who McCain has referred to as a “rock star,” was featured.  Past speakers besides Clinton, have included “Vice President Joe Biden, Actor/Director Ben Affleck, CEO’s from major corporations and Presidents, Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers, experts and civil society leaders from around the world.” This year even Actress/Cougar Demi Moore who co-founded a group fighting sexual exploitation of children, will be in attendance.

While National Security is prominently featured on McCain’s Sedona Forum agenda, not a word is mentioned about border security or the fact that besides not having a clue who is entering our country, we are losing our national identity as reported Wednesday by the Washington Examiner. The newspaper points to recent U.S. Census figures that indicate a record 51 million immigrants in 8 years will account for 82% of U.S. growth. The Center for Immigration Studies analyzed the statistics and concluded that by 2023, one in seven U.S. residents will be an immigrant, rising to one in five by 2060 when the legal and illegal immigrant population is expected to total 78 million and minorities will be the majority.

Staring 80 in the eye, the egotistical and mean-spirited McCain is running for yet another six-year-term. We have a choice. Get onboard.


So who is Marco Rubio?

April 14, 2015

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is the latest announced 2016 Republican presidential candidate. At 43, he brings youthful vigor and promises of a “new American Century.”  What he is telling us is he is not a retread Bush or Clinton. He declares, “It begins now.”

There’s much to agree with as he makes his case. He urges a strong stance against a nuclear deal with Iran. Rubio wisely wants to bolster our national defense. He says he has a plan to eliminate the $18 Trillion national debt. Who can argue with his desire to restore the American Dream? Like most conservatives, he’s pro-life and a Second Amendment supporter. He even promises to cut taxes. These are all worthy goals. The trick is how to implement them.

A bit of background: Rubio’s parents immigrated from Cuba in 1956 and are naturalized U.S. citizens. He was born in Miami, Florida. His wife’s parents are from Columbia. In his religious life, he’s been all over the map. He speaks of his Catholic faith although he also attends a Southern Baptist church. As a child, he was baptized a Mormon and was active in the LDS faith through his early adolescence.

But it’s his divergent and facile views on illegal immigration, the DREAM Act, guest worker program and even Arizona’s SB 1070 that tell a convoluted story. Although he says he doesn’t support amnesty, he repeatedly falls back on the old saw, that “our immigration system is broken.” He also calls it “antiquated” and in need of “modernization.”

.In April 2012, Juan Williams interviewed Marco Rubio on these issues. The following year Rubio eagerly signed on with senate amnesty supporters —- Arizona’s duplicitous John McCain, Jeff Flake and Lindsey Graham (SC) as part of the “bipartisan” Gang of 8. For many conservatives, that blunderous association was a defining moment. Also onboard were leftist Democrat Senators Dick Durbin (Illinois), Chuck Schumer (NY), Robert Menendez (NJ), and Michael Bennet (Colo).

With presidential aspirations front and center, Rubio has since tried to reverse his commitment to the 2013 “comprehensive immigration reform bill” that contained a pathway to citizenship for illegals. The bill passed the Senate but failed in the GOP-controlled House, where the politicians then opted for a “piecemeal” approach, thinking we don‘t know incrementalism when it looks us in the eye. 

Americans are hungry for honesty. We haven’t seen it in six years. This is the time to closely examine the candidates as they announce. America’s future is at stake. The question to ask is, “Can Rubio be trusted?”


Conservatives work to “Replace John McCain”

April 9, 2015

Senate Conservatives Fund and Conservative Review agree: Arizona deserves principled leadership

In response to John McCain’s reelection campaign announcement (our coverage here) that he is seeking a sixth six-year term in the U.S. Senate, Ken Cuccinelli, President of the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF), has the principled answer to bring sanity back to Arizona’s political scene. 

The SCF’s fact-filled web page “Replace John McCain” opens with these truths:

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) officially announced [today] that he will seek a sixth term in the U.S. Senate. Thirty years of cutting deals with the Democrats is not enough for Senator McCain; he wants six more.

There are few Republicans who have betrayed our conservative principles more than John McCain. He wrote the McCain-Kennedy and “Gang of Eight” immigration bills that offered amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. He voted for the Wall Street bailout, to fund the implementation of Obamacare, for the $600 billion “fiscal cliff” tax hike, and to raise the debt limit 14 different times!

John McCain lost his way a long time ago and it’s time to replace him with a strong conservative leader who will support and defend the Constitution.

 “If we’re going to save this great country,” writes Cuccinelli, “we need to elect true conservative leaders who will stand and fight for our principles. Being a U.S. Senator is not an entitlement and Republican voters in Arizona deserve a real choice.”

It’s no surprise the trustworthy and forthright Senate Conservatives Fund was named the Top Conservative PAC in America during the 2014 election cycle. SCF is funded by the grassroots. The average contribution amount to SCF is just $45 and individuals are prohibited from giving more than $5,000 per calendar year.

Conservative Review, another ethical conservative group, analyzed key votes and gave both Arizona senators an “F” rating. Due to staggered terms, only John McCain will appear on the 2016 ballot. Our votes for Arizona’s senator have never been more crucial. When national conservative groups weigh in against the Republican candidate, that fact becomes crystal clear.

 Join the cause.  It matters. Now more than ever.


Octogenarian McCain tottering for reelection

April 8, 2015

It would be difficult to top Matt Drudge’s witty headline, “McCain to seek re-re-re-re-re-election,” but one small correction is needed. The senior senator allegedly representing Arizona is actually seeking his sixth term, meaning yet another “re” should be added.

McCain’s announcement speech was fittingly given before a gathering of pro-amnesty Chamber of Commerce enthusiasts lunching Tuesday at the posh Arizona Biltmore Resort. McCain was introduced by his sycophantic doppelganger Jeff Flake, whom McCain lavished with praise —- not for any accomplishments —- but for his supposed good looks. He got no, “Aw shucks, sir,” in response from the agreeing junior senator.

In his speech, McCain feigned concern about citizen frustration over a variety of issues, but specifically stated, “Arizonans are frustrated by the federal government’s chronic inability to secure our southern border.” After likening himself to Ronald Reagan, he mentions God and somberly declares his work isn’t finished.

You can’t beat that with a stick!

The fact is, John McCain has been a Washington, D.C. insider since 1982 when he was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986. If he was effective and actually worked with the Republicans under whose banner he runs, instead of continually aisle-crossing to collude with the Democrats, the frustration levels would be far less profound.

Despite his pre-election rhetoric, the censured John McCain has never had any intention of providing actual border securityNeither has Jeff Flake. Immediately after the 2012 election, the duo were start-up members of the “Gang of Eight” teaming with a couple of other Republicrats and quartet of liberals attempting to legitimize throwing open America‘s doors to welcome illegal invaders. 

John McCain, unable to gracefully retire and filled with rage against the audacity of any challengers, will be 80 years old as he campaigns for another six-year term to undercut America.

We have a much better alternative. Meet state Sen. Kelli Ward.


Need more proof of McCain chokehold on AZGOP?

April 5, 2015

Robert Graham closing meeting to elected Precinct Committeemen, shutting down information flow

MCRC Republican Briefs is the daily go-to site for party activists and those who are interested in the real scoop. These two revealing items from the Saturday edition were provided by editor Frosty Taylor, a former reporter who pulls no punches and is known for her integrity.

Precinct Committeemen Having Been Asking About The upcoming AZGOP April 18 meeting since it is traditional for interested PCs to sit in on the meetings (as observers, cannot vote). There has been no public announcement of the April 18 AZGOP meeting, so I sent an e-mail to AZGOP Robert Graham last night reminding him that – when elected in 2013 he had assured me that Briefs would receive the announcements/agendas and was welcome to attend all state GOP meetings. (Normal procedure for the past decade of prior state chairmen). This morning, Graham responded “… This is a new cycle and I am changing things up a bit. This will be a closed meeting. Those in attendance will be the Executive Committee, AZGOP Staff and the LD Chairman. Thanks for your interest. Have a Happy Easter.”  So there you have straight from the horse’s mouth… It’s a closed meeting.  Hmm… wonder how that is going to set with interested grassroots State Committeemen and PCs???

There Is Also Growing PCs Chatter about the lack of movement by the AZGOP on the “closed primaries resolutions” that were passed at the January 2014 and 2015 statutory meeting. Many are of the opinion that the AZGOP is delaying action on ‘closed primaries’ because they believe Sen John McCain cannot win a closed primary election.  They wonder if this one of the items up for discussion at the mysterious April 18 ‘closed meeting’?

At the Arizona Republican Party Statutory Meeting in January of this year, Robert Graham showed himself to be in the pocket of the McEstablishment by slipping John McCain, Jeff Flake and a contingent of Vietnamese McCain supporters —-  waving flags of the country they were eager to leave —- to drown out the expected boos and jeers from the conservative majority crowd.  This Seeing Red AZ post Sens. McCain, Flake rate boo-vation at AZ GOP meeting, also includes a video documenting the reception.


Harry Reid out! Not soaking “up all those resources”

March 27, 2015

Harry Reid, 75, announced today he will not seek re-election to another term, saying he wanted to focus on bringing Democrats back to power in the Senate rather than his own re-election.

Physically and emotionally bruised, the Senate Minority Leader issued this video statement saying it would be “inappropriate for me to soak up all those resources when I could be devoting those resources to the caucus, and that’s what I intend to do.”

The steadfast Obama supporter claimed he sustained facial injuries when an elastic band on a piece of equipment broke while exercising at his home on New Year’s Day. He fell, breaking four ribs and multiple bones near his right eye.


Memorial Service for Bill Bridwell

March 26, 2015

   Calla LilyBill Bridwell, a long-time and well respected GOP activist passed away on Sunday.

Bridwell was a CD1 Member-at-large, AZ GOP Assistant Sergeant At Arms, Pinal County   Republican Committee and Precinct Committeeman, Charter member and past President of the Western Pinal Republican Club and a 2008 Republican National Convention representative. He also served as a Casa Grande Planning and Zoning Commissioner.

Memorial services will be held at 2 pm., Tues., March 31 at the United Methodist Church, 1515 N Trekell Road., Casa Grande, AZ 85122.

The service will be led by his nephew Pastor Buc Bridwell of Seattle and Cowboy Preacher, father Bill Sr. of Scottsdale.

His complete obituary can be read here.

 


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