McCain v. Sinema: Ponder that sticky wicket

February 3, 2015

It’s a rare occurrence when we link directly to a report in the Arizona Republic, but this “exclusive” by Rebekah L. Sanders spiked our interest. It focuses on a new fundraising mechanism, “Getting Stuff Done” or GSD PAC, put together by and for the benefit extreme leftist U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (AZ CD-9).

Kalik & Associates, a self-described “progressive” soup-to-nuts beltway political consulting firm, lists Sinema as a client, and prominently displays a Politico article from Nov. 2014, congratulating her on being selected as the Dem’s chief deputy whip for the 114th Congress. It includes what easily could have been an overlooked predictive quote from Sinema:

That position often serves as a steppingstone for ambitious members who seek higher spots at the Democrats’ leadership table and is a get for the freshmen Democrat.

“Americans are fed up with the gridlock in Washington, and the tone in Congress needs to change. I look forward to working with Whip Hoyer and the rest of the Whip team to create opportunity, support veterans and get things done for Arizona families,” Sinema said.

There’s that reference to her newly created image as the one “Getting Stuff Done.”

Kyrsten Sinema has spent recent years recrafting her image. She has come full circle —- from a combatively foul-mouthed, in-your-face bi-sexual, avowed atheist, defamer of married women, anti-Israel, communist-party connected, open-borders advocate and anti-military anarchist —- to taping soft campaign ads in which she expresses her deep concern to the grieving parents of a serviceman who committed suicide.

If her plans include mounting a challenge to either Sen. John McCain or Jeff Flake, it will set up a political upheaval not seen since the 1970’s when incumbent congressmen John Conlan and Sam Steiger roughed each other up and Democrat Dennis DeConcini waltzed into the U.S. Senate they were vying for. There would not be an internecine bloodbath with this scenario, but simply envisioning the havoc sets teeth on edge.  

John McCain’s mother advised the Republicans she knew had no use for him to “hold their nose,” and vote for John in 2008 when he ran against Barack Obama. We did it then. This might be the bridge too far far-left radical Sinema is banking on.

For a full picture of this deceptive changeling now representing CD 9, acquaint yourself with Guy Benson’s Townhall exposé included in this post, Kyrsten Sinema: Far-left radical AZ CD 9 Dem exposed. A link to Breitbart’s Big Government coverage by Trevor Loudon is included in AZ’s Big Red: Kyrsten Sinema’s Commie ties revealed.

Then reach for an Alka-Seltzer.


McCain’s 2016 pick a mirror-image non-starter

February 2, 2015

Ditches Hillary for another sweetie

Failed presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain is not exactly on the same page as most Arizona Republicans. He was the object of ridicule, receiving boos and turned backs at the annual Statutory Meeting of the State Committee of the Arizona Republican Party from many of the nearly 800 elected delegates, where he made a rare appearance last weekend. (A video of the spectacle is included under the link.)

McCain was censured in 2014 at the annual mandatory meeting of the Maricopa County Republican Committee, where the resolution to censure passed overwhelmingly — 1,150 in support with only 351 opposed. Arizona’s “unfavorite son” was censured again two weeks later by a 78% margin at the 2014 GOP Statutory Meeting.

The majority of Arizona counties also passed censure resolutions against the unpopular McCain. Few Arizona conservatives care what he thinks.

Now Bloomberg News reports that McCain —- who influences no one —- has announced his intention to support his longtime doppelganger, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, if he officially decides to run for president.

Last October, McCain began withdrawing his support from Hillary Clinton, whom he’d previously lavished with enthusiastic praise and referred to as a “Rock Star.”

The multi-censured McCain and Lindsey Graham have even more in common than their weak border security and amnesty positions putting them at odds with their constituents. Republicans in South Carolina passed this censure resolution publicly rebuking  Sen. Lindsey Graham. The censure, which passed by the identical 78% as the reproach of McCain, cites 30 examples of Graham violating the Republican Party platform. At the bottom of the page, are other censures against Graham going back to 2007.

The 30-point censure states: “Lindsey Graham has committed a long series of actions that we strongly disapprove of and hold to be fundamentally inconsistent with the principles of the South Carolina Republican Party.”

On the list of grievances is his McCain-like support of amnesty, which has earned him the label Lindsey Grahamnesty.

McCain and Graham are well-matched amigos. If he enters the race, we predict his effort will be as well received as McCain’s.  America deserves better.

Tony Bouie scores cushy post: Establishment takes care of its own

January 31, 2015

Newly elected Arizona Governor Doug Ducey isn’t letting any grass grow under his feet as he repays establishment favors.

In this accolade-filled press release, Ducey announces the appointment of accomplished charlatan Tony Bouie as the new director of the Arizona State Lottery.

This post, “Tony Bouie: Problematic candidate is baaack,“ dated Jan. 30, 2012, contains links to numerous articles we’ve written about Bouie’s brazen attempts to deceive the voters in two separate districts where he sought legislative seats.  It’s time to stop the embarrassment, Tonycontains links to a dozen other articles about the duplicitous Tony Bouie.

A man with an abundance of personal problemsBouie is best known for registering as a Republican after being a lifelong Democrat, and then opportunistically lying about it when running in a GOP heavy District. He shamelessly filed his intent to run within FIVE short days of changing his registration status. Then the newly-minted Republican had the temerity to refer to himself as a “conservative leader.” After his con was exposed he went so far as to send out a press release declaring that he “became a Republican in his heart,” but neglected to reregister — with the new party that meant so much to him. 

Until his lies were exposed, opportunistic imposter Bouie remained so insistent touting his longtime Republican credentials that he told the Capitol Times, “In fact, I’ve been a Republican half of my voting life.”

The lottery —- state sanctioned gambling —- is taking a pointless gamble with Tony Bouie.

In an arena where integrity must be the paramount consideration, Gov. Ducey and his advisors have fallen far short of the mark in replacing principled former state lawmaker Jeff Hatch-Miller, who has held this position since 2009.

Sens. McCain, Flake rate boo-vation at AZ GOP meeting

January 24, 2015

Inauspicious beginning of Robert Graham’s second term at helm of AZ GOP

The annual Statutory Meeting of the State Committee of the Arizona Republican Party was the site of another in the continued rejections of John McCain, as nearly 800 elected statewide delegates, carrying 435 proxies, expressed their displeasure with Arizona’s U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake. The duo made a grossly miscalculated judgment call by even turning onto the property where the Saturday meeting was held.

McCain was introduced by Rev. C. T. Wright, a man of the cloth obviously selected to keep the crowd in check. But even the emotive pastor wasn’t enough to tame the ire of the crowd at seeing the man they censured just last year for a litany of grievances, including a “record [which] has been disastrous and harmful to Arizona and the United States.”

Of interest to seasoned politicos was the set-up involved in springing the duplicitous pair on the delegates who were sent out to lunch wagons on the grounds as the hall was cleared to spirit the unpopular senators in.  Among the supporting cast was a Vietnamese entourage, some dressed in fatigues, waving their native flags. There was even a Vietnamese beauty queen resplendent in a long white gown with a shoulder-to-waist ribbon sash.

Judging by the boos, backs turned to the speaker, and people leaving the auditorium during his address, McCain’s choreographed purge of conservatives from the party ranks wasn’t as successful as he had envisioned.

Robert Graham’s pedantic lecture on civility fell on deaf ears as he chastised the McCain-weary delegates. This appalling ruse was put in place by AZ GOP Chairman Graham, who can no longer deny his close association with Team McCain. Had he foisted the “surprise” of McCain and Flake on the delegates before the ballots were voted, his slate likely would have failed.

Graham’s wily timing saved his Chairmanship and the 1st Vice Chairman post for Paralee Schneider; Secretary, Linda White; and Treasurer, Jonathan LinesConservatives held the 2nd Vice Chairmanship with the election of Gabby Saucedo Mercer.

These anti-McCain buttons, badges and lapel stickers were in high demand at the state GOP convention. The badges with “Deport McCain 2 Manchuria,” refer to the 1959 novel and followup movie, “The Manchurian Candidate,” about a former POW from a prominent family who was brainwashed by his Communist captors.



AZ GOP election: Slime campaign reaches new depths

January 23, 2015

Robert Graham is hard at work as he runs for a second term as Arizona Republican Party Chairman. While he amasses conscripted endorsements and accolades, daily emails arrive in the in-boxes of state committeemen heralding Graham as a “defender of conservative principles” who has “delivered tremendous success.”

Confidence building is a requisite campaign tactic. What is troubling is the growing unsavory aspect of having surrogates send 11th hour messages disparaging the Conservative Team running in opposition to the current chair and his slate.

It was not our desire to enter this fray, but the unrelenting attacks against party chair candidate Lori Urban and first vice chair candidate A. J. LaFaro have reached a point where conservatives can no longer turn a blind eye. Not only are they coming at breakneck speed in the final days before the biennial meeting of the State Committee, but the level of animus has exceeded the bounds of decency. LaFaro is the immediate past Maricopa County Chairman.

When viewed by most reasonable people, mudslinging has a far worse effect on the originators of the attacks than the recipients. In a tactic reminiscent of John McCain, Graham’s hands appear to be clean. The dirty work is done by often nameless sycophants who somehow have access to statewide email addresses.  Reports of manipulative push polls, conducted on behalf of the “Republican Party” attempting to influence recipients, reward the undesired answers with gossip contrived to make uninformed newcomers fall into line. Dare we say the honey-voiced woman reading the alternative script, reminds us of John McCain in drag?

In addition to the attacks there are shenanigans relating to petition collections. Traditionally, gathering petition signatures to get a resolution to the floor of the statutory meeting is done in the parking lot as state committeemen arrive.  However, just days ago an AZ GOP restrictive directive was sent out that reads: “As the state committeemen are checked in with their credentials, they will be referred to the room for the purpose of signing your resolutions if they choose to do so.  NO RESOLUTIONS PETITIONS CAN BE CIRCULATED TO STATE COMMITTEEMEN IN ATTENDANCE BEFORE THEY ARE CHECKED IN WITH THEIR CREDENTIALS.”  Further, there will be no mixing of counties on a single page.

This is obviously a preemptive maneuver designed to prevent state committeemen from ever again forwarding another nationally reported, embarrassing censure as previously happened to John McCain at both the Maricopa County meeting and the state GOP meeting.

This meeting of the AZ GOP State Committee will be held tomorrow, Saturday Jan. 24, at the Grace Community Church in Tempe. Registration opens at 7:30 am. If you are a voting state committeeman, arrive armed with truth and eyes clear of the smoke and mirrors intended to deceive.

We support the actual CONSERVATIVE SLATE:

 Chairman:  Lori Urban  

1st Vice Chairman:   A. J. LaFaro 

2nd Vice Chairman:  Gabby Saucedo-Mercer

Secretary:  Lynne Breyer

Treasurer:  Ardith Hildebrant

AZ U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon slips on pick

January 21, 2015


Imagine you’re an Arizona member of congress and could invite anyone in the entire state to travel to Washington, D.C. as your guest to attend Barack Obama’s State of the Union address last night.

With a wide array of worthy conservatives to choose from, U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon,* who gives lip-service to being anti-establishment, confounded many with his selection of KFYI’s marginal talk show host Mike Broomhead.

Broomhead devotes interminable time to sycophantically interviewing the repeatedly censured John McCain, and was a dependable fawning lackey to former Gov. Jan Brewer, who took her marching orders from McCain strategists. 

An A-Lister Salmon might have considered? Former Maricopa County Republican Chairman A. J. LaFaro, would have been an excellent conservative message-sending choice. The message Broomhead sends is one of subservience to the AZ GOP’s elites.

* Cartoon courtesy of Arizona Daily Independent

Bill Montgomery slams victims of Flake’s deadly negligence

January 15, 2015

Nearly two dozen dead dogs — and now their owners —- kicked to the curb by ambitious Maricopa County Attorney

In an obviously benevolent mood just days before Christmas, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery dismissed charges of animal cruelty against the caretakers at Green Acre Boarding Facility. It was in the unrelenting swelter of late June when twenty-three dogs suffered horrific, heat-related suffocation deaths at the kennel. The dogs were crammed in a small laundry room overnight without air conditioning, food or water.

Montgomery’s December media release was awash with legal double talk as he struggled to defend the indefensible.

Fast forward to last week when Montgomery, the suddenly publicity-shy county attorney cancelled his scheduled meeting with representatives of the larger group of pet owners and their attorney, John Schill —- reportedly due to media hype surrounding the meeting. Montgomery’s office has yet to release a statement on the abrupt cancellation. The owners were expecting to meet with him to discuss his decision to dismiss the animal cruelty charges against the owners and caretakers of the boarding facility.

But don’t mistake his reticence. It was merely the calm before the storm that he exhibited in a press conference in which he snarled at the families who lost their beloved dogs.

“This is just an effort to further their civil suit and identify deep pockets. I’m not going to contribute to that kind of hysteria,” Montgomery huffed. “They’re parading children in front of cameras with framed pictures of their pets, I don’t see that in gruesome criminal cases.” He added, “If my goal was to pander to a particular group of people, or pander to a particular group of victims, it would be very easy to sit back and let a court tell us what to do,” said Montgomery. 

He was no doubt referring to the October 15, 2014 indictment handed down by a Maricopa County Grand Jury.

Keep in mind these were not just run-of-the-mill defendants. Austin and Logan Flake, the son and daughter-in-law of U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, were each originally charged with 21 felony counts and 7 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals —- now all dropped. Only a single count of fraud remains against Todd and MaLeisa Hughes, Logan Flake‘s parents. The Hughes were vacationing and left the incompetent Flake’s in charge of their home-based pet boarding business.

The politically ambitious Bill Montgomery is cunning but still exhibited raw insensitivity to the grieving pet owners as he provided insight as to his bent during a Sept. 10 press conference. “This isn’t to cheapen or minimize the loss of the pets to the families,” Montgomery said at the time. “But we’re not talking about the deaths of 23 children.”

In September we prophetically posted “Bill Montgomery: Between a Flake and a hard place.”  We were right then.

We were correct again when, for the first time since the June 2007 launch of Seeing Red AZ we were moved to use the term, “what a load of horse pucky,” in “Bill Montgomery, dead dogs & the Flakes: We got it right the first time.” In that post we pointed out the negative impact bringing this case to trial would have on Montgomery’s lofty political aspirations. He will deflect and obfuscate, but don’t expect integrity.


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