AZ GOP chair Robert Graham’s McMyopia

November 21, 2015

Make no mistake.  We are no fans of either Democrat U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (CD-1) or Barack Obama. However, the odd email sent out Friday by AZ GOP chairman Robert Graham, has left numerous conservatives scratching their heads in bewilderment.

Graham chastises both Kirkpatrick and Obama for not supporting the SAFE Act, which he cagily calls “a program to preserve national security by pausing the Syrian refugee program until additional background investigations of the refugees are in place.”

Well and good.

But where are the equally harsh words for Arizona’s other congressional liberals who voted in exactly the same matter as Ann Kirkpatrick?  

Why have leftists U.S. Reps. Raul Grijalva (CD-5) and Ruben Gallego (CD-7) slipped the surly bonds of Graham’s condemnation? 

The answer is all too simple. U.S. Sen. John McCain, who will be 80 by Election Day, is running for yet another 6-year term after over three decades in office. Throughout those years his record on myriad issues has been interchangeable with the Democrats, with whom he has often partnered against Republicans.

That’s why he was publicly censured by elected precinct committeemen at the January 2014 mandatory meeting of the Maricopa County Republican Committee by a vote of 1,150 to 351. Two weeks later the annual Statutory Meeting of the State Committee of the Arizona Republican Party also censured the longtime politician for a litany of grievances, including a “record [which] has been disastrous and harmful to Arizona and the United States.” 

Graham is suffering from a severe case of McMyopia, a refusal to see the same shameful behavior in the lying, “Open Borders” attitude of Arizona’s senior senator as evidenced by three of Arizona’s four congressional Democrats.

This was SRAZ’s take on the same issue as it relates to (AZ CD-9) U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s vote with the GOP and her reasons for doing so.

Robert Graham, fantasizing McCain is not facing primary challengers goes directly at Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick who will be running in the General Election. McCain has primary opposition, acknowledged by Breitbart though ignored by Graham, ever eager to carry McCain’s distasteful water. As we recently noted, Roll Call is not as constrained as Graham. It lists John McCain number six on the roster of the ten most vulnerable U.S. Senators on the 2016 ballot.

Finger-to-wind Kyrsten Sinema casts her lot with GOP

November 20, 2015

So what do you do when you’re a liberal Democrat up for reelection for the first time in a newly formed swing distinct where registered Independents prevail and Republicans remain a factor? Ask onetime Green Party candidate turned Democrat, Kyrsten Sinema.

Sinema voted with a majority of Republicans, including the entire Arizona GOP delegation Thursday.

Forty-seven other House Democrats also jumped ship — voting to halt admissions and increase security checks on Syrian and Iraqi nationals claiming refugee status to enter the United States. With her vote, Sinema defied Barack Obama‘s veto threat.

The global threat cannot be ignored. Just this morning a luxury hotel in Mali, frequented by tourists, was the scene of yet another bloody rampage as Islamic terrorists seized 170 guests and staff in an ongoing hostage-taking that left at least twenty seven people dead and others wounded. The gunmen and grenade throwers shouted the all too familiar jihadist murderous slogan, “Allahu Akbar!” meaning “Allah is greater” in Arabic.

H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE Act) passed 289-137 — just two days after it was introduced. The bill, which was taken up on the heels of this revelation, now moves to the senate.

Sixty percent (60%) of ‘Likely U.S. Voters’ oppose the settling of Syrian refugees in the state where they live, according to this latest Rasmussen Reports national survey. Just 28% favor their state taking in these unable to be sufficiently vetted Muslim “refugees.”

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of voters are now concerned that giving thousands of Syrians asylum poses a national security risk to the United States, with 52% who are ‘Very Concerned.’ 

It’s a good bet political extremist and once vocal open-borders proponent Kyrsten Sinema has more than a passing interest in these numbers. Her retooled political future could be determined by them.

McCain and McSally: Tied at the McHip

November 8, 2015

“We report, you decide”

Within short order of each other these nearly identically worded  press releases went out from the offices of Sen. John McCain and U.S. Rep. Martha McSally:

Received Friday, November 6, 2015, 11:30 AM:

U.S. Rep. McSally Statement on Rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline

TUCSON — U.S. Representative Martha McSally today issued the following statement in reaction to President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline:

“It’s disappointing, but not surprising, to see the President reject what would be a plus for American workers and our economy. The President’s own State Department reported the Keystone Pipeline would add over 40,000 jobs and $3.4 billion to our economy, while having no significant climate effect. The President is not just turning down a good jobs project; he’s again throwing his political agenda ahead of doing what’s best for our country-as he did recently with our national defense authorization bill-and it’s everyday Americans who continue to suffer.”

Received Friday, November 6, 2015, 10:09 AM:


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement today on President Obama’s rejection of the proposal to construct the Keystone XL pipeline:

“It is extremely disappointing but not surprising to see President Obama favor his liberal environmentalist allies over jobs for hardworking Americans by rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline. This pipeline would have immediately put Americans to work, enabled our nation to increase its domestic energy supply, and invested billions into an economy that is still recovering from the worst recession since the Great Depression. President Obama’s latest decision underscores the vital need to elect a Republican to the White House who will roll-back this Administration’s extreme regulatory agenda and move the Keystone XL pipeline forward.”

House Speaker: AZ conservatives endorse Webster over McCarthy & UPDATE

October 8, 2015

With the announced resignation of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner a welcome reality, a downside looms.

Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the House majority leader, is Boehner’s ‘right hand man,’ who frequently veers left. Still McCarthy has been regarded as the presumptive successor to Boehner.

Conservatives oppose promoting McCarthy to the leadership position in the wake of Boehner’s upcoming departure.  The prevailing thought is that such a move will leave in place a team that has failed to deliver on its promises or oppose Obama’s “executive” overreaches.

Reps. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) both announced their intentions to run in opposition to status-quo McCarthy.

Freedom Works which tracks key votes called on conservatives not to support McCarthy — calling him Boehner 2.0.

Today in a closed-door vote of the House Republican Conference for speaker, Webster received the conservative support.

The full chamber, in a public roll call vote, will vote on Boehner’s successor on Oct. 29. At that time, 218 votes are needed to secure the leadership post.

AZ U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon is a founding member of the invitation-only House Freedom Caucus, a group of approximately 40 Republicans devoted to limited-government principles. Reps. Trent Franks, Paul Gosar and David Schweikert are also members.

The later October date pushes the GOP leadership elections up against a major vote to raise the federal government’s nearly $19 trillion debt ceiling.

The Obama administration advised Boehner in a letter last week that the debt ceiling has to be raised by Nov. 5 or the U.S. will risk defaulting. During Boehner’s tenure, he relied on a group of squish Republicrats to join with Democrats to pass similar legislation.

Has a new day dawned?


FOX News is reporting McCarthy has dropped out, saying, ’It’s best that we have a new face.”

AZ U.S. Rep. Schweikert speaks truth about McCain

October 5, 2015

Congressman David Schweikert (R-CD 6) is being excoriated by John McCain’s obedient reporter at the daily newspaper.

Dan Nowicki, who dutifully covers the senior senator as though his career depends on it, hammers Schweikert in the Sunday edition.  And what did the congressman do to warrant such treatment as a headline using the full names of all players: “David Schwiekert’s dismissal of John McCain boosts Ann Kirkpatrick”?

Republican Schweikert stands accused of speaking the truth as it relates to the unpopular and weakened McCain — who will be 80 by Primary Election day and is running for his sixth 6-year senate term.

You do the math.

Incompetent  Ann Kirkpatrick, a union-supported, pro-abortion liberal, mounting a challenge to McCain has used Schweikert’s assessment in a campaign ad as if the facts are news.

Even Nowicki grudgingly acknowledges forces are aligned to take out McCain.

The rise of presidential aspirant outsiders such as Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina, while anointed establishment candidate Jeb Bush sinks to the low single digits, is sure to give McCain heartburn. Stir in the conservative glee over Obama-obliging House Speaker John Boehner’s imminent departure, along with the stunning 2014 Primary defeat of GOP House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by an unknown conservative, and it becomes clear Republicans want  new and conservative faces. Cantor vastly outspent Brat but was unable to shake the assertion that he too willing to compromise on illegal immigration — now a looming issue even in Virginia.

McCain is described as “the ultimate insider” by his own toady Nowicki. The esteemed Conservative Review scores McCain with a bright red “F.”

John McCain is indeed vulnerable. His own party’s elected officials overwhelmingly voted to censure him. He ruthlessly retaliated by colluding with Democrats as he attempted to purge the conservatives activists from elected precinct committeemen posts. McCain colluded with discredited IRS official Lois Lerner in a concerted effort to target conservative advocacy groups.

It will only be due to a glut of candidates that John McCain could hope to win. Of the challengers, there is only one —  physician and constitutional conservative former state senator — Kelli Ward, who is deserving of your vote. Read her impressive bio, check out her stance on the issues that matter to Arizonans, send her a donation, and get out the vote for a woman who will make Arizona proud.

McCain was first elected to the U.S. House in 1982. He’s now running for his sixth six-year senate term.

Haven’t you had enough of his deception?

AZ GOP establishment, past and present party on — for the party

September 24, 2015

Portrayed as a reception in support of the AZ GOP, it doesn’t take a clairvoyant to recognize what the Oct. 20, gathering thousands of miles from Arizona at the members only Capitol Hill Club is actually about. At this tony soiree, held in Washington, DC, the local Republican hoi polloi can’t even hope to make the guest list. It’s the esteemed lobbyists and PAC contributors whose presence and checkbook is requested. The rest of us need to stand at the ready to pound campaign signs and go door-to-door in 115° delivering campaign materials and getting the vote out. We also get to stand like sheeple and applaud when those we put in the swank offices along the Potomac enter a room.

Featuring Gov. Doug Ducey and AZ GOP Chairman Robert Graham,  co-hosts include the entire AZ GOP delegation: Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake and AZ U.S. Reps. Trent Franks (CD-8), Paul Gosar (CD-4), Martha McSally (CD-2), Matt Salmon (CD-5), and David Schweikert (CD-6).

There is even an honorary host committee including a host of formers — U.S. Reps. Jim Kolbe, now a lobbyist, John Shadegg, also lobbying and former Sen. Jon Kyl, who currently works for the powerful D.C. lobbyist/law firm Covington & Burling.

There will be a gala closer to home in affluent Paradise Valley, but don‘t count on being invited to that high dollar Oct. 17 event either. It’s in a gated community, specifically intended to keep out the riff and the raff. Besides, chances are good you didn’t rate an invitation. Bet these guys did.

AZ US Rep. Gosar shuns Pope Francis’ speech to congress

September 19, 2015

Pope abandons moral authority in favor of  emphasis on leftist policies. He disdains capitalism and embraces the radical environmentalism and false science of climate change, rather than focusing on the persecution and slaughter of Christians and religious minorities by ISIS and other Islamic terrorist organizations, and intentional genocide of unborn children by Planned Parenthood

U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, a Republican representing Arizona’s 4th Congressional District will not be joining in either Obama’s grand red carpet roll out for or the address to congress by Pope Francis. Gosar, who defines himself as a proud Catholic, was educated at Jesuit schools, where he obtained both his undergraduate and DDS degree.

In this commentary, Congressman Gosar explains why he is boycotting Pope Francis’ congressional address. The following is excerpted from his cogent message:

“Many believed, like I did, that this was an opportunity for the Pope to be one of the world’s great religious advocates and address the current intolerance of religious freedom. An opportunity to urgently challenge governments to properly address the persecution and execution of Christians and religious minorities; to address the heinous and senseless murders committed by ISIS and other terrorist organizations. An opportunity to address the enslavement, belittlement, rape and desecration of Christian women and children; to address the condoned, subsidized, intentionally planned genocide of unborn children by Planned Parenthood and society; and finally, an opportunity for His Holiness to refocus our priorities on right from wrong. 

Media reports indicate His Holiness instead intends to focus the brunt of his speech on climate change–a climate that has been changing since first created in Genesis. More troubling is the fact that this climate change talk has adopted all of the socialist talking points, wrapped false science and ideology into “climate justice” and is being presented to guilt people into leftist policies. If the Pope stuck to standard Christian theology, I would be the first in line. If the Pope spoke out with moral authority against violent Islam, I would be there cheering him on. If the Pope urged the Western nations to rescue persecuted Christians in the Middle East, I would back him wholeheartedly. But when the Pope chooses to act and talk like a leftist politician, then he can expect to be treated like one.”

Francis’ 5-day U.S. schedule — following a stopover in Communist Cuba — is available here.

We share Rep. Gosar’s frustrations regarding Pope Francis as noted with these words from a previous post:

“His provocative mastery of Marxist, anti-capitalist buzzwords is disturbing, with redistribution of wealth one of his frequent themes. Yet he does not deny himself the latest technology as he travels the globe like a jetsetter, frequently tweets and even takes selfies. Last year his tweet, “inequality is the root of social evil,” set off a heated debate in which he was  criticized for increasingly driving a wedge between conservatives and the Catholic Church. Francis previously blasted ‘trickle-down’ economics, a basic tenet of President Reagan’s economic policy as a “crude and naive” theory.”

Seeing Red AZ has previously addressed Pope Francis’ far-left agenda:

May 16, 2015:  Pope Francis embraces leftist doctrines

June 17, 2015: Pope Francis: “Global Political Authority” needed to tackle climate change

Aug. 24, 2015: Dems to enlist Pope on illegals, voter base expansion



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