McCain’s former adviser also a Hillary supporter

May 4, 2016

During John McCain’s lackluster 2008 shuffle for the presidency — throughout which he spent more time defending Barack Obama than offering a viable alternative Republicans could rally behind — we opined that he probably cast his own ballot for Obama from the confines of wife Cindy’s luxurious penthouse.  

Now it’s being reported that Mark Salter, McCain’s longtime political adviser, is a Hillary Clinton enthusiast, saying, “I‘m with her.”  No surprise there.  His former boss McCain previously called Hillary “a rock star” he could support.

As we reported in July 2013,  McCain meets regularly with Barack Obama and his top advisers and has even expressed concern over helping the second term president in the legacy department. According to McCain, “The president of the United States, like all presidents in their second terms, looks at their legacy. And there are areas that we have worked on.”

Long known for forging alliances with the most liberal of Democrats, committed amnesty supporter McCain is more of a polarizing figure than ever, which was clearly evidenced by his near inability to carry his home state during his failed presidential bid. He managed a weak 8.9% margin of victory and lost four of Arizona’s fifteen counties to Obama. After over three decades in the senate, the gaffe-prone John McCain is actually running again —- for another 6-year senate term at age 80.

You won’t get this slipperiness from challenger Dr. Kelli Ward, a two-term former state senator with a conservative track record.  Her Issues page addresses the concerns of Arizona voters, as she says, “It’s time to shake up Washington.”  Send her a few bucks to help her get her message out. She’s married to a military man. John McCain doesn’t even have an accurate count on how many homes he and his beer heiress wife Cindy own — clearly not a problem most Arizona voters deal with.


McCain: Cutting edge on technology

March 29, 2016

John McCain: I don’t use email so I won’t write things I later regret

 Amidst the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton’s exclusive use of a personal email address and server during her time as secretary of state, Sen. John McCain, who will be 80 by Election Day, confirms that he has opted out of using email altogether:

“Well, you know that from time to time I get a little emotional. I’m afraid that if I was emailing, given my solid, always calm temperament that I might email something that I might regret,” he continued, adding that he prefers to use the phone and Twitter. “You could send out an email that you would regret later on and would be maybe taken out of context,” McCain said. “And frankly, I don’t have any trouble communicating with my constituents without it.”

Of course, it’s also possible to say things on Twitter that you later regret, like, perhaps this tweet McCain sent out back in 2012:”Good pic of my son Jimmy’s bulldog, Apollo — I’m sorry Mr. President, he’s not on the menu!” [@SenJohnMcCain 19 Apr 2012]

Source: Mediaite.com “Use Email,” on 2016 Arizona Senate race Mar 5, 2015

H/T On the Issues


Matt Salmon leaves Congress — again

February 26, 2016

As Matt Salmon announces his retirement from Congress, the “I want to spend more time with the family,” line raises the curiosity factor a notch or two. Previously, Arizona’s CD 5 U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon, who served in the U.S. House from 1995 to 2001, honored his term limit pledge and did not seek re-election to a fourth term in 2000. He returned after being reelected in 2012, and is now leaving after two terms.

A former chairman of the state Republican Party and founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, Salmon disappoints with his out-the-door endorsement of the far less than conservative Marco Rubio for President. 

Salmon is the 23rd House member to announce retirement at the end of this Congressional term.

His statement, “Why I’m leaving Congress,”  can be read here.

In this interview with The Arizona Republic the East Valley Republican revealed his plans to endorse Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs to replace him and will chair Biggs’ campaign for the 5th Congressional District seat.


Trent Franks takes indecision to soaring new heights

February 25, 2016

U.S. Rep. Trent Franks doubles down on Cuban candidates endorsing them both

This is the body of the odd press release many Arizonans recently found in their inbox:

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In a Novel and Unique Kind of Endorsement, Congressman Trent Franks Officially Endorses Both Senator Cruz and Senator Rubio

WASHINGTON, D.C.- As the field for the 2016 GOP Presidential Nominee continues to narrow, Congressman Trent Franks, suggesting that a combined Presidential ticket of Senators Cruz and Rubio may be the only way to win in November, released the following endorsement:

“Senators Cruz and Rubio* both have proven full spectrum conservative records and I call upon them to join forces and establish a joint ticket in pursuit of the Presidency and Vice Presidency of the United States and I whole heartedly endorse them both to that end.

“Under the feckless and dangerous leadership of President Barack Obama, both America and the world truly seem to be on fire. Voters trapped in the midst of those flames are running panicked in every direction. Even conservatives within the Republican Party whose history has been one of reasoned and logical determination seem fundamentally disoriented.

“Donald Trump in recent years has been a pointed critic of President Barack Obama; and I embrace his strong words in support of American sovereignty and a secure border. However, Mr. Trump’s inconsistencies and shifts on national security, the free market, and protecting the unborn and the traditional family are indications of dissimulation.

“Rivalry, disunity, and baseless hatred in our ranks, have now put conservatives in danger of splintering our voice and nominating the weakest General Election candidate in the Republican field with the strongest probability of allowing Hillary Clinton to become President.

“The laws of mathematics will not be repealed in this election cycle. The mathematics in this equation are clear to the reasoned mind: Senator Rubio and Senator Cruz can unite and win together or remain apart and each fail separately. There are fleeting moments in history when critical opportunities are clear enough for statesmen to see and still close enough for them to seize. For the sake of our country, the conservative cause, and future generations, I adjure both Senator Cruz and Senator Rubio to unite.”

*candidates are referenced in alphabetical order, not by preference

Congressman Franks is serving his seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives and is a member of the Judiciary Committee, where he serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and a member of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. He is also a member of the Armed Services Committee, where he serves as Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, and Capabilities and a member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee.


Alex Meluskey revealed as McCain operative?

January 27, 2016

Self identified “principled conservative” previously registered as PND – Party Not Designated                  

To call the U.S. Senate candidacy of Alex Meluskey a “long shot” is being extraordinarily kind. After reading, Will Meluskey “principles” re-elect John McCain? a stellar report on the newly minted conservative by author William Heuisler posted in the Arizona Daily Independent, it’s clear Meluskey actually warrants scorn.

Using deceptive tactics, it appears Alex Meluskey is working double time to assure the reelection of John McCain — the man he farcically alleges to be challenging. Meluskey is uncovered as helping fulfill McCain’s promise to purge conservative elected precinct committeemen from the Arizona Republican ranks.

The establishment and career politician he claims to disdain is actually the one he is helping by splitting the vote. John McCain, who will be 80 by Election Day has good reason to be running scared for his sixth six-year term. Physician and former state Senator Kelli Ward, is mounting a vigorous and fearless campaign for the Arizona Senate seat.

Meluskey’s most recent FEC quarterly report makes interesting reading with few contributors and even fewer who live in Arizona. Operating expenditures are high, donors sparse.

Dr. Kelli Ward is a principled conservative who has vowed to “shake up Washington.” Tell your friends and neighbors about her. Make sure you vote. U.S. Senate terms are six years long. We can do better than the dinosauric and Republicrat status quo who has repeatedly turned on us with nostrils flared and spewing flames.

Last November, in a historic upset, the Republican voters of Virginia replaced RINO House Majority Leader Eric Cantor with David Brat, a conservative college economics professor. Cantor had a 26-to-I cash advantage, but the die had been cast and the people spoke.

Arizonans are no  less riled than Virginians were. We also have an excellent option. Bucking the establishment is the new political reality. Meet Dr. Kelli Ward:


AZ GOP poised to pass censures of McCain, Graham

January 24, 2016

Graham’s parliamentarian rules censures out-of-order

The Arizona Republican Party Mandatory meeting took place Saturday. Elected delegates from around the wide expanse of the state traveled to Tempe to vote for party officers. For many of the 1187 attending in person or by proxy, the meeting also presented the opportunity to vote on resolutions censuring Sen. John McCain and state chairman Robert Graham.

Instead the delegates were greeted with platitude-filled, campaign-styled speeches, that mostly insulted the intelligence of those in attendance. Gov. Doug Ducey, slated to give the opening remarks was otherwise occupado, as were John McCain and Jeff Flake. But U.S. Reps. Matt Salmon, Paul Gosar, David Schweikert and Trent Franks didn’t disappoint. Salmon told us he returned to Congress, not just to be against Obama, “but to get congress back on track.” He also congratulated Graham on the bang up job he’s been doing. Franks called Graham’s efforts “amazing.” Though they touted their own conservative credentials, none of them addressed the fact they voted to gift Barack Obama his every desire in the bloated budget they passed, blaming it all on the senate when they had the power of the purse to defund. Franks said he opposed shutting down the government — which never would have happened.

Chairman Graham, who boasts about his communication skills, failed to communicate critical information to the state committeeman — as required by AZ GOP bylaws — as to when the nominations committee, bylaws committee and resolutions committee would meet prior to the state meeting. As a consequence, those attending had no idea who was running for the offices nor did they have an opportunity to run themselves.

It was obvious to everyone that Robert Graham’s intent was to allow only candidates, resolutions and bylaws that he  favored to be presented at the meeting

To insure the outcome of any points of order raised, Graham brought in his own Parliamentarian straight from the RNC to replace the previously selected Parliamentarian who, at recent meetings, ruled against Graham’s wishes. The only incumbent officer who had opposition was Second Vice Chair Gabby Saucedo Mercer, who was the sole anti-establishment name on the ballot — clearly indicating she had been targeted for elimination. They also cut her mic when she began to talk about RINOs within the party. No other person suffered that indignity. Fortunately, she won.

This was a strong indication how the censure resolutions would have fared, had Graham’s Parliamentarian allowed them to be heard. Graham abdicated his chairmanship to the imported RNC honcho during the presentation of the floor resolutions, never reclaiming his authority  even to the point of adjournment.  Breitbart Big Government also covered the meeting.

Last Saturday, elected precinct committeemen attending the Maricopa County Republican statutory meeting in Phoenix voted 921 to 582, easily passing the “Anyone But McCain” resolution. 

The AZ Congressmen regaled the delegates with their conservative credentials by reminding them that they had formed the Freedom Caucus to oppose the establishment Republicans who were leading us in the wrong direction. John McCain is universally recognized as the Number One Villain in the GOP hierarchy, yet not a word was mentioned about him.  Amnesty, the issue that has propelled Donald Trump to the forefront of the presidential pack nationally, is still their hallmark.

From the onset, the fix was in. Chicago politics now reigns in Arizona.


McCain, Flake and Obama’s judicial confirmations

January 23, 2016

Aided by Republicans, Obama is remaking the federal bench

While they thought you weren’t paying attention, Arizona’s slippery and lowest regarded U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, were busying themselves on the banks of the Potomac with the confirmation of Obama’s liberal picks for federal judges.

On Jan. 11, the Arizona duo voted with the Democrats to confirm Luis Felipe Restrepo, of Pennsylvania as U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit. The Columbian-born Restrepo became a citizen in 1993. Obama is fast tracking the former ACLU prisoners’ rights lawyer up from a district court post to which he was confirmed in 2013.

Then on Jan. 19, Wilhelmina Marie Wright, was confirmed as U.S. District Judge for the District of Minnesota. Running for his sixth six-year term, candidate McCain who will be 80 by Election Day, shrewdly backed off of that confirmation, though Jeff Flake once again abandoned the Republicans to approve her nomination. The vote can be seen here. Wright’s confirmation brings the total of appellate judges appointed by Obama to 56.

In his Conservative Review commentary, Senior Editor Daniel Horowitz writes “Senate GOP Must Not Confirm Any More Obama Judges.”

“The notion that Republicans would vote to confirm more Obama judges defies logic on so many levels.  This is one of the few areas where they have no excuse or lack of power to actually use their control of the Senate for good purposes.  Moreover, by confirming more Obama judges, they will not only further exacerbate the growing judicial time bomb of anti-constitutional case-law, but will also prevent the next Republican president from filling those vacancies.” 

Horowitz‘ piece on Wilhelmina Marie Wright refers to her as the Property Rights are White and Racist’ Judge, explaining the derivation of the fitting title.

This history of Arizona’s Republican senators endorsing or confirming Democrats is a long and twisted one.

Ask yourself…if the Democrats controlled the senate, would they be voting to confirm conservative federal court nominees the way liberals get a pass from Republican senators? You know the answer.  It’s time to clean house…er…senate.