Dr. Kelli Ward & Prof. David Brat: Upsets can happen

November 28, 2015

Bucking the establishment: The new political reality

U.S. Rep. David Brat was never supposed to be serving in Congress. But he is. In what appeared an unlikely Goliath vs. David race, the conservative college economics professor took on the disconnected and arrogant RINO House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. Yet despite Cantor’s 26-to-1 cash advantage, as Politico reports, Brat beat him in a historic GOP primary upset. Brat’s decisive intra-party victory over Cantor made him the first primary challenger to oust a sitting House Majority Leader since the position’s creation in 1899.

Here in Arizona, conservatives are sensing a similar scenario. Dr. Kelli Ward, an emergency room physician and two term state senator, is gaining steam in the 2016 U.S. Senate race.

Ward is the newly announced recipient of this enthusiastic endorsement from the Conservative Campaign Committee (CCC). Breitbart reports the group sent out an email urging PAC supporters to back Ward, a Lake Havasu City conservative, against John McCain.

Breitbart cites the list of grievances against the liberal McCain, and notes Sen. Ward’s first quarter fundraising, an achievement it states “that at least in recent history has only been outdone by Sen. Ted Cruz.

“The momentum is building for Conservative Republican Kelli Ward and with your help we can win this race! The most recent Gravis Marketing Survey shows Kelli Ward leading John McCain among Republican voters by a 9-point margin, 45% – 36%,” reads a portion of the CCC PAC message.

 As a practicing physician, Dr. Ward understands the negative impact of Obamacare on America’s citizens and outlines a plan to repeal the costly and care-rationing monstrosity.  Remember Democrat Nancy Pelosi told us, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it — away from the fog of the controversy.”

As our Friday post we ran “McLosers featured at Mesa campaign rally,“ referencing the extreme measures Team McCain is taking in an effort to fill the house at his upcoming campaign event. They have resorted to announcing the “surprise special guest” — Mitt Romney — two weeks in advance of the actual program.  

Visit the comment section to see two brief but stellar videos posted by SRAZ readers that flawlessly exemplify John McCain. SRAZ has an entire section “McStench” dedicated to Arizona’s pro-amnesty senior senator, who will be 80 by Election Day and is running for another 6-year term. He says he still has more to do.

After more than three decades of his colluding with the left, Arizona ‘s citizens who desire a truthful senator, not a self-proclaimed “maverick,” have already had all they can stomach.

Flake, Hughes, dog deaths case back to Grand Jury?

November 13, 2015

With the weather cooling to the point of making Arizonans remember why we’re grateful to live here, most of us prefer not to dredge up recollections of the merciless summer heat in the Valley.

But the sweltering 106 degree scorcher of June 20, 2014 is exactly where we need to focus our attention. It is being reported that a Maricopa County Superior Court judge is considering whether another grand jury should take another look at the case of the gruesome heat related deaths of nearly two dozen dogs crammed in a steamy utility room at the Green Acre boarding kennel in Gilbert. County Attorney Bill Montgomery sat on this case for an unconscionably long time.

If a new indictment is issued against vacationing kennel owners Todd and MaLeisa Hughes, what about the actual caretakers Logan and Austin Flake who were entrusted with running the facility and tending the family pets left in their care while Logan’s parents were in Florida?

The foursome was indicted October 16, 2014. From there, a scorecard is needed to keep up with who was charged and who was dropped.

Then as a grandiose 2014 Christmas Eve gesture, Montgomery dropped charges of animal cruelty against all four defendants, leaving a single fraud charge against the Hughes.

A Maricopa County Grand Jury reinstated charges against the Hughes May 6. The Flakes were mysteriously excluded. Politics abounds. Did we mention Austin Flake is the son of Sen. Jeff Flake?

When they returned from their vacation, Todd Hughes initially told the pet owners their dogs had all run away.  Later he and his wife MaLeisa claimed the deaths were the result of an accident when a dog chewed through an air-conditioning electrical cord, disabling the unit. The dogs died agonizing deaths, suffocating in the small room where they were left overnight without cooling, food or water. When the dead and dying dogs were discovered the following morning, the Flakes did not call for veterinary assistance, opting instead to hose down the dogs and then callously pile their carcasses in a shed.

The indictments caused Brigham Young University to expel Austin Flake, which allowed him to recast himself and his wife Logan as victims and sue the taxpayers of Maricopa County for $8 million dollars. If this obscene settlement is awarded, it will ease the reentry into the single world for the now divorcing Jr. Flakes. 

Sham candidates aid McCain

November 9, 2015

Can’t win candidates flood the field, assist McCain

Why would an unknown and self-acknowledged “long shot” 74-year-old who believes in cryonics — the freezing of dead humans until a cure might be found for what killed them — be entering the AZ  U.S. Senate race to challenge John McCain?

And why would John McCain’s sycophantic reporter at the daily newspaper eagerly cover David Pizer’s late and unlikely entry into this race? Candidate Pizer has yet to find a campaign manager.

If Pizer sounds like a Jimmie Lee Deakin ringer to you, you’re not alone. Deakin, no economics wizard, was facing foreclosure on his home, only to mysteriously regain his financial footing at the conclusion of the election cycle. Known for his crassness, he also fumbled his FEC campaign filing. Deakin’s sole purpose was splitting the vote to help assure a McCain victory. It didn’t hurt that moneybags McCain outspent his conservative challenger former Congressman  J.D. Hayworth roughly ten to one — aided by 2008 taxpayer matching funds.

The more people with no chance to win take on McCain, the better it is for McCain. Siphoning off votes from an actual reputable challenger is madness at best. You can fill in what it is at worst.

Perennial candidate Clair Van Steenwyk, who calls himself Van the Radio Man, though he‘s nowhere on your radio dial, and Alex Meluskey, who wants to “streamline” our “flawed “ immigration system are cut from the same cloth.

Dr. Kelli Ward, a two term state senator and physician, who understands the complexities of the increasingly costly monstrosity known as Obamacare, has the credentials that give her a real chance to take out the senior senator who will be 80 by Election Day.

This election is too important to leave to egocentrics, bozos and a treacherous snake who has been censured by his home state Republican Party.

U.S. Senate terms are six long years. After more than three decades of McCain working to promote amnesty for illegals, collusion with the left to purge conservative elected precinct committeemen from the state GOP and targeting conservatives for IRS scrutiny, Arizonans deserve real representation.

In 2008, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay summed John McCain up very well with these words. He was right then. His words still resonate today.

Jeb’s political witching hour closing in

October 31, 2015

Collapsing in the single digit range in national polls, failing at debates, forced to cut his staff and losing his high dollar donor base, Jeb! has begun begging in earnest, even going after those who have never — would never — give him a second glance or a thin dime.

Friday he was sending out feverish emails to those he calls, “Friend,” although they aren’t. He wrote, “We’re just 1 day away from our crucial October fundraising deadline, and I wouldn’t be emailing you right now if I didn’t need your help.

What makes this deadline so important? This is the first deadline since Hillary announced she has raised over $75 MILLION and we need to show we’re ready to fight back. But we’re still $46,241 short of our goal of $50,000.” Missing this goal is not an option. When we hit this goal on Saturday, it will show the country how determined we are to win next year, but we can’t do that without your help.”

Notice that the ailing candidate attempts to position himself as the Republican nominee, heading into the General Election match up with Hillary.

This plea was followed up by another, even more urgent one today. Jeb says, “I know I emailed you already, but I’m following up because this is our most important fundraising deadline yet.” We’re less than 100 days out from the Iowa caucuses now. If we don’t reach our goal of $50,000 by tomorrow night at midnight, we’ll have fewer resources to reach voters in Iowa and beyond.”

Jeb assures us that if we “step up right now every dollar you chip in will be matched 100% by a group of donors.”

Billionaire investor Paul Singer — who gave more money to Republican candidates and causes last year than any donor in the country — won’t be among those matching Jeb’s funds. He’s made headlines by throwing his support to Marco Rubio. The New York Times calls Singer’s decision a “major blow to Mr. Bush, who is seeing his once vigorous campaign imperiled by doubts among supporters…”

Hopefully Karl Rove will still be around. Someone will need to help Jeb get back to Florida.

Why the confusing message from AZ GOP?

October 30, 2015

Robert Graham’s slippery mailers irritate, alienate voters

A. J. LaFaro, immediate past chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) calls into question the rationale of AZ GOP Chairman Robert Graham spending tens of thousands of dollars on mailings and robo calls to registered Independents urging them to re-register as Republicans so they can vote in the Republican Presidential Preference Election on March 22, 2016.

The Presidential Preference Election is not a Primary Election. A preference election is the means by which Arizona voters aligned with a political party cast their ballot for the candidate they want their delegates to vote for at the National Convention. The state’s actual Primary Election takes place Aug. 30.

LaFaro, currently serving as National Director of the Arizona Republican Assembly, notes Graham’s efforts make no sense if you look at Arizona’s four previous Republican Preferential Preference Elections:

1. 2012 – 45.45% of registered Republicans voted (511,239 of 1,124,726)
2. 2008 – 51.98% of registered Republicans voted (541,767 of 1,042,294)
3. 2004 – No election because Bush was the incumbent
4. 2000 – 35.56% of registered Republicans voted (323,242 of 909,063)

LaFaro cites the Secretary of State’s website, which reports there were 1,107,108 registered Republicans as of July 1, 2015. Instead of wasting tens of thousands of dollars confusing and alienating Independent voters and the public, he asks why doesn’t Robert Graham and the AZ GOP reach out to all of Arizona’s Republicans and encourage them to get involved, stay involved and vote for the presidential candidate they prefer?

Makes sense to us.

Fox News 10 ran this report titled, Confusion surrounds AZ GOP election mailer. (Click link to view.)

GOP leadership collude with Obama, Dems on budget

October 28, 2015

This is why “political outsiders” Donald Trump and Ben Carson are surging

Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) released this statement Tuesday. It came in response to Senate Majority Leader McConnell and lame duck House Speaker Boehner’s budget deal with lame duck President Obama and Congressional Democrats to extend Washington’s failed spending policies another two years.  Cruz called the grand bargain a slap in the face for conservatives and a victory for the Washington Cartel:

“For anyone wondering about the source of the American people’s volcanic frustration with Washington, one need look no further than so-called ‘Republican’ majorities in both houses of Congress increasing the budget and our debt by more than $400 billion. It’s ridiculous, deceitful, and a disgrace.

Make no mistake: the Speaker’s golden parachute is a victory for the Washington Cartel, for the politically connected elite, and for big business and lobbyists who get in bed with career politicians to grow government. Unfortunately, it is a loss for single moms, for Hispanics and African Americans, for small businesses, and for all of those hardworking Americans who can’t afford expensive lobbyists and are hurting the most under the Obama Administration’s failed policies.

No one in Congress who campaigned on stopping President Obama’s runaway spending and debt should vote to advance or pass this golden parachute that gives Obama and Boehner nearly everything they want. This budget completely annihilates the 2011 budget caps, the one successful attempt at spending restraint in the Obama era. We should never default on our debt, but this deal suspends the debt ceiling, saddling future generations with the bill for our reckless spending, while making no meaningful reforms to the programs driving our runaway spending.

President Obama and Speaker Boehner are heading into retirement. Some people get a gold watch. Obama and Boehner are settling for at least $80 billion in additional spending and debt above the budget caps. Unfortunately, our children and grandchildren will be left to foot the bill long after they are gone.”

McCain’s $$ can’t boost unpopular amnesty stance

October 26, 2015

McCain’s pre-election tough talk always reverts to amnesty after election

Dan Nowicki, John McCain’s operative who collects his paycheck from the daily newspaper, has written another tender missive to the very senior senator — who will be 80 by Election Day. Running for a sixth 6-year term, the deeply entrenched McCain has long been backed by lobbyist and PAC* money, the extent of which the average voter can’t begin to comprehend. And like his close friend Hillary Clinton, McCain has found a lucrative Eden in having a Foundation or Institute for image enhancement.

Nowicki’s article in the Sunday edition extols McCain for “outpacing rivals in 2016 Senate race fundraising.”

The one-note reporter gives a fleeting mention of the fact that McCain has intra-party challengers.  Dr. Kelli Ward, a two-term state senator with conservative credentials is best positioned to take on RINO McCain. Engaging in wishful thinking, Nowicki leaps instead to the General Election and spends inordinate time discussing liberal Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick, an off-again, on-again CD 1 Representative, who was sent packing by voters after her second-rate first term only to resurrect following a two-year hiatus and altered district boundaries.

In elevating the censured and retaliatory McCain to undeserved heights, Dan Nowicki has developed a case of amnesia when it comes to the establishment elite, who have long ago ceased caring about constituents. A luminous example for Nowicki to contemplate is former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Virginia Congressman, whose arrogance led him to take his position for granted and presume he was infallible despite his unpopular amnesty stance, which even the left-wing Washington Post acknowledged hurt him.

In 2014 Cantor lost the Republican Primary to conservative economics professor and political newcomer, David Brat, in a stunning upset. Embarrassed in defeat, he resigned his leadership post, following that with his early resignation from Congress. Though Cantor spent $5.4 million compared to Brat’s $122,000, Cantor still lost by a whopping 11 points. Cantor’s amnesty position contributed to his downfall.

After giving a brief concession speech and being whisked out of the hotel, open borders advocates stormed the ballroom to push for so-called “comprehensive reform.” They were too late. Their big-spending advocate was gone, replaced by a winner the media mocked as a “tea party candidate.”  Sound familiar?

Arizona conservatives can brew a cup of Earl Grey, take heart from that David (Brat) triumph over Goliath (Cantor) and gird their loins in preparation. We can do it.

*courtesy Center for Responsive Politics


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