AZ GOP chairman’s race, rehab of RINO Brophy McGee linked

December 3, 2018

AZ GOP in desperate need of new leadership

The Hillary Clinton endorsing Arizona Republic is going to great lengths to give a warm and fuzzy embrace to Kate Brophy McGee, the type of Republican the left-wing newspaper can tolerate. She was recently given prominent coverage including an oversized photo, on Page One of the Valley and State section, proclaimed as a leading advocate for abused children.

The architect of a Machiavellian scheme to replace incumbent conservative House member Maria Syms with fellow RINOcrat, Kathy Pappas Petsas in Legislative District 28, Brophy McGee barely squeaked into office, with a mere 267 vote lead over far left Democrat Christine Porter Marsh. The final tally was 50.1% to 49.9% in the once bright red district.

Shenanigans in the district were given a boost by mailings such as this one, sent out under the auspices of the AZ GOP and shamefully green lighted by chairman Jonathan Lines.

As a result of the malicious machinations, eminently well qualified incumbent Syms lost. Her career includes serving as an Assistant Attorney General, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Paradise Valley Town Councilwoman, and state Representative — in addition to being the only pro-life conservative of the pack.  The subversive tactics had further devastating ramifications for Republican residents of the district. Both House seats were won by Democrats. Fittingly, Brophy McGee’s recruit, agitator Kathy Pappas Petsas, who gained notoriety for wanting todekookifyor purge, conservatives from the party ranks, came in dead last.

Not satisfied with the damage he’s overseen, Lines who lives in Yuma and is rarely spotted at AZ GOP headquarters, is gearing up for another term as party chairman when the state statutory reorganization meeting takes place January 26, 2019. Besides being a party to the despicable mailers, he was in charge as unprecedented statewide Republican losses took place —- resulting in the GOP now being the minority in the state‘s congressional delegation. The Yuma roofing contractor needs to stay at home tending to leaky roofs and parenting his 11 children. If the Arizona Republican Party is going to be resuscitated, we need someone who can breathe life into its now flailing carcass rather than give a second chance to the one who rang its death knell.

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Farcical Dist. 28 race: Follow the money

November 8, 2018

Do lobbyist’s $$ speak Republicanese?

After interminable negative ads, Arizona’s 2018 mid-term elections have mercifully ended, except for a couple of too-close-to-call races that should have already been resolved. In this post, however, the focus is on who the state legislators actually answer to. These are the elected officials closest to the people, representing the 30 statewide legislative districts. Each district elects a state senator and two state representatives who serve two year terms and are term-limited to eight consecutive years in office, with novel ways of skirting those restrictions. They work on Washington Street in Phoenix, not D.C.

SRAZ has described the unsavory machinations in Legislative District 28, where district voters were barraged with campaign flyers emanating from the Arizona Republican Party — omitting the photo of conservative incumbent Maria Syms.  Highlighted were former state Rep. Kate Brophy McGee, running for the state senate and her recruited rabble rouser Kathy Pappas Petsas. One of the mailers is included in this post, “AZ GOP ignores conservative Syms, endorses LD 28 RINOs.”

For their efforts, the AZ GOP and Brophy McGee got double payback.  Not only did they score what they foolishly considered a win in replacing the highly qualified Rep. Maria Syms, but their schemes shamefully worked to elect two Democrats to the state House, in what was once known as a solid red district. Kathy Pappas Petsas went down in flames, coming in dead last of the four running for the LD 28 two House seats.

Today’s post provides a literal wealth of information that few voters bother to check. It’s all public information available on the Secretary of State‘s website, and is a primo primer of who our legislators actually answer to — those who fund them. Congressional candidates funding sources are easily available on the Federal Elections Commission website.

Since Kathy Pappas Petsas lost, we’ll direct you to her funding sources, who would have done equally well throwing their money down a rat hole. All statewide candidates can be found here. Chances are you might not recognize the lobbyists, but they are rife in her reporting. Which leads us to wonder how a political newcomer develops these insider moneyed connections and what did they expect in return?

Scroll through to her name, and then click on the “Individual Contributions” list and “Contributions from Political Committees.”

It’s a given that candidates need money to finance increasingly expensive campaigns. There’s nothing wrong with fundraising which is integral to campaigning. The question is how did fresh out of the political chute Kathy Pappas Petsas establish these contacts and what were their expectations?


AZ 2018 General election: Wed. morning musings

November 7, 2018

In a tight race U. S. Rep. Martha McSally (R-CD 2) with 99% of the precincts reporting, has been victorious over radical leftist Kyrsten Sinema as the two battled for the U.S. Senate seat left open when Jeff Flake polled too low to realistically campaign for reelection.

 Gov. Doug Ducey trounced Democrat David Garcia, who ran on the preposterous issues of raising taxes, doing away with ICE agents and not completing the border wall.

The race for AZ Secretary of State, next in line of succession to the governor, has Republican Steve Gaynor comfortably leading Democrat Katie Hobbs.

GOP incumbent Attorney General Mark Brnovich maintained an easy edge over January Contreras. 

Republican Kimberly Yee, a former state senator, leads the Democrat in the state treasurer’s race by over 10 points. She’s a shining star who was tapped to speak at the Republican National Convention in 2016.

Frank Riggs, the Republican candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, holds a 6,720 vote lead over his Democrat opponent.

Although the Hillary-endorsing newspaper advised its remaining readers to split the Corporation Commission ticket between one Democrat and one Republican, the advice was disregarded, and both Republicans Justin Olson and Rodney Glassman took the two spots on the utility rate regulating commission.

Being behind a smear campaign didn’t help Kate Brophy McGee (R-LD 28). Her devious scheme backfired. She barely squeaked into the state senate, running neck-in-neck with the Democrat. Too slick by half, Brophy McGee’s unconscionable actions, aided and abetted by the AZ GOP hierarchy, resulted in a Democrat win over Maria Syms, the well-qualified conservative House incumbent. McGee’s cohort Kathy Pappas Petsas came in dead last.

Arizona now has nine Congressional Districts and the breakdown favors the well-funded Democrats who were boosted by out-of-state financiers, such as liberal activist Tom Steyer, shoveling mega $millions into liberal campaigns.

Districts 1, 2, 3, 7 and 9 are now blue, while Rep. Paul Gosar (CD-4), Rep. Andy Biggs (CD-5), Rep. David Schweikert, (CD-6), and Debbie Lesko, (CD-8) held their Republican seats. This election should prove that we can take nothing for granted. The Dems are angry and energized. We can no longer think putting a yard sign in our lawn three weeks before an election is enough.

Nationally, with the tireless aid of Pres. Trump, Republicans won Senate seats in Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota to maintain an advantage. The House, however, picked up Dem seats, which will be problematic. Trump’s campaigning on their behalf helped Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis win. Republicans also won the governors’ races in Iowa and the key state of Ohio — a state that is crucial in presidential elections.


Petsas, O’Connor: Conservatives are “kooks, hyenas and jackals”

November 5, 2018

LD 28 state legislative candidate Kathy Pappas Petsas is a RINO political opportunist undeserving of your vote

Longtime readers of SRAZ know this site delves into local, statewide and national politics. They are frequently interconnected, featuring overlapping players  Occasionally, when the issue is compelling, we even hunker down into one of the thirty statewide districts, from which our state House and Senate members originate. Districts — representing both major parties — have elected chairmen, put in office by elected precinct committeemen, known as PCs.

Recently we focused on the underhanded campaign mailer (image included), sent out by the Arizona Republican Party to Republican voters in Legislative District 28. The mailer deliberately omitted highly-qualified GOP incumbent state legislator Maria Syms. It has been followed by more of the same. To say these actions raise more questions than they answer, would be the height of understatement.  Although the Pro-Life plank is integral to the Republican Platform, both former House member, Kate Brophy McGee, now running for the state senate, and newcomer rabble-rouser Kathy Pappas Petsas are pro-abortion advocates. Syms is Pro-Life.

You might recall Petsas as she cozied up to leftist AZ Republic columnist Laurie Roberts denigrating conservative Republicans as “Kooks,” and advocating on behalf of “DeKookifying” the Arizona Republican Party. In Bosnia in the early 1990‘s, this despicable action was known as “ethnic cleaning,” resulting in wiping out perceived enemies. Yes, we know, only symbolic political deaths are being called for here. And conservatism is not the same as ethnicity, though many of us believe our values are in our DNA.

Although we are not subscribers to the Capitol Times’ Yellow Sheet, it’s been reported that Scott O’Connor, the RINO former LD 28 chairman has declared to its reporters that he’s “proud” of the AZ GOP for kicking Syms to the political curb and boasted that he cast a single shot for Petsas, to give more oomph to his vote.  He also claims he enjoys seeing the “hyenas and jackals” who populate Seeing Red AZ and Republican Briefs have fits over the denigration of state Rep. Maria Syms.

Those “kooks, hyenas and jackals” are all of us, folks.

This 2012 post titled, “RINO Kathy Petsas aids Dem fundraising machine,” clearly shows she’s been laying the groundwork for not only her current state House race, she’s long been homing her incisors to take a bite out of your conservative neck. Also from 2012 is, “Conservatives targeted in LD 28.”

Get up to speed.  Tomorrow is Election Day There will be no do-overs. Vote Republican, not Republicrat. If you live in Legislative District 28, vote only for Maria Syms.


AZ GOP ignores conservative Syms, endorses LD 28 RINOs

October 22, 2018

View the deceptive mailer that omits incumbent State Representative Maria Syms

It’s no secret the establishment Republicrats running the Arizona Republican Party have not represented conservatives since Robert Graham, a McCain toady, held the party reins. Now with his hand picked successor Jonathan Lines at the helm, bizarre campaign mailings have been sent out in Legislative District 28.

Pay attention to the missing conservative on the mailers. Somehow incumbent District 28 Legislator Maria Syms is mysteriously absent from the campaign pieces arriving in voter’s mailboxes. Know this: It’s an inside job by the party body snatchers.

There are two GOP candidates running for two state House seats in the district. Conservative incumbent Maria Syms, who deserves to be retained, and RINO rabble rouser Kathy Pappas Petsas — known for wanting to “Dekookify” the state GOP in 2012 by clearing out conservatives.  Petsas has aligned with former House member Kate Brophy McGee, now running for the state Senate. Both Petsas and McGee are committed abortion proponents, Syms is pro-life. Only candidate Petsas, lacking relevant experience, and her mentor Brophy McGee appear on the mailer.

This omission was no oversight. There is a war being waged within the Republican Party, as RINOs consider themselves superior to conservatives in general and President Trump supporters, specifically.

But it is on the fundamental life issue where the rubber meets the road. The Republican Party Platform is unequivocally pro-life, even though John McCain was not bonded to that defining principle; waffling as he understatedly called abortion an “unpleasant” procedure and declaring that he wanted to take the party back to the time prior to the 1980 inclusion of the pro-life plank. (Brief video.) 

Maria Syms’ stellar career includes having served as an Assistant Attorney General, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Paradise Valley Town Councilwoman, and now as a State Representative. She has a proven track record advocating for education, law enforcement, public safety and border security.

SRAZ wrote about conservatives being targeted in LD 28 by Kathy Petsas in 2012. When it comes to RINOs, the tune remains the same…it’s just blown on a different harmonica.

The Pro-Life plank of the Republican Platform states:

 “Faithful to the ‘self-evident’ truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.”

That basic premise is not one reasonable people thrust aside. Those who fight strenuously for the “right” to kill defenseless babies, are neither reasonable, nor worthy of representing families across the district.

Learn more about Representative Maria Syms. She’s the clear choice for voters in Legislative District 28.

 


GOP poser Bob Worsley won’t be missed by principled conservatives

June 19, 2018

A disheartened Arizona Republic has given editorial commentary space to Bob Worsley, whose passing the newspaper mourns. Worsley is still upright, but he has announced he will not seek reelection to the Arizona State Senate, where he ran as a Republican but frequently voted with the Democrats. He called it exercising “compromise” — an art Worsley claims we’ve lost — and displaying “civility.”

“Civility,” he grandly pontificates, “has become a rare commodity in political debate, a fact that worries me greatly.”

The question to ask is,“When did he come to that high-minded perspective?” Our June 23, 2012 post, “Bob Worsley: Hypocrite-in-Chief,reveals a less pretentious man, with appalling standards, who put his personal vendettas ahead of decency.

Worsley has lost sight of the fact that the two parties stand for very different things, as their platforms reveal. Every four years, platform committees devote massive amounts of time to crafting platforms that encapsulate their basic ideals. Worsley brushes the differences off like dandruff on his shoulder, saying,“There is nuance and complexity in nearly every challenge facing society. We do ourselves a disservice when we oversimplify complex issues to fit a strict adherence to political ideology.”

That bit of Worsley wisdom might require a second perusal to sink in.

It’s worth your time to read the intriguing back story behind the Worsley love-fest  titled,Worsley’s new pals at Periódico de la República de Arizona.” When it comes to political machinations in Arizona, there is no such thing as too much information. The same playbook is often used by slick swindlers, usually Dems, whose constituencies are known to be less attentive.

Now that Worsley will have more time on his hands he would do well to acquaint himself with the vast differences between the two political parties as defined in their platforms. One stresses liberty, economic growth, prosperity and refers to “God.” The other focuses on abortion, LGBT issues, encourages class warfare and sounds as though it was written by Karl Marx.

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AZ MC GOP turns out in force prior to midterms

January 14, 2018

Republican Maricopa County elected precinct committeemen assembled over 1,400 strong (in person and by proxy) Saturday for their mandatory meeting, presided over by chairman Chris Herring. In addition to voting on bylaws amendments, resolutions and electing five members-at-large, the gathering provided a showcase for candidates and elected officials to see and be seen. Nominating petitions and pens got a workout, with earnest handshaking in abundance. This is the foreplay to the 2018 election cycle, which is guaranteed to be unlike any other in memory.

Arizona is staring both of its U.S. Senate seats in the eyes, as Jeff Flake, seeing his bottom-dragging polling numbers in the wake of his repeated attacks on President Trump, has decided to take himself out of the race, rather than be unceremoniously kicked to the curb by the electorate he’s enflamed with his sneering insolence directed at the Republican president. John McCain is battling what has been described as an “aggressive” form of brain cancer, first revealed in July 2017. He’s been undergoing debilitating treatment and few expect him to return to Washington.

 U.S. Rep. Trent Franks (CD 8) on the heels of an abrupt retirement was no where in sight, but was the recipient of hearty applause as District 4 County Supervisor Clint Hickman reminded those in attendance that he deserved thanks for his years of service.  At last count, Arizona was closing in on two senate vacancies and one in the U.S. House prompting numerous candidates to announce.

 Taking to the podium were Gov. Doug Ducey, U.S. Reps. Andy Biggs (CD-5), Paul Gosar (CD-4) and David Schweikert (CD-6). County Attorney Bill Montgomery, County Assessor Paul Peterson, County School Superintendent, Steve Watson, and Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Steve Chucri all gave speeches — strictly limited to 2 minutes. Clerk of the Superior Court, Michael Jeanes, surprised many with his announced intention to retire after two decades, effective Feb. 5.  Gov. Ducey will appoint his successor.

Schmoozing outside the auditorium, were Martha McMcSally, who bungled into the senate race with her bizarre Friday announcement telling the GOP to “grow a pair of ovaries.” Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, also newly announced in the senate race, was frequently surrounded by groupies and reporters.  Conservative Dr. Kelli Ward maintained a dominant presence, with abundant signs and volunteers circulating nominating petitions.

But the most telling segment, taking the pulse on the mood of the day was the speech by Member-at-Large candidate Joe Neglia, who tossed the routine, “I will work hard for you” speech in favor of asking the assembled committeemen if they were happy with Sen. Jeff Flake’s donation to the Democrat in the Alabama senate race, if they liked Flake pushing for the confirmation of an Obama nominated Democrat to the U.S. Supreme Court, and if they liked Jeff Flake routinely tearing down Pres. Trump.  His questions were met with loud replies of, “No!!” The same negative response followed his question concerning John McCain voting with the Democrats to retain Obamacare. Neglia followed that by questioning the silence on these treacherous acts from the state GOP chairman.

Joe Neglia won — both in winning a MAL seat and in capturing the frustration of political conservatives who loyally volunteer for the Republican Party.