Below-the-belt politics? Nathan Sproul lurks nearby

August 18, 2014

The side-by-side signs are head turners. Appearing on street corners around the Valley, they could be the source of whiplash for many driving by. They are also the source of disgust, since they exemplify politics at its worst.

So who would be behind the reprehensible signs slamming two Republican candidates for the office of state treasurer? The reasonable assumption would be a political rival of the opposing party. Then we remember, the upcoming election is the primary. The only challengers at this point are within the same political party.

Given the circumstances, it doesn’t take long for the name Nathan Sproul to emerge.

Sproul, the former executive director of both the Arizona Christian Coalition and the Arizona Republican Party, eventually opened Sproul & Associates, a political consulting firm. After the his name became toxic he switched to the more reputable sounding Lincoln Strategy Group, but the sliminess remained. Sproul is a pro-amnesty McCain ally who, among his other notorious schemes, has previously defended a tawdry independent expenditure campaign as a “battle for the heart and soul of the Republican party.”

In this latest despicable venture into the intra-party primary, Open Secrets reveals Sproul has teamed with Tucson auto dealer and high-dollar McCain donor and bundler, Jim Click, to form the high-minded sounding “Preserve America’s Future.” The two are listed as top contributors, with political operative Sproul running the show, and registered with the AZ Secretary of State’s Office on Aug. 7.

Nathan Sproul is listed on competing GOP treasurer candidate Hugh Hallman’s campaign website as one of his supporters, on a list that looks like a Who‘s Who in McCainville, with a few surprises thrown in. Connect the dots. As this post points out the link is always McCain.

Sproul is far more than merely a supporter. He actually recruited Hallman.

The daily covers the sleazy tactics Sproul has employed to aid Republicrat Hugh Hallman’s desperate campaign, using distortions and outright lies about both the exceptionally well-qualified Randy Pullen, whom we have endorsed, and Jeff DeWit. Neither man should be subjected to these squalid tactics.

Sproul is quoted as saying his committee will disclose its donors during the next reporting period. The next campaign finance reports are due Aug 22, just 4 days before the Aug. 26, Primary election.

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AZ AG Horne: Setting the record straight

August 14, 2014

The following message, sent out in an email to supporters by Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is titled, “Stand With Us.” What makes it particularly compelling is that it cogently lays out the stark differences between incumbent Horne and his establishment recruited opponent. It’s definitely worth your time:

As your Attorney General, I’m proud of our accomplishments over the past four years. We’ve fought federal overreach, and won. We’ve dismantled drug cartels, protected women and children from the horrors of human trafficking, and helped homeowners during the mortgage crisis.

Quite frankly I’m fed up. I’m fed up at my primary opponent and his establishment allies at the distortions and outright lies they have leveled against me and the great people that work at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. I think it’s very telling that my opponent has shown that he is willing to say and do anything to win an election. He’s sold out to the establishment more than once. While I continue to be an independent and impartial Attorney General, he’ll be the lapdog of the open borders, special interest crowd that is funding his campaign.

Let’s look at the facts, while I have fought to secure the border and have beaten the Obama Administration in court on SB 1070, Mark Brnovich has been a senior fellow at a think tank that has advocated amnesty and open borders. He’s also donated to the campaign of Pete Rios who is one of the premier open border advocates in the state. While I have spent the last fourteen years serving the public, Mark has found a way to double dip. While he was supposedly serving the public as a prosecutor, he was also a lobbyist for private prisons. I’m still unclear on why this wasn’t a conflict of interest. While it may not have been illegal, it surely is very unethical.

This primary election couldn’t be more important. I’m the clear conservative in the race. That’s why Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Senator Gail Griffin, Senator Judy Burges, Representative David Gowan, and former Senate President Russell Pearce have all endorsed my campaign. I’m endorsed by two major law enforcement organizations (Highway Patrol Association and Correctional Peace Officers Association), where my opponent is endorsed by none. I’m also the only Arizona statewide candidate endorsed by the National Rifle Association. By contrast, my opponent is endorsed by the liberal Arizona Republic.

It’s time to make a choice and spread the word. You can choose an independent Attorney General who has a proven track record of fighting to protect all Arizonans or you can choose the candidate that has sold out to liberal, special interest. With only two weeks left before the August 26th Primary, you can stand with me by clicking the link and making a generous contribution to my re-election. No amount is too small and every dollar goes a long way to ensuring that we have a tough and thoughtful Attorney General.

Sincerely,
Tom Horne
Attorney General

If you approve of the job Attorney General Tom Horne is doing, help him get reelected.  It matters.


AZ Court of Appeals upholds campaign finance disclosures

August 12, 2014

The leftist Arizona Republic newspaper shows no constraints when it comes to hammering political conservatives. The latest one in their sights is Arizona’s Attorney General Tom HorneIf there is a topic they can contort to include Horne, the daily’s multi-pronged gang springs into attack mode to unleash their liberal venom in unison, employing opinion crafted as news reports, editorials, columns and biting political cartoons.

When Horne wins major cases he personally argues, the news is met with clenched-jaw stoniness. His victories are marginalized when those cases are heard and won in the U.S. Supreme Court. When he is vindicated by virtue of a judge’s ruling, there is a deafening silence followed by derision of the decision.

His numerous achievements while serving the people of Arizona as Attorney General go unmentioned.

The Arizona Daily Independent provides the latest evidence of the blatant bias. A report titled “Lawsuit against Rotellini results in Court of Appeals ruling,” reveals that Attorney General Tom Horne has won a victory against a high-dollar, “dark money” supporter of his Democrat challenger Felicia Rotellini.

Just days before the 2010 General Election, the deceptively named Committee for Justice & Fairness (CJF) an independent expenditure group, spent approximately $1.5 million running attack ads against then-Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne as he ran for  State Attorney General.

On Thursday, the Arizona Court of Appeals decided in favor of full disclosure in the matter of Committee for Justice & Fairness (CJF) v. Arizona.

The Court of Appeals, Division One ruled that CJF qualified as a political committee that must comply with Arizona’s political committee registration and disclosure requirements. Judge Lawrence Winthrop wrote the opinion (read it here) for the three judge panel.


AZ GOP Chair Graham tugs on Guv candidate’s reins

August 8, 2014

The Eleventh Commandment, popularized by Ronald Reagan, stated “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican”

As the Democrats have the luxury of avoiding major statewide primaries, they sit back, raise money and watch the spectacle of the Republicans doing their work for them as the internecine gubernatorial slugfests continue to rev up.

Now even the GOP top brass has had his fill. Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham has sent a letter admonishing the six candidates running for governor —- requesting  they cool the negative attack ads against one another.

Graham’s August 7, 2014 letter says he’s receiving “an increasing volume of phone calls, emails and physical letters expressing Republican voter disappointment with the level of negative campaigning.”

He adds, “I respectfully request that each of you refrain from any and all personal attacks at the remaining debates and/or forums.  Give the voters an honest and invigorating debate on the issues and stop clouding the race with personal attacks on each other’s business dealings, driving records, etc.”

Graham tells the candidates that he’s worried the party’s eventual nominee “will have such high unfavorability ratings that we will have a tough time winning” the November election “even with many favorable headwinds.”

He’s right to be concerned. It was the same level of rancor between Sam Steiger and John Conlan, two Arizona Republican congressmen running for an open U.S. Senate in 1976 that gave us liberal Democrat Dennis DeConcini. The recipe for disaster repeated itself in 1998 when Republicans Tom McGovern. and John Kaites bloodied one another in a race for Attorney General that allowed another liberal Democrat, Janet Napolitano, to slide into the seat —- and ultimately move forward to the ninth floor governor‘s office.

It’s worth remembering, and learning from, the words of philosopher and cultural critic George Santayana (1863-1952), who said “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  

Here’s Graham’s letter:

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Career politician Huppenthal struggles for survival

August 1, 2014

Huppenthal’s reprehensible attempts to rehab career fail miserably

John Huppenthal is far more than a statewide politician who has repeatedly used abysmal judgment. Who can forget his tearful admission of guilt acknowledging himself as the anonymous commenter on numerous blogs —-  including this one —- with many of his postings done during work hours? Imagine the state Superintendent of Public Instruction characterizing the poor as “lazy pigs” and labeling critics as “barbarians” and “evil scum.” There was also that embarrassing physical confrontation with an elderly woman on Election Day in 2008. That’s John Huppenthal.

Huppenthal, who claimed conservative credentials as a candidate, revealed his true bent as he cozied up to Obama’s education point man Arne Duncan. Huppenthal used this media advisory to brag about hosting Duncan around the state of Arizona.

Alarmed by the voices of angry voters, parents dedicated to protecting their children and facing Diane Douglas, a knowledgeable conservative challenger, John Huppenthal decided the most advantageous scheme was to try to dupe the public by slickly colluding with Gov. Jan Brewer to alter the tarnished name of “Common Core,” transforming  it to “Arizona College and Career Ready Standards,“ after admitting the original name had become “politically charged.” Even with the deceptive name change, it has become difficult to sell the leftist standards — long in multiculturalism, self-esteem and social justice and short on actual education — to the groups he addresses.

The biggest irony, however, is the fact that Huppenthal was the author and prime sponsor of Senate Bill 1038 in 2005. This bill dramatically lowered graduation standards for Arizona students. Now, nine years later, the same John Huppenthal is using the scare tactics that our state standards are too low as the reason for embracing Obama’s federal overreach into American education.

Conservative syndicated columnist, Michelle Malkin, who has devoted the past two years to sounding the alarm on Common Core, has endorsed Diane Douglas

Now, with his decades-long political career in shambles, a desperate Huppenthal has sent out a deceptive mailer to coincide with the arrival of early ballots, mischaracterizing Diane Douglas and her background.

 This is Diane Douglas’ response:

My primary challenger recently sent out a mailer that is a complete fabrication. His claims about my positions on the issues are completely false!

I cannot stop Mr. Huppenthal from lying about his record but I will not allow him to distort my record.

I have never supported Common Core and I never voted for it when I served on the Peoria School Board.

I have never supported, endorsed, or donated to any Democrat candidate.

I have always been an outspoken and ardent support of parents’ right to choose the best education for their children including district, charter, private, and home schooling. Parents must be actively involved in deciding what is best for their children.

Mr. Huppenthal has been in government for 30 years. He may feel it is acceptable to lie and distort the truth. I am asking for your vote so I can restore honesty and decency back to the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Seeing Red AZ proudly endorses Diane Douglas. 


Montgomery’s conflict of interest undergirds legal filing

July 29, 2014

The Arizona Daily Independent reports on the blatant conflict of interest exhibited by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery as he engages in campaigning for Attorney General Tom Horne’s challenger, Mark Brnovich  —- even as he uses the vast power of his office to personally target Horne.

According to the news account, sources are reporting that based on Montgomery’s relationship with Brnovich, a request for a restraining order will be filed by attorneys for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Although a video featuring a sincerely enthusiastic Montgomery has been removed from Brnovich’s campaign website, a statement of support remains on the candidate’s homepage.  

Given that Montgomery, who has become a close McCain and Kyl ally, was instrumental in recruiting Brnovich to challenge conservative Attorney General Tom Horne, his actions rise past the level of unseemliness.

Read more about the perspective temporary restraining order, permanent injunction pleading here.

Visit Tom Horne’s campaign website. Be sure to check out his impressive achievements while in office. Arizonans need this good man to continue his work on our behalf.


McCain condones sleazy tactics in Miss. Senate runoff

July 2, 2014

McCain approves fishy scheme of Republicrats encouraging Dems to upend GOP primaries

One week after traveling to Mississippi to aid fellow career politician Thad Cochran,76,  helping him overcome conservative challenger Chris McDaniel, Republicrat Sen. John McCain engaged in some Monday morning quarterbacking  regarding strengths he saw in Cochran’s approach to campaigning.  According to the McCain venerating daily.

McCain dismissed criticism over the smear campaign and race baiting tactics establishment Republicans used to encourage black Democrats to crossover and reregister as Republicans or Independents to vote for 6-termer  Cochran. In a squeaker of an election, Cochran beat McDaniel by 50.9 percent to 49.1 percent.

McCain was full of sarcasm as  he  zinged, “There are some people complaining that African-American voters voted. [But] I thought one of the major priorities of the Republican Party was to get all minority and ethnic voters out to vote for Republicans.” He described Cochran’s “get-out-the-vote campaign” as “excellent,” then talked about how he will face similar circumstances in Arizona and needs to work equally as hard if he runs again. “The key is you’d better pay attention, you’d better work hard, you’d better organize.” He added, “And you’d better understand that there’s a strong anti-Washington/anti-incumbency sentiment out there, which is justified and you’ve got your work cut out for you.” 

McDaniel accurately described  McCain, saying ” he is the perfect example of an establishment Republican. McCain voted to fund ObamaCare, and he won’t rest until he finds a way to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants. His liberal stances might work in Arizona, but he does not line up with Mississippi.”

After being censured repeatedly by elected Republican leaders from around the state of Arizona, it no longer takes much to disabuse Arizona conservatives of the notion that John McCain actually represents them. We know better.

There is an ideological war within the ranks of the Republicans Party. It is exemplified by the  “moderate” GOP establishment’s ire at being unable to control the growing Constitutional conservative base.

In order to pull off the Cochran victory, his campaign recruited and relied on Democrats to win the runoff —- which was held under the state’s open primary format in which even those voters not registered as Republicans could cast ballots.

Rev. Stevie Fieldler, a black Democrat pastor who brought hundreds to the polls for a promise of payment, exposes an alleged massive voter fraud, including a vote-buying operation by the Cochran campaign. “They said they needed black votes,” said Fielder on the phone. Watch the Got News video here.

True The Vote, a leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the outcome of the bitter Mississippi GOP Senate primary, saying that investigators should take more time to determine whether election laws have been broken and whether illegal ballots were cast. Read the True the Vote lawsuit here.

Beyond despicable is the involvement of former RNC Chairman and two-term Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour in these deceptive tactics. Barbour is now making $millions at his influential D.C. lobbying firm. He and several of his family members were the driving force behind Thad Cochran’s unsavory re-election campaign.

It’s no surprise that these shady tactics meet with John McCain’s approval. They define him.


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