Flaky Flake vows to block Trump’s judicial nominees

November 15, 2018

When it come to disasters facing the United States, we have a tough choice between the thousands of illegal aliens storming our southern border or lame-duck Arizona Senator Jeff Flake. 

Republicrat Flake who was realistically unable to run for reelection due to bottom-dragging 18% approval ratings in his home state, so despises President Trump that even as his days in the U.S. Senate are numbered, he is working with Democrats to undermine the president.

 A member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Flake has vowed to block Trump’s federal judicial nominees in order to assure the continuation of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian collusion into the 2016 presidential election — that after two years has not produced a scintilla of evidence against President Trump, his family or associates. The skullduggery was orchestrated and funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, in association with other unsavory characters. The ‘report’ which came to be known by the intrigued-laced term, “the dossier,” was personally carried to then-FBI Director James Comey by none other than John McCain, a Hillary Clinton supporter. McCain previously referred to Clinton as a “rock starhe could support for president — which he, Flake and their families, no doubt did.

In this video statement from the senate chamber, Flake pompously announced, “I have informed the majority leader I will not vote to advance any of the 21 judicial nominees pending in the Judiciary Committee or vote to confirm the 32 judges awaiting confirmation on the Senate floor until S. 2644 is brought to the full Senate for a vote.”

As Flake showboats in deviation from the GOP majority, the bill is supported by unified Democrats. President Trump, who has repeatedly dismissed the Mueller probe as a “witch hunt,” has steadfastly denied that any collusion with Russia occurred.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top Republicans oppose the Flake/Coons bill. “I don’t think any legislation is necessary,” said McConnell, who on Wednesday won his effort to remain Senate Republican leader next year.

“We know how the president feels about the investigation, but he’s never said he wants to shut it down,” McConnell stated.

Like his mentor John McCain, who made a career of colluding with Democrats, Flake has partnered on this nefarious scheme with his Frick and Frack buddy, Delaware Democrat Sen. Chris Coons.

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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?


Cindy McCain kicks off election eve campaign rally  

November 6, 2018

The question is, who’s the actual candidate?

Cindy Hensley McCain is not letting any grass grow under her well shod feet. According to the Daily Courier, she appeared at an election eve Republican campaign rally in Prescott, Arizona — coincidentally at the same location where her now deceased husband, John, kicked off his presidential election bid. The Yavapai County Courthouse steps were initially used by former Senator Barry Goldwater to launch his presidential campaign in 1964. Although the territorial capitol moved several times, Yavapai County held that distinction twice.

SRAZ has covered Cindy’s reemergence in two separate posts.

Sept. 9, 2018: Supercharged Cindy Hensley McCain emerges 

Oct. 25, 2018: The “Maverick” is not gone: The hustle goes on

In retrospect, an excerpt from the October article becomes even more intuitively intriguing. We wrote:

In September, when appointed as a senate place holder, former Arizona Senator Jon Kyl made clear his intention to leave in December 2018. This reemergence of Cindy McCain sounds a like a priming of the pump for Gov. Ducey to appoint her to finish out her hubby’s term. Cindy recently endorsed Ducey as he campaigns for a second term, but their relationship is much deeper than the political.  When Ducey first arrived in Arizona to attend ASU, his first job was working for Cindy’s Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship. The Ducey’s have remained close to the McCain’s, even visiting John in his final days at the McCain’s Cornville compound. John McCain encouraged Ducey’s political career.

Clairvoyant predictions have been known to make the hair stand up on the nape of the neck. Few among us are telepathic, but astute conservatives should be excused for experiencing an eerie sense of foreboding. 


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 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.

 


Kate Brophy McGee “grateful” for Dem endorsers

October 14, 2018

District 28 Republicans are shaking their heads in dismay over the report that Kate Brophy McGee, running for reelection to the state senate, is emulating leftist former Gov. Janet Napolitano —- albeit in reverse.

Arizonans will remember the contemptible list of GOP turncoats who affixed their names to the Republicans for Janet roster in 2006. (Click to enlarge.) The list was rife with McCain activists, including Grant Woods, John McCain’s former chief of staff, who chose the liberal over conservative Len Munsil, heading the Republican ticket. Woods, an iffy Republican who has yet to follow through on his threat to leave the GOP, is notorious for endorsing Democrats and has even cut a televised ad in support of crude and deceitful Kyrsten Sinema over Republican U.S. Rep. Martha McSally running for an open U.S. Senate seat.

Now Kate Brophy McGee is following Napolitano’s lead flaunting her far-left Democrat supporters led by Janice Miano, Art Othon, and John Whiteman who are co-chairing ‘Democrats for Kate.’  In their announcement, they heap praise on her, saying, “Kate does what is right for Arizonans. She isn’t held hostage by party politics.”

The question Republicans in Legislative District 28 — encompassing North Central Phoenix, Biltmore, Arcadia and Paradise Valley — should pose to Kate Brophy McGee is, if you and your liberal friends find the politics of the party under whose banner you have chosen to run since 2010 has held you hostage, why didn’t you run as a Democrat? Her treasured leftists refer to her as “fearless,” inferring that throwing the GOP Platform to the winds is liberating.

In response to the liberal embrace, Kate Brophy McGee gushed, “I’m so grateful for the support of Janice, Art, and John. The issues I fight for — education, small businesses, and public safety — transcend party lines. I’m honored to have these great Democratic leaders supporting my campaign.”  


Jeff Flake’s predictably outrageous oratorical spew

September 14, 2018

During a senate floor speech, in a fit of pompous presumptuousness — on which nearly out-the-door Jeff Flake has cornered the market — he uses the phrase, “At the risk of being presumptuous.”  This serves as the first clue that the Trump-bashing, low intellect Republican poser is off on another insufferable tirade aimed at President Trump. Breitbart carries a partial transcript of his Wednesday speech in which he called on his GOP colleagues to speak out against President Donald Trump’s threats to “democratic institutions,” adding, “if we say nothing then we’ve become accomplices with the destruction of these democratic norms.” If you’re inclined to read it, do so on an empty stomach.

This has been the modus operandi of lame-duck Flake, who opted not to run for a second senate term when state-wide polling showed him with a feeble 18 percent approval rating. No doubt the arrogant Flake initially thought his eyes were deceiving him and the numbers were a transposed 81 percent. His staff should have let him labor under that misguided notion. It would have been entertaining to see him kicked to the curb rather than hightailing it.

Flake, a man with no constituency, is relegated to saber-rattling at the man who stunningly achieved what Flake’s McMentor tried and failed at twice.

President Trump is unconventional, a trait that resonated with the Americans who put him in office. He is also an accomplished businessman who has brought his unique perspective, negotiating skills and ingenuity directly to the American people, lowering taxes, while creating the best economy and job market in decades. The president is a respected no-nonsense leader on the world stage opening unprecedented dialogues on denuclearization with Chinese and North Korean despots.

Outside of a career swilling at the public trough, Flake was a registered foreign agent for an African uranium mining company with ties to Iran, a fact he tried to conceal when initially running for the U.S. House of Representatives from his East Valley base.  Even then his word was worthless, as he reneged on his-self imposed term limit promise. When called out on his deception, he assumed his go-to absurd grin and told a rare truth, as he acknowledged, “I lied.”

Arizona deserves better than a preening, pathetic poseur with a mental acumen akin to the cattle grazing on his ancestral ranch in Northern Arizona. And like the livestock on that ranch, his crooked snout is always planted firmly in the trough of excessive egoism and self-indulgent posturing.

It’s tempting to dismiss Jeff Flake a “useful idiot,” but he is useful to no one — especially not the people of the Grand Canyon State.

Here’s the Flake caught on an open mic laughingly mocking the Republican party as “toast.” He got it wrong. It’s the not-so-slick trickster Flake who’s toast.