Santorum, Cardon Claim GOP Lincoln Day Straw Poll Victories

Arizona’s GOP Lincoln Day dinner was a decidely positive event for two significant political candidates.

Keynote speaker and presidential candidate Rick Santorum easily out-distance his opponents by capturing 64.2 percent of the vote.

In the Arizona race for U.S. Senate, Wil Cardon carried 50.9 percent to defeat Jeff Flake, who garnered 38.2 percent.

Flake did win  dubious distinction, however. In the Least Acceptable category, Flake led the way with 46.3 percent of the attendees’ votes.

New polling shows both Cardon and Flake beating Democrat rivals in the General Election.

 

Happy Birthday, President Washington!

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President George Washington, Born February 22, 1732

From the Heritage Foundation blog …

The true Washington still has much to teach us, in particular when it comes to the presidency, foreign policy and religious liberty. Although much has changed in the past two centuries, his sage advice and conduct in office have lost none of their relevance, anchored as they are in the timeless principles of the Founding and a sober assessment of human nature.

Washington, like every President after him, swore the following oath upon taking office: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Unlike many presidents in the past 100 years, however, Washington took the oath seriously and did not try to place himself above the Constitution.

He understood himself to be the President of a Republic in which the people, through their elected representatives in Congress, make laws–not some visionary leader who must define what Progress requires and lead the unenlightened masses there.

Washington took care “that the laws be faithfully executed,” as when he quashed the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794. He did not try to make the laws himself, either by issuing executive orders that circumvented Congress or by regulating what could not be legislated. He left behind no “signature” legislative accomplishments as we would say today. He only used his veto twice–once on constitutional grounds and once in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief.

Washington gave, on average, only three public speeches a year while in office–including the shortest ever inaugural address. And, of course, he had to be persuaded to serve a second term.

As a president who took his bearings from the Constitution, Washington devoted considerable attention to foreign policy. Our first president sought to establish an energetic and independent foreign policy. He believed America needed a strong military so that it could “choose peace or war, as our interest guided by justice shall Counsel.” His Farewell Address remains the preeminent statement of purpose for American foreign policy.

No survey of Washington’s legacy would be complete without acknowledging his profound commitment to religious liberty. Many today seem to have lost sight of the crucial distinction he drew between mere toleration and true religious liberty. As he explained in the memorable letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport:

All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights.

On this day, as we celebrate our greatest president, let us remember why he–and not Polk or, heaven forbid, Wilson–deserves a national holiday.

Do We Really Want a Senator Who Agrees with Pelosi and Feinstein?

RINO Cong. Jeff Flake is running for the Republican nomination to replace the retiring U.S. Senator Jon Kyl. But Flake’s performance in 11 years in the House of Representatives has some glaring holes in it – like his support for one of the prize bills of the homosexual agenda. Flake twice voted for ENDA – the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill which if passed into law will require businesses and ministries to hire people who don’t agree with their beliefs. Or pay severe federal fines.

Flake joined with a virtual who’s who of left-wing radicals, including some in the Republican Party, in supporting this dangerous bill. Extremists supporting ENDA include:

Human rights campaign

ACLU

NEA

Cong. Nancy Pelosi

Sen. Chuck Schumer

Sen. Harry Reid

Cong. Barney Frank

Cong. John Conyers

Cong. Raul Grijalva

Cong. Henry Waxman

Cong. Ed Pastor

Sen. Patty Murray

Sen. Barbara Boxer

Cong. Sheila Jackson-Lee

Sen. Tom Harkin

Cong. Debby Wasserman-Schultz

Sen. Richard Durbin

The late Sen. Ted Kennedy

Sen. Bernie Sanders

Sen. Patrick Leahy

Sen. Al Franken

Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Do we really want our next U.S. Senator voting with Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, Raul Grijalva and agreeing with the ACLU?

No!

Ron Gould’s Candidate view: Taxpayers, voters deserve better from Babeu

From the Maricopa Monitor …

This past Friday (January 20th) an article appeared in this paper about the mismanagement that has taken place in Paul Babeu’s department. This, in and of itself, should be troubling to taxpayers who will ultimately foot the bill for the $3.1 million that Babeu’s office overspent their budget.

However, later in the article it was indicated by Babeu’s official spokesperson that he was in D.C. doing what his spokesperson referred to as “his job as Sheriff.” He then went on to say that Babeu’s trip to Washington D.C. had nothing to do with his campaign for Congress.

That’s simply not true.

There is ample evidence that Babeu was in fact doing work on his Congressional campaign. Amongst this evidence was a news article in the Politico newspaper where Babeu met with a reporter for that paper while in DC and talked exclusively about his campaign for Congress. In addition, it is apparent that Babeu did in fact meet with at least one other group about his campaign for Congress.

Now, I have no problem with a candidate going to Washington D.C. and meeting with reporters and groups who have interest in the race. However, I do have a problem with a candidate having a spokesperson claim that his visit had nothing to do with his Congressional race, when it is apparent it did. And I suspect voters do too.

Mixing official and campaign business may be the norm in Babeu’s former state Massachusetts, where Babeu ran for office at least four different times and worked in a political patronage job for the Massachusetts state treasurer, but it doesn’t make it right.

It is this kind of lax attitude and sense of entitlement that taxpayers and voters despise. They expect those of us elected to office to do our job and do it to the best of our abilities.

I don’t know how Babeu paid for his trip out there. It is logical to assume that if, as his spokesperson stated, he was out there doing his job as sheriff, then it was probably paid for by the taxpayers. If it wasn’t, then good for Babeu.

But if taxpayers paid for it, then Babeu had no business conducting campaign business while on trip paid for by taxpayers.

Coming on the heels of reports that Babeu authorized expenditures in excess of $50,000 to take what can fairly be called a junket to a sheriff’s convention, Babeu needs to explain to voters what he was really doing in Washington.

State Sen. Ron Gould is a candidate for Congress in Congressional District 4. Babeu and Cong. Paul Gosar are all contending for the Republican nomination for that seat.