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Outing Arizona’s Congressional Communists

By Trevor Loudon, New Zeal BlogSpot, July 27, 2013

Arizona has not one, but three Communist Party affiliated Congress members.

How could a libertarian leaning state like Arizona have any communist affiliated representatives?

Most Arizonans have no idea that Arizona even has a Communist Party local.

Lorenzo Torrez

Lorenzo Torrez

It all started with Lorenzo Torrez (who died in 2012), one of Arizona’s most influential ever politicians. Never heard of him? Neither have 90% of Arizonans.

In 1974, Torrez moved with his family to Tucson where he served as chair of the Arizona Communist Party for more than 30 years. He also led the party’s Chicano Equality Commission and was a member of the CPUSA National Committee.

He built the Arizona CP into an influential organization in all the progressive movements of Arizona.

Torrez helped establish the communist run Salt of the Earth Labor College in Tucson, which continues today.

Steve Valencia, president of the labor college, told the People’s World, “Lorenzo changed the political landscape of Arizona. For him, the liberation of the working class and equality for the Mexican American people were inherently tied together.”

Torrez was also a “pioneer in the struggle for Mexican American political representation,” Valencia added. “I always say: Before Ed Pastor and Raul Grijalva, there was Lorenzo Torrez.”

Pastor and Grijalva are Arizona’s first two Mexican Americans members of the U.S. Congress. But Torrez ran for Congress before they ran, and also ran against Republican Senator Barry Goldwater.

“Lorenzo told us it is time for these majority Latino districts to be represented by a Mexican American,” said Valencia. “He wanted voters to see a Latino name on the ballot.”

When Pastor declared his candidacy, Torrez rallied the Tucson Communist Party club to join in the effort. Pastor’s victory in 1991, set the stage for Grijalva’s election in 2002.

Today, Ed Pastor and Raul Grijalva are members of the far left Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Grijalva was involved with the Communist Party well before 2002, as this article he wrote for the  Party’s People’s World in 1993 proves.


Both Pastor and Grijalva have been champions of the illegal immigrants “rights” movement – a movement that Lorenzo Torrez helped to found in California and Arizona and then helped to coordinate across the entire Southwest.

The third Arizona Rep. with provable Communist Party ties is Phoenix-based freshman Kyrsten Sinema.

While she likes to pretend moderation these days, Sinema is a hard core leftist with past ties to several extremist groups – including of course the Arizona Communist Party.

Here she is in 2003, putting her name to the Arizona Communist Party’s May Day greetings page – right over that of Lorenzo Torrez and Steve Valencia.


To find out more about Arizona’s communist connected Congress members, read Trevor Loudon’s new book “The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress.”


The Enemies Within” was released August 20, 2013, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.


Freedom vs. Control? Whom will You Elect in 2014?

The Arizona Conservative has officially begun tracking candidates for public office in the Grand Canyon State in advance of November‘s elections. Voters have two choices: candidates who will champion FREEDOM for the individual and those who will push policies that deny and reduce personal freedoms – the candidates of socialism and excessive government CONTROL of your life. Whom do you want in office? Those who respect your constitutional freedom, or those who would expand government and take away more and more of your freedom? Your vote will impact every facet of American society and culture.







Andy Thomas, Al Melvin,

Fred DuVal
Secretary of State Will Cardon Chris Campas
Attorney General Mark Brnovich Felicia Rotellini
State Treasurer Hugh Hallman
Supt. Of Public Instruction John Huppenthal Sharon Thomas, David Garcia
Mining Inspector Joe Hart Manuel Cruz
Congress-District 1 Adam Kwasman Ann Kirkpatrick
Congress-District 2 Martha McSally Ron Barber
Congress-District 3 Gabriela Saucedo Mercer Raul Grijalva
Congress-District 4 Paul Gosar Mikel Weisser
Congress-District 5 Matt Salmon
Congress-District 6 David Schweikert
Congress-District 7 Ed Pastor
Congress-District 8 Trent Franks Helmuth Hack
Congress-District 9 Vernon Parker, Wendy Rogers, Andrew Walter Kyrsten Sinema
 Arizona Senate-District 25  Ralph Heap  Bob Worsley

Watch for continued updates and additional choices in the weeks and months ahead.

Ann Kirkpatrick Lied about Government Medical Rationing

Left-Stream Media Lament Arpaio Recall Failure

By Tom Blumer, Newsbusters

Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio won’t be subject to a recall  election. It wasn’t even close, though two press reports, one at the  Associated Press and another at the  Los Angeles Times, failed to accurately convey how seriously organizers  failed. Both reports also trotted out an “if only” excuse which doesn’t pass the  stench test, let alone the smell test.

Neither outlet gave an accurate impression of how seriously the recall drive  failed. Organizers needed 335,317 valid signatures, but Stephen Lemons at  the Phoenix New Times (in a “Featured Bastard” report, no  less) reported earlier in the week that the recall movement’s manager  “estimates that the recall now needs 90,000 more signatures to have a cushion in  addition to the 335,317 necessary to force a recall.” In other words, the magic  turn-in number, unreported by both the AP and the Times, was really 425,000 and  change.

The AP’s Jacques Billeaud at  least stuck to only what the recall movement itself claimed, and even  allowed the full effect of Sheriff Joe’s gloating statement into his  dispatch:

“It is a sad day,” recall campaign manager Lilia Alvarez said. “It is a  disappointment.”

Recall organizers won’t reveal the number of signatures they  gathered. In their last update, given five weeks ago, organizers said they had  gathered 200,000 signatures.

“The count at this point doesn’t matter,” Alvarez said in deciding not to  reveal the number of signatures gathered.

Arpaio issued a statement suggesting that recall organizers aren’t  revealing the number of signatures they gathered because they are embarrassed by  the level of their failure. “This effort failed because the good people  of Maricopa County, whom I’m honored to serve, rejected the wrong-headed idea of  overturning an election,” Arpaio said.

But in moves ordinarily expected of AP, the wire service kept Arpaio’s name  out of the headline (“GROUP FAILS IN BID TO RECALL ARIZ. SHERIFF”) and used what  is likely the most  unflattering photo it has in its files to accompany the story. Oh, and  Billeaud made sure to call Arpaio “polarizing” in his opening paragraph — a  tage the press almost never applies to a Democrat or liberal.

At  the Times, Cindy Carcamo allowed someone besides Ms. Alvarez, the campaign’s  director, to throw out a vague number, clipped the gloating element from  Arpaio’s statment, and went into excuse-making mode:

Activists behind the recall effort would not say how many signatures they  were short. Randy Parraz, president of Citizens for Better Arizona, only said  the two groups had collected close to 300,000 signatures.

Arpaio, reelected in November, blasted the group in a prepared  statement.

“After months of name calling, after the disparaging effigies and theatrics … this latest recall effort has failed,” Arpaio said. “This effort failed because  the good people of Maricopa County, whom I’m honored to serve, rejected the  wrongheaded idea of overturning an election.”

The groups had struggled to raise funds necessary to hire paid  signature gatherers — key to these sort of efforts. Instead, the groups  relied heavily on volunteers to gather signatures against the six-term sheriff  who is something of an institution in Arizona’s largest county.

… The groups gained momentum after a federal judge ruled Friday that the  immigration enforcement policies employed by Arpaio violated the  Constitution.

What momentum? Giving Parraz’s apparently unauthorized estimate a huge  benefit of the doubt and calling it 275,000 the recall fell short by at least  37% ([435,000 minus 275,000] divided by 435,000) of what they needed.

The AP’s Billeaud also allowed an excuse-maker into his report:

“I wish from the bottom of my heart that this ruling would have  come out a month earlier. Had this ruling come out a month earlier, who knows  how many signatures we would have gotten,” Democratic state Rep. Martin Quezada  of Avondale, a supporter of the Arpaio recall effort, said.

Maybe a few thousand? Big deal.

ICE Union Sues Obama for Tying Hands of Border Agents

If I Were Running for President …

I’d make the following speech:

It’s a rare privilege for me to stand here today as a candidate to serve you in the people’s house. And as a candidate, I have a solemn responsibility to you to do the right thing … to work for you … to protect your interests … and to make America America again.

Let me ask you a crucial question. When you look at Washington, what do you see?

Do you see a dysfunctional district detached from the laws and responsibilities that Americans live with day to day?

Where bureaucrats find it all too easy to waste your tax dollars?

Where millions upon millions of citizen dollars are misspent and unaccounted for?

Where hundreds of thousands of stimulus dollars are allegedly creating a handful of low-paying jobs … in non-existent congressional districts?

Do you see a city where ethics, morality and integrity are sorely lacking? And corruption is rampant?

Are you as fed up with Washington as I am?

I thought so.

If elected, I will …

  • Starve funding for ObamaCare until it is repealed.
  • Return the $716 billion to Medicare this president plans to use toward ObamaCare. I’ll stop Medicare fraud immediately, I won’t wait until 2014 as this president says he’ll do!
  • I’ll fire the 16,500 IRS agents hired to harass you into compliance with ObamaCare.
  • Pull the plug on IPAB and give death panels a quick burial.
  • Demand accountability from federal agencies and employees across the board. Those employees who don’t comply will not last long. The federal government work place will not be scheduling any more trips to Las Vegas to party on your dime.  Pornography in the government work place will not be tolerated.
  • Report to you monthly on government waste and steps I’ve taken personally to stop it.
  • Rebuild the U.S. military … to give them the resources they need to protect you … and defend liberty.
  • Promote America’s exceptionalism and virtues … and advocate for freedom around the world.
  • Incentivize all legitimate sources of domestic energy.
  • Fill my administration with hard-working, respectable Americans who have paid their taxes and continue to pay their taxes.
  • Give you an honest day’s work every day. And demand the same from everyone working for the federal government, from custodians to agency heads.
  • Make sure all key decision makers in Washington are accountable to oversight.
  • Defend marriage from all legal attacks – including the Defense of Marriage Act.
  • Stop funding overseas abortions.
  • Protect your religious freedom. And protect the religious freedom of chaplains serving our men and women in the military.
  • Protect our borders from those who refuse to apply properly for immigration.
  • Applaud all who invest in business to create jobs for Americans so they can provide for their families.
  • Surround myself – and fill my cabinet — with Americans who are representative of Main Street.
  • Establish a tax rate that is fair to all Americans.
  • Limit the excessive regulations and taxation driving American industry overseas.
  • I will work with educators across the nation to ensure that children can read and excel in all subject areas. To be competitive in the world, I will demand improvement as a nation in math and sciences. I will hold the Department of Education accountable for measureable improvement each year. I will be a hands-on president in education.
  • I will demand a balanced federal budget each and every year. As long as we have a national deficit, there will have to be cuts across the board until we get our house in order. Just as you do with your personal finances. Government will be held accountable in its spending from Day One of my administration. I will be a hands-on president in federal finance.
  • We  must turn around the housing crisis in America. I will be a hands-on president as long as we have this crisis hanging over our heads.
  • I will promote free enterprise capitalism at home and abroad. I will return Government Motors to private ownership.
  • I’ll be marching for life in Washington every January. We must make abortion unthinkable and comfort those in crisis pregnancies with positive options, such as adoption. Killing over a      million defenseless American boys and girls each year is a tragedy beyond measure. Abortion is not the avenue to national prosperity or the blessings of our Creator.
  • Repair and uphold America’s friendship with Israel. Jerusalem IS the capital of Israel.
  • Decrease funding for the United Nations.
  • On my sworn oath, I will uphold the Constitution of the United States of America.

If elected, I will not …

  • Apologize for the murderous actions of terrorists and mob violence.  I’m less concerned about their feelings than I am about American lives.
  • I will not allow drug smugglers to enter the country through our borders.
  • Play one hour of golf while 23 million Americans are unable to feed and insure their families.
  • Raise taxes.
  • Use your tax dollars to haul a clunker out of someone’s garage.
  • Use your tax dollars to give golf carts away.
  • Negotiate with, or fund terrorists.
  • Give your tax dollars to foreign nations for oil exploration.
  • Throw away your tax dollars on companies going out of business.
  • Stockpile my administration with unaccountable czars.
  • Use the government to harass political opponents.
  • Give your money to Planned Parenthood or any other organization committing abortions.
  • Neither I nor my family will take more than 3 weeks of vacation time in a year.  The office of the presidency should not be used as a free ticket to unlimited luxury vacations.
  • I will not demonize achievers and those who take risks and invest in business to create jobs for Americans. I will not engage in class warfare.
  • I will not pressure lenders to make risky loans.
  • I will have no part of socialism. It is a consistent loser.
  • I will not bail out any failing business. Because you cannot afford it.
  • I will not harm the economy by issuing crippling fines or forcing companies to close down because they won’t fund abortion. The president’s abortion pill mandate is deplorable.
  • I will not support the radical policies and movements at the United Nations.
  • And finally, I will not allow the federal government to get in the way of Americans honestly trying to go about their lives and business.

Please join with me to make America America again! God bless you, and God bless America!

Maricopa County’s Top Republican Opposes Rep. McComish on Sanctuary Cities Bill

State Rep. John McComish (Legislative District 20) is one of several Republicans who refused to vote in favor of a bill calling for an end to the “sanctuary city” policy whereby cities refuse to go after illegal aliens. That led to an exchange with Rob Haney, the chairman of the Maricopa County GOP and an advocate of the bill to outlaw sanctuary status. Today, Haney made public a letter he sent to McComish:

Dear Representative McComish,

I was elected as Maricopa County Republican Chairman by conservative precinct committeemen who wanted someone to speak out clearly within the party to represent their opinions.  These PCs believed they were being ignored by most of Arizona’s congressional delegation who were advocating for amnesty and other liberal agenda items, such as closing gun shows and Campaign Finance Reform.  They also believed that too many Republican state legislators sided with former Governor Napolitano to pass Democrat budgets and legislation and were not representing the conservative beliefs of the PCs. 

Your comments in defense of those Republicans who opposed Sen. Pearce’s bill to end sanctuary cities have been addressed previously by Sen. Pearce here.

Your position on my job responsibilities echos the comment of Senator Kyl after the defeat of the amnesty bill he championed.  The bill was defeated through the leadership of party officials and Republican activists who publicly opposed the bill.  I was proud to be one of those officials.  Senator Kyl stated that the party had exceeded its role.  He further stated that the party exists to get Republicans elected, not declare positions on issues.  Sen. Kyl’s position is a common misconception by many party incumbents.

I disagree with both of you.  The party does exist to elect Republicans, raise money, provide volunteers & resources, etc.  But the party must first be guided by our Constitution and the party platform, otherwise our existence is unjustified.  Too many Republican officials have supported incumbents who have shown themselves to be unworthy of the Republican name.  This has led to disastrous election results in 2006 and 2008.  I cite Senator Specter and “Jumpin” Jim Jeffords as only two examples of many. 

Republican activists and party leaders must oppose legislation which is unconstitutional, and support legislation which is critical to the very survival of our party and country.  Certainly, the Democrats will not.  They are advocating for the same legislation as these wayward Republicans.  Only party activists prevented passage of the amnesty bill.  Only party activists gave us Prop 200 over the objections of our entire congressional delegation.  Only party activists gave us employer sanctions over the objections from members of our state and federal delegation.   Only party activists stopped the attempt to close the gun shows, and fought against the loss of Constitutionally guaranteed free speech which occurred because of the Campaign Finance Reform bill.  This egregious bill was introduced by a Republican Senator, passed by a Republican congress and signed by a Republican president.  There are many more examples of party officials and activists finding it necessary to speak out against Republicans who stray from Constitutional and platform principles.  Here is a famous party official you will recognize. Tom DeLay: “John McCain has done the most to hurt the GOP”

I would not meet my responsibility as a party leader if I were to ignore the Constitution and platform for the benefit of someone with an “R” after their name who fails to advance a Republican agenda.  I will continue to give voice to Republican activists who feel their elected officials have let them down and no longer represent them.  

I will not offer an apology where none is warranted, and certainly I will not resign as you request.  Instead, I would urge you and others who did not support Sen. Pearce’s bill to realize that the illegal alien invasion has a massive detrimental effect on a myriad of issues.  To grant wholesale citizenship to those who would swell the ranks of the Democrat party is political suicide.  I urge you to make anti-sanctuary legislation a top priority next session. 

Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio, County Attorney Thomas and all the law enforcement agencies which are on record as supporting Sen. Pearce’s bill deserve nothing less than our commitment to achieve these objectives.

You state that you believe the “County Party has some rules regarding endorsements that require 60% approval of the EGC.” You also believe that as a result of these rules, I should obtain 60% approval before I publicly take sides in a policy dispute.

The bylaw to which you refer requires a 60% approval by the EGC members in order for the EGC to endorse a candidate in a primary election.  There is no bylaw which restricts the Chairman’s freedom of political speech.  In any case, I was representing my own beliefs and not those of the EGC. 

A third point you make is that as county party leader I have voluntarily placed restrictions on my free speech.  Again, I must disagree.  It is wholly inconsistent to believe that I have less freedom to speak after my election than I had before my election.  I am confident that our Founders drafted their First Amendment, contemplating that this freedom of speech protection would apply to all citizens, including Republican Party Officials. 

My hope is that in the coming session, Republican State legislators will back strong anti-illegal immigration legislation so that party officials will not feel compelled to speak out in opposition.  I believe that you can play a positive role in advancing that legislation as we move forward– focused on passing laws in support of the Constitution and the Republican Platform.


Rob Haney, Phoenix, Chairman, Maricopa County Republican Party


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