By Rob Haney, former Executive Director, Maricopa County Republican Party Executive Guidance Committee
It is highly unlikely that there will ever be another clean elections candidate for governor. In addition to the Herculean task of raising 5,000 $5 contributions to qualify for funding from the Clean Elections Commission, the amount that the candidate would receive is only $760,000.00. This amount of money is woefully inadequate when three of your opponents are spending 5 to 10 million dollars each.
There will usually be a conservative spoiler who will come into the race as an unlikely candidate. Frank Riggs was a late entry into the race. The former conservative California congressman moved to Arizona in 2002 and had been absent from the political scene for twelve years. He established neither name recognition or a political record in AZ, but his entry split the conservative vote. The united conservative front former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas had hoped to build was destroyed before it had a chance to develop.
Millionaires frequently attempt to buy an office for which by experience they are not qualified to hold. The “Go Daddy” executive Christine Jones was such a candidate. Through a multimillion dollar media blitz, she hoped to overwhelm her opponents and carry the vote. However, two other millionaires with political experience, Ducey and Smith, matched her spending, and she ended up in third place. She maintained she was a conservative, but her record belied her assertion. She was a fund raiser for McCain and was caught in numerous misrepresentations about her conservative credentials such as her claim that she prosecuted a case when she was actually only a law student.
It is extremely unlikely that a true conservative will ever defeat a Republican Establishment supported and funded candidate. The voters are not discerning enough to work their way through the Establishment generated media blitz. Only the small percentage of well informed conservatives know that Governor Brewer can not be trusted to carry the conservative flag. She has destroyed any legacy she might have had with them through her tax increases, her backing of Obama Care through Medicaid expansion, and her backing of the federal take over of education through her support of Common Core among other apostasies. But among the general populace, the support of a liberal media has her leaving office with a favorable legacy.
The Arizona Conservative has, since 2012, warned voters about the liberalism and the veracity of now State Senator Bob Worsley. Unfortunately, unprincipled Republicans voted him in anyway. We have constructed a debate between what Sen. Worsley’s campaign materials (website and ads) have claimed about his beliefs and his record, and our advocacy of conservative principles. The results of this cyber debate speak for themselves. Read with interest below:
BOB WORSLEY: For all the talk about limited government, our legislature passed 500 bills last session alone. That’s big government, not small government.
THE ARIZONA CONSERVATIVE: Americans for Prosperity Arizona Chapter rated you a “Friend of Big Government.” You are also using your government position to push your wife’s music program.
BOB WORSLEY: A vote for Bob Worsley is a vote for commonsense conservative leadership.
THE ARIZONA CONSERVATIVE: Pure unsubstantiated rhetoric. Your campaign website lists seven issues of importance to you. Not one of them has anything to do with conservatism, and you didn’t even mention a single social issue. It is typical of Democrat candidates not to list social issues as important to their campaigns. In a cowardly way, you voted for the religious freedom bill, SB1062, and then when homosexual pressure groups protested against it, you retracted your support of the bill and ran for the tall grass, where you found two fellow RINOs hiding there with you. Have you ever attended a pro-life rally in your life? Are you viewed as a Reagan Republican? No and no. When you were on the board of directors of United Families International, headquartered in your home town of Mesa, you questioned its championship of conservative values. We know conservatives and we know conservative leaders. We have associated with them for years. And you’re not one of them.
BOB WORSLEY: It was time to use conservative principles as solutions, not purity tests.
THE ARIZONA CONSERVATIVE: So, by including conservative principles and purity tests in the same breath, you admit you are not a pure conservative then. Like you, Mitt Romney is not a conservative, but he tried to claim you are conservative when he endorsed you. Republicans In Name Only (RINOs) oppose conservative principles and just demand we all get along. Politically, you are just another liberal “Republican,” or RINO.
BOB WORSLEY: Free markets, limited government, liberty; these are timeless principles that elevate and unite.
THE ARIZONA CONSERVATIVE: This statement is correct. It’s just that your walk doesn’t match your talk. You actually helped erode liberty by caving in to the demand that Governor Brewer veto the religious freedom bill. You eroded liberty by supporting an Obamacare exchange. And by legislating for big government, you remove freedom from your neighbors and your employees, not to mention every other citizen in Arizona. Big Government statist lawmakers hurt Arizona, hurt its culture, and hurt children, working people, families, and senior citizens.
BOB WORSLEY: There’s no reason partisan bickering should get in the way of serving our citizens’ best interests. … “Elevate Arizona” is a philosophy. A way of thinking. An attitude. It permeates everything I do. Its closest synonym would be “uplift.” It was born out of the troubled times of 2010 and 2011, when civility and decorum among our representation seemed dormant. We needed to repair our image and heal the scars of divisive politics.
THE ARIZONA CONSERVATIVE: You’re pretty good at bickering with those you oppose, and you are no authority on civility and decorum. You sound like someone else we all know who called for people to use reasoned words in political debate. But you, like President Barack Obama, do not put your money where your mouth is. You called conservatives “extremists.” You called Arizona a “police state.” That kind of description fits North Korea — not Arizona. You called conservatives “haters.” You judge self-righteously. For an alleged “conservative,” you sure are good are demonizing conservatives with poisonous, hateful rhetoric. That’s rank hypocrisy. You need to repair your image and heal the scars of the division you have created.
The Arizona Conservative will continue to comment on Sen. Worsley’s Big Government statism in the future. In the meantime, share this cyber debate with friends who may have supported Worsley, to educate them.
It didn’t take long to become clear Doug Ducey had won the Republican nomination for governor. Following are some of the points he made in his victory speech, flanked by his family and Governor Jan Brewer:
Our schools must do better, without more meddling from the federal government. We will pursue commonsense education instead of Common Core education. Focus on solid teaching, local control and more input from parents so every student reaches their educational dreams
This campaign is for you if you’re for job creation.
I will reach out to all the people.
I will earn the vote by showing the best that is in Arizona
I am thankful for my faith and my family. The best thing I have going for me is my wife Angela Ducey. We couldn’t be more proud of our three sons, Jack, Joe, and Sam.
When the going gets rough it’s great to have the help of Jon Kyl, John Shadegg, Cong. Trent Franks, Bill Montgomery (Maricopa County Attorney), (former Gov.) Jane Dee Hull, Leah Marquez Peterson, (former Gov.) Fife Symington, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. I’ve gotten a lot of advice from them.
I learned to respect the strengths of each of my opponents. I applaud their commitment, as all of us should, to public service.
I want every Republican to know we need you in this campaign.
We will make our state a more just, compassionate and welcoming place.
He said tonight is an especially great day for ice cream. Surely Fred DuVal will jump all over that.
He thanked Gov. Brewer for her leadership and wants to stand on the shoulders of her legacy.
We set out to give a great effort. To run with a full heart and press on to the finish.
I’ll work hard as your nominee and together we will win the election for governor.
It was a clean sweep for (Democrat opponent) Fred DuVal. I want to congratulate Fred on his big win. We now know that this guy is unstoppable — if he doesn’t have an opponent. (The Arizona Democrats selected DuVal more than a year ago to be their candidate without allowing any opposition in the primary.)
I’m seeking support from Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and Liberatians.
It comes down to one thing: Arizona should be a place of opportunity for all.
We will find a better way (than Obamacare) to protect the health care and freedom for people of Arizona.
We will practice spending discipline. The default position of the status quo and special interests is always to raise taxes; we’ll stand up again for the taxpayers of Arizona.
I have a very clear agenda: kickstart the economy, reform education and get out from underneath the thumb of our federal government.
Now I will make my case to all the voters of Arizona.
The next 10 weeks ahead will be filled with hard work and vigorous debate.
Every day I will state my convictions and respect those of others
I will earn the vote by showing the best of Arizona.
Doug Ducey has won the Arizona Republican primary race for governor. RINO Scott Smith is in second, with Christine Jones third, Ken Bennett fourth, Andy Thomas fifth and former congressman Frank Riggs sixth.
Mark Brnovich is ending scandal-ridden RINO Tom Horne’s reign as Arizona attorney general.
Diane Douglas ousted incumbent John Huppenthal for Superintendent for Public Instruction. Douglas ran on her opposition to Common Core education, which Huppenthal supported.
RINO Michele Reagan is winning the nomination for secretary of state. She will most likely lose in November to Democrat Terry Goddard.
Jeff DeWitt is heading for victory in the three-man primary race for state treasurer, with RINO Hugh Hallmann in second and former AZ GOP chairman Randy Pullen running third.
Wendy Rogers is leading Andrew Walter by about 5,000 votes in the GOP Congressional District 9 race.
Gary Kiehe is surprisingly leading in the GOP Congressional District 1 in a close race with Adam Kwasman and Andy Tobin.
Several incumbent congressmen ran unopposed.
In the Republican race for Arizona Corporation Commissioner, Tom Forese and Doug Little have secured nominations for November’s general election.
In a huge disappointment, Arizona-bashing Bob Worsley has defeated challenger Dr. Ralph Heap in the State Senate race for District 25.
Additionally, John Giles won handily over conservative Danny Ray in the election for mayor in Mesa. Giles was backed by all the current councilmen — all of whom, incidentally, were identified as “friends” and “champions” of Big Government by Americans for Tax Prosperity.
During the summer campaign, The Arizona Conservative questioned the loyalty of many Republican candidates to GOP principles. Several of those candidates won or did well tonight, raising additional questions about Republican voters, as well. Do personalities and advertising tactics weigh more heavily with Republican voters, or do they observe GOP principle as their criteria for voting decisions? The answer is in, and the GOP platform was a big loser in here in Arizona this summer. And as we said previously, it hasn’t been tried and found wanting. For many of the candidates — particularly Smith, Hallmann, Reagan, Worsley, Horne, and others — it has not been tried. Obviously, conservatives have much to do to educate Republicans in this state, which appears to be drifting away from the conservative principles that made America great.
By John Semmens –Semi-News — A Satirical Look at Recent News
Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) has introduced legislation that would prohibit the sale, use, or possession of body armor by unauthorized persons. “Authorized persons” in Honda’s view include government law-enforcement personnel, troops, and others the government may deem worthy of such protection.
“Those duly empowered to use deadly force should not have to fear that their efforts might be thwarted by the widespread availability of bullet-resistant vests or helmets,” Honda said. “The government’s capacity to suppress dangerous elements must not be diluted.”
Honda dismissed the idea that law-abiding civilians could have a legitimate need for this type of personal protection—Bullet Blocker’s bullet-proof backpacks for students, for instance. “Allowing students to acquire these items could instill a false sense of security. Worse, these backpacks could easily fall into the wrong hands and be used by those with malicious intent.”
“To be most effective the firepower of government authorities must be overwhelming and irresistible,” Honda argued. “Not only should the government’s agents have a monopoly on the ownership and use of guns, they must also be able to operate freely without worrying about potential opposition.”
Existing laws that make it illegal for convicted felons to own firearms and body armor “are inadequate,” according to Honda. “There’s a big loop hole that permits those without a criminal record to obtain the means to commit crimes using firearms and body armor. Access to the means for self-defense enables people to take an antisocial path rather than cooperate with the collectively arrived at decisions of their government. People need to trust and support the authorities and not try to go it alone.”
State Department Insists US Is Not at War with ISIS
The beheading of American journalist James Foley, the massacre of thousands of Christians, Kurds, and Shiite Muslims, and ISIS’s vow that its flag will soon fly over the White House does not mean the United States is at war with them, says Deputy State Department spokesperson Marie Harf.
“ISIS may think they are at war with us, but that doesn’t mean we are at war with them,” Harf insisted. “As you may have observed, President Obama sternly denounced Foley’s televised beheading. He has done his part to inspire others to take the actions needed to cope with the situation. There’s no need for him to do more.”
Harf cited the President’s immediate resumption of his golfing vacation and fund-raising as proof that “the President is fully in control of his agenda. He will not be forced into engaging in hostilities with ISIS.”
What Obama is willing to consider is “cutting back on the assistance we’ve been providing ISIS in its battle against Assad in Syria. As concerned as we are about the tyrannical abuses of the Assad government we need to reconsider whether aiding his enemies is the prudent thing to do.”
The Deputy State Department spokesperson also defended the President’s decision to reveal confidential information about a failed attempt to rescue Foley even though the revelation jeopardizes potential future attempts to rescue other hostages. “Even if a rescue were to be successful the number of lives saved would be minuscule,” Harf pointed out. “In contrast, a widespread perception that the President didn’t do enough on behalf of Foley is clearly undermining confidence in his Administration. With the off-year elections ahead that is far more damaging than the forgone hypothetical opportunity to save a few of the remaining hostages.”
DHS Says It Had to Release Murderers
Outraged over learning that the Department of Homeland Security released 154 illegal immigrants convicted of homicide in their native country, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) demanded an explanation from DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. He received a reply from Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief Thomas Winkowski.
In his reply, Winkowski maintained that DHS “had no choice in the matter. We should not be castigated for obeying the law.” Winkowski’s contention, though, may not be correct. While it is true that the law does not permit DHS to hold illegal immigrants indefinitely, it does allow for the retention of “dangerous immigrants.”
“Just because an immigrant has been convicted of a serious crime in Mexico, say, doesn’t prove he is dangerous in America,” Winkowski suggested. “Maybe he was unjustly convicted. Or maybe he came to our country to start a new life. Until they are convicted of a crime in the United States they deserve the benefit of the doubt.”
Judge Rules Private School Vouchers Unconstitutional
North Carolina Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood declared the state’s the Opportunity Scholarship program unconstitutional. The program provided funds for poor children to attend the same private schools attended by their financially better off peers.
“Allowing these children to exit the failing public school system undermines the incentive and capability for improving the public schools,” Hobgood ruled. “It would put the good of the few ahead of the collective well-being of the whole. By preventing the few from escaping we maintain the pressure for reform of the system.”
Hobgood rejected the argument that allowing students to exit substandard schools would stimulate competition and lead to better public school performance. “Public schools are too inflexible to compete,” Hobgood said. “The only chance for them is for public outrage over poor performance to induce a major overhaul of both methods and personnel. Every parent whose child is trapped in the public school is another potential voice of outrage. Parents who are now seeking scholarships to save their own children must be turned into advocates for all of society’s children. They won’t do this unless they see their own children suffering.”
The fact that the vast majority of recipients of the Opportunity Scholarships are Black didn’t impress Hobgood. “There is an even larger contingent of Black victims left behind in awful public schools,” he observed. “Unless every child can be saved it is better that none be saved. That is the only equality we can absolutely guarantee.”
In related news, Dyer County High School senior Kendra Turner was suspend for saying “bless you” after a classmate sneezed. “Blessing has religious connotations,” explained a school spokesman. “This is a public school. We have zero tolerance for that.”
Missouri Governor Demands Vigorous Prosecution
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) is saturating the air waves with his demand that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson be “vigorously prosecuted” for shooting Michael Brown on August 9th.
“We’ve all seen the Hell this community has gone through since the shooting,” Nixon recounted. “The Black citizens will burn down the entire town if we don’t give them the justice they want.”
The Governor brushed aside the possibility that the shooting might be justifiable self-defense. “Sure we could spend a lot of time and effort trying to determine whether Brown brought this on himself by attacking Wilson,” Nixon said. “Maybe Wilson feared for his life. Maybe he felt he had no alternative. But what I’m saying here is that now we have no alternative if we want to preserve the peace.”
“Cooler heads need to come to grips with what must be done,” Nixon continued. “If Wilson goes free there’ll be more trouble. More people could be hurt. More businesses could be wrecked. Police officers take an oath to serve and protect. Right now, the best way for Wilson to fulfill his oath is to accept responsibility and do his time. If he won’t do that voluntarily it is up to us to see that he does. Sacrificing one to save many is the kind of hard choice that the voters of this state elected me to make.”
Nixon’s perspective was bolstered by Al Sharpton’s assertion that rioters who appropriated merchandise without paying for it were “liberators” rather than “looters.” “No amount that the white man pays could adequately compensate us for the 300 years of slavery and 450 years of racial discrimination the Black man in America has had to suffer,” Sharpton claimed. “It isn’t stealing when you reclaim what is rightfully yours.”
Texas Governor Indicted for Abuse of Power
This past week an Austin Grand Jury indicted Governor Rick Perry (R) for abuse of power. The offending act was his veto of the budget containing funds for the salary of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg. Perry took this action when Lehmberg refused to resign after her arrest for drunk driving.
In April 2013, Lehmberg was hauled in for DUI. Tests showed her blood alcohol level to be more than three times the legal limit. Lehmberg threatened the arresting officer and deputies at the sheriff’s office with the loss of their jobs for deigning to interrupt her travels. Thinking that an abusively drunk public prosecutor might be an inappropriate person to hold that position, Governor Perry demanded she step down.
Lehmberg doesn’t deny that her behavior was disgraceful, but contends that “at least half the state legislators are drunk half the time. Drinking is the number one past-time of half the adult population of this state. So, being drunk and disorderly can’t be a legitimate barrier to holding a public office. There’d be too many vacancies.”
The County DA was also quite pleased with her one-upmanship. “Drunk driving is only a misdemeanor, abuse of power is a felony,” Lehmberg boasted. “We’ll strip Perry of his right to carry firearms and to vote. Any aspirations he may have had to run for President are finished thanks to me.”
A Satirical Look at Recent News
John Semmens is a retired economist who has written a weekly political satire column for The Arizona Conservative since 2005. He says working on his satires is one of the ways he tries to honor the liberties that our nation’s Founding Fathers tried to protect.
Please do us a favor. If you use material created by The Arizona Conservative, give us credit, and DO NOT change the context. Thank you.
Arizona’s 2014 primary election season enters its final week today. People must either mail their early ballots today, bring early ballots to the polling place or vote in polling places on August 26. With this urgency in mind, The Arizona Conservative is announcing its Republican In Name Only (RINO) awards today to inform voters of the identity of some of the most liberal, so-called “Republicans,” or RINOs. And now, to the awards we go:
“I’ve Been Takin’ Care of Corporate Welfare Business, Workin’ Overtime” Award: Scott Smith, friend of Big Government, former Mesa mayor, and candidate for governor.
“reagan DEMOCRAT-Moving Arizona Backward” Award: Michele Reagan, former state senator, candidate for secretary of state.
“William J. and Hillary Rodham Clinton Politics of Personal Destruction” Award: Bob Worsley, a friend of big government who called Arizona a “police state,” and called party base Republicans “extremists.”
“Tempe Town Lake Fever” Award: Hugh Hallmann, former mayor of Tempe, candidate for state treasurer; many people get elected to serve in Washington, D.C., and go left after succumbing to “Potomac Fever.” Hallman succumbed to Tempe Town Lake Fever, adopting left-wing politics and daring Republicans to elect him to a state office regardless of his radical politics. Tempe is one of the state’s most left-wing cities, and real Republicans can’t get elected mayor there.
“Jim Kolbe Of Course You Won’t have to Pay for That, the Government Will Pay for it” Award: Doug Coleman, friend of Big Government, no friend of taxpayers, and candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives.