Archives for February 26, 2008

Pappas Going to Supreme Court

It appears that the Arizona State Supreme Court may be taking up the case of the Pappas Schools. According to a source close to the schools, the high court may have accepted jurisdiction of the appeal. The case is scheduled to be heard on March 18th at 9 am.

Most Arizona’s will vote for McCain but think Obama will win

We do not understand it either but you can read the latest KAET/Cronkite poll for yourself.

CD5 Update: David Schweikert Fundraiser

David Schweikert Fireside Chat

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Contact: Michael Juel, (602) 481-8962

Schweikert Fundraiser A Huge Success!

(Scottsdale, AZ) – In yet another fundraising success, Congressional House candidate, David Schweikert, announced today that his campaign continues to gain financial momentum.  In a fundraising event sponsored last Friday by Chad Kirkpatrick, Chairman of the Arizona Taxpayer’s Action Committee,  over 125 guests packed the home of Chris and Susan Savittieri.

“I am deeply humbled by the support I have received for my candidacy,” Schweikert said in a statement issued by the campaign.  Money raised from this event has now gives the campaign a cumulative of over $600,000 in Schweikert’s bid to unseat Harry Mitchell.

“David’s message of fiscal responsibility and securing our borders is undeniably inline with the voters of this district,” said Adam Kipnes an attendee of the event.

Speaking to his guest Friday night, Schweikert said, “Last quarter our campaign outraised Congressman Mitchell.” He continued, “With your help tonight and your continued support throughout this campaign we will continue to remind Harry that his days in office are numbered.”

Running on a platform of Congressional reform, lower taxes, healthcare reform, and securing the border, former Maricopa County Treasurer David Schweikert continues to out raise every candidate in this race.  “With so many problems in Washington I am humbled that so many people believe I am the guy to change the way things are done in Washington,” Said Schweikert.

The David Schweikert for Congress Campaign would like to thank the host committee and all those who attended the event:  The Hon. Nancy Barto, Hon. Doug Clark, Hon. Sam Crump, Hon. Pamela Gorman, Hon. John Kavanagh, Hon. John McComish, Hon. Michele Reagan, Hon. Bob Robson, The Arizona Taxpayer’s Action Committee Chairman, Chad Kirkpatrick, and Hosts, Chris and Susan Savittieri who were extremely gracious in opening their home for the evening.


Press Release: Special Upcoming Republican Professionals Event

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Contact: Ryan Ducharme, (480) 643-0910

9/11 WTC Survivor Mark Finelli and AZ State Rep. Jonathan Paton to Speak About Their Iraq War Experiences

SCOTTSDALE, AZ –Republican Professionals (RP) announced today that they will be hosting Mark Finelli, a 9/11 World Trade Center survivor who gave up a 6-figure job with Morgan Stanley to enlist in the Marines and fight in Iraq and AZ State Representative Jonathan Paton, a ”rising star” in the Republican Party and Iraq war veteran. Both speakers will appear at the organization’s upcoming March 6, 2008 free networking event at 6 Lounge in Scottsdale.

“We are pleased to have Mark Finelli speak at our event. He is a true American hero and the only 9/11 World Trade Center survivor to enlist in the marines and fight in Iraq. His story is an inspiring tale of honor, courage and steely leadership. It will be insightful to learn about his ‘in the trenches’ account of his experiences in Iraq and his assessment of the current situation,” said RP President Charles A. Jensen.  

Mark Finelli has been a featured guest on Fox, CNN and “Hardball with Chris Mathews” on MSNBC. He’s also appeared on popular radio programs, such as “The Sean Hannity Show” and been written about in major publications like Newsweek and National Review. Finelli will also be appearing in a documentary by two-time Oscar winner and trooper supporter John Voight.

Jensen also expressed his enthusiasm for hosting Jonathan Paton, a popular member of the Arizona House of Representatives and Iraq war veteran: “Representative Paton is a gifted public speaker and admired public servant. We look forward to hearing about his background and recent experience in Iraq.” (Paton volunteered for active duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from September of ‘06 until February ‘07.)

Doors open at 6:00 P.M. at 6 Lounge, a chic and atmospheric Scottsdale nightclub. Given the popularity of past events and limited space available, Republican Professionals highly encourages all interested in attending the March 6th event to RSVP at 

Republican Professionals hosts its free networking events the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 P.M. at the Six Lounge in Scottsdale. Between 150 and 270 professionals consistently attend RP events. For more information about Republican Professionals, please contact Charles Jensen at 602-403-5535 or  

The purpose of Republican Professionals is to link like-minded professionals together in a monthly happy hour where they can network, socialize, and hear directly from prominent politicians and successful business leaders. Founded in the fall of 2007 in Phoenix, Arizona, Republican Professionals has already branched off to other cities across the nation.

Renzi Remaining

Embattled Congressman Rick Renzi has pledged to remain in office despite a 35-count indictment against him. In a statement issued by his press spokesman, Renzi asserted, “I will not resign and take on the cloak of guilt because I am innocent.”

An arraignment is scheduled for March 6th in which the congressman will face the 26-page indictment.

Renzi appears confident that he will overcome the charges and clear his name.

From my perspective, it doesn’t look all that positive which makes me wonder if the Congressman is not revealing his hand against the federal government. Is this another case of a federal prosecutor with political motives?

Given Renzi’s confidence that he will prevail, we’d like to know if this will all be washed out in the courts. Renzi’s legal team consists of Reid Weingarten and Kelly Kramer.