JD Hayworth Leaves KFYI

You have to live in a cave if you haven’t heard by now that conservative talk show host and former congressman JD Hayworth suddenly announced that this evening’s show would be his last with KFYI.

Hayworth, who is one of the biggest named conservatives in Arizona, also signaled that he would be moving back into public service.

For several months, pol watchers have been speculating whether Senator John McCain would finally meet his match in a Republican Primary. This appears to be right around the corner now without Arizona’s most famous conservative spokesman officially announcing the beginning of a campaign.

Should JD make it official, his entry in the race will reflect the mood of voters across the country as a rising insurgency with the distinct feel of a conservative populism.

Hayworth’s possible challenge to McCain will likely pose a political dilemma to Alaska’s former Governor Sarah Palin who is scheduled to stump here in Arizona for McCain in March. Palin’s Facebook and the Twitter world is buzzing with comments and tweets from supporters begging her to reconsider her support for McCain. Here is a sample:

FBBobBilotta FBBrianGanly FBJamesJacobsen FBMeraWhite FBTomDodson TWbillc1017 TWKTrader TWpriyan TWarlene TWCubachi

McCainiacs take aim at Randy: Pullen Pullen responds

A m e r i c a n P o s t – G a z e t t e

Distributed by C O M M O N S E N S E , in Arizona

Friday, January 22, 2010

McCainiacs take aim at Randy Pullen
Pullen responds

Dear Executive Committee Members:

It has come to my attention that the Chairman of the Yuma Republican Party, Phil Townsend, has sent a letter to members of the Arizona Republican Party Executive Committee alleging several serious improprieties on the part of myself and Lee Miller, our Legal Counsel.  I felt it was incumbent upon me to respond in kind.

There have been a number of recent inaccurate emails, blogs and reports regarding the financial operations of the AZGOP.  In every instance where I have been contacted by members of the Executive Committee either by phone or email regarding any of these communications, I have responded to their questions as quickly as possible.  Unfortunately, Mr. Townsend, decided he would rather write a letter than get the facts.

The AZGOP files both federal and state reports for various contributions and expenditures at different times depending on the reporting requirements of the FEC and Arizona law.  We have never failed to file nor been fined by the state or FEC for violations under my chairmanship; although, we did pay a fine to the FEC in 2007 for violations that occurred prior to my becoming chairman.  During this time, we have filed numerous amended reports and responded to regular inquires from the FEC on different matters.  Campaign regulations are complex and Byzantine to say the least.

With respect to the RNC transfer of $50,000 that was done late in November of last year, it was not reported in the FEC report filed on December 19th.  By the time I reviewed the report, it was too late to correct it.  Missing a filing date is a serious matter and will result in a fine.  It is better to file and amend later, which is what we are doing.  I have spoken with the RNC about it and they understand we will amend the report.  None of the RNC funds have been “used to pay overhead,” as Mr. Townsend alleges.

With respect to the question regarding debts of the party asked by Donna Reagan during our conference call on December 30th, what I said was we had accounts payables that needed to get paid and I was working on doing that, but we had no debt and I had no intentions to borrow money.  We do have some payables that need to be listed on the FEC report and they will be on the December 31, 2009 report that will be filed at the end of this month.

With respect to Mr. Abate and his letter, he was not provided all of the facts by Mike Hellon or Shiree Verdone, campaign staff for Senator McCain.  Certainly, the bylaws of the party allow the Chairman and Treasurer to assign their check signing authority when necessary.  This does not relieve them from their fiduciary responsibilities to be fully aware and knowledgeable about all expenditures.  This was not what Mr. Hellon and Ms. Verdone were asking for me and Timothy Lee to do.  They demanded control over all Victory Program funds.

At the time they made their demands, there were several people in the room who can confirm what occurred.  I suggest that this be fully aired in our Executive Committee meeting on this coming Saturday afternoon. It is sufficient to say that I had real concerns with their demands; however, I felt it was prudent to check with counsel before deciding what to do with the Victory Program.  In addition to talking to Lee Miller, I took the time to call legal counsel for the RNC, a former commissioner for the FEC, and explain the circumstances.

In both instances, the conclusion was the same.  The AZGOP could not give check signing privileges to campaign staff members of Senator McCain’s campaign.  This would likely be a violation of McCain-Feingold campaign laws.  While it is legal for state parties to coordinate with federal candidates on certain expenditures made by the party on behalf of their campaigns, it is not proper to give control over those efforts and funds to the respective campaigns.

What, I along with the assistances of Legal Counsel, the Treasurer and members of the ad hoc victory committee have done is to establish a framework for review of the Victory Program and to put in place appropriate controls and procedures to assure we will not have legal problems with the implementation of the Victory Program in 2010.  If anyone would like more detailed information on our financial reports, they are available on the FEC website as well as the Secretary of State’s website.  If you have trouble navigating either site, please call Brett Mecum at our office and he will help you get the information you need.


Randy Pullen

Incumbent Campaign Death-Throes?

John McCain

I don’t think I need to brief everyone on SA regarding the accusations from the McCain camp being heaped upon the Arizona Republican Party.  That one can read for themselves on the blog below this.

But this is newly in from Michelle Malkin.

Conservatives: Beware of McCain Regression Syndrome

Michelle Malkin
Friday, January 22, 2010

Pay attention: In the afterglow of the Massachusetts Miracle, there are flickers of peril for the right. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but like Paul Revere’s midnight message, consider this warning “a cry of defiance, and not of fear.” Conservatives have worked hard to rebuild after Big Government Republican John McCain’s defeat. But McCain isn’t going gently into that good night.

No, good readers, John McCain isn’t going gently into the night.

This coming Saturday, apparently, his operators are going to attempt to unseat the state party chairman and RNC treasurer, according to some, because the GOP state party executive committee refused to approve his version of the 2010 GOP Victory Plan.

Now, there are allegations his operatives have floated to liberal online rags like the Arizona Guardian, that the state party chairman has engaged in deceptive accounting.  Of course, there is no proof of this, just iterative reference to other allegations made.

Their new shtick is to “just show us the bank statements”.  However, according to one astute comment (#27) made under this SA blog post , an officer of a corporation may not disclose legally privileged corporate documents unless otherwise required to by law or the rules of the corporation.

What does that say about people who ask an officer of the corporation they claim to support to legally betray that corporation?

Not to wander too far off the point of this post, back to Malkin in her article today…

“After a career spent bashing the right flank of the party, McCain is now clinging to its coattails to save his incumbent hide.”

Perhaps it’s time for Senator McCain to retire with whatever grace he has left and leave the reins to younger up and coming Arizona Republicans.

I’m beginning to believe that it’s not all the senator’s fault.  The “McCain machine” in Arizona has been around for so long and has so many lackey consultants, staffers and former staffer-hangers on who rely on his machine for their paychecks, that he will not go softly into the night and that the price we are going to pay is the McCain-driven (perhaps not by him personally, but who knows?) destruction of the Arizona Republican Party.

37th Annual March and Rally for Life – Sunday

Arizona Right to Life
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Contact: 602-285-0063
Join Top Officials, Organizations & Candidates
Standing Up for Life
37th Annual March and Rally for Life – Sunday, January 24, 2010
12:30 March, 1:00 Rally

Phoenix, AZ -The AZ Life Rally Committee invites you to TAKE A STAND FOR LIFE by participating in the 2010 March and Rally for Life.  All the information you need to get involved is listed below:

Confirmed Speakers
Governor Jan Brewer
Bishop Thomas Olmsted
Senator Jon Kyl
Congressman John Shadegg
Congressman Trent Franks
Treasurer Dean Martin
County Attorney Andrew Thomas
AZ State Senator Linda Gray
AZ State Representative Nancy Barto
AZRTL President, Jinny Perron
Life Ed. Corp. President, John Jakubczyk

Pro-Life Booths
Pro-life organizations will be on-hand to explain how they help women and unborn children.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet some of Arizona’s 2010 pro-life  candidates.  See a list of confirmed booths.

MAP OF MARCH AND RALLYMap of March & Rally

Musical Performers

Ike Ndolo
Brandon Kagel
Rebecca Woodbury

Colors Presentation
US Marines, Bulk Fuel C-Company

March for Life

  • Begins at 12:30 PM at Brophy College Prep located at 4701 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85012. Route continues south on Central, east on Indian School, west on 3rd Street/Herrera (1.6 miles)
  • Detailed map of public parking areas are in ORANGE on this map. Brophy’s south lot closes at 6:00 PM. Please do not park at St. Francis Xavier Church as they have a 1:00 PM Mass.
  • Concludes at Steele Indian School Park Amphitheater
  • Shorter alternate route via Central & Glenrosa/Steele Park

Rally for Life
The Rally will begin with entertainment at 1:00 PM at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix.  On Indian School, turn north at the light 3rd Street/S. Herrera, and it will lead you into the park.  Go past the parking lot at the VA entrance and continue to the main park parking lot.  There is also additional parking on the west side of the park on Steele Park/Glenrosa and Central (SEE COLOR-CODED MAP: Parking Areas are in ORANGE).

Diaper Drive
Arizona Right to Life is partnering with Pregnancy Centers, Maternity Homes and Elder Care centers to conduct the state’s oldest Diaper Drive.  Please help these centers by bringing your donated infant or adult diapers to the the AZRTL Booth.  See local drop-off locations

Bishop’s Mass for Life
For those of you who would like to participate, at 11:00 AM Bishop Olmsted will celebrate a Mass for the Unborn prior to the March and Rally for Life at St. Francis Xavier Church (4715 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ) adjacent to Brophy College Prep.

In Case of Heavy Rain or Flood
Sunday forecast: sunny with a high of 60 degrees.  In the event that Steele Park becomes flooded, the march will be re-routed to conclude with the rally in the Brophy Prep Gym.
Any changes to the location will be posted to www.AZLifeRally.com on Sunday morning by 9:00 a.m.

Federal Election Commission Questions McCain Campaign Finance Reporting

Searching on McCain at  http://www.fec.gov/finance/disclosure/imaging_info.shtml yields the following information:

http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00341891 or the Friends of John McCain is the committee financing his Senate race.

This committee, McCain’s candidates campaign finance committee,

failed to report complete financials for 2Q09  and 3Q09.

They omitted information required BY LAW and were forced to file amended reports several months later!

Arizonans demand full disclosure and transparacy!

As you can see from this document http://query.nictusa.com/pdf/881/29030171881/29030171881.pdf#navpanes=0John McCain  disclosed one or more contributions which exceed contribution limits.

According to the FEC, ” The acceptance of excessive contributions is a serious problem,” and, “Failure to comply will result in enforcement actions.”

Enforcement actions?!?  We need to demand greater financial responsibility from our elected officials.

Looking at the McCain presidential campaign on FEC.gov, http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00453928

His presidential campaign finance committee FAILED TO REPORT REQUIRED INFORMATION in 1Q09, 2Q09 and 3Q09 and were forced to filed amended reports as much as 7 months later!

John McCain, Inc.  http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00430470 appears to have multiple reporting problems in 2009.

-According to the FEC http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00430470, John McCain’s 1Q09 report accepted excessive contributions and discloses joint fundraising receipts while failing to file the proper forms for joint fundraising receipts.  “Failure to comply with the Act may also result in an enforcement action against the Committee.”

-According to the FEC, http://query.nictusa.com/pdf/919/29030160919/29030160919.pdf#navpanes=0 John McCain 2008 Inc. appeared to have  disclosed uncashed refunds and improperly retained them.

What are Republicans going to do about this?  There are many questions.

Currently, John McCain operatives such as Shiree Verdone and the county Chairman of Yuma county are trying to usurp the Arizona State Republican Party chairmanship position based the very same and similar accusations they are making themselves and via strawmen against the Chairman.

Ironically, their own boss has unfortunately engaged in almost precisely the very same thing!

Is that not ironic?  Is that not inconsistent?  These McCain operatives support the behavior when they do it, but oppose the behavior when their opponents do it.

Sounds more like Senator Al Gore then Senator John McCain.  Is there a difference these days?