A Chamber of Commerce mailer for Rep. Adam Driggs has recently hit mailboxes in LD 11. The mailer tries to paint Driggs as some kind of immigration hawk. Anyone who pays attention to Arizona politics knows full well that Driggs is part of the “Sanctuary Six” (Driggs, Crandall, Mason, Barto, Quelland, Konopnicki) that walked out on a vote on HB 2280, an anti-sanctuary cities bill and the precursor to SB 1070, rather than vote on the bill. Earlier in the session, Driggs had held up anti-sanctuary legislation for the entire session by using his power as Committee Chairman to not give it a hearing. Then, when Sen. Russell Pearce got the bill around Driggs to the House floor, Driggs walked out as one of the Sanctuary Six.
A look at Driggs’ contributors shows a host of open borders McCainiacs. Most notably among these are Deb Gullet, former notoriously liberal legislator and former McCain Chief of Staff. She was the Gallagher & Kennedy lobbyist that sent an e-mail around touting Greater Phoenix Leadership’s (GPL’s) “Twelve in `10” fundraiser for liberal Republicans to help Democrats raise money and get elected. Reps. Driggs’ and Konopnicki’s names again pop up on the list of pro-corporate handout legislators favored by GPL. Sean Noble is yet another McCainiac and open-borders guy. He too has given to Driggs. Marcus Dell’Artino who works for First Strategic, the same firm employing Wes Gullet, a former McCain staffer and Deb Gullet’s husband, has also contributed to Driggs. Many First Strategic employees have been donating to ultra-liberal 20+ year incumbent Democrat Congressman Ed Pastor. Pastor is about as open-borders as anyone can get. Koponicki has contributed to Driggs. Wonder why? Couldn’t be because he wants like-minded liberals in office to help him push his pro-open borders agenda through the legislature. Shiree Verdone, another McCain staffer also contributed to Driggs. Would the McCainiacs be supporting Driggs if he wasn’t one of them? Almost to a man, the Sanctuary Six endorsed McCain, Quelland being the only name absent from the list. Almost to a man, the Chamber endorsed the Sanctuary Six, again, Quelland being the exception. The ties between McCainiacs, the open-borders crowd and the pro-“business” handouts crowd are unmistakable.
The first lesson should be that anyone receiving a mailer from the Chamber needs to be very skeptical. The voters need to dig deeper to learn the truth. The second lesson is that the Chamber knows very well that its open-borders position is not what the voters want. The Chamber routinely opposes efforts to crack down on illegal immigration and it wants to elect open-borders legislators like Adam Driggs to prevent Russell Pearce from becoming Senate President. That it tries to get them elected by posing them as “tough-on-crime, secure border leaders” is both hypocritical and dishonest.