Archives for August 4, 2010

Anti Prop 200 alumni, where are they now?

Everyone is acting tough on illegal immigration now. Lots of people running for office are singing the praises of SB 1070 and some candidate are saying they would have voted for the new law.

Back in 2004, there was a voter initiative to prevent those living in Arizona illegally from receiving taxpayer funded public benefits. Senators Kyl and McCain both opposed the citizen’s initiative; known as Protect Arizona Now or Prop 200 (2004). Less well know are some of the members of the legislature who were OK with illegal aliens receiving public benefits. Read this document for a list of some of those opposed to Prop 200. Some of them are seeking promotions, want to return to the legislature, or are backing candidates running for the legislature. Here is a partial list.

Bill Konopnicki opposed Prop 200. He is trying to unseat Senator Sylvia Allen in LD 5. Sen. Allen is a strong conservative with an excellent record in the legislature.

John Nelson opposed Prop 200. He is trying to retain his LD 12 senate seat in the face of a strong challenge from the more conservative Clark Silver.

Pete Hershberger opposed Prop 200. He is not on the ballot this year but he is backing Wade McLean in the LD 26 house race. McLean thinks he might have voted for SB 1070 but quickly adds Arizona should have talked more with the federal government before passing 1070.

Marian McClure opposed Prop 200. She is challenging current LD 30 Senator Frank Antenori. Sen. Antenori has a strong conservative record from his first term, split between the house and senate.

Will the voters care about politicians who supported benefits for illegals? They should at least know the facts.

Now We Are Getting To Know The Real Ben Quayle

Ben Quayle “Rents Family” for Campaign Mail Pieces; Inconsistencies Abound

On Tuesday, the Arizona Capitol Times broke news about Quayle renting a family for his mail pieces. The story is entitled: “Quayle mailers not actually what meets the eye.” When pressed for an answer about the children, Quayle spokesman Damon Moley said “the campaign is trying to present Quayle as a family man.” Moley responded, “I think you guys have got a lot of time on your hands.”

The article can be read in its entirety here. The story has now gone national. Today The Washington Post linked to the Capital Times story. Meanwhile, a highly read and influential Republican blog,, wrote an article titled “Ben Quayle Not the Right Choice For GOP in AZ CD3”, the reporter lays out a basic skeleton of who Ben Quayle really is.

“Ben is a 33 year-old attorney who has a resume like most every person who went to good schools and has less than 10 years of working experience: he could be a future star, or he could be a lightweight. But his career to date has been undistinguished (and even nonexistent with respect to public policy and politics) save for who his father is. Ben recently planted himself back in Arizona (the NY Times reports he has never voted in a local election in the state) and was virtually unknown in the states GOP circles.”

The question remains what else in Ben Quayle’s campaign is less than accurate?

Stay tuned…

And John McCain calls JD Hayworth ‘Disrespectful?!’

Some woman named “Linda” called in to the Barry Young Show on KFYI this morning and spoke to Barry Markson (filling in for Youn) and said that she didn’t like JD Hayworth because he was not respectful towards John McCain.

Either “Linda” is just plain ignorant or she was being completely deceptive because, her comments were simply not true. In fact, let me remind Linda about who among the candidates is the least respectful.

Throughout the campaign, John McCain has dressed staffers up in a pig costume to follow JD Hayworth around wherever he speaks. As recent as Monday, McCain’s pig staffers were at a press conference in which JD Hayworth received the endorsement of 16 TEA Party organizations.

And Linda, if you recall, it was John McCain who called JD Hayworth a “pig” during the final minutes of the second debate in Tucson.

Throughout the campaign, JD Hayworth has been very respectful of John McCain. Ask anyone who has attended his town halls and they will tell you that he honors the service of John McCain but is respectful in pointing out their differences and honestly, that is what campaigns are about.

So before another John McCain shill calls JD Hayworth “disrespectful,” perhaps they ought to remember that John McCain has been anything but respectful, has broken Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment and has proven that by spending in excess of $16 Million.

The very sad reality of this race is that John McCain has demonstrated the most unstatesmanlike behavior of his entire political career. Let’s hope the voters put an end to it before he ruins his legacy even more.