Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett Endorses Gabriela Saucedo Mercer for Congress

TUCSON, AZ – The following statement was delivered by Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett:

“If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, voters should elect Gabriela Saucedo Mercer to Congress and stop the madness. Gabby understands the issues that matter most to the residents of southern Arizona. From education to jobs and the economy, it is time that we have a new advocate in Washington.

“Gabby’s candidacy offers southern Arizona voters a real opportunity to end a decade of ineffective representation. Unbelievably, Congressman Grijalva led the charge for an economic boycott of his own state two years ago. Don’t we need a voice in Washington to fight for us, not against us? Let’s send Gabby to Washington to be a part of the solution, not the problem.”

Gabriela Saucedo Mercer welcomes the endorsement by Secretary of State Ken Bennett and responded to the announcement earlier today.

“I thank Secretary of State Ken Bennett for his announcement today to endorse my campaign for Congress. Indeed, it is time for new leadership in Congressional District 3. For ten years, the district has been misrepresented by the incumbent. The Secretary of State recognizes the need for southern Arizonans to have their voices represented in our United States Congress. It is an honor to have his support, and I thank Ken Bennett for helping to lead our state toward better days ahead.”

George Benavides, LD 20 House Candidate, is a RINO

by Anonymous for a Valid and Good Reason

While George Benavides can’t be taken seriously as a candidate for the House in LD 20 because, as a traditionally-financed candidate, he’s raised, according to his June 30 campaign finance report, all of $650 of his own money, the voters should be warned about this sham candidate so that they don’t ignorantly cast votes for him. The fact that Mr. Benavides’ financial support comes only from himself is a reflection that he has no support from the masses. If they did support him, they’d donate. Even the lobbyists don’t think he has a shot because none of them have donated to him. Even liberal special interest groups know Benavides has no shot at winning because, as of June 30, no liberal interest group has deigned to waste money on him.

Apparently, the Yellow Sheets reported on July 20 that of the 55 state legislative candidates the Arizona AFL-CIO has endorsed, they only endorsed one Republican – George Benavides. The Arizona AFL-CIO website currently has no confirmation of this. For a conservative Republican, that’s all we really need to know to prove Mr. Benavides is to the left of ANY current incumbent Republican legislator. That makes Mr. Benavides a RINO and/or a DID.

George’s own website (look it up yourself, I’m not going to accredit this fake), which looks like it was put together by a 3rd grader, outlines a number of liberal positions. On it, he says, “I will work to reform the current immigration policy; to increase the positive attitude of Arizona’s Business Friendly atmosphere, thereby creating more employment opportunities; increasing educational opportunities in our state with strong beliefs in promoting positive educational policies that enhance employment opportunities for everyone in Arizona; and a judicial reform that is applicable to everyone, including elected officials.” That’s code for, “I favor state and local amnesty policies; I believe in the government dictating economic arrangements to match the government’s whim; like any Democrat, I think throwing more money at our troubled schools is the solution; and (in light of my answers on the CAP survey) I have no principles to guide my beliefs on judicial selection, but rest-assured, I’ll come down on liberals’ side when it comes down to it.” Mr. Benavides goes on to say, “[t]he voters (people) need a change that will enhance opportunities for improvements; control Arizona’s government spending so that our children and grandchildren do not incur debts.” Reading between the lines, Benavides is peddling the same line Obama fed us: “change.” That hasn’t worked out so well. And exactly what change are you peddling, Mr. Benavides? Amnesty? Shovelling good money after bad in education? Giving the un-elected and unaccountable bar more control over the selection of judges? All of that has been tried before to deleterious effect! Also, Mr. Benavides, if you hadn’t noticed, this is the second year in a row that the state will be running a surplus, and it’s a damned good thing too! If our legislative leaders hadn’t had the good foresight to resist the big-spending habits of the governor and Democrats, the pain of laying aside greater amounts to pay for Obamacare would have been even worse.

Mr. Benavides’ answers to the Center for Arizona Policy’s (CAP’s) questionnaire (http://www.azvoterguide.com/wp-content/uploads/benavidesg.pdf) clearly show that he is, at best, a liberal “Republican.” Examples of Mr. Benavides’ liberalism on the CAP survey include the support of the provision of health care and employee benefits to employees’ gay lovers, supporting the status quo in allowing the un-elected few choose who our judges are rather than allowing an elected Governor and an elected Senate to choose, adding gays and transexuals to our list of “protected classes” in anti-discrimination law, and opposing the state picking up the feds’ slack in enforcing immigration laws.

George’s own policy positions totally put the lie to the “Cafe con Leche Republicans” assertion that Benavides is a conservative. Cafe con Leche claiming Benavides is conservative is like a conservative group posing as Democrats, then labeling a conservative “Democrat” as a liberal to help a sham candidate get elected. Oh, if only Republicans could lie like Democrats we could heap the same abuse of the system on Democrats that Democrats heap on Republicans!

Word to the wise: when a candidate doesn’t give you a lot of details about his policy positions, that means he has something to hide, something that if you knew that piece of information about him, you wouldn’t vote for him. Benavides’ site is full of vagaries (on immigration, on judges, on education, on the economy, on spending, etc.) and therefore, in a Republican primary, you can rest assured that Mr. Benavides is hiding his liberalism. Additionally, when a candidate raises a pittance, you can also tell that the candidate lacks support and he is a sham candidate. Our best bet in LD 20 is to vote for Seel and Boyer for the two Arizona House seats.

Dreams from My REAL Father – Truth or Fiction?

This certainly makes a wild conspiracy theory story!

I was hesitant about posting this but it’s going to make the rounds anyway so our readers might as well discuss…

DFMFBO from Adam Smith on Vimeo.

Kelly Townsend receives NRA Endorsement and “AQ” rating for Arizona House District 16.

The NRA Arizona State liaison, Brent Wm. Gardener contacted Ms. Townsend Friday to thank her for her strong support of the Second Amendment and the right to keep and bear arms. Townsend’s pro-gun/pro-hunting candidacy earned her an “AQ” rating, the highest possible to be awarded to non-incumbent candidates.

“I am happy to have earned the endorsement of the National Rifle Association, and believe it is important, now more than ever, to elect strong advocates for our 2nd Amendment rights,” Townsend said. “With your vote, I will be happy to serve as your State Representative and see to it that our rights are protected here in Arizona.”

The primary election is August 28th, with early ballots being mailed out next week.

You can learn more about Kelly Townsend at www.Townsend2012.com or find her on Facebook.
For more information, contact Kelly at Townsend2012@yahoo.com
To learn more about this endorsement, go to http://www.nrapvf.org/grades-endorsements/2012/arizona.aspx

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Friday, July 27, 2012

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Former Show Low Mayor Rick Fernau Endorses Jonathan Paton

Rick Fernau, a community leader who served as the mayor of Show Low for eight years, released the following statement in support of Jonathan Paton for Congress in Arizona’s First District.

“We need a Representative who will fight for us in Washington. I’m supporting Jonathon Paton because he is a true conservative leader. He will fight to protect our Constitution, and will get things done for the people of rural Arizona.”

About The Candidate: Jonathan Paton is a lifelong and native Arizonan who learned the value of hard work from his parents. After working his way through college as a roofer and dishwasher, Paton graduated from the University of Arizona summa cum laude and with honors. In 1999, Paton enlisted in the United States Army Reserve. In 2000, he was named “Soldier of the Year” for his battalion, brigade, and eventually for the entire 104th Division in 2000. A state representative and senator from 2005 through 2010, Paton made international news after he voluntarily enlisted for service in Iraq in 2006.

About Congressional District 1: The new First Congressional District stretches from northern Pima County all the way to the Utah border, and encompasses many diverse communities including Marana, Oro Valley, Saddlebrooke, Casa Grande, Maricopa City, Globe, Safford, the White Mountains, Flagstaff, Sedona, and the Navajo Nation.

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Frank Antenori: A Response to Patrick Gatti

By Senator Frank Antenori

This morning, while perusing the local left wing rag (Tucson Weekly), I came across an article titled “Congressional Dreaming” written by propaganda specialist Mari Herreras.  It was about the Congressional District 1 race; in particular, it was discussing the “underdogs” in the race.  The article was essentially your standard ho-hum political diatribe until I got near the end and read this gem: “He portrays himself as a warrior, but he was in the National Guard, which I consider to be of lesser quality than full Army.”

Now one might think this might have come from a military loathing lefty; if you thought that, you’d be wrong.  Imagine my surprise when I saw the quote attributed to Republican Congressional candidate Patrick Gatti of Show Low.

This comment would have really set me off if it had come from the left, but the fact that it came from a Republican has ticked me off even more.

In my 20+ years in the military I served in combat with many National Guard and Reserve soldiers.  One of them was SFC Daniel Romero; a fellow Special Forces soldier assigned to the 19th Special Forces Group (Colorado Army National Guard).  Dan and his fellow 19th Group soldiers fought alongside my unit, the 3rd Special Forces Group, in Afghanistan during Operation Anaconda.  Dan was killed in action on April 15th 2002.  I can tell you no one even noticed, let alone mentioned the fact that he was in the National Guard.  To us he was a brother, a fellow Green Beret, who like many before him, laid down his life for his country.  To imply that Dan was a “lesser quality” soldier because he was in the Guard is nothing short of a complete insult. He was one of this country’s most skilled and proficient warriors; above all, he was a patriot.

Since September 11, 2001, the Arizona National Guard has lost seven soldiers in combat.  To be clear, Arizona has lost seven of her finest sons and daughters fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan for our great country and our fine state. All were warriors and patriots, all were cut from the highest quality of American cloth.  To imply they were somehow “lesser quality” is disgraceful.

Every soldier, whether they be active duty, National Guard or Reserves, must meet the Army’s high qualification standards prior to being deployed; everything from physical fitness, combat skills, marksmanship, and Military Occupational Specialty (job) performance levels are evaluated.  These standards are so high that the Pentagon issued a warning in a 2009 report showing data that that 75% of the nation’s 17- to 24-year-olds are ineligible for Army service for a variety of reasons. Add in the washout rates during training, and that percentage grows even higher.  If anything, one can easily say that one must be of the highest quality to serve in the Guard and Reserve.

As far as I’m concerned the only one of “lesser quality” is Mr. Gatti who has demonstrated that he is ignorant of the skills and performance required to be in the Guard and Reserve, not to mention the contribution our Army National Guard and Reserves (a.k.a. Minutemen) have made to this country since the Army’s inception on June 14, 1775.  It is also pretty clear he does not deserve to represent anyone in Congress.

Senator Frank Antenori
Legislative District 30 (new Legislative District 10)

NRO: The Chicken Inquisition

Worth reposting from National Review. Do not be surprised if Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton takes up the cause of Mayors Emanuel and Menino. Be sure to visit the Chick Fil-A Appreciation Day Facebook page.

Rahm Emanuel has been many things in life — ballet dancer, investment banker, congressman, White House chief of staff, now mayor of Chicago — and he apparently wishes to add another title to his curriculum vitae: Grand Inquisitor. He has denounced the fast-food chain Chick-fil-A and endorsed a Chicago alderman’s plan to block construction of a new outlet because the company’s executives do not share his politics. This is a gross abuse of power: Imagine if the mayor of Provo, Utah, had tried to punish a business for supporting same-sex marriage — the Left would demand his resignation, etc. The powers of government are not to be used for parochial political ends. Even in Chicago.

It is worth taking a look at precisely what has given the mayor of the nation’s most corrupt city such cause for concern. “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives,” said Chick-fil-A chief executive officer Dan Cathy in an interview that launched a million angry tweets. “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.” Mr. Cathy, a purveyor of sweet tea and chicken sandwiches, has a better understanding of the American constitutional order than do the city fathers in Chicago and Boston, among other places, who also have threatened to use their municipal powers to punish Mr. Cathy and his company for this alleged anti-gay bigotry.

Bigotry should be made of sterner stuff. Mr. Cathy did not even target homosexuals, and his reference to being married to “our first wives” indicates that his criticism of the recent decay of marriage is by no means limited to the question of same-sex marriage. But even if it were, it would be worth noting that opposition to gay marriage was until the day before yesterday the official position of President Barack Obama and his administration. It was certainly the position of the administration while Mr. Emanuel served in it — not to mention the position of the Clinton administration when Mr. Emanuel served in it, too. If a Chick-fil-A franchisee is a detestable bigot because his boss — a private-sector CEO — opposes gay marriage, what does that make Mr. Emanuel, whose boss opposed gay marriage as president of these United States?

Chick-fil-A’s senior executives say that they are guided by Christian principle in both their personal and their professional lives, and the chain’s franchises famously remain closed on Sundays, but the company also pronounces itself committed to treating people with “honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.” Mr. Cathy’s own views are considerably more complex than his critics would have us believe: “We don’t claim to be a Christian business,” he said in the same interview. “Christ never died for a corporation.”

It is one thing for private citizens to stage a boycott of a company with associations that annoy them, though the gay lobby’s hysterical demands for absolute conformity to its agenda in all aspects of public life is both unseemly and childish. (The gay lobby is also wrong about the issue of marriage and should be opposed.) As bad as organized homosexuality’s bullying tactics can be, it is a far more serious thing when elected officials appropriate the instruments of government to punish those with whom they disagree. The analogue to the civil-rights movement is a defective one: Whatever indignities homosexuals have suffered in our history, they were not held as chattel slaves or systematically excluded from political and economic life in the way black Americans were, nor is homosexuality categorically comparable to race. Boston mayor Thomas Menino threatened to withhold a business license from Chick-fil-A until somebody reminded him that doing so would constitute an illegal abuse of official power, at which point he withdrew the threat but confirmed his simmering hostility.

Mayors Menino and Emanuel are not striking a blow for civil rights; they are exploring new ground in the abuse of political power. Their threats and posturing have been far more shameful than anything Chick-fil-A has undertaken, and their motives considerably less lofty.

Guest Opinion: Travis Grantham for Congress in CD-9

By Sgt. Flapjaw

I had the great opportunity, along with two other “The Patriot’s Corner” blogsters, to have a sit down meeting with Travis Grantham for a no holds barred Q & A.  I will come right out and say that I had been leaning toward supporting Travis but wanted to get down to more detailed and specific answers and perspectives than what one can hear while attending a larger gathering.

Travis, I am convinced, will go to Washington D. C. without the need to make “friends”.  Travis is a genuine Patriot who realizes that our country cannot survive much longer without the efforts of many individuals who are ready and willing to simply do what far too few currently are willing to do.  A career pilot with the Air Force Reserve, recently promoted to the rank of Major, and a very successful businessman, Travis could stay inArizonaand continue to contribute to the economy and our national security without running for congress.  He believes that he can help the too sparse group of real Conservatives in the ongoing efforts to save this Capitalist Free Market System that has worked so well.

The sad fact that we all know is our Government is being run by a cabal of professional talkers, lawyers, and academics who have never had a job.  To them, Marxism is the vehicle to control the population and maintain power.

If I were those Marxists or whichever Political Party member [including Republican], I would fear a new crop of fresh and invigorated Congresspersons that Travis will be part of.  I left the meeting thinking that if the new Congress were made up of true Constitutional Conservatives’ with real life experiences; I would be saying goodbye to many of the institutionalized politicians.  Federal Employees would have their employment packages aligned with private sector packages. There would be no such thing as Continuing Resolutions for the sake of continued spending.  Baseline Budgeting would end, bailouts and subsidies along with the UN and many Federal Departments will disappear.  A great beginning but so much more to do.

If you have not thought of Travis Grantham as your Congressman, or are favoring someone else, you owe it to yourself and your country to give him a look.  Try to attend an event with Travis if you can, and I believe that you will come away impressed and reassured that we can change the course of this great nation.

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