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 ( 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.

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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.


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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Bossie: “Quayle Campaign Statement Desperate Attempt By A Desperate Campaign To Change The Narrative”

David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United, and Fritz Wenzel, President of Wenzel Strategies, made the following statements in response to the Ben Quayle campaign’s desperate vitriolic statement against a poll commissioned by Citizens United Political Victory Fund that showed Quayle down 13 points to David Schweikert:

“The Quayle statement released last night was a desperate attempt by a desperate campaign to change the narrative. The fact is Quayle is losing big. It is always a telltale sign that an establishment campaign is floundering when they attack polls and use over-the-top language like ‘liar’ in a statement. You would expect these kinds of desperate tactics from the Obama campaign – but not from a Republican in a GOP primary. Ben Quayle is on his last legs in a losing campaign.”

– David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United

“It’s not surprising when candidates who perform poorly in public opinion surveys attack those surveys, so while we at Wenzel Strategies are disappointed with the harsh language of the Quayle congressional campaign, we are not surprised. The Quayle campaign joins a growing list of candidates who have disparaged our work and who have gone down in flames, including out-going U.S. Senator Richard Lugar from Indiana. We don’t predict election outcomes. We simply measure public opinion at a given period of time, but this latest survey in Arizona shows Quayle is clearly losing the race to hold onto a seat in Congress.”

– Fritz Wenzel, President of Wenzel Strategies

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Jeff Flake Endorsed for U.S. Senate by the Casa Grande Dispatch

Jeff Flake

Flake is “best-suited candidate to help steer the national economy out of troubled waters” 

PHOENIX – Jeff Flake has received the endorsement of Pinal County’s largest newspaper, the Casa Grande Dispatch, in the Republican primary election for United States Senate.

In an editorial announcing its endorsement, the Dispatch said: “Flake has been tough on border security and vehemently has opposed earmarks, standing firmly against wasteful spending in an era when that must be addressed. He is the best-suited candidate to help steer the national economy out of troubled waters. The Dispatch endorses Jeff Flake in the Republican primary.”

The Dispatch’s endorsement adds to the growing list of Arizona endorsements for Jeff Flake, including Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Coolidge Mayor Tom Shope, the Chandler and Lake Havasu Area Chambers of Commerce, and hundreds of local elected and community leaders throughout Arizona. The entire list can be found here:

For more information on Jeff Flake and why he’s running for the U.S. Senate, please visit his website at



Will Congressman Jeff Flake Continue Relying on Special Interest Dollars?

Phoenix, Arizona - 106 days ago, Wil Cardon asked Congressman Jeff Flake to join him in pledging to put Arizona first.  He’s asking that both candidates work to keep this Senate race fair, balanced and without interference from Super PAC’s or third party groups. 

So far… NOTHING.

On June 4th, we learned that the DC special interest group, The Club for Growth, has spent and bundled more than $1 million dollars to help the Jeff Flake for U.S. Senate Campaign.

Enough is enough. 

Wil Cardon is calling again on Congressman Flake to stop relying on special interest dollars and sign the Arizona First Pledge.

Arizonans are asking why   

Congressman Flake hasn’t signed the Arizona First Pledge.

(Click Here to Read the Arizona First Pledge)


Congressman Gosar Joins Colorado in Condemning Senseless Violence and Standing with Aurora

Washington, D.C.—Today, U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) released the following statement after joining the entire Colorado delegation in supporting and adopting Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s (D-CO) concurrent resolution, H. Con. Res. 134, to condemn the atrocious shooting that took place in Aurora, Colorado.

“The sadness touching the Aurora community stretches across the nation, yet we stand together in condemning this senseless act of violence,” said Congressman Gosar. “The victims and families impacted by the theater tragedy remain in my thoughts and prayers. The first responders, nurses and doctors who saved lives deserve our greatest thanks. To the community of Aurora, the nation stands behind you in coping and recovering. May justice be served, and may those who lost their lives always be remembered.”

The concurrent resolution condemns the heinous movie theater atrocity, thanks the first responders and other officials who offered their support to save lives, and honors the victims and the resilient community impacted by the tragedy.


Schweikert In Solid Lead Over Quayle In Arizona’s 6th Congressional District Primary According To CUPVF Poll

Citizens United Political Victory Fund (CUPVF), the affiliated PAC of Citizens United, released a poll today conducted by Wenzel Strategies showing Congressman David Schweikert ahead of Congressman Ben Quayle in Arizona’s 6th Congressional District primary. The poll was conducted via telephone survey of likely Republican primary voters from July 24-25, included 794 respondents, and has a 3.45% margin of error. Toplines of poll click here. Polling memo click here.

Poll Results by Wenzel Strategies:

Ballot Test

  • Schweikert – 47.1%
  • Quayle – 33.9%
  • Not sure – 19.0%

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Arizona Tea Party Patriot Affiliates Gearing Up for State and National Elections

July 25, 2012- (Arizona)- Arizona Tea Party Patriots Association, the state’s largest Tea Party network, comprised of approximately 80 National Tea Party Patriots, Inc., affiliated chapters, and over 6,000 activists state-wide, are actively engaged and preparing for both the 2012 Arizona state-wide elections and upcoming Presidential elections. Activists are currently engaged in volunteering for various State Legislative campaigns, Congressional campaigns, U.S. Senatorial campaigns and the current City of Glendale, AZ elections, a crucial city election plagued with over $ 1 billion and growing city debt, and controversy over the 3 year, owner-less Phoenix Coyote hockey team which continues to add $ multi-millions each year to the cities’ growing debt problems.

Pam Stevenson, founder of the state’s very first and largest Tea Party, the East Valley Tea Party, and organizer of the first state-wide, Arizona Tea Parties rallies in April and July of 2009, stated, “ These were the first two large-scale rallies which gained state and national attention and brought in over 2,000 + participants at each event. We then founded the state’s very first large-scale Tea Party (East Valley Tea Party) in which we held regular weekly meetings to discuss state and national political events, issues, studying the U.S. Constitution, inviting state and national political leaders, political experts and book authors as guest speakers. We were in the infancy stages of the Arizona Tea Party Movement, with no rule books, organizational guidelines to follow other that promoting and focusing on the non-partisan foundational principles of the National Tea Party Movement: 1. Protection of Free Market societies, 2. Constitutionally limited governments, and 3. Government fiscal responsibility. The East Valley Tea Party grew so quickly and large, we were maintaining a membership roster of over 1,500 activists.”

One year later, in April 2010, Mrs. Stevenson was recruited by the National Tea Party Patriots, Inc. organization to be their National organization’s first State Coordinator for Arizona, and the East Valley Tea Party, then branched off into 7 individual Tea Parties in various cities in the Phoenix, AZ metropolitan areas in the East Valley. These Tea Parties became the first Arizona Tea Parties to officially become affiliate members of the National Tea Party Patriots, Inc., founded by National coordinators Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin, one of Time Magazines’ most influential people of 2010. During Mrs. Stevenson’s tenure, 40 Arizona Tea Party organizations became affiliates of Tea Party Patriots, Inc. ( ).

Flying under the state radar, Annette McHugh, founder of the Glendale Tea Party Patriots in May of 2010, and Arizona then-member of the National Tea Party Federation, led member activists in the Glendale Tea Party, which engaged in tackling controversial Glendale city government issues, in addition to volunteering for many high-profile state political campaigns and worked with other West Valley Tea Party leaders in founding one of the first of 4 state Tea Party coalitions, the West Valley Tea Party Coalition. It was during this time; Mrs. Stevenson invited the Glendale Tea Party to become a member affiliate of the state-wide, Arizona Tea Party Patriots Association ( ) and National Tea Party Patriots, Inc. Less than one year of becoming active in the Arizona Tea Party Movement, Mrs. McHugh accepted the appointment to be the 2nd Arizona State Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, Inc., in April, 2011. During her tenure, 40 more Tea Party and 912 Project groups were added as affiliate members of Tea Party Patriots, Inc., bringing the total now to 80 + Tea Party Patriot, Inc. affiliated groups.

Mrs. McHugh stated, “Like many concerned citizens nation-wide, I began to pay attention to what was happening in our local, state and National governments. I was never involved, nor cared to be involved in politics. What I found inspirational in the Tea Party Movement was that everyone had the same concerns about our nation’s future, and were all very concerned about the growing national debt which our children and future generations would be burdened with. Our political leaders had failed us, we blindly trusted them. I felt betrayed and outraged by all of them. I saw ‘hope’ in what the Tea Party Movement was doing and wanted to be a part of it and help. No political background, and quite frankly had an aversion to politics, I simply jumped in, taking as many training and leadership classes, attending leadership conferences with Tea Party Patriots, Inc., as fast as they offered them. I learned quickly, pounding on many doors in the summer of 2010 for many candidates in over 100 degree Arizona temperatures. The 2010 elections were coming in November, and we all worked hard, not thinking or anticipating what the outcome of our efforts would be. To my own astonishment, and our entire nation, the Arizona Tea Party Movement and National Tea Party Movement saw the fruits of our labor in electing the largest Congressional freshman delegation to Washington, D.C. in our nation’s history. Grassroots citizens, working together made history! We never stopped working, and were even more inspired, now more politically educated, seasoned, and well-organized in communications; we’ve doubled the number of activists and Tea Party groups since 2010. We continue to focus on studying the U.S. Constitution, engaging weekly in meetings to discuss and debate political issues, we keep in constant communication with our elected leaders both on the local, state, and national level. Many of our activists now are running for and won local and state elections. We’re no longer as visible on the outside with continual rallies; we’re now working on the inside, infiltrating, volunteering for, and running for elections from district school boards, city councils, state legislators, Congressmen and U.S. Senatorial seats. 2010 election results were a ‘test drive’, now we’re now well-trained, organized, seasoned and determined to take over the conservative majority in the U.S. Senate and Presidential elections and sending more reinforcements to Congress in November of this year. Arizona Tea Party Patriot groups have doubled and memberships have grown tremendously since 2010. It became increasingly necessary to bring in reinforcements at the state level. Joanne Daley, activist and founder of the Cochise County 912 Project Tea Party Patriots and Southern Arizona Tea Party Coalition, was appointed Arizona Southern Region State Co-Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, Inc. in March, 2012. Joy Stavely, from the Flagstaff Tea Party Patriots and member activist of the Northern Arizona Tea Party Coalition, was appointed as Arizona Northern Region Co-Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, Inc. My personal goals were accomplished. In the Tea Party Movement, it’s so crucial that newer, passionate activists with fresher ideas and even higher goals always be given the opportunity to keep Arizona Tea Party Patriot affiliated activists and leaders encouraged, ensure they are provided tools, resources, training, and information to remain in constant communications, and working together.”

Arizona activist, Mr. Courtney Snell, founder of the Mesa Mountain View Tea Party Patriots has officially accepted the position of Chairman, Arizona Tea Party Patriots Association, and has stepped up to take the helm as lead Arizona State Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, Inc., effective July 30th, 2012. Mr. Snell and his amazing team will be working diligently with Arizona Tea Party Patriot activists and leaders to ensure state and national successes in the November 2012 elections.

Mrs. McHugh concludes: “I’m humbled to have worked with so many inspiring, passionate, highly educated, and phenomenal Arizona Tea Party Patriot activists, now which are #1 in the nation with the most active engaged, Tea Party Patriot, Inc. affiliated groups. WE LEFT OUT THE ‘I’ IN TEAM!!

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Mesa Chamber of Commerce Endorses Salmon

Becomes 3rd East Valley Business Group to back former Congressman

EAST VALLEY – Matt Salmon, former Congressman and candidate for Arizona’s 5th congressional district, today received the endorsement from the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, one of the premier business advocacy groups in Arizona. The Chamber’s Business Advocacy Council recommended Salmon over his opponent based on a detailed questionnaire, candidate interview, and the support of at least two-thirds of the council members. The Mesa Chamber of Commerce joins other East Valley business organizations such as the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Alliance in endorsing Salmon’s candidacy for Congress.

Otto Shill, Chairman of the Mesa Chamber Board of Directors and shareholder at the Jackson White law firm located in Mesa, stated, “We are excited to support a proven leader like Matt Salmon for Congress. Matt’s public service record has consistently demonstrated that he understands what businesses need to succeed and thrive, and we feel confident he will fight for those needs in Congress once again. We are looking forward to working with Matt to continue improving the business climate in Mesa and throughout the East Valley.”

“I am honored to receive the support of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce,” stated former Congressman Salmon. “As Arizona’s third largest city, Mesa serves as a major hub for economic activity and many of our state’s largest employers reside in Mesa. I am humbled that so many business organizations have backed my campaign to return to Congress, and I look forward to working with all of them to advance pro-business policies that will bring growth and prosperity to every East Valley business.”

About the Mesa Chamber of Commerce
For one hundred years, the Mesa Chamber has been the leading voice and strong advocate of the over 15,000 businesses in the city of Mesa, Arizona. Its mission is to maintain and strengthen a prosperous business climate in Mesa and to enhance the quality of life in the community. A member-supported civic organization, the Mesa Chamber is an influential leader in the development of Mesa — currently the 38th largest city in the United States.

About Matt Salmon
Matt Salmon was first elected to the United States Congress in 1994 and served until 2000, honoring his term limit pledge. A proud conservative, Salmon was rated in the top five among all 535 members of the House and Senate by Citizen’s Against Government Waste for all six years he was in office. He is a lifetime member of the NRA with an A+ rating and also earned a 100% rating by the National Right to Life. He was also the proud recipient of the American Cancer Society’s “Top National Elected Official” award.

Matt Salmon has received endorsements from Governor Jan Brewer, Arizona Congressmen Trent Franks and David Schweikert, former Arizona Congressman John Shadegg, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Mayors Scott Smith (Mesa), Jay Tibshraeny (Chandler), Hugh Hallman (Tempe), John Insalaco (Apache Junction) and Gail Barney (Queen Creek), fourteen (14) Arizona state senators and fifteen (15) Arizona state representatives. Salmon has also been endorsed by South Dakota Senator John Thune, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, Utah Senator Mike Lee, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49), and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.