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.