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Congressman Ed Royce Stands with Andrew Walter in AZ09

Andrew Walter

TEMPE, AZ – Former Arizona State University and NFL quarterback Andrew Walter announced today the endorsement of California’s Congressman Ed Royce.  Congressman Royce, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement regarding his support for Andrew’s campaign: 

“I am proud to support Andrew because his unique background, proven leadership and experience will bring bold, new leadership to Washington.  Andrew has what it takes to secure a healthy economy and get Arizonans back to work.  I know Andrew will work to create jobs, balance our budget and put an end to wasteful spending.” 

Andrew Walter stated “I am grateful for the support of Congressman Ed Royce.  Congressman Royce has been a champion for economic growth and job creation and I look forward to working with him to return America to the path of prosperity.  Beginning with Obamacare, I will work with Congressman Royce to repeal laws that punish hard working Americans and stifle economic growth.”                                         

About Congressman Ed Royce
Congressman Royce represents California’s 39th Congressional District and serves as a senior member of the Financial Services Committee and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee.  Congressman Royce has been a champion of economic growth and earned honors and awards from the National Taxpayers Union, Citizens Against Government Waste, National Federation of Independent Business and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce among others. 

About Andrew Walter
Andrew Walter is a native Arizonan and starred at quarterback for Arizona State University (ASU) where he earned a BA in Communication. Andrew was selected in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders and finished his career with the New England Patriots.  Following his professional sports career Andrew earned his MBA from ASU, with an emphasis in finance.  Andrew has had great success in the private sector as the Principal of Andrew Walter Holdings, a senior secured lending firm, and as a credit analyst for MidFirst Bank.

Pinal County Clerk of the Superior Court Chad Roche Endorses Tobin

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February 19, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pinal County Clerk of the Superior Court Chad Roche Endorses Tobin

“There’s no other candidate in this race with a conservative track record like Andy Tobin.”

Leading up to the SaddleBrooke Republican CD-01 forum today, Pinal County endorsements continue to flood in for Andy. Pinal County Clerk of the Superior Court, Chad Roche, is the latest Pinal County supporter for Tobin’s campaign.

“There’s no other candidate in this race with a conservative track record like Andy Tobin,” said Pinal County Clerk of the Superior Court Chad Roche. “There’s probably not another candidate in the country with conservative credentials matching Tobin’s. He fought against ObamaCare in Arizona harder than anyone else in the state. He shrunk Arizona’s government more than anyone else in state history. He has stood up for the unborn, 2nd Amendment freedoms and school choice. He knows what it’s like to be a small business owner and family man. I know he’ll faithfully represent rural Arizona in Washington. It is for these reasons that I am endorsing Andy Tobin for United States Congress in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District.”

“Chad knows that to take back Washington, Arizona’s 1st Congressional District needs an experienced, proven conservative that will vote the heart of this district,” said Tobin. “I thank Chad for believing in and supporting me as we fight for Arizona’s conservative values. I look forward to taking the solutions we have implemented here in Arizona to Washington.”

ABOUT ANDY TOBIN:

Andy Tobin and his wife of 28 years, Jennifer, are the proud parents of five children- three daughters and two sons. Tobin is a small business owner who has devoted his life to positively affecting his community through job creation, public service and advocating for conservative principles. Tobin’s focus has been on creating sustainable jobs, helping small businesses succeed, building a stronger middle class and putting Arizona back on track. While serving as Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, Tobin drastically cut government by 25 percent, balanced Arizona’s budget and presided over the largest tax cuts in Arizona’s history, saving Arizona taxpayers millions of dollars.

Tobin has fought for your family’s freedoms, your prosperity and your community for the past six years while serving in the Arizona Legislature. He continues to lead the fight to stop the implementation of the disastrous ObamaCare. As your Representative in Congress, Andy Tobin will represent your voice, and lead the charge in fighting for you against the wasteful spending, government intrusion, and out-of-touch insiders that are taking away your freedoms.

Join Andy Tobin today!

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For more information, please contact Tobin for Congress Campaign Manager Craig Handzlik at press@andytobin.com or 928-275-1417.

 

Pinal County Supervisor Stephen Miller Endorses Tobin

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February 19, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pinal County Supervisor Stephen Miller Endorses Tobin

“Andy Tobin is the clear, conservative choice for Congress in rural Arizona.”

Pinal County support for Andy Tobin’s congressional campaign continues to show dramatic momentum. Pinal County Supervisor Stephen Miller is the latest elected official to voice support for Tobin’s campaign in Pinal County.

Andy Tobin is the clear, conservative choice for Congress in rural Arizona,” said Pinal County Supervisor Stephen Miller. “We need someone to represent Pinal County with common-sense solutions and a conservative vision. Andy fought against ObamaCare and supported SB-1070. He passed E-Verify, voted for concealed carry and has a ‘100% A-Rating’ from the NRA. Tobin is a small business owner. He knows what it’s like to make payroll every month. He fully understands the needs of Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. He has been married for 28 years and has five children making their way in today’s economy. He understands their challenges. He also understands the challenges facing seniors today through his retired parents. It is for these reasons that I am endorsing Andy Tobin for Congress. He is the only person in this race who has the proven conservative record to affect change in Washington on behalf of rural Arizona.”

Supervisor Miller is a powerful conservative force in Pinal County,” said Tobin. “I couldn’t be more excited about the support we have in this part of the district. Leaders like Stephen understand that we need an experienced conservative Republican to represent rural Arizona in Washington. He understands that it will take all of us to defeat Kirkpatrick when Pelosi and Obama try to buy AZ CD-01 again in November. We can’t let that happen.”

ABOUT ANDY TOBIN:

Andy Tobin and his wife of 28 years, Jennifer, are the proud parents of five children- three daughters and two sons. Tobin is a small business owner who has devoted his life to positively affecting his community through job creation, public service and advocating for conservative principles. Tobin’s focus has been on creating sustainable jobs, helping small businesses succeed, building a stronger middle class and putting Arizona back on track. While serving as Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, Tobin drastically cut government by 25 percent, balanced Arizona’s budget and presided over the largest tax cuts in Arizona’s history, saving Arizona taxpayers millions of dollars.

Tobin has fought for your family’s freedoms, your prosperity and your community for the past six years while serving in the Arizona Legislature. He continues to lead the fight to stop the implementation of the disastrous ObamaCare. As your Representative in Congress, Andy Tobin will represent your voice, and lead the charge in fighting for you against the wasteful spending, government intrusion, and out-of-touch insiders that are taking away your freedoms.

Join Andy Tobin today!

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For more information, please contact Tobin for Congress Campaign Manager Craig Handzlik at press@andytobin.com or 928-275-1417.

Senator Al Melvin’s Remarks at AZGOP Dinner

For those who were unable to attend, the Melvin campaign put together a 2 1/2 minute video featuring the highlights of State Senator Al Melvin’s speech to the gathered GOP faithful.  If you have wanted to see and hear more from Al, this video makes for a very solid introduction.

 

State Senator Al Melvin Posts Strong Finish in AZ Capitol Times Online Poll

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“Again, we had another strong showing in an online poll on the Governor’s race.  With nearly 9,000 votes cast, a strong second place finish is great considering how far we have to go before the August primary.  It just goes to show what a bold agenda can do.” – Al Melvin

State Treasurer Doug Ducey was the top vote-getter in the poll, but Melvin finished second, besting Secretary of State Ken Bennett by five percent and nearly doubling the votes received by the lone Democrat candidate in the poll.

Cap Times Poll

“When you consider the statewide name ID of some of the candidates on that list, it is certainly encouraging to see that kind of growth in Senator Melvin’s support.” said Constantin Querard, a consultant to the campaign.  “We know the poll is not a scientific measurement, but even as an anecdotal one, it speaks volumes to the Senator’s hard work around the state and his improving position in the race.”

The Capitol Times polls follows a recent online Tea Party poll that showed Melvin crushing the field among self-identified Tea Party voters.

Melvin serves as Chairman of the Commerce, Energy and Military Committee and founded the highly successful Mining Caucus and Tourism Caucus. He has had a long business career in international trade and transportation, is a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY and received his MBA degree from Thunderbird-School of Global Management in Glendale, AZ.  Prior to his election to the Senate, he taught college level courses as an adjunct, in economics, international business and management.

Melvin is a military veteran and graduate of the US Naval War College. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his service as Squadron Commander of COMPSRONTWO, then the largest ship squadron in the US Navy (14 ships) based at the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. In 1999, after 30 years in the US Naval Reserve, he retired as a Navy Captain, the equivalent of a full colonel.

He is a member of the VFW, American Legion, Military Officers of America and other military related organizations.  Sen. Melvin is a life Member of the NRA (National Rifle Association).  He is a member of the Elks, Rotary and Knights of Columbus, and he remains a proud Eagle Scout (class of ’61).

Al and his wife Kou reside in SaddleBrooke in Pinal County, just north of Tucson and attend Santa Catalina Catholic Church in Catalina.

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Senator Antenori endorses Andy Tobin for Congress

Andy Tobin

My Dear Fellow Republicans,

When it comes to the GOP primary in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District, I have been content sitting on the sidelines. I was hoping the primary candidates would stick to the issues and run on their records. For the most part, they have been doing that. Unfortunately, Tobin’s primary opponents have gone down a path of deception leveling false claims against a proven conservative and his track record. Therefore, I feel compelled to write this open letter to all Republicans in CD-01 to set the record straight.

In 2008, Arizona was in the midst of a great recession and was facing the largest budget deficit in its history. We were more than $3 billion in debt. The housing bubble had burst, costing tens of thousands of Arizonans their jobs. The state unemployment rate was screaming toward double digits and our economy was in a ditch. After six years of Janet Napolitano, government labor unions ruled the roost at taxpayer expense. Government spending was out of control and crime was on the rise.

I was sworn into the legislature on January 12, 2009. I remember it like it was yesterday. I first met Andy Tobin when he was House Majority Whip. He sat all of us newly elected freshmen legislators down to tell us what we were in for. The picture he painted wasn’t pretty. Tobin explained our need to stick together in the fight to get our state back on the right track. He told us that we were going to face the stiffest opposition from supporters of big labor unions, big government, and open borders.

Tobin got us working together as a team. In a few hard-fought years we began to turn things around. As Majority Whip and later Speaker of the House, Andy was on the front line of those battles every step of the way. He was the first person onto the battlefield and will be the last to leave.

Of course there were times when Andy and I disagreed on policies and methods but that was to be expected. The important thing is that I always trusted Andy. I still do. Andy has always been honest. He has always been a warrior for conservative values. Saying Andy Tobin isn’t conservative is absurd coming from primary opponents that lack any conservative record whatsoever. They are essentially campaigning on sound bites.

Here’s a list of some major reforms that our GOP team accomplished with Andy’s leadership:

We cut taxes. That’s right. In the midst of a recession we did something counterintuitive. While others were demanding that we raise income and business taxes, we cut them. We knew that Arizona’s economy needed a shot in the arm, not a blow to the head. Tax reform to encourage economic growth went to the top of our agenda. Andy led that effort and helped get the “Arizona Competitive Package” (HB-2001) passed. The bill completely eliminated the State Commerce Department. When was the last time any government eliminated an entire agency? I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty darn conservative to me.

We dramatically reduced regulation and the negative impact government labor unions were having on our economy. Senator Jonathan Paton, my seatmate, introduced “Save Our Secret Ballot,” which prevented union intimidation of workers. Andy not only supported it, he was instrumental in getting it passed through The House and sent to voters where it was overwhelmingly approved. Conservative.

We balanced the budget! After years of wasteful spending and unbalanced budgets, we cut up the state’s credit cards and hunkered down to get Arizona out of the red. Andy Tobin was Speaker and I was Senate Majority Whip. I experienced Andy’s statesmanship firsthand. His cool-headed leadership and no nonsense approach to getting Arizona back on track has now given the state a budget surplus. Washington needs an Arizona conservative that has balanced a budget.

Under Tobin’s leadership we cut state spending by 22%. A percentage greater than any other state or the federal government. None of the CD-01 primary opponents have a record even close to Andy’s. But somehow they expect to have the courage to make these hard decisions in Washington. If I were considering giving someone any job it would be a no brainer to pick the experienced candidate rather than the guy who thinks he can do it. Andy has cut spending, his opponents have not.

Together, Andy and I fought hard to stop Obamacare in 2010. The “Healthcare Freedom Act” (Proposition 106) prevented Arizonans from being forced to take part in ObamaCare. It was overwhelmingly approved by voters. But we didn’t stop there. We worked together day and night on other measures to blunt the impact of Obamacare in Arizona. I was in constant contact with Andy during the entire fight against ObamaCare. I was very aware of everything going on behind the scenes. He never supported a single stitch of ObamaCare or Medicaid Expansion!

Tobin led the fight against Obamacare in Arizona! He nearly lost his position as Speaker of the Arizona House for fighting back against this take over. There is nobody in the state that fought harder to stop Obamacare from coming to Arizona than Andy Tobin. Nobody.

How about illegal immigration? In 2010, SB-1070 was one of the most conservative bills ever to pass in Arizona, maybe in the entire country. Andy was under considerable pressure to stop the bill in the House, but he didn’t cave. Even when President Obama was attacking Arizonans from Washington, Tobin didn’t cave! He fought to make sure that SB-1070 got a vote on the house floor. It did. And with his vote, it was sent to the governor. His primary opponents talk a big game when it comes to illegal immigration. Where were they when Andy Tobin was fighting for Arizona’s conservative values?

Thanks to Tobin, Arizona is now the “free-est” state when it comes to the right to keep and bear arms. From concealed carry to defensive display, some of the most successful pro-second amendment legislation was passed during Tobin’s Speakership. His primary opponents were still in college or sitting in the gallery watching while he defended our 2nd Amendment rights.

In 2011, I was the only Arizona lawmaker with an “A+” rating from the NRA. Take it from me: Tobin is the only person in the race for Arizona’s 1st Congressional District who has a track record of protecting and expanding our second amendment rights. His “100% ‘A’ Rating” from the NRA speaks for itself. His primary opponents want to challenge his conservative pedigree? Not on my watch.

In 2012, I introduced a bill providing workers with “Paycheck Protection” to stop involuntary paycheck deductions to support union activities. The bill was identical to the legislation passed in Wisconsin by Governor Scott Walker years later. Andy supported and defended it. Despite statements to the contrary, I alone made the decision to exclude law enforcement professionals in the Paycheck Protection Bill. Like our brave military members, law enforcement officers place their lives in danger everyday to protect us. The decision to exclude public safety was also supported by Senator Russell Pearce, a former Deputy Sheriff who was seriously wounded in the line of duty. I dare anyone to claim that Senator Pearce isn’t conservative.

Lastly, Tobin fought against Common Core. He has fought for local control of testing and the right to opt-out of Common Core. Tobin ended AIMS testing and teacher tenure in K-12 schools, effectively growing school choice in Arizona.

Tobin’s obligation to Arizonans has always come before his personal interests. I have never seen his conservative principles waiver. Ever. During his legislative career, Tobin has given Arizona the best conservative agenda in its history. He has made Arizona the most pro-life, pro-second amendment, pro-school choice state in the country. Tobin has cut government, balanced budgets, fought illegal immigration, cut taxes and put a stop to wasteful government spending. Just last session Andy got rid of fat-cat pension plans for future elected officials, the only state in the country to do so. Conservative.

Nobody else running in this congressional district or any congressional district can claim a record like Andy’s. He’s been doing this for years. In the 1980’s, as the President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Andy was fighting for balanced budgets with President Reagan. He’s still fighting today.

Tobin will beat Kirkpatrick in November. He will help bring our country back, just like he has in Arizona. I am always the first to say that we need to focus on those who don’t follow conservative principles. Tobin’s primary opponents have it all wrong. Attacking Andy Tobin after his historical conservative achievements in Arizona is deplorable.

I hope you’ll join me in ending these attacks. Let’s get down to business and beat Kirkpatrick for future generations of Arizonans. Andy Tobin is the only person in this race who is qualified and experienced enough to represent Arizona in Washington. That’s why I am endorsing Andy Tobin for congress in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. Please join me in standing for rural Arizona’s conservative values by supporting Andy Tobin.

Sincerely,

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Senator Frank Antenori

Former Mayor of Flagstaff Endorses Andy Tobin

Andy Tobin
February 11, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Former Mayor of Flagstaff Endorses Andy Tobin

Energetic Grassroots Support for Tobin Continues to Grow

Adding his name to a growing list of supporters, former Flagstaff Mayor Joe Donaldson (2000-2008) endorsed Andy Tobin for Congress today, citing his leadership in cutting spending and reducing debt in Arizona.

“I am endorsing Andy Tobin for Congress in Arizona’s First Congressional District because he will represent Arizona’s issues in Washington with the leadership he has shown here,” said Former Flagstaff Mayor Joe Donaldson. “What Congress needs most right now is conservative leadership. We are a nation about to implode. Andy’s conservative record will guide the way towards a balanced budget and a future for our children void of debt.”

“While Mayor of Flagstaff, Joe was a positive conservative force for the city,” said Tobin. “His record of service and philanthropy while serving the people of Flagstaff is commendable. I sincerely thank Mayor Joe for voicing his support for my campaign. Having him on my campaign team is an honor. I look forward to regularly seeking his counsel as we continue campaigning throughout Arizona’s 1st Congressional District.”

ABOUT ANDY TOBIN:

Andy Tobin and his wife of 27 years, Jennifer, are the proud parents of five children- three daughters and two sons. Tobin is a small business owner who has devoted his life to positively affecting his community through job creation, public service and advocating for conservative principles. Tobin’s focus has been on creating sustainable jobs, helping small businesses succeed, building a stronger middle class and putting Arizona back on track. While serving as Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, Tobin drastically cut government by 25 percent, balanced Arizona’s budget and presided over the largest tax cuts in Arizona’s history, saving Arizona taxpayers millions of dollars.

Tobin has fought for your family’s freedoms, your prosperity and your community for the past six years while serving in the Arizona Legislature. He continues to lead the fight to stop the implementation of the disastrous ObamaCare. As your Representative in Congress, Andy Tobin will represent your voice, and lead the charge in fighting for you against the wasteful spending, government intrusion, and out-of-touch insiders that are taking away your freedoms.

Join Andy Tobin today!

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For more information, please contact Tobin for Congress Campaign Manager Craig Handzlik at press@andytobin.com or 928-275-1417.

Arizona Republican Leadership and Grassroots Support Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

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Arizona Republican Leadership and Grassroots Support Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

“I’m continually humbled by the level of support and encouragement our campaign receives. I can’t thank these folks enough for their dedication and their support in me as a candidate. I will not let them down.”

Today, Republican candidate for Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the support of Republican grassroots leaders and party leadership from around Arizona. The first round of supporters includes:

  • Mickie Niland – Congressional District 5 Member-at-Large & Legislative District 12 Chair

  • Daniel Grimm – Congressional District 5 Member-at-Large

  • Haydee Dawson – Congressional District 5 Member-at-Large

  • Laddie Shane – Congressional District 6 Member-at-Large

  • Marcus Huey – Congressional District 8 Member-at-Large

  • Bill Baxter – Congressional District 9 Member-at-Large

  • Michelle Arnett – Mohave County GOP 2nd Vice Chair

  • Ray Sweeney – Maricopa County Member-at-Large

  • Donna Alu – Legislative District 9 GOP Chair

  • David Henderson – Legislative District 15 GOP Chair

  • Jerry Clingman – Legislative District 16 GOP Chair

  • Sandi Bartlett – Legislative District 17 GOP Secretary

  • Jeni White – Immediate Past Legislative District 18 Chair

  • Eric Morgan – Legislative District 22 GOP Chair

  • Paul Whetten – Legislative District 25 GOP Chair

  • Charlie Ellis – Legislative District 29 GOP Chair

  • John Wilson – Legislative District 29 GOP 1st Vice Chair

  • Jared Gorshe – Arizona Federation of College Republicans

  • Lilia Dashevsky – Arizona Teenage Republican Chair

  • Dylan Lefler – President, Northern Arizona College Republicans

  • Carlos Alfaro – President, Arizona State University College Republicans

  • Steven Lee – Vice President, Arizona State University College Republicans

  • Zoey Kotzambasis – President, University of Arizona College Republicans

What people are saying about Mark Brnovich:

“Mark Brnovich has been prepared to stand up professionally and boldly for Arizona. With his strong love for our state and its citizens, we will be in good hands. I am very enthusiastic about standing behind a man of such integrity!”

– Mickie Niland, LD12 Chair

“Integrity is something that is extremely important to me and the good people of Arizona. I support Mark Brnovich because, not only is he qualified for the position of AZ AG, he comes without “packed baggage” of scandals and investigations. Character matters. Integrity matters. Arizona deserves only the best.”
– Michelle Arnett, Mohave County 2nd Vice Chair
 
“Mark Brnovich will bring competency and integrity to the office of Attorney General. His experience and background will be beneficial in this position.”
– Sandi Bartlett, LD17 Secretary
 
“As the legal counsel for the state, the Attorney General of the State of Arizona must be a person of the utmost integrity. In Mark Brnovich, we find a unique combination of tenacity, qualification and the highest principles, making him the perfect steward.”
– Eric Morgan, LD22 Chairman

 

Mark Brnovich remarked: “I’m honored to receive the support of these hardworking activists who comprise the backbone of our party. These individuals represent a broad coalition of grassroots and party leadership support from around the state. These are the boots on the ground that win elections. I’m continually humbled by the level of support and encouragement our campaign receives. I can’t thank these folks enough for their dedication and their support in me as a candidate. I will not let them down.”

 

ABOUT MARK BRNOVICH

Mark Brnovich is a Republican candidate for Attorney General. He is challenging Tom Horne in the August Republican primary. Raised in Arizona, Mark Brnovich is a graduate of Arizona State University. Mark is an experienced federal and state prosecutor as well as previously endorsed by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and Congressman Trent Franks. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/Mark4AZ

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Clint Bolick responds to criticism of Mark Brnovich’s wife, a judge

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Distributed by C O M M O N S E N S E , in Arizona

Friday, February 7, 2014

Bolick: Judge Brnovich did nothing wrong
“Were this issue to go to court, it would not even be a close call” 

We’re frankly shocked that scandal-plagued liberal Republican Tom Horne and his campaign are trying to make this an issue. It’s pretty low when a candidate goes after someone’s wife. We all remember when judges contributed to Andrew Thomas’s opponents, showing up their political events, and nothing happened to them. Where was the outrage then? What about when judges like Arizona Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Berch testified against legislation regarding judges? Watch the video below, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a candidate’s wife who is not identified as a judge appearing as his wife in a family video! What a massive invasion of free speech if she was not allowed to be in that. Horne should be ashamed of himself and read up on ethical rules.

STATEMENT OF CLINT BOLICK ETHICAL ISSUE REGARDING JUDGE BRNOVICH

 

Ethics questions have been raised regarding the appearance of Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Susan Brnovich’s appearance in a campaign video for her husband Mark, who is running for Attorney General.  The assertions of impropriety are ludicrous and raise more concerns about the accuser than the accused.

 

Susan Brnovich is not only a judge but also a wife and mother.  She appears in the video in those capacities, and is nowhere identified as a judge.

 

The purpose of ethical restrictions on judges endorsing candidates is to avoid the appearance that the judiciary is lending its weight to a campaign.  No such danger exists here.  Nobody would know that Susan Brnovich is a judge from the video.  Indeed, if people find out she is a judge, it will likely be the result of the complaints being raised rather than anything Judge Brnovich did.

 

If the ethics rules were applied to prevent Judge Brnovich from speaking in this manner, it would be the rules rather than her conduct that create the problem.  The U.S. Supreme Court and other state and federal courts have consistently ruled that judges do not shed their First Amendment rights.

 

Courts have held that judges may campaign for themselves, take positions on issues that may appear before them, and even appear at partisan political events.  That is because ethics rules must be very narrowly tailored to avoid infringing upon judges’ rights to free speech and to participate in the political process.  The rules must be construed in a way that does not violate the First Amendment.

 

Indeed, if a government official were to file an ethics complaint against a judge for exercising her First Amendment rights, it would have the effect of chilling the free-speech rights of judges.

 

By way of disclosure, Mark Brnovich is a personal friend and worked at the Goldwater Institute some years ago.  However, my Goldwater colleagues and I consistently defend the free-speech rights of candidates and their supporters.  Indeed, my colleague Nick Dranias has served as an expert witness for Attorney General Tom Horne on a First Amendment issue in the past.

 

Were this issue to go to court, it would not be a close call.  It is unfortunate that in the heat of a campaign actions are sometimes taken that reflect poorly on the part of people who should know better.

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State Representative Brenda Barton Receives Three Major Congressional Endorsements

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February 6, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

State Representative Brenda Barton Receives Three Major Congressional Endorsements

Applaud work being done for the people of rural Arizona

 
Citing Brenda’s conservative principles and leadership on the toughest issues facing rural Arizonan’s, Congressmen Franks, Gosar, and Schweikert endorsed Representative Brenda Barton in her re-election bid for the Arizona House in Legislative District 6.

“Today, I am pleased to endorse Representative Brenda Barton in her re-election for Arizona State House in Legislative District 6,” said Congressman Franks. “Brenda’s steadfast commitment to advancing conservative principles in the state house has been unparalleled.  Arizona needs leaders like her. From protecting the unborn, preserving our state and national forests, to balancing our budget and building an economy that generates jobs, Brenda has a proven track record of doing what’s right for Arizona.”

“I am pleased to support Brenda Barton in her campaign for re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives,” continued Congressman Gosar.  “I have had the pleasure to work closely with Brenda on the many public lands issues that impact rural Arizona.  She has rolled up her sleeves and met with me in the field to review the positive impacts of forest thinning and worked on the 4FRI forest restoration policy with me. We have discussed water policy and worked to protect vested water rights. On top of it all, Brenda is a great conservative who stays true to her ideals and works hard for her constituents.  Brenda is doing a great job for Arizona.”

“Brenda has what it takes to ensure Arizona stays on the road to recovery and I endorse her run for Legislative District 6,” Congressman Schweikert remarked. “While supporting limited government and fighting against federal overreach, Representative Barton has fought for balanced budgets and sensible spending reforms. We need a fighter like her in office and I am proud to join Brenda in the fight for our shared values.”

“I am honored and humbled to have the endorsements of conservative champions Congressmen Franks, Gosar, and Schweikert in my re-election to the Arizona Legislature,” said Barton.  “As Congressmen, all three of these men always put the people of Arizona first and never fall for Washington, DC tactics. The United States is on the path to recovery today because of the leadership these men provide on Capitol Hill.”

About Brenda Barton:

A 5th generation native of rural Arizona, Representative Barton retired from municipal service after over 21 years. First elected to office in 2010, she now chairs the important Agriculture and Water committee in the House. Brenda has made Arizona’s agriculture industry and securing our water supply a main focal point of her work in the Legislature.  A graduate of the Dodie London Excellence in Public Service Series program, and past state director of the Arizona Federation of Republican Woman, Brenda also serves on the North American Council of the State Agriculture and Rural Leaders Legislative Summit.

For more information, please contact Campaign Manager George Khalaf at (480) 560-5917 or george@dc-london.com

 

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