Archives for May 2014

Sheriff Joe Arpaio will not run for Governor

Will Campaign for another Election for Sheriff

PHOENIX, AZ – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio released the following statement today about his decision regarding the Governor’s race in Arizona:

“I cannot in good conscience leave the Sheriff’s office now, since that would be necessary if I declare a candidacy for Governor. Currently, I have several sensitive investigations in progress and am facing many challenges in my office. Because of this, I will not desert the people of Maricopa County who have elected me six times. Further, I cannot desert my dedicated employees.”

Arpaio continued, “As I mentioned the night of my re-election in 2012, I stated that I would run again for Sheriff in 2016. So many have already supported my campaign for another term, having already raised over $4.2 million in the last 16 months.”

“I am a warrior who will continue to fight for the people of Maricopa County and my office. I know during the past years if I ran for Governor, I would have won. Recent polls still show my approval rating among Republicans between 85-90% and consistently over 60% among all voters. But personally, it was not in my cards. My wife of 57 years, Ava, has always supported me and will continue to support me no matter what office I run for.”

Sheriff Joe Arpaio was re-elected to a sixth term in November 2012. In January of 2015, Sheriff Arpaio will be the longest serving elected Sheriff in Maricopa County history.

Letter from Arizona Fraternal Order of Police to Gary Kiehne

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Matt Salmon asks Tom Horne to exit AG race, Will others follow Salmon’s lead?

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Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne must dread the vision of seeing his caller ID display the phone number of a member of Arizona’s congressional delegation.

One of those calls occurred this afternoon. It was Congressman Matt Salmon.

Salmon was the first in what I would expect to be several calls from high-ranking Republicans and party officials asking the embattled Attorney General to withdrawal from the race. It’s another version of a political landslide – when you lose the vote of confidence of the political establishment.

At this point, we don’t know whether Senator John McCain, Senator Jeff Flake, former Senator Jon Kyl or Congressmen, Gosar, Schweikert or Franks have made that same call.

Like many other Republicans, I would hope those calls happen soon.

Regardless, I applaud my Congressman Matt Salmon for making the first public call.

It’s never an easy thing to talk a candidate out of a race. It’s even harder to convince an incumbent and fellow Republican to withdraw from a high stakes race. Candidates usually have an abundance of money, ego, divine inspiration or an amalgam of all of the above holding them back from making a political humiliating move. The more pressure they feel from their elected peers, the more political reality penetrates their psyche and it becomes an act of sacrifice rather than humility.

A united congressional delegation and the revoked unwritten endorsement by the state party chairman would have that very effect in the case of Tom Horne.

Republicans are supposed to hold to higher ethics because that’s just the inherent nature of a party that respects moral and ethical absolutes. It’s expected of us and its why Republicans suffer tremendous backlash when someone makes a mistake. We’re the party of higher standards and we have an obligation to self-regulate and discipline our ranks.

Then there’s the political reality that Republicans will lose the Attorney General’s seat to a rambunctious and capricious Democrat only to bring her closer to the Governor’s office. Some of us remember all to well the 1998 Primary in which John Kaites and Tom McGovern beat each other up so badly it paved the roadway for Janet Napolitano to take the office of AG and eventually Governor. Let’s be politically smart this time and save the state from another political dark age.

We all owe Congressman Matt Salmon tremendous gratitude for looking into the future and having the courage to make that tough call to Attorney General Horne. Let’s hope others will also see into the future far enough ahead and set us on a path that avoids political disaster.

Thank you Congressman Salmon!

Shawnna Bolick Receives Endorsement from Former U.S. Congressman John Shadegg

Shawnna Bolick

Shawnna Bolick Receives Endorsement from 

Former U.S. Congressman John Shadegg

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Phoenix, AZ- May 21, 2014– Today, Shawnna Bolick, Republican candidate for Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 28, received the endorsement of former U.S. Congressman John Shadegg.

“Arizona needs smart, principled, and sensible leaders, and that’s why I enthusiastically endorse Shawnna Bolick for the State Legislature,” stated Congressman John Shadegg.

“I am thrilled to have Congressman Shadegg’s endorsement,” exclaimed Bolick. “Congressman Shadegg served Arizona well during his tenure and I hope to bring the same level of constituent service to our legislative district once elected.  Shadegg and I share many of the same conservative values including keeping government limited and reducing government waste.  I can’t help but wonder what our country would look like today if Congressman Shadegg had been elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.  I look forward to having Shadegg’s advice in solving state-federal issues.”

Shawnna Bolick has lived in Legislative District 28 for 13 years.  Shawnna and her husband, Clint, have two children, Ryne (12) and Kali (9), plus their six year old rescued greyhound, Beary Goldwater, living in the shadows of Squaw Peak.

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Shawnna L.M. Bolick can be reached via email at info@bolickforarizona.com, or via cell at 602-842-1912.  For more information about her campaign please visit www.BolickforArizona.com.

Tom Horne’s Brett Mecum, a.k.a. “Captain America,” His DUI and Other Embarrassments

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and his surrogates have been doing their darnedest to drag former AG staffer Sarah Beattie through the mud, in an obvious attempt to deflect attention from the mountain of evidence provided by Beattie, showing that Horne has been running his re-election campaign from the AG’s Office.

But there’s a risk in such ad hominem attacks. First, they do not address the underlying accusation, or the evidence accompanying it. Second, they leave those in your camp open to the same personal scrutiny.

Which is the only reason I’m bothering with a DUI that Horne’s legislative liaison Brett Mecum pulled in September 2013, for which he ultimately did 24 hours in Maricopa County Jail.

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Phoenix New Times has the full scoop

Matt Papke Secures Endorsement of Former Tempe Police Chief Ralph Tranter

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Great news for Tempe City Council candidate Matt Papke who just received the endorsement of retired Tempe Police Chief, Ralph Tranter. During the campaign, Papke has emphasized his commitment to reducing crime in Tempe which has the highest rate of violent and property crime in the east valley. Tranter’s endorsement reaffirms Papke’s commitment.

As Tranter commented:

“Matt Papke understands the need for a local focus on combating criminal activity. Matt’s dad spent thirty years with me as a Tempe Police Officer and I endorse Matt fully in his pursuit of a Tempe City Council seat. When it comes to Public Safety, Matt Papke will not let budget concerns get in the way of our Police and Fire needs. Matt will place a sharp focus on local crime and work to secure our streets for the families of Tempe. Remember to vote for Matt Papke on election day. “

Please support Matt Papke in his campaign for the Tempe Council. He is the one candidate who has emphasized the fundamental importance of preserving life, liberty and property.

Visit Matt’s website at FreeTempe.com

 

Shawnna Bolick Receives Endorsement from Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek

Shawnna Bolick

Shawnna Bolick Receives Endorsement from 
Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Phoenix, AZ- May 20, 2014– Today, Shawnna Bolick, Republican candidate for Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 28, received the endorsement of Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Andy Kunasek.

“Shawnna has worked tirelessly to bring national and corporate resources to Arizona to help low-income kids gain a better education,” exclaimed Supervisor Kunasek.  “Her drive and leadership are necessary to promote higher educational standards and a better educated workforce. I’m confident Shawnna is the right person for the job because she is very committed in working with local officials to further streamline the permitting process and attracting high skilled jobs to Arizona.  Shawnna would be a terrific addition to the Arizona Legislature because she firmly believes in keeping taxes low and improving government efficiency – the right combination to attract and retain employers.”

“I look forward to working with Supervisor Kunasek when I am elected,” stated Bolick. “His leadership during the Great Recession enabled the Board of Supervisors to rise above politics and be a good steward of our taxpayer’s resources.  A fiscal and responsible government closest to the people helped Andy during these trying times without seeking tax increases.  He continues to serve us well each day and I’m thrilled to have his endorsement.”

Shawnna Bolick has lived in Legislative District 28 for 13 years.  Shawnna and her husband, Clint, have two children, Ryne (12) and Kali (9), plus their six year old rescued greyhound, Beary Goldwater, living in the shadows of Squaw Peak.

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Shawnna L.M. Bolick can be reached via email at info@bolickforarizona.com, or via cell at 602-842-1912.  For more information about her campaign please visit www.BolickforArizona.com.

Schweikert to Headline Event for Montenegro/Mitchell

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Former State Representative Kathleen Dunbar endorses Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

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Former State Representative Kathleen Dunbar endorses

Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

 

Today, Republican candidate for Attorney General Mark Brnovich received the endorsement of former State Representative and Tucson City Councilwoman Kathleen Dunbar.

“As a former elected official, I understood that I was held to a higher standard every day I walked out my front door. We need an Attorney General that believes the same and Mark Brnovich is that person. Mark will bring ethics, character, and principles to the Attorney General’s office and discontinue the current administration’s embarrassing behavior,” said Dunbar.

“Mark is a vibrant and experienced prosecutor who will take charge as Attorney General. We are in a critical time of American History and we need statesmen to defend our states rights. Please join me in supporting Mark Brnovich for Attorney General,” said Dunbar.

Kathleen Dunbar served seven years in the Arizona State Legislature and four years on the Tucson City Council. While in the legislature, she served as the Vice Chairman of the Commerce Committee.

“Kathleen is a person that understands what serving the people of Arizona really means. I think it is important to hear from people like Kathleen that served with my primary opponent in the Arizona State Legislature. I’m honored to have Kathleen’s support and grateful to have her advice.  I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Arizona as our next Attorney General,” Brnovich said.

Former State Representative Dunbar joins U.S. Representative Trent Franks, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Representatives Brenda Barton, Debbie Lesko, Paul Boyer, and T.J. Shope, former State Senators Linda Gray, Barbara Leff and Frank Antenori, Arizona Christian University President Len Munsil, former State Treasurer Dean Martin, Coolidge Mayor Tom Shope, Chandler City Councilman Jeff Weninger and national and local conservative leaders like David McIntosh, Shane Wikfors, Jennifer Wright in addition to more than 70 grassroots leaders in endorsing Mark Brnovich for Arizona Attorney General.

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Andy Tobin Calls on Gary Kiehne to Exit CD-1 Race

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May 19, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Andy Tobin Calls on Gary Kiehne to Exit CD-1 Race

Andy Tobin released the following statement today in response to comments by Gary Kiehne about Vietnamese-Americans and mass shootings:

“With his pattern of bizarre and deeply offensive remarks, Gary Kiehne has illustrated that he lacks the temperament, character and basic common sense to not only represent Arizona in Congress, but to even get elected. He should exit this race immediately and apologize in full for all of his remarks, not just some of them. To win this district and win against the Democrats in Washington, we need a candidate with a level head – which Mr. Kiehne clearly doesn’t have based on his numerous comments. This is a pattern, and Mr. Kiehne’s own partial apology is acknowledgment of the toxicity of these comments. Suggesting that mass killings are party affiliated is beyond the pale and insulting to the families and victims of these senseless killings. All of this raises the question: What other incendiary remarks has Mr. Kiehne made on tape that Democrats are waiting to release if he’s the nominee?”

“I have every confidence that Republican voters will reject such an offensive candidate. But, if he somehow wins the nomination, Mr. Kiehne will not only ensure Ann Kirkpatrick’s re-election, but he will be an anchor around the neck of every other Republican candidate in the state, from Governor on down.”

Speaker Andy Tobin has a long-record of defending the Second Amendment and fighting for border security. He has an A+ rating from the NRA and helped pass SB1070.

All three of Kiehne’s comments can be viewed here.

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