(REPRINTED FROM PRESS RELEASE TO CLUB MEMBERS – July 27th, 2014)
2012 was our first cycle, and with everyone getting used to the concept of how our group worked we chose to endorse in just one race. We endorsed Darin Mitchell as a challenger to incumbent, and uber-liberal, Russ Jones. Jones was the incumbent, Jones had the money, Jones had a geographic base, and Jones had the outside establishment groups. It turns out that our guy had the message and our guy got the votes! Since then, Darin Mitchell has not disappointed in the Legislature. He has been the #1 or #2 ranked conservative on most scorecards, including AFP and Goldwater Institute. We would have done well just electing an average conservative instead of Russ Jones, but we hit a home run with Darin.
So the bar is set pretty high for 2014. We plan on getting involved in two races this cycle and want to introduce you to our first endorsed candidate.
Steve Smith (LD11 Senate)
This is an open seat race, in a safe Republican district, which means the primary will likely the occupant of the seat. Currently, it is represented by conservative Al Melvin, who ran for Governor until earlier this year. Melvin is supporting State Representative Steve Smith in this race and he is doing so for the same reasons we are. Steve Smith exploded onto the political scene in 2010 when he upset Rebecca Rios in a lean-Democrat district. Rios and her father (Pete) had represented the district for more than two decades and Smith’s victory was the upset of the year. In 2012, the Democrat majority on the redistricting commission drew Smith into the same district as Melvin. Smith deferred to Melvin’s seniority and ran as a team with Melvin and Adam Kwasman. Smith is now running for the open Senate seat and is being opposed by self-described moderate Scott Bartle, who admits he was recruited by State Senator Steve Pierce. This race is the #1 battleground for control of the State Senate by the conservative and moderate factions, and it may play a deciding role in whether the Senate President remains Andy Biggs or if Steve Pierce can get his hands on the gavel again. That alone would make the race a top race, but let’s look at Smith’s record and you’ll see why he deserves the support.
Steve Smith is the #1 ranked conservative legislator in the entire Legislature. When your goal is to protect the conservative legislature, defending the most conservative legislator in the entire body is a no-brainer. Steve Smith has a 100% pro-life, pro-school choice, pro-taxpayer, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-Constitution, pro-border security voting record. He has been named Champion of the Taxpayer, Guardian of Small Business, and he wrote the bill to allow for the collection of private funds for the construction of a border fence. He has a pile of great endorsements including Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former Senate President Russell Pearce. Smith is the real deal.
His opponent supports Common Core, is the District President of a “C” graded school district, and he supports the ObamaCare Expansion, its $2.8 Billion price tag, and the higher taxes it comes with. He is soft on social issues as well and opposed Arizona’s efforts to protect religious liberties for cases like Hobby Lobby.
Ordinarily, an incumbent like Smith would be expected to largely look after himself, because he has a fundraising base, name ID, etc. In this case though, the special interest lobbyists are filling Bartle’s coffers and Bartle is already the top legislative recipient of outside spending. Smith will likely be outspent by at least a 3-1 margin, so our contributions will make a genuine difference in the outcome of this race.
WHAT TO DO NEXT?
We would invite you to visit Steve’s website HERE. If you like what you read, we encourage you to click on Steve’s DONATE button and make a contribution.
Larger contributions are better, but we can still make a large statement by making a large number of contributions, even if they are individually small. Steve is helped more by 500 contributions of $20 than by 20 contributions of $500, even though the math suggests otherwise. Towards that end, if you like what you read and see about Steve Smith, GIVE SOMETHING! The amount you give matters, but Steve deserves to know that the conservative movement is supporting him, so please give something.
If you have any questions for Steve, use the Contact tab on his website.
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