Will Democrat Ron Barber Reimburse Taxpayers after Using His Office for Campaign Purposes?

Barber Should Use Campaign Funds to Repay Taxpayers Victimized By His Abuse of Mail Privilege
 
PHOENIX – Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, demanded today that Democrat Ron Barber reimburse the federal government for the taxpayer money he spent on his reelection campaign.  Graham noted that Barber reportedly has more than $750,000 in campaign funds available – funds that should be used to repay the government for using federal funds for his personal campaign.
“Taxpayers deserve ethical representatives who will be good stewards of our nation’s government and take special care to use our taxpayer dollars wisely,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “But because of people like Ron Barber, voters in southern Arizona and beyond are suffering the embarrassing consequences of his ethical lapses.”
 
Graham noted that Barber could take the initiative and reimburse the government for the taxpayer funds used to support his reelection efforts when Barber sent out a campaign flyer, but he still intends to ask the Speaker of the House John Boehner to have the U.S. House Committee on Ethics investigate whether Barber’s actions merit disciplinary action.
The Committee recently convened to investigate eight members of Congress — including Raul Grijalva of Arizona and Charlie Rangel of New York — who had been arrested by police in October after repeated warnings against obstructing others and “blocking passage” during a protest in Washington, DC.  Rangel had been investigated previously by the Committee and found guilty of 11 charges relating to his finances, which led Congress to vote to censure him and require him to pay restitution in 2010.  In October the Committee deemed their proceedings resolved after the Grijalva and Rangel paid a fine to have the protest charges dropped.
“Americans are just sick and tired of this kind of unethical behavior in Congress, and it’s hitting close to home now that a second Democrat from Arizona is having trouble with his ethical conduct,” Graham added.
The Committee on Ethics of the U. S. House of Representatives has published their rules prohibiting members from using official resources for campaign and political purposes here.

AZGOP: Another Reason Arizona Democrats Can’t Find Candidates

Is GOP Dominance Responsible for the Democrat Party’s Failure to Field Candidates?
 
PHOENIX – After listening to the Democrat’s only candidate for governor of Arizona call in to a Phoenix radio station from the East Coast this week, and hearing him trying to defend his candidacy, Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham suggested that the state’s Democrat leaders apparently have given up trying to compete with Republicans in the state’s top race.
“With the election less than a year away, the Republican candidates are criss-crossing the state, holding debates and engaging voters,” said Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party.  “But the Democrats’ only candidate is hopping between New York City and Washington, D.C. to get his marching orders from his liberal allies in the White House.”
 
Steve Goldstein, host of “Here and Now” on KJZZ in Phoenix, asked DuVal on the air this week why even DuVal’s friends think he’ll have a difficult time overcoming his Republican opposition. Goldstein brought up DuVal’s prior failed congressional bid in which he came in fourth place in the Democratic primary. The host also asked DuVal that given the strong Republican majorities in the Arizona legislature, how he would “pivot” as a Democrat on the issues.  DuVal’s response was “Semantics do matter.”
 
“There is no competition within the Democrat Party, their ideas and their candidates aren’t being vetted and tested — their single candidate for governor isn’t even listening to Arizona voters because he’s campaigning out of state — and voters are getting less and less interested and even further disengaged as this trend continues,” Graham added.  Graham previously described DuVal as “uninteresting” to which DuVal responded by sending Graham a case of beer.
 
Republicans hold a five percentage point advantage in voter registration and enjoy an eight point advantage in voter turnout, and every elected statewide officer in Arizona is a member of the Republican Party.

AZGOP: Democrat Ron Barber Confirms His Indecision

But He Later Issues a Correction 

PHOENIX – Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, was not surprised that Democrat Ron Barber of Arizona’s Congressional District 2 announced today that he changed his mind this week and will be, in fact, running for reelection.

“Today we’re hearing more proof that Ron Barber has a problem making decisions, and that’s bad for the people of his district,” said Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. “He shied away from telling voters who he supported for President, he’s painfully ambiguous about Obamacare, and he’s clearly having trouble planning out even just the next few months of his career.” 

Fortunately for the people of Arizona’s CD 2, there is a solution to this Democrat’s wavering — in the form of the Republican nominee who will be prepared and ready to represent them in Congress. Whether Barber suffers the wrath of voters incensed with the failures of Obamacare, those frustrated with the stagnating economy, or those fed-up with federal government’s inability to control the porous southern border or their district, it’s clear that the Republican nominee will be a clear favorite in 2014.

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez Helps Raise Over $50,000 for Arizona Republican Party

PHOENIX – Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, and a crowd of supporters welcomed Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico to a gathering at the home of Lynn and Jack Londen in Phoenix last night. The event raised over $50,000 for the Arizona Republican Party’s campaign for victory in 2014, and showcased one of the nation’s most popular Republican governors.

“We were honored that Governor Martinez accepted our invitation to come and meet us all and speak to those of us who have been watching her lead her state and support our Republican principles at the state level,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “Governor Martinez is not only our nation’s first Latina governor, she’s a rising star in the Republican Party because she’s an effective chief executive, a true conservative, and an inspiring and engaging leader.” 

Graham thanked the Chairman’s Circle of the Arizona Republican Party, consisting of a group of business and community leaders who participated in the event, and expressed his gratitude to Lynn and Jack Londen as well as the Host Committee members for supporting the event.

Chairman’s Circle: Jane and Bruce Ash, Lee Benson, Barbara and Jim Chamberlain, Vicki and Jim Click, Beth and Chad Coons, La and John Dawson, Marilyn and Jerry Hayden, Randy and Ken Kendrick, Ed Robson

Host Committee: Maryglenn and Rich Boals, Dorde “George” Cedic, Nan and Webb Crockett, Karen and Michael Preston Green, Donnell and Alan Heywood, Don Isaacson, Ann and John Kaites, Michele Larson, Sharon and Michael Lechter, Jeff Lindsey, Lynn and Jack Londen, Hon. Vernon Parker

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Arizona Republican Party Commemorates 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

PHOENIX – Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, issued the following statement in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, a historical speech given by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 to dedicate the Gettysburg National Cemetery after a brutal battle during the Civil War.

“Lincoln’s speech was brief but profound, and it is a solemn reminder that our nation is constantly being tested.  He reminds us that the first principle of our nation’s founding is the perpetual challenge to increase our freedom.  As the founder of the Republican Party, Abraham Lincoln boldly proclaimed that the work of the nation he presided over was still unfinished.  And while we have made great progress in these 150 years, the unfinished work of expanding our freedom and recognizing our equality with each other still remains.  I implore all Arizonans to join me in our party’s efforts to take up this challenge, to do everything in our power to fight for our liberty and celebrate the principle that all men are created equal.”

AZGOP Chairman: Legislative Process Must Performed Legitimately

AZGOP

PHOENIX – Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, issued the following statement regarding this week’s activity at the Arizona Legislature:

“I serve as the elected Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, with over a million voters strong in our state. 

“I also stand with those hundreds of thousands of taxpayers who voted for Republican candidates, knowing that Republicans support fiscal responsibility. I understand that everyone is under a lot of pressure here today. Many of you have not slept in a few days. We all agree there’s a lot at stake. However, I cannot overstate how disappointed I am with the parliamentary maneuvers that have played out over the past few days. Last year, our Republican legislative majority elected a Senate President and Speaker of the House empowering them to provide leadership consistent with the Republican Party platform. Vested in them is a constitutional responsibility to originate and craft a budget for the legislature to send the Executive branch. To their credit, they have worked long and hard to that end for over 100 days. 

“I now call on all Republican legislators to restore the legitimate process that respects the authority that was given to the duly elected Republican House and Senate leadership. Let’s also make sure that, as we close out the First Regular Session of the 51st Legislature, we support the remaining conservative core pieces of legislation and amendments that define the contrast between our party and that of the left. I understand that each member of the legislature comes from a different district with different constituencies. But I also want to be very clear that each and every Republican who ran for office did so representing our party. As Republicans, we should stand united in the cause of promoting limited government, respect for life, defense of our Constitution, strict adherence to transparent governance and full support of legitimate parliamentary procedures that allow our leadership to do the job they were elected to do.”

Arizona Republican Party Raises $225,000 Saluting Arizona’s Republican Lawmakers

Arizona Republican Party

PHOENIX – Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham today thanked the nearly 400 attendees at last night’s GOP Legislative Salute that raised $225,000 for the State Party. Keynote speaker Frank Luntz urged those in attendance to remember that the GOP’s strength comes from our authentic commitment to protecting taxpayers, our long-term approach to challenges, and our insistence on holding our government leaders accountable.

“What made this event so successful is the combination of our supporters working together, uniting behind our common goals, and sharing in our plans for victory in 2014,” said Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. “We’ve proven in the short time since the last election that we’re newly energized, we’re committed to the mission of our Republican platform, and last night was a true demonstration there are tremendous resources now available to help us win.”

Governor Brewer spoke to the audience and received a standing ovation, and she thanked Chairman Graham for his leadership. Governor Gregory Mendoza of the Gila River Indian Community presented the AZGOP’s Lifetime Achievement Award to U.S. Senator Jon Kyl. Kyl retired early this year after a lifetime of service to the GOP, our state, and our country. The event featured a special tribute in honor of Speaker of the House Andy Tobin and Senate President Andy Biggs which can be viewed here.

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The Arizona Republican Party also released the following video as part of the salute:

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Christmas Message from Chairman Tom Morrissey

Arizona Republican Party

Friends,

On behalf of the million-strong voters in the Arizona Republican Party, I heartily wish you a Merry Christmas.

As we reflect on the meaning of the holiday season, I can’t help but think about our good fortune as Americans, and especially as Arizonans.

Our party’s strength in Arizona is tremendous and growing, and in so many ways Arizona is leading the nation with our conservative principles and our proven success in winning elections.

We have you, the supporters of our Republican candidates, to thank.

I ask that you especially thank our Almighty God for the great many blessings we all share.

Sincerely,

Tom Morrissey

Chairman, Arizona Republican Party

Chairman Tom Morrissey Declines to Seek Second Term as AZGOP Chairman

Arizona Republican Party
Pending Knee Surgery and Lengthy Recovery Preclude Active Leadership Role
 
PHOENIX – Arizona Republican Party Chairman Tom Morrissey today announced he will not seek a second term as Chairman due to upcoming knee surgeries that will likely require a lengthy recovery period.  His term will end when the party’s State Committee meets January 26th and elects the Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer.
“My tenure as Chairman has been a fulfilling one for me, and I wish my current health circumstances did not prevent me from continuing to serve the party in the near term.  Once my recovery is complete, I expect to be fully involved in continuing to help our conservative candidates for office,” Morrissey said.  “I am proud of the numerous things the Party accomplished under my leadership: we erased our debt, and for the first time in Arizona’s history our Party holds all our statewide offices and majorities in the Legislature.  We had success on so many fronts throughout this great state because we worked hard to uphold our conservative principles and get our candidates elected.”
 
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Arizona Republican Party Chairman Tom Morrissey Reaffirms Support for Congressman David Schweikert

Arizona Republican Party

PHOENIX – Tom Morrissey, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, today issued a statement in support of Congressman David Schweikert after party leadership in Washington, D.C. removed Schweikert from his position on the House Financial Services Committee.

“Congressman Schweikert is not only a principled conservative but he is exceptionally qualified to continue his service on the Financial Services Committee.  In these particularly pressing times it is essential that our party use every available ounce of talent, experience and fiscal responsibility to lead our nation back into prosperity, and we are counting on every one of Arizona’s representatives in Congress to do just that.”

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Grassroots Level of Arizona Republican Party Reminds Legislative Leadership of GOP Priorities

Arizona Republican Party

Legislative Leadership Elections on November 7th Must Reflect Republican Values

PHOENIX – Arizona Republican Party Chairman Tom Morrissey issued the following statement after leaders of the Maricopa, Pinal, Gila and Navajo County Republican party committees recently passed resolutions reminding Republican officeholders to elect leaders who support key Republican principles.

“While our recent efforts statewide have been focused entirely on electing Republicans to office, it is readily apparent that the grassroots level of our Republican Party also strongly desires to ensure that our legislators, once elected, also choose leaders who will uphold Republican principles. As Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, I understand and am giving voice to the sentiments expressed by our county committees. Our Republican legislators should consider the significant contribution that Republicans at the grassroots level make to our party in tomorrow’s leadership elections. The grassroots of our party — including thousands of precinct committeemen, volunteers, and donors — are the core strength of our organization. For us to be successful as a whole all of our members must remain dedicated to upholding our platform, maintaining our integrity, and recognizing the expressed desires of the people we represent. We, who are entrusted with public office, must never lose sight of the fact that we serve those who elected us, and not vice versa.”

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Day 14 of Kyrsten Sinema’s Refusal to Release List of Murderers She Defended

Arizona Republican Party

Sinema Not Yet Responding to Letter of Inquiry into Her List of Clients

PHOENIX – With just two weeks until election day, Kirsten Sinema’s campaign is still refusing to release the list of murderers she claimed to defend.

Kyrsten Sinema, running for Congress in Arizona’s Ninth District, once proudly boasted about her work as a “criminal defense attorney who represents murderers.” (Shawn Macomber, “The Marginalized Mainstream,” The American Spectator, June 14, 2006)

Today marks Day 14 of her receipt of a hand-delivered letter from Arizona Republican Party Chairman Tom Morrissey asking her to release her client list, including the murderers she claimed to represent. No response has been received.

“If you run for Congress, you shouldn’t be running from your past.” said Tom Morrissey, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party which is headquartered in Arizona’s Ninth Congressional District. “Sinema is trying to erase her past and pretend she’s someone else, and we think voters simply want to know more about the deeds she’s done than she’s willing to reveal.”

Below is the letter Morrissey sent to Ms. Sinema asking her to stop hiding her client list.

October 9, 2012

Ms. Kyrsten Sinema
123 E Baseline Rd. D-202
Tempe, AZ 85283

Dear Kyrsten:

As the former Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal for Arizona, I strongly believe it is important for the people of Arizona and this Congressional district to know whom you stand with.

In a 2006 interview with American Spectator magazine, and while a member of the Arizona Legislature, you proudly boasted that you were a “criminal defense attorney who represents murderers.”

Your voting record is also troubling.

In 2009, you were one of five state representatives to vote against a bill (SB 1253) that adds drive by shooting to the list of specified felonies that are subject to the felony murder classification. This measure was passed in bipartisan fashion 50-5.

In 2007, you were the Prime Sponsor of HB 2278, a bill to end the death penalty for murderers and rapists. Luckily your bill wasn’t passed.

In light of your pronouncements of support for murderers I ask you to immediately release your entire client list of any murderers you have represented or currently represent.

Most sincerely,

/s/

Tom Morrissey
Chairman
Arizona Republican Party

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“Voter Groups” Actually Fronting Liberal Agenda

Arizona Republican Party

“League of Conservation Voters” Not Objective – More Interested in Supporting Democrats than Cutting Gas Prices and Creating Jobs

PHOENIX – With voter interest in the election peaking less than three weeks before election day, Arizona Republican Party Chairman Tom Morrissey is reminding the Arizona electorate of yet another example of a biased special interest group purporting to “inform” voters.

The League of Conservations Voters based in Washington, DC was founded by environmentalists in the late 1960’s — but today the group apparently does little more than simply oppose Republicans like Jeff Flake.  Significantly, the group also opposes the expansion of the Keystone Pipeline, a new section of oil pipeline that would not only create jobs but increase fuel supply and address the high price of gasoline.  Congressional Republicans like Jeff Flake have repeatedly pushed for the expansion, only to be blocked by the Obama Administration.
 
“Groups like the League of Conservation Voters are at the core of the liberal scene in Washington DC,” said Tom Morrissey, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party.  “They play politics with our fuel supply and our efforts to create jobs and wrongly try to smear good Republicans, like Jeff Flake, who are working hard to build the infrastructure we need to address our nation’s energy needs.”

BACKGROUND….
League of Conservation Voters Rejects Pipeline Solution  

League Of Conservation Voters: “The Keystone XL Pipeline Is Simply Not In Our National Interest And Should Ultimately Be Rejected.” “The U.S. State Department has announced it will delay making a final decision on the tar sands Keystone XL pipeline pending a new environmental review. This is a big win for our environment and our democracy. We strongly applaud the Obama administration’s prudent delay of this dangerous pipeline, which would increase global warming pollution. The Keystone XL pipeline is simply not in our national interest and should ultimately be rejected.” (Mike Palamuso, “A Big Win For Our Environment,” League Of Conservation Voters’ Blog, www.lcv.org, Posted 11/11/11)
In November, LCV Protested Against The Pipeline Outside The White House. “This Sunday afternoon League of Conservation Voters along with dozens of other organizations and thousands of other environmentally-minded citizens are going to surround the White House in an unprecedented grassroots day of action to Stop the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline.” (Mike Palamuso, “Sunday Keystone XL Tar Sands Protest Outside The White House,” League Of Conservation Voters’ Blog, www.lcv.org, Posted 11/4/11)

But Pipeline Solution Would Supply More Oil, Jobs
“‘While some folks around this town are still waiting for marching orders from anti-job groups like the League of Conservation Voters, I’ll keep working with anyone I can to get the government out of the way of thousands of new private-sector jobs,’ Rehberg said.” (State Bureau, Billings Gazette, “Rehberg co-sponsors bill to OK Keystone XL Pipeline” 2/9/2012)
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Kyrsten Sinema Says No Death Penalty: Her Bill Would Spare the “Baseline Killer”

Arizona Republican Party

PHOENIX – Kyrsten Sinema continues to resist calls for the release of her client list from her time as a criminal defense attorney as evidence continues to mount that her positions on crime and punishment are far outside the mainstream.

Sinema in 2007 introduced legislation to repeal the death penalty in Arizona. (48th Legislature, HB 2278, death penalty; repeal; natural life.)

Had Sinema’s bill become law cop-killers and violent sexual predators would no longer be subject to capital punishment. Under Sinema’s legislation, notorious Arizona criminals such as “Serial Shooter” Dale Hausner and “Baseline Killer” Mark Goudeau would have their lives spared, while their victims and their families would be left without justice.

“Once again, Kyrsten Sinema’s legislative record demonstrates just how extreme her positions on crime and punishment are,” said Tom Morrissey, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. “Arizona families deserve someone who will fight to keep us safe, not carry water for violent killers.” 

While Gallup polling indicates that over 60 percent of Americans support the death penalty for a person convicted of murder, Sinema in her legislative bios touted her membership on the advisory board for the Arizona Death Penalty Forum, an organization that advocates for an end to capital punishment.

“Sinema is so far out of the mainstream on issues of justice that even a committed anti-death penalty Massachusetts liberal like John Kerry doesn’t agree with her,” concluded Morrissey.

Former Democrat presidential candidate John Kerry said in 2002 that he would support the death penalty for terrorists after previously supporting exempting terrorists from capital punishment.

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Chairman Tom Morrissey Calls on Kyrsten Sinema to Stop Hiding Her Client List: “It Shouldn’t Be a Secret”

Arizona Republican Party

“It Shouldn’t Be a Secret”

Kyrsten Sinema Calls Herself a “Criminal Defense Attorney Who Represents Murderers”

PHOENIX – Tom Morrissey, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party and retired Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona, today called on Democrat Kyrsten Sinema to release the names of all of the murderers she has worked for.

In a 2006 interview, Kyrsten Sinema boasted about her work as a “criminal defense attorney who represents murderers.” (Shawn Macomber, “The Marginalized Mainstream,” The American Spectator, June 14, 2006)

“Today I call on Kyrsten Sinema to fully release her client list of murderers, because who she stands with shouldn’t be a secret,” said Morrissey.

Below is a letter Morrissey sent to Ms. Sinema asking her to stop hiding her client list.

October 9, 2012

Ms. Kyrsten Sinema
123 E Baseline Rd. D-202
Tempe, AZ 85283

Dear Kyrsten:

As the former Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal for Arizona, I strongly believe it is important for the people of Arizona and this Congressional district to know whom you stand with.

In a 2006 interview with American Spectator magazine, and while a member of the Arizona Legislature, you proudly boasted that you were a “criminal defense attorney who represents murderers.”

Your voting record is also troubling.

In 2009, you were one of five state representatives to vote against a bill (SB 1253) that adds drive by shooting to the list of specified felonies that are subject to the felony murder classification. This measure was passed in bipartisan fashion 50-5.

In 2007, you were the Prime Sponsor of HB 2278, a bill to end the death penalty for murderers and rapists. Luckily your bill wasn’t passed.

In light of your pronouncements of support for murderers I ask you to immediately release your entire client list of any murderers you have represented or currently represent.

Most sincerely,

/s/

Tom Morrissey
Chairman
Arizona Republican Party

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Richard Carmona Ran Debt Up To $46 Million At The Pima County Health System

Arizona Republican Party

After Driving The Pima County Health System Deeper Into Debt Carmona Was Forced To Resign

PHOENIX – As Arizonans continue to learn why the only Democrat that was personally recruited to run for elected office by President Barack Obama was Richard Carmona, today it’s been revealed that like his recruiter – who has added over $6 trillion to the national debt – Mr. Carmona, while he was the head of the Pima County Health System, ran its debt up to $46 million.

Even though he was only there for a year, under Carmona’s watch the Pima County Health System saw their debt increase by 28 percent and he was forced to resign.

As the Associated Press reports:

“The Pima County Healthcare system’s debt has jumped 28 percent in the last year and is expected to top $46 million by the end of the fiscal year in June. … [Richard Carmona] the embattled head of the Pima Healthcare system offered his resignation on the eve of a board of supervisors meeting at which he might have been fired.” (“Pima County’s Health Care Debt Growing,” The Associated Press, 4/28/99)

“Just like his recruiter President Barack Obama, Richard Carmona knows how to drive an organization like the Pima County Health System deeper into debt,” said Arizona Republican Party spokesman Tim Sifert. “Given Carmona’s big spending ways, it’s clear that if he gets back to Washington he’ll just be a reliable vote for President Obama’s agenda of more spending and higher taxes.”

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D.C. Liberals Put Their Money Behind Richard Carmona, The Handpicked Candidate Of President Obama

Arizona Republican Party

Liberals In Washington Are Trying To Prop Up Richard Carmona’s Campaign

PHOENIX –  When President Obama phoned Richard Carmona just over a year ago to get him to run for the U.S. Senate, it was just the first of many attempts by liberal Democrats in Washington, D.C., to spread their influence onto Arizona’s voters.  Today we learned that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) is spending more than a half-million dollars on television advertising trying to help Richard Carmona run away from his connection to Mr. Obama.

Additionally, not only does this money ensure that Carmona will try to protect the Democrats’ majority in the U.S. Senate – by voting for Harry Reid as the Senate Majority Leader – but it’s another reminder that he’ll be a reliable vote for President Obama’s tax-and-spend agenda.

“We’re just now getting a better understanding of why Democrat Richard Carmona answered ‘yes’ to President Obama’s call for him to run for office,” said Arizona Republican Party spokesman Tim Sifert.  “This money serves as a notice that Richard Carmona will be a reliable vote for President Obama and Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid’s liberal agenda.”

BACKGROUND …

President Barack Obama & Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid Personally Recruited Richard Carmona

President Obama phones Richard Carmona 

  • “On September 23, President Obama called Richard Carmona to encourage him to run,” said one Democratic strategist.  (Alexander Burns, Obama courts Ariz. Senate candidate, may contest state ‘heavily’, Politico, 10/06/11)
  • Carmona is one of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s favorite candidates and was personally courted by President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to get into the race.  (David Catanese, Bivens clears the way for Carmona, Politico, 3/27/2012)
  • Obama personally called Carmona and asked him to run, and Carmona told The Hill in February that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and other top Democrats were also among those who reached out to court him. (Josh Lederman, Democrat Bivens drops out of Arizona Senate primary, clearing way for Carmona, The Hill, 3/27/2012)

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