New Website! Exposing the Obamacare Republicans!

Obamacare Republicans

The ObamacareRepublicans.com website is officially up!

Find out which Republicans voted for Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion and still support forcing Obamacare on all Arizonans.

And please donate to the effort to get the message out!

New Poll: What is the MOST important issue in the Governor’s Race?

East Valley Pro-Life Leaders Endorse Ralph Heap for State Senate

Every election year there are a number of candidates that proclaim themselves to be “pro-life” Many of these candidates are seeking
re-election so it is important to clarify what pro-life actually has meant to them by their past voting record.

As precinct committeemen in LD-25 and ardent pro-life advocates we are concerned that the voting public is being tragically misled by some candidates seeking re-election that continue to profess a pro-life stand but their voting records scream otherwise!

Planned Parenthood’s (the largest abortion provider in the Nation) latest annual report indicates it had a record year when it came to funding from the government, receiving a record $542 million in taxpayer dollars (an increase of $60 million last year) by way of MEDICAID reimbursements, government grants and contracts. This amounts to almost half of all Planned Parenthood’s budget.

Medicaid Expansion, regardless of how noble and caring this program appeared on the surface, in short, is nothing more than the linchpin of Obamacare
and as it gets fully implemented, the gates will open wide; Planned Parenthood to receive millions more. Therefore, common sense dictates the Medicaid Expansion under Obamacare in Arizona will increase funding to Planned Parenthood. And inevitably, as their funding increases so will abortions while real health-care services for all women will deteriorate!

The cost of abortions (to the babies and the taxpayer) is immoral and we must end it.

“Bad Morality makes Bad Policy” – therefore any representative that voted for the Governor’s Medicaid Expansion simply CANNOT profess to be a pro-life candidate in our estimation.

We are confident that Dr. Ralph Heap, when elected, will stand unwavering in the protection of all innocent life as his profession calls him to do; his first campaign priority to repeal Obamacare in Arizona!

He has our support as our State Senator!

Joe & Jinny Perron
Pro-Life Advocates
Precinct Committeemen – LD-25

The ‘Good Guys’ – 2014 Arizona Elections

Alliance of Principled Conservatives – 2014 Arizona Elections

The Alliance of Principled Conservatives is pleased to present the ‘Good Guy List,’ an Arizona Republican Primary election guide to principled conservatives who will protect your freedomsprotect your wallet, and protect Arizona.

We are pleased to also announce that all of the incumbent candidates on the ‘Good Guy‘ list have also been endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Businesses NFIB.  No candidate on the APC ‘Blacklist‘ has been endorsed by NFIB.

Additionally every incumbent candidate on the APC ‘Good Guy’ list has received high scores on the Americans for Prosperity 2014 Arizona Legislative Scorecard with the majority receiving a cumulative designation of ‘Champion of the Taxpayer’.

The National Federation of Independent Businesses states “the legislative candidates endorsed by NFIB today are proven friends of free enterprise whom Arizona small-business owners can trust to place their responsibility to taxpayers first over the interests of bigger government and its enablers.”

The candidates on the APC ‘Blacklist’ have tried to demonize the mission of APC as non-comprehensive and one-issue focused. Ethan Orr in LD9 continuously states that his Obamacare Medicaid Expansion vote is the only vote people find disagreeable. Heather Carter in LD15 blatantly ignores the Republican Party joining Jeff Dial and Rob Robson in LD18 bragging that their Crony-Capitalist war chest is all they need to get the votes to retain their seats.

The Blacklisted candidates trumpet their commitment to the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion, Common Core, increasing your taxes, and SPENDING MORE THAN WE PAY in taxes.  APC is glad that organizations like NFIB and AFP prove that the Blacklisted candidates do NOT deserve a vote based on their commitment to ‘bigger government and its enablers.’

Join APC in supporting the ‘Good Guys‘ – principled conservatives, small-business owners, and hard-working taxpayers along with the friends of free enterprise, NFIB and the champions of limited-government, AFP.

VOTE YES – The ‘GOOD GUYS’

Dr. Ralph Heap, Senate LD25
David Burnell Smith, LD15
John Allen, LD15
Darla Dawald, LD8
Irene Littleton, Senate LD8
John Fillmore, LD16
Kelly Townsend, LD16
Shawnna Bolick, LD28
Tom Morrissey, Senate LD18
John King, LD18
Jill Norgaard, LD18
David Farnsworth, LD16
Sam Medrano, LD5
Sonny Borreilli, LD5
Jay Lawrence, LD23
Michelle Ugenti, LD23
John Kavanaugh, Senate LD23
Steve Montenegro, LD13
Darin Mitchell, LD13
Paul Boyer, LD20
Anthony Kern, LD20
Steve Smith, Senate LD11
Vince Leach, LD11
Mark Finchem, LD11
David Gowan, LD14
David Stevens, LD14

 

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The GOOD GUYS                                                                                The BLACKLIST

Good Guys

Good Guys

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NFIB Endorses 42 Legislative Candidates

Nine Newcomers Join 33 Incumbents as Small Business’ Choice

The political action committee of Arizona’s leading small-business association today announced its endorsements of 42 candidates for the Arizona Senate and Arizona House of Representatives.

NFIB/Arizona Leadership Council Chair Mark Giebelhaus and NFIB/Arizona State Director Farrell Quinlan flank LD18 House hopeful Jill Norgaard at the small business group’s Small Business Forum this week.

NFIB/Arizona Leadership Council Chair Mark Giebelhaus and NFIB/Arizona State Director Farrell Quinlan flank LD18 House hopeful Jill Norgaard at the small business group’s Small Business Forum this week.

“The legislative candidates endorsed by NFIB today are proven friends of free enterprise whom Arizona small-business owners can trust to place their responsibility to taxpayers first over the interests of bigger government and its enablers,” said Farrell Quinlan, Arizona state director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

NFIB/Arizona Leadership Council member Jeff Fleetham and LD28 House hopeful Shawnna Shawnna Bolick at the small business group’s Small Business Forum this week.

NFIB/Arizona Leadership Council member Jeff Fleetham and LD28 House hopeful Shawnna Shawnna Bolick at the small business group’s Small Business Forum this week.

The principal standard used to evaluate incumbents was their voting records on 12 bills supported or opposed by the National Federation of Independent Business during the 2013-2014 legislative sessions. Endorsements for non-incumbent candidates were largely based on the quality of their answers on a questionnaire. These endorsements are formally issued by the NFIB/Arizona Save America’s Free Enterprise (SAFE) Trust, the organization’s political action committee, and represent the culmination of the pre-primary phase of the candidate evaluation process. There may be further endorsements in select legislative and statewide races after the August 26th primary elections.

NFIB/Arizona Endorsements in 2014 Legislative Primary Contests

For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.

Did Heather Carter Vote to Raise our Taxes?

By Jose Borajero

Heather Carter

Heather Carter

Shortly, the Arizona Supreme Court will be ruling on whether the Medicaid tax imposed by the Democrats, aided and abetted by Representative Heather Carter and eight other Republicans in the House of Representatives is really a tax or something else, like a fee. The only question that will be resolved by the court is whether that move was legal or not. It will not determine whether it was good or bad. We all know that the mere fact something is legal does not automatically make it good, or desirable.

Whether we call it a tax, or something else, like a fee, an assessment, a contribution, an investment, or any of a myriad euphemistic terms that big government advocates use to disguise taxes, the fact remains that Heather Carter voted for bills that increase the amount of money that moves from the pockets of the taxpayers to the pockets of the government.

That fact is reflected in the results of the legislator evaluations done by three conservative leaning organizations.

Americans for Prosperity (AFP): This organization routinely keeps track of how legislators vote on issues having to do with economic matters, like taxation, spending, education, etc. (scorecard)

Goldwater Institute: These folks evaluate legislator performance across a wide variety of subjects, including tax & budget, education, constitutional government, and regulation.

National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB): This is a watchdog group for small businesses, which account for the vast majority of jobs in this country. They evaluate legislators on whether or not their votes enhance small businesses ability to operate in free and open market. (scorecard)

Currently in Arizona, we have 17 Republicans in the Senate and 36 Republicans in the House of Representatives, for a total of 43 Republican legislators. Let us see how Heather Carter was scored by all three organizations.

ORGANIZATION SCORE RANK
Americans for Prosperity – 48%  or 39th out of 43
Goldwater Institute – 61% or 35th out of 43
National Federation of Independent Businesses – 75% or 43rd out of 43

Conclusion: Heather Carter is a friend of Big Government and an enemy of the tax payer. People should keep that in mind when deciding whether to vote for her or for her challenger(s).

 

Christine Jones, Exposed – Part 2

Yesterday, we drew attention to Christine Jones’ shaky rhetoric regarding her position on amnesty. Her “tough talk” border security plan comes with a whopping $270 million price tag - and, as she forcefully says in her latest political ad,  she will send the bill to President Obama.

Not so fast! Just last night, at her Scottsdale townhall with Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, Jones admitted that sending Obama the bill is simply an unrealistic expectation.

‘I’m not as stupid as I look,” she says before tossing her hair and smiling at the crowd.

So we ask, are we as stupid as Christine Jones hopes we are?

Um, the answer is emphatically NO!  But don’t take our word for it. Check out this video for yourself:

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Let’s save Arizonans the cost and humility of electing a haphazard and boisterous candidate. Help us spread the word about Christine Jones’ real plan for Arizona by sharing this video on social media and through your personal email lists. And tell Christine Jones that we are NOT stupid enough to elect a candidate who changes her tune with every audience!

Poll: Republican Primary for Governor

Christine Jones’ Mixed Messaging on Border Security and Amnesty

Arizona gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones sure spends a lot of political rhetoric on her “tough” border security plan. Her alliterative attempt to solve this issue is all about the three T’s: Troops, Technology and Zero Tolerance. Or maybe you’re more familiar with her catchy tagline, “No Amnesty. No Priority.”

No Amnesty. No Priority. No Amnesty. No Priority. Hmmm. Sure seems to be a repetitive phrase out of her campaign these days. Well maybe not every day. Like for example at last week’s forum sponsored by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce where the economy commerce and immigration were all center stage.

During the debate when asked about her plan for immigration and border security, the mantra “No Amnesty” and “No Priority” were conspicuously removed from her answers. Shockingly, Jones took a turn to the left even going as far to say that we should be bringing millions of illegal aliens “out of the dark” and allowing them to live in the “light.”

Does that sound like a certain senior senator or chief executive? Certainly not one who should be the next Governor of Arizona!

And it sounds like code talk for amnesty, if you ask us. Or maybe just pandering?

But in case you don’t believe us, here’s the video clip contrasting her robotic answer of “no amnesty, no priority.”

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Maybe this reveals more about the character of the candidate who seeks to be our next governor. Political adaptation on style is usually acceptable when you’re speaking to diverse audiences. But on the issue of border enforcement and national security there should be no room for error, Call us very skeptical but when Christine Jones changes her policy answer to suit her audience – we’re convinced its all about getting elected.

West Valley Gubernatorial Forum

West Valley Gubernatorial Forum will be hosted by Legislative Districts 4, 13, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 29 on Wed., July 16 at 7 pm at Church of Joy, 21000 N. 75th Avenue, Glendale. All 6 Republican candidates will be participating. Tickets are $5 and available through the hosting legislative districts, purchased online or can be picked up at the GOP West Valley Victory Office, 10050 W. Bell Road, Suite #26, Sun City. Sponsorship opportunities for candidates, organizations and businesses to promote themselves in the West Valley are also available. Tickets/sponsorships information visit www.LD21.org

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Senator Al Melvin Endorses Doug Ducey for Arizona Governor

Doug Ducey

Senator Melvin: ‘…I am confident that Doug is the very best choice for conservative voters’

PHOENIX (July 3) – State Treasurer Doug Ducey, conservative candidate for Arizona governor and former CEO of Cold Stone Creamery, today announced that Sen. Al Melvin has endorsed his candidacy for governor. Until recently, Sen. Melvin was also a gubernatorial candidate

“I ran for governor because Arizona needs a strong conservative to lead our great state. While my campaign has ended, my fight for conservative values continues,” Sen. Melvin said. “When I withdrew from the race I made it clear that I had no intention of playing spoiler or of even accidentally helping to elect a liberal Governor. I would put my shoulder to the wheel to elect the best possible conservative candidate.

“That is why I am endorsing Doug Ducey for governor. After traveling our state and sharing the stage with so many of our fine candidates, I am confident that Doug is the very best choice for conservative voters,” Sen. Melvin continued. “His background in the private sector, his work as state treasurer, and his fidelity to the principles upon which our country and party were founded separate him from the other candidates.

“I have also been impressed by his grasp of the issues concerning Southern Arizona, which, as you can imagine, is very near and dear to my heart,” Sen. Melvin concluded. “With our state and nation at a tipping point, Arizona conservatives cannot afford to divide themselves into so many camps that we end up losing at the ballot box. I am voting for Doug Ducey to be our next governor and I encourage every Arizonan to join me.”

“I am grateful to receive Senator Melvin’s endorsement today,” Ducey said. “The Senator is a man of strong character, a consummate gentleman and a consistent conservative. I am proud to call him my friend and am humbled to have his support.”

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About Doug Ducey:
Doug was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio and came to Arizona in 1982 to attend ASU, where he earned a degree in finance. After working at Procter & Gamble, Doug helped launch Cold Stone Creamery on its path to success. Alarmed by the state of the economy, and the massive spending and debt that government was incurring, Doug decided to make a positive difference by seeking public office, and in 2010, was elected as Arizona’s 32nd state treasurer. He has been endorsed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Congressman Trent Franks, Former Senator Jon Kyl, Former Congressman John Shadegg, Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Mark Meckler and many others. For more information, please visit www.dougducey.com. You can also follow campaign updates on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dougducey or on Twitter at @dougducey.

Poll: What Should John Huppenthal Do?

Frank Riggs: The California Congressman Who Wants To Be Arizona Governor

Bartles and Jaymes called. They want their congressman back!

Frank RiggsThere’s one candidate in the race for Governor who claims to be an Arizona conservative but his political dossier reveals otherwise.

Frank Riggs may have relocated to Arizona in 2001 but the astute voter can clearly detect the odor of California politics emanating from the former congressman. Perhaps it’s just sour grapes.

Riggs, who tried to run for Arizona Governor in 2006, quit his exploratory bid when he realized he failed to meet Arizona’s residency requirement for the race.

Sound familiar?

Riggs pulled the same quitting maneuver in California – twice! When a Democrat state senator challenged him in his congressional re-election, Riggs quit and decided to run for the U.S. Senate instead. But then he dropped out of that race too, blaming his lack of fund-raising prowess and the long commute between northern California and D.C. (Tony Perry, “Riggs’ Money Woes Kill Longshot Bid for U.S. Senate,” Los Angeles Times, 4/10/1998)

But quitting his political races at the slightest nudge of a challenge is not the only indicator of Riggs’ lack of preparedness and commitment.

The former congressman also had a problem keeping his promises. According to the same article, “Riggs spent considerable time in his first term deflecting criticism that he reneged on a promise to turn over his congressional pay increase to charity (he ended up sending half to charity) and another pledge not to take contributions from the oil and timber industries” (read article). Why Riggs held on to the other half of his pay raise, and broke his promise to reject big industry cash, is open to speculation but it may be another indicator that the congressman simply had a problem handling money.

The same Los Angeles Times article stated that Riggs violated federal campaign finance laws and only dodged being penalized because the statute of limitations had run out: “A Federal Elections Commission audit of his 1990 campaign found that he had violated election law by improperly bankrolling his campaign with corporate money and loans from his mother, father and sister that exceeded contribution limits.” When honest people are desperate for cash, they usually buckle down their expenses and find ways to earn extra money – not bend the rules as a means of financial survival.

Frank Riggs House BankingKeep in mind, this is the same Frank Riggs who paraded himself alongside six other freshmen Republicans in 1992 as the “Gang of Seven.” You remember these crusaders. They took on the infamous House banking scandal that embroiled fellow members of Congress who had overdrawn their House checking accounts. There’s only one problem: if you’re going to place yourself on an elite pedestal, you’d better be above reproach yourself. It was later discovered that Riggs also bounced several checks as part of the scandal. Ouch!

But it must be noted that Riggs not only didn’t mind burdening others with his financial problems, he also doesn’t mind burdening small business with increased costs by voting to raise the minimum wage not once, not twice, not even three times. Congressman Frank Riggs voted for legislation to raise the minimum wage four times. That’s four opportunities Riggs missed to stand up for small business and free market economic principles. Today, of course, he claims to be an advocate for small businesses and free enterprise, which directly contradicts previous support for increasing the minimum wage. Can you say flip flop?

But wait, it gets worse! During one term of Congressman Frank Riggs tenure, he managed to sneak $35 Million of pork into bills to benefit his district. That’s right. All told, Congressman Riggs brought home the bacon in the form of university buildings and a harbor dredging project(read article). Doesn’t quite sound like the congressman who only two years earlier, signed on to the Contract with American opining about fiscal prudence and balanced budgets.

But even when Congressman Frank Riggs bothered to show up for work and vote (he missed a higher-than-average number of roll call votes, according to GovTrack), his conservative rating was mediocre at best. According to VoteSmart and the American Conservative Union, Riggs scored a lifetime conservative rating of 76%. To put that in perspective, Riggs’ lifetime conservative score was lower than every one of Arizona’s Republican delegation at the time – including Jim Kolbe.

And when Riggs makes bad votes, they’re not just minor swerves to the left – they’re major over of the cliff calamities. Take the January 12, 1991 vote authorizing President Bush to use force in Iraq in accordance with US Security Council Resolution 678. Congressman Frank Riggs was one of three Republicans in the US House who voted against it. Arizona has already had its handful of unprincipled Republicans. She cannot afford another one – especially in the Governor’s office.

Anyone who performs a political credit check on Frank Riggs will easily discover that he scores far below the caliber Arizonans demand in their next governor. When our neighbors to the west leave California, they usually come here for a good reason – to leave behind the liberal California policies, values and bureaucratic regulations and red tape that strangled their businesses and finances. But, based on his record, Frank Riggs wants to bring those mediocre values to Arizona’s government. Republican voters in Arizona are smart and can sniff out the scent of a faux conservative. They should turn up their noses to candidates like Frank Riggs who cannot reconcile their rhetoric with their record.

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane Endorses Jay Lawrence for Arizona House

Jay Lawrence

(SCOTTSDALE) – In yet another major endorsement, Republican Jay Lawrence announced today that he has earned the support of Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane. Lawrence, who is seeking an open seat in Legislative District 23, plans to succeed State Representative John Kavanagh in the Arizona House.
 
In his endorsement, Mayor Jim Lane noted:  “Jay Lawrence has been a tremendous servant to the private sector for many years. Now that he’s made the commitment to serve the public, he has my full support to represent and advocate for the best interest of Scottsdale, the District and the State. I know Jay is dedicated to Arizona and will serve our community well. I also believe we are electing a gentleman with impeccable conservative credentials who will do the right thing by his constituents and the State of Arizona.”
 
Mayor Jim Lane, who has been a Scottsdale resident for over 40 years, also remarked on his friendship with Lawrence, “I’ve been a fan and friend of Jay Lawrence for many years and look forward to cheering him on in this next chapter of a very successful career. It will also be a pleasure working with him on issues to make Scottsdale and Arizona an even better place to live.”

Mayor Lane’s endorsement now joins fellow Legislative District 23 Mayor Linda Kavanagh (Fountain Hills), along with U.S. Congressman Matt Salmon, Dr. C.T. Wright, LD 23 State Representative John Kavanagh, and others.  For a complete list of endorsements, please visit www.LD23JayLawrence.com.

ICYMI: The Hugh Hewitt – Doug Ducey Ice Cream Social Interviews!

Ducey

Monday’s live broadcast with Hugh Hewitt and ice cream social with local elected officials was a huge success! I’m grateful to everyone who attended or tuned-in during the three-hour show to learn more about what I want to accomplish as Arizona’s next governor.

If you missed it, click the play button or bolded “click here” text below to listen to individual segments from your favorite elected officials.

CLICK HERE to listen to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker • CLICK HERE to listen to former Senator John Kyl • CLICK HERE to listen to Congressman Trent Franks • CLICK HERE to listen to former Congressman John Shadegg • CLICK HERE to listen to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery • CLICK HERE to listen to Arizona State Representative Paul Boyer • CLICK HERE to listen to City of Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio • CLICK HERE to listen to The Goldwater Institute’s Clint Bolick

I’d especially like to thank Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Congressman Trent Franks, former Senator Jon Kyl, former Congressman John Shadegg, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Arizona State Representative Paul Boyer, City of Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCicco and The Goldwater Institute’s Clint Bolick for joining me and Hugh on-air to discuss Arizona’s future and why they’re supporting my campaign.

There was no denying the enthusiasm at this event, for both Arizona’s future and my campaign. I’m confident that with your help, we will see success in August and beyond.

See you on the campaign trail,

Doug

Arizona Republican Party Presents Awards Highlighting Underachieving Democrats

Democrats Deserve Spotlight on Election Manipulation, AZGOP Uses Satire to Direct Voter Attention
 
PHOENIX - While last night’s awards presented by Arizona Capitol Times at the “Best of the Capitol 2014” were for professional achievement and in some cases for fun, today Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham issued a few awards of his own to a carefully selected group of Democrat candidates and organizations.
 
“We all know that hard work in a campaign will be rewarded with a well-deserved victory, but it’s important to have a public acknowledgement that so many Democrat candidates are just out there ignoring voters and just taking it easy,” said Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. “in contrast, Republicans are engaging voters as they compete for the GOP nomination for all of Arizona’s top offices, while the Democrats have only managed to field one candidate, or even no candidate, for these important positions.”
 
 
Graham’s first award goes to the Arizona Democratic Party, and it’s called the Irony in Action Award.
 
“Democrats talk about having ‘responsible public servants’ and ‘stewardship’ but they’re apparently not interested in fielding a candidate for State Treasurer, a job that involves oversight of $12 billion worth of Arizona’s assets,” Graham said.
 
His next award went to the three Democrats running for Governor, Secretary of State, and Attorney General. None of the three are competing for their party nomination, leaving voters no choices and rendering the Democrat Primary ballot useless. The award is called the Lawnmower Award because that’s what’s used to clear a field. And once the field has been cleared, it means any potential Democrat opponent simply forfeited.
 
“The Democrats have disenfranchised voters by having party elites, not regular citizens, pick and choose their candidates behind closed doors. Campaigns and elections are supposed to be about competition, contrast, and choice — but the Democrats in Arizona have no interest in that,” Graham said.
 
The third award is called the Gold Coin Award and is presented to Terry Goddard.
 
“This award goes to the candidate that lost three times when he ran for governor, then announced he was interested in being Attorney General, but then later on he apparently flipped a coin and decided to run for Secretary of State, Graham added.
 
As a fourth award Graham issued the Speak Your Mind Award for having either the courage or bad judgment to say something really dumb during a big, important meeting, where it will be recorded in the official minutes.
 
“This award winner is Carolyn Warner, the Arizona Democrats’ National Committeewoman, who said during a major post election meeting in 2012 that Democrat Party leaders should ‘quit spending money on white men.’
 
 
Fifth and final award is the Photoshop Award. Like the Democrats’ Primary Election, there was no competition for this award and DuVal wins it by default.
 
“This is the guy who Photoshopped a picture of himself where he added a beard, costume, and Mexican beer to make himself look Hispanic. Enough said,” Graham added.
 
No one is sure if Warner’s comments contributed to DuVal’s attempt to change his ethnicity.
 
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State Senator Al Melvin’s Statement On Withdrawing From Governor’s Race

Al Melvin

“Our Cause Is More Important Than Any One Person”

Citing his campaign’s pace in collecting $5 contributions, and certain that Clean Elections funding would not be received in time for the start of early balloting, State Senator Al Melvin has formally withdrawn from the race for Arizona Governor, filing the required documents with the Arizona Secretary of State. His official statement is below:

“I had planned on having more time to decide my campaign’s future, but I was alerted by the Secretary of State’s office that while Maricopa County’s deadline to withdraw was June 27th, the remaining counties had their own early deadline and a decision had to be made by today. So after prayerful consideration with my wife and closest advisors and supporters, I filed the necessary documents with the Secretary of State’s office to formally withdraw from the race.

This was a difficult decision but one that I am at peace with. It was difficult because I believe so passionately about the principles we were campaigning for and because, as other candidates can attest to, you feel a tremendous responsibility to not let down your supporters and all those who have contributed time and treasure to the effort. At the same time, I am at peace with the decision because in spite of our efforts we were not going to be able to win the race, and no one who believes in our shared conservative values wants to see conservatives split the vote and allow a liberal to claim our party’s nomination.

Our cause is more important than any one person. For that reason it is time to end this particular campaign. But this is not the end of our fight for secure borders, high Arizona education standards instead of Common Core, tax relief, Texas-style Tort Reform, Universal School Vouchers, an energy policy that addresses Arizona’s long-term needs and economic health, and more. I look forward to seeing everyone on the campaign trail soon, and for years to come.”