MCCAIN COMES IN LAST IN FOUR-WAY RACE! Results of ArizonaInformer.com’s First AZ Senate Primary Poll

MCCAIN EHLast Friday we launched our first unscientific AZ Senate Primary poll and the results were interesting to say the least.   The poll was open for 24 hours and was open to all online voters.  While many are dismissive of online polls as unscientific, the importance of the poll is to gauge a general interest among Arizona activists who make phone calls, knock on doors, and are the most engaged in Arizona politics.  The primary purpose of these poll is to measure the probability of prospective campaigns and distinguish what we would believe to end up as an ‘also-ran’ versus true viability.

First, there were 730 ‘respondents’ to our poll but upon review of IP addresses and locations we knew there was rampant Paulbotesque ballot stuffing.  While we cannot say with certainty that there are not over 200 American citizens who can vote in Liberia, Moldova, The Netherlands, Sweden, Luxembourg, and a host of other nations — all which voted for McCain, we are going on the assumption that there was some nefarious double-voting/IP masking going on. Therefore to get a clearer picture we scrubbed all foreign IPs and multiple votes out of the tally as we know that many supporters use websites and programs such as Tor Browser that mask IPs to allow a person to vote multiple times from foreign IP addresses.  Once we removed the double votes and international IPs, we were left with 198 American respondents.

 

 

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The breakdown was:

Rep. Salmon – 62 votes
Liberal Senator John McCain – 54 votes
Rep. Gosar – 51 votes
Rep Schweikert – 31 votes

 

 

We further narrowed down the results to include only Arizona voters (scrubbed down to 168 respondents) which paint a very bad picture for Team McCain if he is challenged with a viable primary candidate.  AZInformer poll AZ voters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While it shows that McCain and Rep Schweikert is ‘tied’ for last at 17% the hard numbers were as follows:

Rep. Salmon – 54 votes
Rep. Gosar – 53 votes
Rep Schweikert – 29 votes
Liberal Senator John McCain – 28 votes

Yes, the liberal pro-gun control, pro-Amnesty Senator has come in dead last in our 4-way online poll of the most politically active activists in Arizona.

Since last week’s poll, reports have come out that Arizona State Senator Kelli Ward is considering challenging McCain.  In our next poll, we will include Sen. Ward to gauge the grassroots support for the Conservative stalwart and keep an eye out for online ballot stuffing and scrub the results as we did here.

If the grassroots have a viable candidate to get behind, the 2016 Arizona Senate Primary may be more interesting and exciting than those of either the GOP’s or the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.

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Boehner Re-elected Speaker . . . And You Got Played

David SchweikertBy Rachel Alexander
Townhall

Last week, John Boehner (R-Ohio) easily won re-election as Speaker of the House. Only 25 Republicans defected, with 216 Republicans voting for him. In the days before the election, there was a flurry of emails and activity on social media about the vote, calling on members of Congress to oust Boehner. After the vote, conservative talk show hosts were outraged, denouncing Republicans who voted for him as RINOs and traitors. Even well-loved, conservative members of Congress like Utah’s Mia Love did not escape the anger. Tea Party favorite Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) missed the vote, but said he would have voted for Boehner.

To many, it did not make sense why conservative Republicans would settle for another term of the compromising Boehner, considering Republicans now control both chambers. In Arizona, the most conservative members of the delegation all voted to retain Boehner: Rep. David Schweikert, Rep. Matt Salmon and Rep. Trent Franks. Only Rep. Paul Gosar, who has the lowest American Conservative Union rating of the four, voted against Boehner. Newly elected Republican Rep. Martha McSally of Tucson also voted for Boehner. After the vote, some conservative activists in Arizona started calling Gosar the only true conservative in the delegation. Something wasn’t right. I called Rep. Schweikert to get to the bottom of it.

He told me the vote was largely ceremonial. The real decision was made six weeks ago, at the House Republican Conference. After that, it was too late to persuade most members to change their minds, deals had been made. Anyone who agreed to switch their vote after that could not be trusted based on prior experience. South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney confirmed this in a post on his Facebook page. Two years ago, the Boehner opposition collected signed pledges from enough members of Congress to defeat him. But when it came time to vote, almost half of them changed their minds.

The last minute flurry of emails came from conservative organizations trying to make money by getting conservatives outraged. While it is important these groups raise money, it was a rather sneaky way to do it. By then, it was too late, it was the wrong battle, and provoked fights with conservative members of Congress that could have been avoided.

Conservatives like Schweikert have been trying to remove Boehner for a lot longer than a handful of days last week. He told me he has been working on the ouster for two years. Where was the outcry six weeks ago when the real decision was made? Where were those feigning outrage over the past two years when it came to actually doing the work necessary to get rid of Boehner?

One unfortunate byproduct of the rise of social media, blogs and email is the ability for people to send out emotional blasts about a particular topic as their activism of choice. Instead of GOTV (Get Out The Vote), it is now GOYO (Get Out Your Opinion). Activists have replaced the hard, dull but necessary work behind the scenes with speeches. Unfortunately, there is only so much room at the top for a few national talk show hosts to bloviate.

Replacing Boehner is much more difficult and complex than a last-minute outburst. Getting better leadership is not going to be accomplished with a short and catchy soundbite. It is a deeper, two-fold systemic problem.

The first part of the problem is that no one wants to be Speaker. What most people don’t realize is the primary job of the Speaker is fundraising. The Speaker spends nearly all of their time flying around the country working pricey fundraisers. Most of the names floated around at the last minute as replacements for Boehner could not – or would not – follow through here. Last year, Boehner raised an impressive $100 million. Rep. Mulvaney noted that Gohmert was not a realistic candidate; despite all the media attention he only received three votes. Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) got 12 votes, but has a terrible voting record, evenworse than Boehner’s. Boehner is actually the most conservative Republican speaker in 50 years.

Many in the grassroots complain when the NRCC doesn’t spend money on long-shot races. What they don’t understand is there is only limited money to go around, and it is dependent upon the ability of the Speaker to raise it. Unless the grassroots is willing to start writing hefty checks, it is imperative that the Speaker is someone with charisma who doesn’t mind spending a significant period of their life on an airplane.

The second systemic problem is Congress has become so corrupt it is currently impossible to reform it. Senior members of Congress are so entrenched in leadership positions, as chairs of committees and subcommittees, that these “cardinals” retaliate against anyone who dares to challenge the status quo and power structure. A conservative reformer like Schweikert, who actually would make an excellent Speaker, has no chance at the position because he stood up to the old guard. He lost his position on the powerful Financial Services Committee because he bucked party leadership and voted against a debt ceiling increase.

Sadly, new reformers like Schweikert tend to become disillusioned over time, and eventually leave office. If they can hold out, however, eventually the old guard will age out of office.

It was futile to cast a protest vote for someone other than Boehner. It simply enlarged the target on the backs of reform members of Congress. Several who opposed him, including Daniel Webster and Richard Nugent, both of Florida, were immediately stripped of their committee positions, and there are more on the chopping block.

Contrary to talk-show hype, the vote for Speaker did not juxtapose conservatives vs. leadership. It should be more accurately described as emblematic of the reformers vs. the establishment cardinals.

Schweikert may be the smartest member of Congress. He’s also consistently labeled one of the five most conservative members by various organizations, with a 98.67 lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union. To label him a RINO over one vote, while letting other Republicans off the hook with much lower scores simply because they did not vote for Boehner, is illogical.

Reforming Congress is like a game of chess. You can’t take out the king instantly, you must set the stage first to take out the king or you will be out of the game. Those who run for office know you rarely win by running for president first, you must first win at a lower level office. Naturally, the same is true for taking out the Speaker, what is so difficult to understand about this? You must chip away the power structure supporting him before you can topple him.

Instead of blasting conservative members of Congress over Boehner, activists should set up meetings with these reformers and ask how they can help with the day-to-day work of cleaning up Congress. It may not be flashy and glamorous, but the flashy and glamorous GOYO approach is not working. Stop being played.

Salmon Wins National Columnist’s ‘Profile In Courage Award’ for Cowardly Boehner Vote

BOOTJanuary 6, 2015 will go down as the largest betrayal of the Arizona Tea Party since its rise in 2009.   As expected, John Boehner was re-elected as Speaker of the House but what was not expected was that every Arizona Republican, minus Rep Gosar, would roll over like beaten dogs in yesterday’s vote.  Another sad take-away from yesterday’s vote was that Tea Party darling David Schweikert was officially diagnosed with ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ yesterday—  we at Arizona Informer wish David a speedy recovery and a long, peaceful retirement from public office.

One particularity odd moment in yesterday’s vote was Matt Salmon’s cowardly tactic of waiting to see how the wind blew prior to casting his vote (for Boehner) on a second call. The tactic, panned on social media, has now been picked up by several national Conservatives including Iowa radio host and Iowa Caucus king-maker Steve Deace at Conservative Review.  Steve Deace describes Salmon’s move as the following:

“…Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t hand Matt Salmon a profile in courage award for waiting until the second time through the roll call to finally vote for Boehner as Speaker, once it was clear he had the votes. The people of Arizona haven’t seen such bravery since Pat Tillman…”

OUCH!

Salmon’s despicable move was a finger in the eye of the Arizona PCs and Conservative activists who spent the last few days burning up the phone-lines locally and in DC explaining their opposition to another 2 years under Speaker Boehner.  Earlier this week we declared that Reps Franks, Schweikert, and Salmon were at ‘a time for choosing‘, and today we have that answer.  Boehner’s Three Stooges have chosen power and NRCC cash over the will of their own constituents.

The only request we have for Representatives Salmon, Franks, Schweikert, and McSally (a lost cause from the start) is stop begging us for money and to call Speaker Boehner to knock on doors and make calls for you come 2016.  We understand today that we dedicated conservative grassroots activists are of no value to you.  The feeling is now mutual.  We’re just glad that everything is now in the open.

And to Representative Paul Gosar, THANK YOU!  We’re at the ready whenever you need us.

Read Steve Deace’s piece at Conservative Review

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*UPDATED* – A TIME FOR CHOOSING! Will AZ Republicans Side With Boehner or The People?

Photo Credit: NewYorker.com

Photo Credit: NewYorker.com

**[UPDATE: Earlier this evening Rep Paul Gosar came out with the following statement declaring he will vote AGAINST Boehner on Tuesday:

“Trust is a series of promises kept; my vote for new leadership reflects a promise I made to voters when they elected me,” Gosar said. “I cannot stand beside the same leadership that has offered up bills too large to read, used parliamentary tricks to bring bills to the floor and has refused to take swift action against the president and his administration’s unconstitutional actions.”]

In an exclusive interview on Fox News this morning, Texas Republican Louis Gohmert announced that he is joining Florida Republican Ted Yoho in challenging John Boehner for the Speakership.

Both candidates echo the sentiment of the grassroots that Speaker Boehner has nothing but a track record of failed leadership and missed opportunities since taking the gavel in 2011.  His unwillingness to use the power of the purse to reign in Obama in addition to his broken promises that he gave in 2012 to use of ‘Regular Order’ and the Hastert Rule are primary reasons that leave him vulnerable to a challenge.

 

 

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It is being reported that GOP establishment staffers have been instructed to lie to their constituents telling them that a vote for someone other than Boehner means that Nancy Pelosi can be elected Speaker.   This is simply untrue and shows the establishment’s contempt for the American voter.  In order to win the gavel, a candidate must receive a majority of all the votes cast.  If Boehner does not win on the 1st ballot, then there will be a second ballot, and a third ballot until one Republican gets to the 50%+1 mark.

Where do Arizona’s Republican Congressmen stand on Boehner?  At the time of this post, not a single Arizona Republican congressman has publicly stated if they will support or oppose Boehner for his 3rd term.

Since the rise of the Tea Party in 2009, AZ Tea Partiers have heard Rep Schweikert, Rep Franks, Rep Gosar, and Rep Salmon tout their Conservative ‘street-cred’ in word and activists see this week is the time for action.  Many view this vote on House leadership as the only way they will see real measurable change in DC over the next 2 years.

Will the Arizona Republican Delegation join Rep. Thomas Massie and Oklahoma Republican Jim Bridenstine and side with the Conservative base?  Or will they side with the ineffective, inept, and complicit GOP leadership? Arizona voters will find out Tuesday when Congress votes — until then,  give them a call or a tweet and make your voice heard.

Note: the primary Hashtag on Twitter is #FireBoehner

(We did not include Martha McSally in the contact list above.  This is largely due to TeamBoehner and the Chamber of Crony-Capitalism placing a vast amount of financial resources behind her campaign.  With that being the case, we believe she will side with the GOP establishment over the grassroots)

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WHO IS ANTHONY ESPINOZA? THE MAN BEHIND ‘RECALL DOUGLAS’

 ArizonaInformer has learned via Twitter that  Arizona Liberal Watch is launching a multi-part series on the man behind the ‘Recall Douglas’ movement, elementary school teacher, Anthony Espinoza.

We’re glad to see citizen journalists do the job that the Brahm Resniks, Yvonne Wingett Sanchezs, and Dennis Welchs refuse to.   ‘The Fourth Estate’ lives, but obviously not in the local newsrooms.

Read the story here…

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UNCIVIL WAR! McCain Purging Conservatives From AZGOP

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SEN.JOHN MCCAIN | Photo: JillGreenberg.com

ArizonaInformer has learned from published reports and interviews with several precinct committeemen that TeamMcCain is attempting to remake the AZGOP in his image prior to his reelection bid for Senate.

In recent months precinct committeemen around the state have been solicited by a group called ‘Arizona Grassroots Action PAC’ which is, oddly enough, based in the Beltway according to OpenSecrets.  Conservative PCs allege this is being done to support McCain-approved candidates for precinct committeemen in order for these PCs to support Liberal Republicans for Legislative District leadership positions and subsequently, State Committeemen who can vote for AZGOP leadership.

This hijacking of the AZGOP comes as no surprise for many Conservative activists as Jon Kyl tipped his hand in this Hill.com article where Kyl was asked to respond to the AZGOP censuring McCain.  Kyl’s response indicates this campaign was well thought out in advance.

 “I think you’ll see a different party make-up after the primary election. There will be a new group of precinct committeemen. I don’t think you’ll see many of the same old faces” ~ Jon Kyl

In the next several weeks, Legislative Districts will be holding their mandatory organizational meetings which will decide the direction of the local party organizations and the state party for the next 2 years.  If you are a ‘Tea Party Republican’, or a ‘Reagan Conservative’, it may be best to get involved in the local level political structure to ensure the Arizona Republican Party remains, well, Republican.

ArizonaInformer will monitor this story and update as the situation warrants.

 

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Senator David Schweikert?

Rollcall is reporting that David Schweikert is mulling over the idea of launching a primary challenge against Pro-Muslim Brotherhood, pro-Amnesty, unpopular, liberal Republican John McCain.

If Schweikert runs, he will be a formidable challenger with a strong chance to unseat McCain.   David Schweikert, who has a stellar 97% rating from the grassroots organization Conservative Review, is well positioned to garner most Conservative activists who do the hard work of door-knocking in addition to establishment gadfly organizations such as Senate Conservatives Fund, FreedomWorks, and several others that can help fund a strong campaign against the liberal Republican Senator.

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With the grassroots up in arms after President Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty power-grab tonight, Arizona is itching to back a fighter that would join the Constitutional Conservative Stable of Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and newly-elected Senators Ben Sasse, and Joni Ernst in the Senate and Schweikert fits the mold.

“My wife and I made an agreement that we would wait until after the holidays, and then we would have a family meeting,” Schweikert told CQ Roll Call in between votes Tuesday, his wife by his side. “The whole thing: whether you’re gonna run at all over again, do you weigh options for other things.”

As this news breaks, several Conservative activists in Arizona have begun contacting one another to build a grassroots framework to offset the deep pockets of career politician John McCain. Conservative activists expect McCain to use his deep pockets in the Primary to carpet-bomb the airwaves with a negative ad campaign which he would never run against any Democrat.

 

David Schweikert speaking at FreedomWorks “Free the People” event in 2013:

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We just had a moment imagining Schweikert making a similar speech about Individual Liberty, the Framers, and the Constitution in the Senate Chamber.    All we gotta say is — RUN DAVID, RUN!

 

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‘MAILER’ UPDATE: AZGOP Stands With Diane

Yesterday roughly 30,000 Republicans in Arizona received  an AZGOP mailer promoting the GOP slate but many activists quickly noticed that the mailer did not include Jeff Dewit (who is running unopposed) and pro-local control of schools candidate Diane Douglas.  After the Chamber of Commerce’s declaration of war against the Tea Party plus the local chamber’s endorsement her pro-Common Core opponent, many interpreted this as an intentional slight of Diane Douglas by an AZGOP hijacked by ‘The Chamber’ — however we are happy to report that is not the case.

AZGOP Executive Director Chad Haywood tells ArizonaInformer that the AZGOP is 100% behind the Republican candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas.  In fact, AZGOP has sent out ‘slate’ mailers which feature Diane Douglas along with Tom Forese, and Doug Little (see below) and has consistently made calls promoting Diane’s candidacy since August’s Primary. Diane is also scheduled to appear alongside other candidates on the GOP slate, including Republican gubernatorial Doug Ducey in the run-up to Election Day.

A recent AZGOP featuring Diane Douglas for Superintendent

A recent AZGOP featuring Diane Douglas for Superintendent

The explanation for the sans Douglas mailer is that the AZGOP is one of logistic instead of opposition, corruption, or malice.  By law, the AZGOP must send out ‘slate’ mailers with a minimum of 3 candidates (Arizona has seven candidates on the slate)  and often there is not enough space due to pictures and text to place the entire slate fit onto one mailer.  Thus, the slate mailers is often broken up into two to make room for messaging and picture and the ‘splitting’ of the mailer allows for strategic targeting of certain voting districts.   This ‘splitting’ was the source of the confusion for yesterday’s mailer.

The AZGOP attempted to assist Diane’s campaign in addition to the mailers and robocalls but are hampered by ‘Clean elections’ regulations in what they can and cannot do but are putting their full weight behind every candidate.

“We would love to be able to respond by mail to attacks on Diane. She is a great candidate. Unfortunately we are not allowed to do a piece about 1 candidate because of slate laws and clean elections. Clean elections also prohibits us from donating directly to her campaign. She is at the top of our slate calls and will be included in all of our pieces disseminated to election day voters this weekend.” ~ AZGOP, Executive Director Chad Heywood

Heywood states the AZGOP is looking forward to a clean sweep on Tuesday and after a lengthy discussion with him, we at ArizonaInformer find him to be sincere and have no reason to doubt him or the AZGOP’s efforts to ensure Diane Douglas becomes our next Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Now that we’ve had this question asked and answered, there are only 2 more things that need to be done:
1. Defeat the Democrat Ticket Tuesday
2. Recharge for 2016
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Southern Arizona News Examiner Endorsements

A quick shout out to our friends at the Southern Arizona News Examiner on their endorsements. Here’s the editorial they sent out earlier:

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ENDORSEMENTS FOR THE 2014 GENERAL ELECTION

ALL PARTISAN OFFICES – VOTE STRAIGHT REPUBLICAN 

I don’t care if there’s an unopposed Democrat running who’s your brother-in-law, DON’T VOTE FOR ANY OF THEM.

Not because all the Republicans are wonderful, they aren’t A few are even dingbats. But life is a matter of “compared to what” and the system works better when the party that needs reform is helped along.

Democrats need reform more desperately than Republicans. Republicans have primaries and allow their peasantry a voice. Democrats now are ruled by a small elite that is loyal to the special interest groups they comprise. Union leadership is now more involved in backing up the LGBTs over same sex restrooms than they are about taking care of their members. Teacher’s unions are more interested in backstopping the big corporations pimping Common Core and the massive test revenues they will get than they are about taking care of classroom teachers or, God forbid, the kids themselves.

Radio host Hugh Hewitt said it best. Democrats need to be punished for the cowardice they have displayed in failing to challenge Obama, Pelosi and Harry Reid for their incompetence and dumb ideas.

Make them pay for it. The humiliation of a big defeat might finally get them to change some of their elitist ways.

BALLOT PROPS – STATEWIDE 

122 – YES It drives the left nuts to consider something the Founders would find elementary.

303 – YES Only someone with the soul of a petty bureaucrat and a sick control freak would deny a terminal patient a shot at an experimental drug.

BALLOT PROPS – LOCAL

415 -YES We have the same obligation to discarded and sick pets that we have to discarded and sick children. Only anarcho-capitalists can vote no on this without hypocrisy. WAIT! Anarcho-capitalists don’t believe in voting. Conservatives and limited government conservatives should join me in voting YES for something that will save thousands of dogs, cats and assorted other critters. DO THE MATH YOU WHINING MAROONS WITH PIG MASKS. $22 million over 15 years for over a million people is chump change.

Get a life.

Vote for Wendy Rogers for Congress!

Her whole life has been about service – her country, her community, her family.

This November, there is a clear and positive choice for Congress.

Please vote for Wendy Rogers. She’s ready to serve.