Guest Opinion: Single Shot Syms

By Cactus Cantina Chats

With ten more days remaining until the August 30th primary election let’s focus on Legislative District 28 (LD 28).  Republican primary voters have a real chance to nominate a successful, well-educated female candidate to serve on their behalf in one of two legislative House seats for the next two years.  Maria Syms is the only candidate running in LD28 with the potential to win in November and serve honorably for the State of Arizona.  Please use your two votes to push her through the Republican primary.

Let’s take a look at Syms’ competition for the two House seats, and then evaluate Syms’ impressive background:

Ken Bowers, Jr. is the final candidate running for the Arizona House. It is quite difficult to know too much about who he is and where he stands on the issues because he has also decided to ignore candidate surveys issues by different associations and groups representing causes or industries throughout Arizona. He seems to only care about reforming Arizona’s correctional system and hasn’t given much thought to the broader issues facing Arizona’s future.

Alberto Gutier, III is an active PC in LD28.  Unfortunately, he has not taken the time to fill out any candidate surveys or set up a website sharing his viewpoints on the issues. Nice guys typically don’t finish first in a competitive legislative race.

Mary Hamway is an uber liberal Republican In Name Only (RINO) candidate who is a retread from the 2014 election cycle. Hamway has spent so much time as a Paradise Valley town councilmember raising taxes and cutting funding for cops that she single-handedly jeopardizes a prosperous future for Arizona.  Since Mary lacks the spine to vote publicly she and several of her other Big Government crony councilmembers rely on closed door executive sessions so they don’t have to truly make a public statement of town council matters.  Hamway talks out of both sides of her mouth if you can bear to listen to her speak.  Hamway has been an arduous proponent of Medicaid expansion and common core over the past several years.  Hamway self-funded her 2014 loser campaign to the tune of nearly $100,000. After she lost to Bolick, she had her husband make a $500 campaign contribution to liberal pro-choice Democrat Eric Meyer. It is not surprising Hamway has been endorsed by the former Mayor of Paradise Valley, Scott Le Marr, who once served on the Planned Parenthood board.

Matt Morales is a moderate Republican precinct committeeman (PC) in LD28 who has been a registered lobbyist on behalf of the vaping and gaming industries.  Need we highlight any more of his resume to illustrate that he is not a conservative choice.  Morales likes to tell his fellow Republican voters how he encouraged Kate McGee in 2010 to use her maiden name “Brophy” to get elected to the Arizona House of Representatives.  In 2014, Morales boasted of being Adam Driggs’ campaign manager.  At the same time Morales worked on an Independent Expenditure (IE) to benefit only McGee and Driggs in the general election.  Considering there was one additional Republican on the ballot for the other House seat this speaks volumes to Morales’ lack of character in electing Republicans to two House seats. One last point: it is laughable that Morales’ campaign signs say “conservative” and “personal freedom.”  He answered the Arizona Voter Guide’s survey which is sponsored by Center for Arizona Policy as supportive of a living Constitution.

Maria Syms

Maria Syms

Fortunately, LD28 has Maria Syms as their only conservative choice!  She has taken the time to thoughtfully share her views on the issues in support or opposition against many policy issues facing Arizona.  Syms has served honorably on her short time on the Paradise Valley Town Council.  There aren’t many city elected officials who don’t vote in lockstep to vote for a tax increase, but Syms is one who has encouraged thoughtful conversation while holding the line on tax increases. If she wasn’t running for the Legislature she would be a perfect addition to Arizona’s Justice system.  Her past job titles include: Assistant U.S. Attorney, Senior Adviser to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich plus she is a Mom of three children spanning the school choice spectrum so she fully grasps education and opportunity for all!

When you vote by early ballot, or vote in person on August 30th please only vote for Syms! She is the real deal and the only choice to represent LD28 honorably.

Governor Mike Huckabee Endorses Christine Jones for East Valley Congressional Seat

Conservative business leader Christine Jones landed a significant endorsement Tuesday evening when the campaign released a video of Governor Mike Huckabee endorsing her campaign for Congress.

The former Arkansas Governor and Republican Presidential candidate produced a personal video message from his office that he made public through the Jones campaign Facebook page on Tuesday evening.

In his message, Governor Huckabee speaks glowingly of his friend Jones and advises voters to beware of Washington elitists who are afraid of Jones because she can’t be bought. “She’s my friend. She’s someone I know, someone I trust and someone I believe that when you send her to Washington, you’ll know, you have someone who’s fighting for you, not someone fighting just to keep the special interest and the status quo alive and well,” Huckabee remarks.

Christine Jones welcomed the endorsement stating, “I am truly honored and humbled to have the support and endorsement of my friend Governor Huckabee. He understands why DC insiders and special interests try to keep out conservative problem solvers like me: I want to fix Washington’s problems, they want to maintain the status quo.”

According to recent polls, Jones is leading in the GOP primary against her three opponents. Voters are currently casting early ballots as Primary Election day approaches on August 30th.

Visit Christine Jones website for more information.

View Governor Mike Huckabee’s video message below.

Christine Jones, Pro-Life Candidate For Congress

Recently, it came to my attention that two Gilbert pro-life activists supporting Andy Biggs are circulating an email attacking the sanctity of life position of my friend, Christine Jones. I understand that. It’s election time and being a little over zealous comes with the territory.

For those who vote for a candidate based on a single-issue, each of the Republican congressional candidates running in CD-5 have identified as pro-life.

As the former Executive Director of Arizona Right to Life and someone who has been a part of the Arizona landscape of the pro-life movement for over two decades, I am supporting Christine Jones and have joined her team for Congress. I only support and work for pro-life candidates and that’s a deal-breaker for me.

I also believe strongly that if the pro-life movement is going to win – especially in the public relations matrix – we need to elect more pro-life women to office. I’m not alone. Organizations such as Susan B. Anthony List focus on electing pro-life women to office around the country.

Other pro-life activists, culture warriors and faith leaders also support Christine Jones. In fact, Monday, she announced the endorsement of three well-known pastors who shepherd huge churches in the East Valley. These leaders in the faith know Christine well and know she can be trusted with issues as fundamental as the sanctity of life.

As you cast your vote for Congress, remember no other right is as sacred as the first and foremost right to life. Christine Jones will defend and protect that right for the unborn and their mothers because she is pro-life.

East Valley Faith Leaders Endorse Christine Jones

Christine Jones for Congress

(Gilbert, AZ) – Today, East Valley Pastors Tom Shrader, Gary Kinnaman, and Kevin Hartke all endorsed Christine Jones in her bid for Congress. Jones, a technology and business leader, has attended church in Chandler for nearly 20 years and has been an active and supporting member of the faith community in Arizona.

Tom Shrader, founding pastor at Redemption Church, said of his endorsement, “Christine is a proven, innovative business leader. Now she is ready to bring that visionary approach to public service. She will be a breath of fresh air in the stale world of Washington politics.”

Reverend Dr. Gary D. Kinnaman, former Senior Pastor at Word of Grace Church in Mesa, and now Pastor-at-large around the community, stated, “I’m pleased to support my friend Christine Jones for Congress. She is highly competent, unwaveringly honorable, and cares deeply about our state and its people. Ms. Jones has a wide range of experience in business, law, and non-profit leadership. She is active in her local church, too. Can you possibly ask for more in a candidate?”

Kevin Hartke, Senior Pastor at Trinity Christian Fellowship, said of his support for Jones, “Christine Jones has deep ties to our community and she understands our needs and frustrations. I know she will represent the district, the East Valley and Arizona well. I’m endorsing Christine because she brings a set of fresh eyes to problems that are not being solved or resolved.”

Jones, commenting on the endorsements said, “I am humbled to be supported by these great men. I admire each of them and their contributions to the East Valley. They have given their hearts and talents as forces for faith and goodness in our community. With their support, I hope to continue to build momentum throughout the coming weeks. This campaign is about bringing a business leader and outsider to represent CD-05 in Congress.”

Wendy Rogers Responds to Gov Brewer Endorsement of Paul Babeu

Wendy Rogers

(Flagstaff, AZ) – The following statement was issued by Col Wendy Rogers regarding former Governor Jan Brewer’s endorsement of Paul Babeu in the race for Arizona’s First Congressional District:

“I guess Jan Brewer hasn’t seen the naked photos Paul posted of himself to a website trafficking in gay pornography, or perhaps she hasn’t read that Paul is under investigation by the FBI, or that he tried to deport his Mexican boyfriend when their relationship soured. I guess Jan doesn’t have access to any news whatsoever, because Paul Babeu is probably the least qualified person to ever run for this congressional seat.”

Gilbert Mayor John Lewis Endorses Steve Chucri for Maricopa Supervisor

Steve ChucriScottsdale (July 18) — Today, Gilbert Mayor John Lewis endorsed Steve Chucri’s re-election for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. Mayor Lewis has served as Gilbert’s Mayor since 2009, and he and his wife have both lived in the town for thirty years.

“As Mayor of Gilbert, I have worked extremely hard to foster working relationships with the elected officials who also represent our town,” Lewis said. “Steve Chucri has gone above and beyond to work with us and to ensure that our constituents receive the attention and service that they deserve. I am proud to stand with Steve Chucri and endorse him for re-election to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.”

“I’m thankful for this endorsement from Mayor Lewis,” Chucri said. “It has been a privilege to work alongside him and I look forward to continuing to provide the best possible service to Gilbert in the years ahead.”

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About Steve Chucri:
Steve Chucri is a native Arizonan who was born and raised in Mesa, but his family’s Arizona roots started in the mining town of Morenci. His family taught him the values of faith and trust, essential elements to running an honest and transparent business. In addition to serving on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, he is also President and CEO of the Arizona Restaurant Association, the key voice for the $11.5 billion restaurant industry in Arizona. Representing restaurants on a multitude of industry issues while maintaining small business success has proven to be one of his top strengths. Chucri resides in Paradise Valley with his wife of 17 years, Christine, and their two young sons.

Another Babeu Endorses Wendy Rogers in AZ-1

Wendy Rogers

Another Babeu Sister Endorses Colonel Wendy Rogers For Congress

(Flagstaff, AZ) – Today, Veronica Babeu Keating joined her sister, Lucy Babeu, to endorse Lt Col (ret) Wendy Rogers, in the race for the Republican nomination in Arizona’s First Congressional District. Veronica Babeu Keating and Colonel Rogers released the following statements regarding Veronica’s endorsement:

Veronica Babeu Keating’s Statement on Endorsing Lt Col Wendy Rogers:

“Getting involved in a political campaign was not something I ever saw myself doing,” said Veronica Babeu Keating. “Especially one involving my brother Paul. However, the stakes are too high. I just had to take a stand to do the right thing,” she continued.

“I admire my sister Lucy for coming forward to speak out against our brother – – to finally stand up to him. Paul thinks only of himself and his political career at the expense of others. He does not care about the people whom elected officials are called to serve. As his siblings, Lucy and I know firsthand how unfit he is to serve. The people of Arizona must know, too.

“Arizona deserves and must demand the best from its leaders. That is why I am very proud to join my sister in endorsing Colonel Wendy Rogers to be the next congresswoman to represent Arizona’s First Congressional District,” Veronica Babeu Keating concluded.

Lt Col Wendy Rogers’ Statement Upon Receiving the Endorsement:

“I am honored to have the endorsements of Veronica Babeu Keating and Lucy Babeu. Arizonans across the district continue to unite behind our campaign because they want their candidate to take the fight to the Democrat nominee in November and actually win.”

Babeu Endorses Wendy Rogers in AZ-1

Wendy Rogers

Lucy Babeu Endorses Colonel Wendy Rogers for Congress

(Flagstaff, AZ) – Thursday, Lucy Babeu, sister of congressional candidate Paul Babeu, announced her endorsement of his opponent in the race, Lt Col (ret) Wendy Rogers.  Lucy Babeu and Lt Col Rogers released the following statements regarding the endorsement:

Lucy Babeu’s Statement on Endorsing Lt Col Wendy Rogers:

“I have always believed there are three things which should be held dear and above all else – God, country, family – in that order,” said Lucy Babeu. “Unfortunately, my brother, Paul Babeu, has not lived up to honoring those same principles,” she continued. “The decisions my brother, Paul, has made throughout his life are not the makings of someone who represents the values of our congressional district, our state, or our country – and I cannot sit idly by in good faith.”

“It is not an easy thing to go against family, but it is the right thing to do, because I must put the good of our country first. In this campaign, I firmly believe that the right choice for Arizona and our country is Colonel Wendy Rogers. Colonel Rogers is a person of immense character, who has served our country honorably as a career officer in our Armed Forces, and will do so in Washington, D.C. as our representative of Arizona’s 1st Congressional District,” Babeu concluded.

Lt Col Wendy Rogers’ Statement Upon Receiving the Endorsement:

“I welcome the endorsement of Lucy Babeu. We are a campaign built upon a broad base of voters from all walks of life who have one goal in mind – to strengthen our nation and serve the people of Arizona.”

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Olson, Biggs, Stapley – Career Politicians Seeking Arizona’s CD-5

There’s no doubt for Republicans that 2016 will be a year that favors outsiders running for office. Career politicians are out, conservative non-politicians are in.

That certainly is the situation in several Arizona political races and especially in the East Valley.

With the exception of one candidate, Arizona’s 5th Congressional District is crowded with career politicians – though you would never know it based on the rhetoric of the candidates.  In reality, this club of career politicians has a combined total of 38 years in politics!

Let’s look at the messaging of each of these candidates.

Posted all over Justin Olson’s campaign website is the theme that Washington politicians are the problem and he is not one of them. He even claims not to be a career politician and qualifies the statement by stating he hasn’t spent 10, 12 or 14 years in office (a comparison to two of his Primary opponents). Here’s what he doesn’t tell you. Justin Olson was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. By the end of this year, he will have been in office a total of six years. Instead of pursuing a fourth term (Arizona’s Constitution limits legislative office to four terms or eight years per chamber), Olson has decided to jump for the open congressional seat of retiring Matt Salmon. This ambitious and risky move to pursue a federal office has career politician written all over it and it’s why we label him as a career politician. One other note. Olson also takes on lobbyists on his website but fails to disclose that he received almost $27,000 in campaign contributions from PAC’s and special interest groups during his 2014 campaign.

[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]This ambitious and risky move to pursue a federal office has career politician written all over it[/pullquote]

Andy Biggs is also running on the anti-establishment theme. On his website, Facebook page and Twitter feed , he tries to make the case he’s a political outsider taking on ‘the establishment.’ One of his press releases even touted an endorsement by Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan who stated Biggs would “challenge the Washington establishment.” His website is littered with endorsements from Arizona politicians, Washington insiders and unions.

Andy Biggs has also been working the Arizona political system for almost 14 years. Even before he was elected to the Arizona Legislature, Biggs was part of Matt Salmon’s inner circle during Salmon’s unsuccessful gubernatorial bid in 2002. That same year, he also ran for political office and was elected to the Arizona House. He was term limited out of the Arizona House in 2010 but jumped over to the State Senate in 2011. He’s been there for almost six years. Total time as a career politician -14 years.

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Then there’s Don Stapley. Throughout Stapley’s messaging, he is proud of being a career politician. His campaign ad boasts about coming from a family of politicians. And of course, he dotes over his 18 years as a Maricopa County Supervisor. Stapley does rail against regulations by the federal government but unlike the other two aforementioned candidates, Don Stapley has embraced his inner politician and has no problem expressing public displays of that form of affection.

Given the current political times, it’s doubtful that Stapley’s strategy will be a path to victory for the nomination but what else will work for a man who dodged seven felony charges because the judge believed political motivations tainted the case?

Altogether, Olson, Biggs and Stapley bring a total of almost four decades of politics to the CD-5 race.

Even with all the unpredictability of the 2016 elections, there is one constant. Voters will no longer tolerate or elect career politicians – a problem that Justin Olson, Andy Biggs or Don Stapley cannot seem to hide or evade.

Chris DeRose Announces Endorsements for Phoenix City Council

Chris DeRose

Republican Leaders Endorse Chris DeRose for Phoenix City Council DiCiccio, Waring, Schweikert, Stump, Forese, Montenegro, Montgomery throw support behind DeRose’s campaign

PHOENIX (JUNE 7) – Seven Arizona elected officials today announced their support for Chris DeRose’s campaign for Phoenix City Council, District Three. DeRose is running to replace Councilman Bill Gates, who is running for Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

Endorsements announced today include: Phoenix City Councilman Jim Waring; Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio; Congressman David Schweikert; Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump; Corporation Commissioner Tom Forese; House Majority Leader Steve Montenegro; and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

“I’ve known Chris for many years,” Councilman Jim Waring said. “As a felony prosecutor, school board member, and on the village planning committee, he’s demonstrated his commitment to making Phoenix a stronger and safer community and I look forward to serving with him on the City Council.”

“I’m honored to start my campaign with the support of so many leaders who have aggressively watched out for taxpayers and worked to ensure public safety,” Chris DeRose said. “I am committed to these principles and look forward to sharing my enthusiasm and dedication to this community on the City Council.”
City of Phoenix, District 3 includes the neighborhoods of Sunnyslope, Moon Valley, and northeast Phoenix. In 2012, it was carried by Mitt Romney by 53-44 percent and in 2014 by Governor Doug Ducey 50-43 percent.

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About Chris DeRose: Chris DeRose is a major felony prosecutor who has tried more than 40 cases on appeal and argued twice in the Arizona Supreme Court. DeRose has prosecuted homicides, crimes against children, and criminal street gangs. DeRose is also a New York Times bestselling author of three books and an American historian. A former Constitutional Law professor, DeRose was selected by his students as the 2014-2015 Professor of the Year. From 2010-2015, DeRose served as a board member of Phoenix Collegiate Academy, a 2nd-12th grade school creating “a seamless path to college” for a 90% Title I student body. Also from 2010-2015 DeRose served on the Village Planning Committee. From 2008-2009 he served on the Neighborhood Blockwatch Oversight Committee. In 2014, he was named a “Top 40 Under 40” leader in the valley by the Phoenix Business Journal.