Wendy Rogers Releases TV Ad Criticizing Sinema’s Weak Record on National Security Issues

Wendy Rogers

(PHOENIX, AZ) – Today, the Wendy Rogers campaign issued its first TV ad against Democrat Kyrsten Sinema.

“Kyrsten Sinema is wrong for Arizona.  From her recent votes on Guantanamo Bay to her past record as an anti-war activist, Kyrsten Sinema is consistently weak on defense.  Kyrsten Sinema’s record speaks for itself.  A former member of the radical anti-war group the Arizona Alliance for Peaceful Justice, she wrote as recently as 2006 that she ‘will always continue to oppose war in all its forms,’ according to The Hill.[1]  She even advocated for the closure of Luke Air Force Base, one of our nation’s top fighter pilot training bases, which is located right here in Arizona,[2]” said Wendy Rogers.

“The only way to keep our nation secure is for our leaders to demonstrate they’ll take decisive action to defend our nation.  Kyrsten Sinema has completely failed this test. She has no credibility in defending our nation.  When asked if our nation should go after ISIS, Kyrsten Sinema dodged the question saying she’d ‘requested a classified briefing’ and would have to ‘carefully evaluate the information’ before she could decide.[3]  Our enemies can smell weakness and lack of resolve. They can read the signals loud and clear from a congresswoman who openly opposes war for any reason and has voted to transfer terrorists out of Guantanamo Bay. She has made a mockery of our national security.  She even led an anti-war protest in a tutu[4].”

The ad exposes Kyrsten Sinema’s weak record on defense, including the following items:

Kyrsten Sinema Voted to Extend Constitutional Legal Rights to Suspected Terrorists

In May 2014, Kyrsten Sinema voted in favor of an amendment which would have allowed the government to transfer suspected terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to criminal jails on U.S. soil and provided for trials under federal or state courts rather than military tribunals.[5]

Kyrsten Sinema Voted Against Prohibiting the Release of Suspected Terrorists

In June 2014, Kyrsten Sinema voted against an amendment which would have defunded federal efforts to release suspected terrorists currently imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay.[6]

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[1] “Candidate’s stance on Afghan, Iraq wars faces scrutiny in Dem primary,” May 2, 2012, TheHill.com
[2] “District 9 race: 3 Democrats in heated primary,” August 8, 2012, The Republic
[3] “Would Congress candidates vote for strikes against ISIS?,” September 10, 2014, The Republic
[4] “District 9 race: 3 Democrats in heated primary,” August 8, 2012, The Republic
[5] Roll Call 234, 5/22/14, H.AMDT.676 to H.R.4435
[6] Roll Call 323, 6/19/14, H.AMDT.905 to H.R.4870

Wendy Rogers: Phoenix VA Situation Requires Action

Wendy Rogers

When I heard at least 40 veterans had lost their lives waiting for care on a “secret list” at the Phoenix Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital, I was absolutely shocked.

Since then, no action has been taken to reduce the backlog or reverse the policies which placed veterans in harm’s way.  Care is not improving for veterans.  I know, because my husband and I are veterans and the wait and runaround at Phoenix VA are just as long-standing this week as they have been.  Instead, Congress keeps “studying” the problem and bureaucrats keep pointing the finger.

The United States of America has sunk to its lowest ebb by treating veterans this way.

As in any emergency, we must apply triage while fixing the long-term problem.  The top priority is to care for veterans NOW.

  • The VA should transfer primary care providers from northern tier VA facilities with adequate staff, in order to treat Phoenix VA’s backlog.
  • Concurrently, Phoenix VA should immediately hire 20 additional primary care providers, expediting the federal background investigation process from six weeks down to one week.
  • State licensed local primary care providers should be allowed to volunteer their services at Phoenix VA to ensure timely treatment for veterans.

Phoenix VA represents the perfect storm.  Over the years, northern tier veterans increasingly have moved south to use the Phoenix VA.  However, today’s patient load is based on a 2-year look-back funding model which is seriously flawed.  Phoenix VA’s rolls also have increased due to a sagging economy, as well as flight from Medicare and Obamacare.  Every one of these trends presented red flags, yet the leadership ignored them.  Consequently, brave veterans have died due to broken promises.

“Relieved of Command” is the phrase which best describes what should happen to the Secretary of the VA down to the multi-department leadership at the Phoenix VA Hospital. Being responsible for the lives of others means the person in charge bears full accountability for lost lives.  We in the military operate under that principle, as must the leadership of the VA.  This in fact is why the American Legion, with whom I agree, has called for the Secretary of the VA to resign.

With quick, decisive action, we can fix the problems with the Phoenix VA to ensure our veterans have access to healthcare.  Over time, we can make long-term fixes.  This is what we do, because we are America.

Lt Col Wendy Rogers (ret) is the Republican candidate for Congress from AZ-09.  She is a 5th-generation career veteran and was one of the first 100 women pilots in today’s Air Force.

 

Wendy Rogers Statement On Kyrsten Sinema And The Phoenix VA Hospital

Wendy Rogers

(PHOENIX, AZ) – Wendy Rogers, Republican candidate for Congress, has issued the following statement:

“Talk is cheap; unfortunately, the Phoenix VA Hospital’s representative in Congress, Kyrsten Sinema, does not seem to get that. The lives of men and women who bravely served our country are still being put in danger because Washington, DC, has become used to excuses and bureaucracy instead of action,” said Wendy Rogers.

“Getting our veterans timely access to healthcare must be the top priority. Steps can and must be taken to reduce the backlog. The Phoenix VA needs to immediately hire 20 more primary care providers, and we should ensure this is given top priority and not buried under layers of red tape. Veterans are dying as they await follow-up appointments, which is inexcusable.”

“Not one of the Phoenix VA leadership team sounded the alarm as the situation worsened, and we must hold those responsible accountable for their actions. The Phoenix VA system director must be fired, not just placed on leave,” continued Rogers. “We must also learn exactly how big the backlog is and how extensive this ‘secret list’ has been. To ensure complete transparency and to restore the public trust in the VA system, the results of the investigation and the steps being taken to fix this problem must be made public and posted online.”

Wendy Rogers is a 5th-generation U.S. military officer, having retired as a Lt. Colonel from the U.S. Air Force. She was one of the first 100 women to serve as pilots in the Air Force, and she has made defending our veterans’ access to healthcare, education, and jobs one of her top campaign priorities.

Wendy Rogers, Martha McSally Arizona’s Women Warriors for Congress

It was a pleasant surprise to see both Martha McSally and Wendy Rogers earn some national media attention in the Washington Post as female vets running for Congress.

Although 2012 was not a good year for Republican candidates (presidential election years typcially turn out less informed voters), many political experts believe that 2014 will be a great year for candidates in a red state like Arizona. Ann Kirkpatrick, Ron Barber and Kyrsten Sinema’s political career days are numbered as credible, well-funded candidates like Wendy Rogers, Martha McSally and Andy Tobin continue to gain momentum.

But this post is not about my thoughts. Rather, I’d like to repost the article that appeared in the Washington Post about Wendy Rogers and Martha McSally. Please retweet and share this with others working hard to replace the leftists in those districts.

Here’s the article:

Next mission for female vets: Storming the halls of Congress (link)

As one of the first 100 female pilots in the Air Force, Wendy Rogers, a retired lieutenant colonel turned congressional candidate, is familiar with being part of an elite group of women.

But if she is successful this November in her bid to unseat Arizona Democrat Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, Rogers will be part of an even smaller club: female military veterans who are members of Congress.

“Women vets have a unique perspective,” said Rogers, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully in 2012. “We have the nurturing and the compassion components uniquely blended into the service to country, mission-minded outlook.”

There are 1,483,600 female veterans in the United States, according to the Center for Second Service at George Washington University. Five of them have served as members of Congress. Currently two female veterans , Reps. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), are members of the House..

At least a dozen female veterans are running for Congress in 2014, perhaps the most ever, experts say.

Although some candidates are more viable than others, the rising number of willing female vets is encouraging, says Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

“They have a commitment to public service, running for office is an extension of that service,” Walsh said, noting that her group has just begun to keep track of female vets running in this cycle. “This has been a great credential for men who run for office, I think for women it could be an even more powerful credential.”

Suzanne Patrick, a retired commander in the Navy Reserves and Democratic candidate in Virginia’s military-centric 2nd Congressional District, said her military experience is a must.

“Being a female veteran in the second district of Virginia, brings an overwhelming advantage, I feel, to the campaign,” she said. “This is the largest military district in the country.”

She added, “The 35 years of experience in dealing with the Navy and the military that I have is a formidable asset for this district.”

Among the reasons for the increase in female veterans running for Congress are the number of women now serving in the Armed Forces, the expansion of opportunities for women inside the military and two long wars, said Seth Lynn, director of the Center for Second Service.

“It’s that commitment to service, it’s humbling and it’s really inspiring to a lot of people,” he said.

Gabbard, who was elected to the House in 2012, said that adding more women veterans to the congressional ranks would be “very significant,” particularly because so few men or women of this generation have chosen to serve in the military. She said female vets running for office should emphasize their service.

“Don’t shy away from talking about your service and how it’s impacted your life in every respect,” she said.

Last year, about 10 female vets competed in general election contests for Congress, according to Lynn’s group. But the number of female vets to win congressional seats has grown very slowly.

The first, Catherine Small Long, a Navy veteran, served only one term in 1985 after winning an election to fill her late husband’s seat. Then came former Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.), the first woman to command Basic Cadet Training, who served in the House from 1998 to 2008, followed by Rep. Sandy Adams (R-Fla.) who served a single term from 2011-2013.

Martha McSally, a retired Air Force Colonel is running for the second time against Arizona Democrat Rep. Ron Barber. In 2012, McSally lost a close race to Barber in the special election to replace former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D), who resigned after being seriously wounded by a gunman who opened fire at a event the congresswoman was holding at a shopping center near Tuscon. Barber is a former aide to Giffords.

McSally said her military career has more than prepared her for the rigors of elected office – and not just from a leadership perspective.

“Politics is not for the faint of heart and in a campaign you go through a lot of character assassination and lies and people making things up about you, and it can be pretty challenging to some people,” she said. “Being a woman in the military and breaking through the barriers that I have, I’ve been through a lot of that already.”

As Congress grapples with how to prosecute sexual assaults and the chain of command in the military, the addition of more women who have experience in the Armed Forces will add unique and necessary voices to the debate, McSally said.

“Having been in the chain of command and a commander, seeing the leadership basically fail on this issue, instead of getting talking points from staff you can speak first hand from your experiences,” she said, noting that as the first female pilot to fly in combat she had broken some glass ceilings much to the dismay of some in the military.

Lynn and Walsh said given the rising interest among female veterans to get into politics, they plan to team up for the next cycle to offer a training program for those who want to run for elected office. A near-even number of Democratic and Republican female veterans are running for office.

That bipartisanship is something Rogers said she hopes to carry into a divided House, should she win her race.

“When I get to Congress, the women veterans are going to be the first ones I look up and go have lunch with irrespective of their party of affiliation,” Rogers said. “Because there is a bond, there is an understanding.”

Arizona honors the legendary Tuskegee Airmen

ImageBill sponsored by Senator Melvin becomes Law

(Phoenix, State Capitol)—-The fourth Thursday of March each year will now be Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day in Arizona. Governor Janice K. Brewer made that official at a ceremony at the State Capitol on September 26, after signing SB 1128 into law.

The bill was sponsored by Senator Al Melvin of Tucson. It sets aside one day each year to honor the achievements of the Tuskegee Airmen, an Army Air Corps program to train African Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups of World War II.

The Arizona Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. says nine surviving Tuskegee Airmen have Arizona ties. Six of those men attended a ceremony September 26 at the Capitol to celebrate the new law. Governor Brewer signed the bill into law at the ceremony and Senator Melvin spoke about why he decided to sponsor the bill to create a Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day in Arizona.

“Edmund Burke during the Revolutionary War said, ‘The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing’”, said Senator Melvin. “Obviously these airmen stepped up and helped the United States win that war.”

 

Maricopa GOP Chair Rallies LD Censures

To all Arizona County and LD Republican Committee Chairmen -
Below is the front page article of the July 15 Arizona Capitol Times. I want to express my appreciation to those courageous and principled County and LD Republican Committees who have already conducted votes of “censure” and/or “no confidence.”
Jan Brewer, the legislators and their crony capitalist friends that support ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion have betrayed Americans, Arizona Republicans and the Republican Party Platform.  Their lack of ethics, integrity and egregious acts are motivated by only two things – greed and the lust for power – at the expense of hard working tax paying Americans.
The law was expected to cost $898 billion over the first decade when the bill was first passed, but this year the Congressional Budget Office revised that estimate to $1.85 trillion.  Money that will have to be borrowed from the Chinese or printed in the backroom of the Federal Reserve.  Latest polls indicate a majority of Americans are opposed to ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion with an overwhelming majority of Republicans in opposition.
During the past six months, we did everything we could to make a solid argument against ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion, we tried to reason with these people and even tried to make them see the light.  Unfortunately, our lobbying efforts fell on deaf ears and without success.
During one of Ronald Reagan’s difficult political battles he said,
               “When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.”
I’m asking all the County and LD Republican Committees to make these people feel the heat by passing public censures for their actions.  They are elitists who think what they have done should be forgiven. They are mistaken.  We are not going to be able to defeat all of them, but we can defeat a majority of them in the 2014 Primary Election.
You can go to “MCRC Briefs” and get examples of public censures that have already been passed.  http://briefs.maricopagop.org/  Just type “censure” in the search field on the left.
Warmest regards,
 A. J. LaFaro
Chairman, Maricopa County Republican Committee
P.S.  Please encourage all of your PCs to keep up their daily efforts in getting petition signatures for www.urapc.org  Getting ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion on the November 2014 ballot will be historic for Arizona’s grassroots conservatives.

Pelosi’s PAC runs kitchen-themed ad against first female combat fighter pilot

By Mary Katherine Ham courtesy of HotAir.com

The first female combat pilot in U.S. military history would seem an unlikely target for a kitchen-themed attack ad, and yet that’s exactly what Nancy Pelosi’s House Majority PAC and Rep. Ron Barber have cooked up for Martha McSally, a retired Air Force colonel and pioneering A-10 pilot.

“Wall St. and Martha McSally—here’s what they’ve got cooking,” a female voiceover says as well-worn recipe cards pop out of a recipe box against a backdrop of fresh groceries. The ad features a photo of McSally on a recipe card alongside scribbled accusations like, “raise retirement age” and “essentially end Medicare.” The ad concludes, “McSally and Wall St.— a recipe for disaster.”

McSally, for her part, calls the accusations false and the ad’s theme “laughable.”

“The fact that they use this theme of Martha McSally in a kitchen cooking up recipes is…overtly sexist and insulting to any woman, but it certainly doesn’t fit specifically with me,” she said in a phone interview. “For crying out loud, I served 26 years in the military. I was too busy shooting 30 mm out of my A-10 at the Taliban and al Qaeda to spend any time in a kitchen.”

Continue reading at HotAir

Weiers Asks Cruz To Repudiate Endorsement From Top Supporter

Cruz Supporter Wants To Shut Down Luke Air Force Base

(GLENDALE, AZ) You can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep. One of the people Manuel Cruz proudly touts as an endorser is former State Senator Kyrsten Sinema. While many know about her far left politics, few know that she wants to close down Luke Air Force Base. Here is what she told the Arizona Republic:

I do not support our country’s trend of expanding and increasing militarization. The U.S. military spends more money on weaponry and equipment than many countries spend altogether. The money spent on planes that are too heavy to fly, missile systems that don’t work, and weaponry in numbers too large ever to be used should be used to create useful jobs for working people. For this reason, I do not support keeping Luke Air Force Base open.- Kyrsten Sinema

Cruz is aware of Sinema’s outlandish beliefs yet he still proudly lists her endorsement on his website. That’s because Cruz is a Vice-Chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party, and when he isn’t trying to get himself elected Mine Inspector or Mayor, he is trying to get liberals like Barack Obama and Kyrsten Sinema elected to office.

Weiers said, “Extreme partisanship prevents Mr. Cruz from distancing himself from politicians who would devastate Glendale. What is even more troubling is that Ms. Sinema is seeking a seat in Congress, giving her the ability to start making good on her threat to close Luke. If Mr. Cruz is serious about saving jobs in Glendale and preserving Luke Air Force Base, then he needs to publicly denounce Sinema’s statement and repudiate her endorsement.”

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NRCC Releases New Ad for Martha McSally in AZ-02

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Please support Martha’s efforts by visiting her website at http://mcsallyforcongress.com/

Does Ron Barber Support Obama Bullying Contractors to Illegally Keeping Quiet on Massive Layoffs?

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Dems Offer Taxpayer Dollars to Cover Legal Fees if Defense Contractors Don’t Send Pink Slips 

WASHINGTON — After 43 straight months of unemployment above 8.0 percent, America now faces even more devastating job losses due to across-the-board defense cuts, and contractors are legally required to warn of these imminent layoffs. Does Ron Barber agree with Obama’s attempt to illegally cover up the impact on defense jobs and make taxpayers foot the legal fees?

“Ron Barber thinks he can have his cake and eat it too, championing Obama’s job-killing policies and then covering up their devastating effects on the job market,” said NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay. “Barber and his party’s politically-motivated agenda is not only unsustainable, it’s motivated by their desperate attempts to deceive the public.”

Under law, defense contractors have to send notice of their plans to lay off workers. This comes as Democrats refuse to stop the looming tax hikes that will devastate small businesses:

“The White House on Friday told government contractors worried about fiscal cliff spending cuts to hold off on warning employees about possible layoffs. 

“The government said it would cover legal costs if contractors are forced to slash their payrolls because of the looming $109 billion in automatic cuts next year and are alleged to have violated the WARN Act.” (Jeanne Sahadi, “White House to Contractors: Hold Off on Layoff Warnings,” CNN, 9/28/2012)

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