By Ella Gent
Yesterday morning, Chairman Jonathan Lines announced a pair of home run hires when he announced that Matt Kenney was joining the AZ GOP as the Executive Director, and Torunn Sinclair was coming aboard as Communications Director.
Kenney is a rising star in Arizona politics, having logged successful stints with the Arizona GOP, Concerned Veterans for America, and Arizona Grassroots Action PAC, where he directed grassroots strategy and get out the vote activities in the primary and general elections. He’s an Arizona native, a graduate of ASU and ASU law school…oh yeah, and he is a highly decorated Army Ranger who received a Bronze Star for his service in defense of our freedom in Iraq. He is a man of high character and unquestioned integrity.
He’s the Democrats worst nightmare.
Torunn Sinclair has completed successful stints with Governor Ducey’s first gubernatorial campaign, the successful Yes on 123 campaign, spearheaded social media strategy in Governor Ducey’s official office, and more recently served as Communications Manager with the Arizona Commerce Authority. She is a highly respected communicator who will relentlessly work to promote GOP candidates and ideals. And Democrat candidates would be wise to stay out of her line of fire.
As we said, two absolute home run picks for Chairman Lines. But don’t just take our word for it. Look at some of the folks who have weighed in with their support:
More support came in throughout the day from groups like the Arizona College Republicans, the Arizona Federation of Republican Women, legislators, activists and party leaders. The list goes on and on.
Now, we know what happens next. Over the next few days, a select few will try to tarnish the stellar reputations of these two operatives with malicious gossip, lies and attacks. They will aim their bibles at Chairman Lines for hiring these two qualified individuals. In particular, they will go after Kenney for political work he did in last year’s US Senate primary. As usual, they will traffic in #fakenews and attempt to besmirch the reputation of an American hero. The angry octogenarians will be gratuitous and cruel.
Already, there are anonymous cowards attacking Matthew — a decorated combat veteran — online.
So here at Sonoran Alliance we have a better idea. Instead of taking the time to read and engage in those attacks, have a look at what some of Kenney’s fellow soldiers, who served by his side on the battlefield, have to say about his skills as a leader, his patriotism, and his courage under fire.
Fernando Gonzalez, MSG Infantry, US Forces Afghanistan
“CPT (Ret.) Matthew Kenney and I witnessed catastrophic events that people only see in movies and every time he portrayed the Army Values: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. The time that we spent together as Platoon Leader and Platoon Sergeant made us inseparable and I gained a brother that will there for me at a moment’s notice.”
Alex Hughes, CPT, Field Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division
“I had the distinct privilege of serving with Matt in Mosul, Iraq. He was an inspirational leader, always leading from the front and by example, never asking the Soldiers under his command to do anything he wouldn’t do himself. Matt earned the respect of his Soldiers, leaders, and peers by always going above and beyond the call of duty and finding ways to effectively and creatively accomplish the mission. In some of the darker moments of our deployment—moments when lesser men would have shrunk from the challenge—Matt consistently and selflessly thrust himself into the thick of the action without regard to his personal comfort or safety. I am 100% confident the Arizona Republican Party is in good hands with Matt at the helm and look forward to seeing what he accomplishes next.”
Max Palumbo, CPT, Infantry, 75th Ranger Regiment
As Executive Director of the AZ Republican party, I am confident Matt Kenney has the necessary leadership capabilities for the position because he has been tried and tested in combat leadership roles. Having served with Matt, I know he brings dedication and desire to improve any organization he serves with and is committed to the betterment of all members of the organization. “
Jason Davis, MAJ, Infantry, 75th Ranger Regiment
“It has always been a pleasure working with Matt. While we as officers are inherent leaders, Matt has always proven to be a leader among his peers as well. I have had the pleasure of working with him on complex Company and Battalion operations and have seen firsthand his ability to execute them flawlessly. The Army sorely misses him but I know that whatever he does, he does so with the utmost patriotism and dedication to our great country.”
Marcus Millen, CPT, Infantry, 10th Mountain Division
“Working with Matt, it becomes immediately apparent how talented he is. His superb leadership skills, painstaking attention to detail, and ability to plan complex operations with routine ease make him the consummate professional. His flawless character and compassion for Soldiers make him a truly admirable person.“
Cody Grimm, CPT, Infantry, 101st Airborne Division
“First and foremost, Matt Kenney is a true warrior and leader. He is also a long-time friend and will be my Ranger buddy for life. In knowing Matt over the course of the last decade, he has always impressed me as a Soldier and in life. I know him as a hell of a leader and an even better father and husband. I would fight to serve alongside this fine gentleman in any capacity in the future. I’m proud to say I know him and am not surprised to see his selection to be the Executive Director of the Republican Party in Arizona.”
Jason Bates, CPT, IN, 1st Cavalry Division
“Throughout combat operations in 2009, I had the distinct honor of serving with Matthew Kenney. As thePSD platoon leader for 3/8 CAV, I led hundreds of patrols into the area of operations. It was always refreshing to see Kenny’s friendly face when we visited his combat outpost amid the ruins of Mosul. He was a principled warrior, guided by the strength of his convictions and an incorruptible integrity. These qualities, along with his sharp wit, made him an exemplar to the soldiers of Assassin Company. It makes me exceedingly proud to see my brother in arms recognized with this level of responsibility.”