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.”

Congressman Ed Royce Stands with Andrew Walter in AZ09

Andrew Walter

TEMPE, AZ – Former Arizona State University and NFL quarterback Andrew Walter announced today the endorsement of California’s Congressman Ed Royce.  Congressman Royce, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement regarding his support for Andrew’s campaign: 

“I am proud to support Andrew because his unique background, proven leadership and experience will bring bold, new leadership to Washington.  Andrew has what it takes to secure a healthy economy and get Arizonans back to work.  I know Andrew will work to create jobs, balance our budget and put an end to wasteful spending.” 

Andrew Walter stated “I am grateful for the support of Congressman Ed Royce.  Congressman Royce has been a champion for economic growth and job creation and I look forward to working with him to return America to the path of prosperity.  Beginning with Obamacare, I will work with Congressman Royce to repeal laws that punish hard working Americans and stifle economic growth.”                                         

About Congressman Ed Royce
Congressman Royce represents California’s 39th Congressional District and serves as a senior member of the Financial Services Committee and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee.  Congressman Royce has been a champion of economic growth and earned honors and awards from the National Taxpayers Union, Citizens Against Government Waste, National Federation of Independent Business and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce among others. 

About Andrew Walter
Andrew Walter is a native Arizonan and starred at quarterback for Arizona State University (ASU) where he earned a BA in Communication. Andrew was selected in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders and finished his career with the New England Patriots.  Following his professional sports career Andrew earned his MBA from ASU, with an emphasis in finance.  Andrew has had great success in the private sector as the Principal of Andrew Walter Holdings, a senior secured lending firm, and as a credit analyst for MidFirst Bank.

Andrew Walter’s Response to President Obama’s State of the Union

TEMPE, AZ – Last night President Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union Address to the American people. Listening to him speak it was impossible not to be amazed by how disconnected the economic reality is for millions of families from his words and the results of his policies.

The truth is American families are financially worse off today as a direct result of Democrats’ policies. Over 102 million working-age Americans are not working[i]. Fewer people today have health insurance than in 2009[ii]. Income inequality – a favorite economic measurement of “Progressives” – is at the highest level since 1928[iii].

The “progressive” policies of career politicians like Kyrsten Sinema are actually regressive and destructive of the American middle class.

The answer to this misery is economic freedom. I’ll let Sinema defend ObamaCare, while I defend the families who’ve lost coverage and medical care. I’ll let her talk about minimum wage, while I fight for maximum employment. I’ll let her defend dangerous government spending, while I defend our children’s future and opportunities.

Economic freedom recognizes the dignity and value unique to each human being. Economic freedom empowers individuals to develop their unique God-given skills through work and opportunity.

The politics of dependency championed by Rep. Sinema, and those like her, is destructive. Let them talk about a handout, while we talk about a hand-up. Let them talk about dependency, while we talk about empowerment.

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[i] Labor Department
[ii] Gallup
[iii] Pew Research

More Political Taqiyya from Kyrsten Sinema

Taqiyya: In Islam taqiyya تقية (alternative spellings taqiyeh, taqiya, taqiyah, tuqyah) is a form of religious dissimulation, or a legal dispensation whereby a believing individual can deny his faith or commit otherwise illegal or blasphemous acts while they are at risk of significant persecution.

Watch as Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema commits political taqiyya on last Sunday’s Square Off with Brahm Resnik.

The congresswoman is obviously feeling the political persecution of voters in her district as Obamacare exemplifies another liberal big-government failure. Remember that Kyrsten was hand-picked by the Obama Administration a few years ago as the administration’s chief saleswoman for Obamacare in Arizona. Kyrsten took her Obamacare sales pitch across the State of Arizona as a lead up to her campaign for Congress. Now she’s feeling the heat and looking for any creative messaging to assuage the anger of voters in her district. Here is the video of her appearance on Sunday Square Off:

As we barrel into the 2014 election cycle, voters beware! Sinema’s political handlers are scrambling to duplicate the political makeover she underwent in 2012 in order to win reelection. And if they are successful, the real Kyrsten Sinema will return.

Will Kyrsten Sinema Pledge to Run on ObamaCare in 2014?

Party leaders say she will run on it. Will she commit? 

WASHINGTON – With the 2014 election now fully underway, the National Republican Congressional Committee is calling on Kyrsten Sinema to pledge her continued support for ObamaCare and commit to running on the law, just as her party leaders say she will.

By signing the “ObamaCare Campaign Pledge” (see below), Sinema can commit to voters that she will be honest about her support for ObamaCare, and that she agrees with Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz who said Democrats will run on ObamaCare in 2014.

“This is Kyrsten Sinema’s chance to be honest with voters about her position on ObamaCare,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “If Sinema truly believes ObamaCare is the right thing for her district, she should have no problem signing this pledge and running on ObamaCare in 2014.”

Here is the pledge we call on Democrat Kyrsten Sinema to make:

Obamacare Pledge

 

Will Kyrsten Sinema Join Obama and Double Down on ObamaCare?

Sinema’s Support for the Failed Law Has Been Unwavering 

WASHINGTON – Today, President Obama and National Democrats are launching an ObamaCare apology tour across the country, which will attempt to persuade the millions of Americans suffering under the law to give the rollout and its expensive policies a second chance. Will Kyrsten Sinema join the President and double down on her support for ObamaCare?

Sinema has been a fervent ObamaCare supporter, and has been unwavering in her support for the billion-dollar law, even through its botched rollout this fall. Arizona families are tired of higher premiums and canceled policies. When will Sinema finally realize that ObamaCare is hurting Arizona voters?

“Kyrsten Sinema’s continued support of ObamaCare and its expensive price tag has hurt thousands of Arizona’s hard working families,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “Will she continue to double down on her support as National Democrats continue to tout the so-called ‘benefits’ of the law, or will she finally admit that the ObamaCare train wreck has gone on for far too long?”

Kyrsten Sinema Voted Against Repealing ObamaCare. (H.R. 45, Roll Call #154, 5/16/2013)

President Obama Will Be Promoting ObamaCare Alongside of National Democrats In The Coming Weeks To Garner Support For The Troubled Law. (“Obama To Launch New Health Care Law Campaign,” by David Jackson. USA Today, 12/3/13)

 

Did Kyrsten Sinema Kill A DREAMers Dream?

Was a Dreamer who may have been used as a Latino outreach puppet by a Blue Dog Democrat, fired from her job?

By Carlos Galindo

It appears Erika Andiola who prominently entered the Immigration spotlight when she milked an incident involving her Mother, an alleged prior arrest and an alleged outstanding deportation order will be leaving her employment as an Immigration Outreach staffer for Blue Dog Democrat Rep. Kyrsten Sinema AZ CD-9. See her Facebook post below:

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Here’s another screenshot of Andiola mooching (she calls it chipping in). You will also see an appropriate response from Dee Dee Blase Garcia. Blase Garcia is a nationally recognized blogger and Politico who is beyond politically involved. She’s a mover and a shaker. Blase Garcia is former Republican turned Independent after having been disenfranchised from the GOP because of their oppressive policies towards women, children and Immigrants. Follow Dee Dee Blase Garcia here.

By the way, Andiola’s former and most recent employer, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema has her own anti-Immigrant legislation baggage that has dogged her all the way to Washington from from Arizona after she threw the Immigrant community under the bus.

However, this blog is about Andiola and her tactics to gain attention. Andiola’s mother was picked up by ICE a few months ago. Allegedly, according to Andiola and others close to the family, Andiola’s mother was being transported to the border to be deported when the van or bus in which she was transported received a call ordering a return of Andiola’s mother to a holding facility that eventually released her on an alleged form of parole or supervision until her next court date.

However, many of the allegations made by Andiola or others were refuted by ICE. The following is a formal on the record statement from the ICE Spokesperson.

“On the record: “One of two individuals detained by ICE in Phoenix, AZ has been released. The other individual will be released imminently. Although one individual had been previously removed from the country, an initial review of these cases revealed that certain factors outlined in ICE’s prosecutorial discretion policy appear to be present and merit an exercise of discretion. A fuller review of the cases is currently on-going. ICE exercises prosecutorial discretion on a case-by-case basis, considering the totality of the circumstances in an individual case.”

On background (please attribute ICE):

ICE agents did not target these individuals because of their family member’s role with the Dream Act Coalition.

Additionally, this arrest had absolutely nothing to do with DACA; instead, it was based on information from a prior arrest.

Amber Cargile
Spokesperson
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Phoenix, AZ”

Additional information I received was that in fact, Andiola’s mother was never en route to the border to be deported, and that the alleged call to return Andiola’s mother to the detention facility allegedly never occurred.

Well, we’ve got conflicting stories folks. Although many of us do not appreciate ICE’s tactics or past behavior, we also cannot allow those who through whatever means have gained the ear of the Immigrant, Latino and Anglo community to misrepresent situations involving the Immigrant community’s arch enemy or the Obama administration.

It’s unfortunate that Andiola is one of those Dreamers that appears to be more interested in following the Ayn Rand ideology than the Ghandi or MLK ideology, the latter being one that one would think a young dreamer would want to emulate. Sadly I’ve seen too many Dreamers more interested in making sure their mug gets on the evening news or making sure they are on the right path to climb socially. I’m not generalizing Dreamers. I have helped many Dreamers. I admire these kids. They are part of America’s future. I might compare this to the Republicans and the Tea Party. The Dems and the Pro-Immigrant community have allowed a handful of these unruly ungrateful brats to control the messaging, which has primarily consisted of Anti-USA rhetoric and anti-Obama attacks.

It appears Andiola’s recent departure from Sinema’s employ may have been a forced departure, based on pressure that was placed on Sinema and her congressional office for hiring a staffer who is supportive of an Immigration “advocate” who spews anti-USA rhetoric. Just as important, according to sources, Andiola was a $50,000 a year congressional office staffer allegedly mooching for money to take a trip to Washington with her mom. See screenshot below.

Keep your eye on Andiola, she isn’t done yet! Once a social climber, always a social climber.

Nancy Pelosi Says… Kyrsten Sinema is ‘Standing Tall’ With ObamaCare

Nancy Pelosi’s “Meet the Press” Appearance this Weekend Sparks New Round of ObamaCare Questions for House Democrats 

WASHINGTON – On this week’s “Meet the Press,” Nancy Pelosi proudly stated that Democrats are going to continue backing ObamaCare and its failed policies. She proclaimed that “Democrats stand tall in support of the Affordable Care Act,” and it’s time for Arizona families to know: does Kyrsten Sinema ‘stand tall’ with President Obama and his botched health care law?

Sinema has been an ObamaCare supporter through and through, and has repeatedly ensured that the billion dollar health care law remains the law of the land. Arizona families are fed up with their canceled policies, skyrocketing premiums and unaffordable access to health care. It’s time for Kyrsten Sinema to fess up – is she going to ‘stand tall’ with the law heading into the 2014 elections?

“Kyrsten Sinema has been an ObamaCare advocate throughout the botched rollout, and now Nancy Pelosi admits she will be ‘standing tall’ in continued support of the failing law,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “Thousands are suffering thanks to Sinema’s ObamaCare support, and her continued allegiance to President Obama and the failing health care law is hurting Arizona families.”

Nancy Pelosi said on “Meet the Press” that Democrats are all ‘standing tall’ in support of the Affordable Care Act.(“Pelosi: Democrats ‘stand tall’ with Obamacare.” By Cheryl K. Chumley, The Washington Times, 11/18/13)

Kyrsten Sinema Voted Against Repealing ObamaCare. (H.R. 45, Roll Call #154, 5/16/2013)

In the individual exchanges across the country, over 4.8 million people have received cancellation notices from their insurance companies. (“The ObamaCare Exchange Scorecard: Around 100,000 Enrollees and Five Million Cancellations.” By Avik Roy, Forbes, 11/12/13)

Who Does Kyrsten Sinema Stand With: Bill Clinton or Barack Obama?

NRCC

SinemaObama021709WASHINGTON – Former President Bill Clinton has joined the chorus calling on President Obama and Democrats in Congress to keep their commitment and ensure Americans can keep their current insurance plans. After President Obama admitted that his infamous “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it” claim is actually false, even some of Obama’s supporters have demanded answers from the administration.

It’s time for ObamaCare supporter Kyrsten Sinema to stop making excuses for President Obama, and explain what she is doing to fix this mess and give Arizona families answers as to why they can’t keep their current healthcare plan like Obama promised.

“Now, even Bill Clinton is calling out President Obama and Democrats in Congress for their broken promises,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “ObamaCare supporter Kyrsten Sinema has been part of the problem. While Arizona families are losing their healthcare coverage Sinema remains silent and refuses to acknowledge her responsibility in this ObamaCare mess.”

Kyrsten Sinema ObamacarePresident Obama Apologized Yesterday For His Misleading Healthcare Promise. “President Barack Obama offered an apology Thursday to those Americans who have been told they’re losing their health insurance plans, contrary to his promise that no one would be forced off a plan they wanted to keep.” (Jennifer Epstein, “President Obama: ‘I Am Sorry’,” Politico, 11/7/13)

Bill Clinton Said That President Obama Should Honor His Commitment to Those Who Want to Keep Their Health Care Plan. “Former President Bill Clinton said that President Obama should honor his oft-repeated pledge and allow people to hang on to health care plans that are being canceled as a result of the Affordable Care Act.” (Aamer Madhani, “Clinton to Obama: Let Americans keep canceled health plans,” (USA Today, 11/12/13)

Kyrsten Sinema Voted Against ObamaCare Repeal. (H.R. 45, Roll Call Vote # 154, 5/16/13)

Andrew Walter receives endorsement from the National Association for Gun Rights

AndrewWalter

TEMPE, AZ – The National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) announced their endorsement of Andrew Walter, candidate for Congress in Arizona’s 9th Congressional District. Christopher Kuper, the director of federal legislation for the organization, stated “We at NAGR believe that Andrew will fit right in with the growing number of liberty-loving, pro-gun members of the House.”

In response to the endorsement, Mr. Walter stated “I’m honored to have the support of a grassroots organization that prides itself on protecting the rights of Americans. I believe in protecting the rights of responsible, law-abiding gun owners. Politicians will never be able to legislate into extinction the evil that exists in the human heart and in society writ large. I reject the notion that restricting law-abiding citizen’s Second Amendment rights will somehow reduce violent crimes perpetrated by the lawbreaker.”

About Andrew Walter

Andrew Walter is a native Arizonan and starred at quarterback for Arizona State University (ASU) where he earned a BA in Communication. Andrew was selected in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders and finished his career with the New England Patriots. Following his professional sports career Andrew earned his MBA from ASU, with an emphasis in finance. Andrew has had great success in the private sector as the Principal of Andrew Walter Holdings, a senior secured lending firm, and as a credit analyst for MidFirst Bank.

About the National Association for Gun Rights

The National Association for Gun Rights is the fastest growing gun rights group in America. NAGR was founded in 2001 as a 501(c) 4 civil rights advocacy organization designed to educate gun owners about state and federal legislation that affects their gun rights. NAGR assists the growing movement of statelevel grassroots gun rights organizations, as well as organizing grassroots lobbying on state and federal legislation.

Wendy Rogers: Kyrsten Sinema Seeks To Impose Inflexible Big Government Healthcare On All

Yesterday, Congressman Kyrsten Sinema wrote, “The Attorney General’s office should conduct a full review of  . . . unsatisfactory work [on ObamaCare]. The federal government has a duty to take swift action to fix this continuing problem.”   Sinema masks her intentions by calling for government to ‘fix this continuing problem’.

Government IS the problem.

Government doesn’t create new goods or services, nor does it improve national productivity.  In fact, for the bureaucrat to advance her career, she needs to control more taxpayer dollars and/or supervise more people.

Rather than favor a healthcare system that maintains the maximum flexibility and delivers the most benefits to the majority of hardworking taxpayers, Sinema seeks to impose a single and inflexible healthcare system on us all.

It’s killing our economy.

Can Mr. Taxpayer buy a home when his family healthcare might skyrocket or be cancelled altogether?

Despite small business owners creating 7 of 10 jobs, we are held hostage by ObamaCare’s Individual Mandate which requires 59-y/o patients to be covered for child bearing, yet not be eligible for Medicare.

Dot-gov does not equal competition; Dot-com does.  Get Dot-gov out of the Dot-com business.

Wendy Rogers is a Republican candidate for Congress in Arizona’s 9th congressional district. Visit her website at WendyRogers.org.

White House Knew Millions Would Lose Coverage Under ObamaCare: When Did Kyrsten Sinema Know?

It’s Time For Sinema to End Her Silence

WASHINGTON – After President Obama repeatedly and confidently assured Americans that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” it turns out that what he really meant was quite the opposite. After reports of millions of Americans losing their current health insurance thanks to ObamaCare, the Administration finally admitted yesterday that they’ve known all along that individuals would be dropped from their plans.

Arizona families deserve to know: When did Kyrsten Sinema know this, and how long has she kept quiet?

“It’s downright unacceptable that the Administration kept this crucial information out of the American people’s hands, and Kyrsten Sinema owes the hardworking families of her District an explanation as to why she’s kept silent,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “Millions of Americans are struggling with ObamaCare’s higher costs and dropped coverage, and it’s time for Sinema to admit what she and the Administration have known all along: that ObamaCare is indeed, a train wreck.”

The Obama Administration Has Known That Americans Would Lose Their Health Care Coverage Under ObamaCare for the Past Three Years. (“Obama administration knew millions could not keep their health insurance.” By Lisa Myers and Hannah Rappleye, NBC News. 10/29/13)

More Than 2 Million People Will Lose Their Current Healthcare Plan Due to ObamaCare. (“Obamacare: More than 2 million people getting booted from existing health insurance plans,” CBS News. 10/29/13)

Kyrsten Sinema Voted Against Repealing ObamaCare. (H.R. 45, Roll Call Vote # 154, 5/16/13)

President Obama Promised the American People That “If You Like Your Doctor, You Will Be Able to Keep Your Doctor. Period. If You Like Your Health Care Plan, You Will Be Able to Keep Your Health Care Plan. Period. No One Will Take it Away.” (“Obama: ‘If You Like Your Doctor, You Can Keep Your Doctor.’ By Mary Lu Carnevale, The Wall Street Journal, 6/15/09)

Dinner at Monti’s? It may require reservations now thanks to Obamacare

Reservations at Tempe’s dining landmark Monti’s?

That’s right, because it may be a little harder now.

Monti’s, the famed Tempe restaurant, is now cutting hours for employees because of ObamaCare.

Kyrsten Sinema ObamacareThe same law that Kyrsten Sinema helped craftcampaigned for, and voted to keep is hurting workers in her own district.

But this isn’t the first time that the law’s regulations have hit home for Sinema. Just a few weeks ago, ObamaCare caused her coworkers at ASU to see their hours cut.

When she supports laws that actively hurt those in the 9th district, Kyrsten Sinema proves that she’s just too big a risk for Arizona families.

According to Matt Gorman, spokesman for the NRCC, “The disastrous law that Kyrsten Sinema helped craft and campaign for is hurting workers right in her district. How can workers and families trust her to dismantle ObamaCare when she was its biggest cheerleader in the first place?”

Just another example of the unintended consequences of a devastatingly bad public policy.

 

Wendy Rogers: Congress should vote ‘no’ on Syria

By Lt Col Wendy Rogers (ret)
Republican for Congress

As a fifth generation officer in America’s military, and one of the Air Force’s first 100 women pilots ever, I spent nearly half of my 20-year active duty career overseas. Being devoted to the defense of our great nation and to free people everywhere, I offer the following advice to President Obama and Congress without equivocation:

First, never let the enemy know what we are thinking. And second, never put American troops into harm’s way with an objective short of total victory.

Concerning Syria, both of these rules have been egregiously broken. And for our Congress, now tasked with voting on whether or not to authorize military action, the only responsible vote is no.

The president has put America into a box by declaring a red line that cannot be crossed. Now that the red line has been crossed, he is turning to Congress. He has put us into the untenable position of having committed to a response, so now asks the Congress to decide whether we really should punish Syria for crossing that red line.

To date, more than 1 million Syrians have fled their homes or been made homeless by the bombing. They are part of one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world today. President Obama’s proposed “shot across the bow”, now before Congress to consider, will not alleviate the massive hunger or medical crisis in Syria. In fact, as a career military officer with thousands of pilot hours over foreign countries, I can assure you what Congress is considering will be as ineffective as last year’s $85 billion cut was to reduce our $16 trillion national debt.

While Congress dithers in Washington, and the president continues to vacillate, there are important issues that we, the American people must consider:

First, the situation on the ground is terribly risky. The so-called rebels who comprise the resistance against President Assad are strongly backed by fundamentalist Islamic groups, including Al Qaeda. A previous proposal to send large shipments of military aid to these groups effectively would have been arming the very terrorist groups which target America and our allies.

Second, if these groups were to succeed in overthrowing the Assad regime, there is no guarantee his successor would be any less cruel, any more humane, or any more reasonable with Western powers. As Libya and Egypt have demonstrated, sometimes the devil you don’t know is worse than the devil you do.

And third, what would be the result of military action? As being debated by Congress, would it be a limited military engagement on the order of air strikes against Syria’s air force? What would a strike accomplish? And under any of these scenarios, do we have a coherent and cohesive exit strategy to bring our brave servicemen and women home?

So far, we have heard very little about the real risks involved for our troops, little discussion of a worst-case scenario, and almost no direct answers linking Syria’s crisis to America’s national security. As the pundit and columnist Charles Krauthammer wisely opined, “The problem is not that [President Obama is] not selling his strategy, it is that he doesn’t have a strategy, and that’s the reason everybody, left, right and center has no idea what he’s doing.”

Without clear answers to these questions, and without a compelling reason, why should precious American lives be risked just to fire an ineffectual “shot across the bow”? Until these questions are satisfactorily answered, the only responsible vote in Congress on this action should be no.

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Lt Col Wendy Rogers, USAF (ret) is the Republican candidate for Congress in Arizona’s 9th District, including communities in Phoenix-Sunnyslope to Arcadia and Ahwatukee, as well as south Scottsdale, Tempe, west Mesa, and west Chandler. Find out more about Wendy Rogers at www.WendyRogers.org

Kyrsten Sinema’s Record on Unborn Victims of Violence

Just a short Sunday morning rant to point out an inconsistency about the newest member of congress from CD-9 – Kyrsten Sinema.

This morning, I saw a tweet from the political director for the Kyrsten Sinema campaign, Kendra Leiby:

“In the debate between your right to own an assault rifle and a child’s right to live, I’ll side with the child every time.”

I, in turn, tweeted back a short clarifying question, “@KendraLeiby, does it make a difference where the child is located?” which then elicited the following reply, “@ShaneWikfors nope, not to me.”

As I got thinking about the exchange, it brought back the 2005 legislative session in which I worked on a piece of legislation that actually was signed into law by then Governor Janet Napolitano. That bill was called SB 1052 – Protection of Unborn Children. The bill essentially said, The “unborn child in the womb at any stage of its development” is fully covered by the state’s murder and manslaughter statutes. For purposes of establishing the level of punishment, a victim who is “an unborn child shall be treated like a minor who is under twelve years of age.”

Guess who voted against the bill?

Yes, the then State Representative from LD-15, Kyrsten Sinema. In fact, she was one of 16 who voted against it.

Fast forward to December 16, 2012. Kyrsten Sinema is now preparing to represent the voters of Arizona’s 9th Congressional District and despite my warnings of how extreme she is, I now question how supportive she will be of federal laws such as the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (signed into law April 6, 2004) and her intellectual and scientific consistency given her record she opposed the Arizona version of the law in 2005.

Hopefully, her supporters (and staff?) like Kendra Leiby will bring this to Kyrsten’s attention before she takes her oath of office.

Incidental disclaimer: this law has nothing to do with abortion.

 

Arizona independents and moderates: 5 final thoughts on Kyrsten Sinema [ @KyrstenSinema AZ09 ]

With liberals voting for Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and conservatives voting Vernon Parker, the question for moderates and independents is: which way should we go?

Here are 5 final thoughts on the race.

1. It’s the Economy, Silly.

Just two recessions ago, Kyrsten Sinema proposed more than $2 billion in NEW state taxes … DURING the recession. NO ONE supports raising taxes in a recession – it is well-known to make recessions WORSE.

Then, this past June, she proposed ending ALL the current tax relief set to expire December 31. This with our economy growing at a paltry rate of under 2% annually. (The world’s second-biggest economy, in China, is growing at 8% annually, and they are worried it’s not growing faster.)

She either does not understand basic economics, or lets her liberal ideology cloud her judgment. Either way, her policies would doom our struggling economy.

Vernon Parker’s entire campaign has been about restoring economic growth. Reducing job-crushing regulations. And changing our tax policies to reward US job creation.

He gets it. So on the economy, the choice is clear.

2. Foreign and defense policy.

The self-anointed “experts” say independents and moderates “don’t care about” foreign policy or our national defense. That is ridiculous. On these important issues, the differences are stark.

In June 2000, most of us were rolling our eyes as the Green Party called for a FIFTY PERCENT CUT in defense spending over 10 years. Just 4 months later, Kyrsten Sinema WENT TO WORK FOR THEM.

In the ensuing years, she OPPOSED removing the Taliban in Afghanistan, even though they were protecting the al Qaeda terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11.

She OPPOSED killing Osama bin Laden.

She called for the CLOSING OF LUKE AIR FORCE base.

She said she supported “world disarmament.” Because the bad guys would never cheat on such things, right?

And she was NOT a friend of our steadfast ally, Israel.

Suddenly, after winning her primary this Fall, she said none of that mattered anymore because she has relatives serving in the military!

Sorry. It DOES matter.

Vernon Parker has a long and consistent record supporting a strong national defense, and is a champion of Luke Air Force base.

Our nation’s security matters, and on this issue, it is not even close. Vernon Parker deserves your vote.

3. A 60-day Moderate.

Kyrsten Sinema has been a moderate for 60 days. For the TWO DECADES leading up to Fall 2012, she was a highly vocal, extremely consistent Far-Left, Liberal activist and community organizer.

Yes, people can change. Ronald Reagan began as a Democrat. But there is ZERO reason to believe in Sinema’s radical moderate makeover for the last 60 days. Just look at HER OWN WORDS on the matter.

Asked in 2005 why she ran as a Democrat in 2004 after losing as a Green, she replied:

“Well, you saw the results from the first campaign, didn’t you? Nothing about my political beliefs changed, nothing about my ideology changed. It was a practical decision.”

She elaborated on that in her 2009 how-to book for liberal activists:

“[In the fall of 2008, after a candidate debate,] a constituent came up to me and said, ‘Sinema, you don’t even sound like a liberal anymore.’ … As we parted ways, I told the voter that I believed in all the progressive values that I’d always held dear, but I’d finally learned to talk about [them differently.]” (pp. 16-17)

She also wrote in that book:

“Research in an electoral campaign is very simply the polling and focus-group work that strategic campaigns engage in …. When you conduct good research, you will learn how to frame your message (that’s fancy for ‘how you talk about something’)….I’ve become a huge fan of research.” (pp. 165-66)

Everything she has said in this general election campaign has been polled and focus-group tested to OBSCURE her true, liberal beliefs.

But as she admitted in candid moments in her book and in past interviews, she is the same extreme liberal she has always been, she just knows not to admit it anymore.

Vernon Parker is the same guy he has always been. Common-sense conservative. Problem-solver. Works with both Democrats and Republicans. Has not forgotten his roots – he came from a tough urban area. He knows education made it possible for him to escape his environment and give his children opportunities that he now wants ALL AMERICANS TO SHARE IN.

Sinema is a Trojan Horse candidate, trying to sneak into Congress before you realize she is the same radical she has been for 20 years.

Until she is straight with voters, or explains HOW she suddenly woke up a moderate 60 days ago – was she hit over the head at a 2012 Labor Day Parade? – she is simply not a wise choice for Congress.

4. Leeches.

We could, perhaps, forgive her attacks on moms, and calling them “leeches,” IF she had apologized. Instead, she went from outright denial, to later claiming it was a joke. Pretty offensive joke. But it clearly was not a joke. It was her far-Left beliefs slipping out in what she felt was a friendly interview.

But it turns out this was NOT the only time she attacked work at home moms. In an interview with Phoenix’s ‘N Touch magazine, she said:

“I feel we are regressing in our society. There is this rebirth of the idea that a woman should be at home and shouldn’t be working.”

Stunning. Sinema believes home-based women are not working, and moms who work from home to raise their kids represent society “regressing.” I know her views are common among liberals, but it is still shocking to see it so starkly in print.

5. Her sudden resume gap.

Finally, Kyrsten Sinema is not just running from her liberal policy views. She is running from her own bio. People who run from their own biography make me suspicious, and should make you suspicious also.

Just a few years ago, Sinema stood at a convention for liberal bloggers and boasted that she is a “criminal defense attorney who represents murderers.”

Then, this spring, as she geared up for her Congressional race, she quietly changed her law license status to “inactive,” and once she won her Democrat Primary, she wiped her criminal defense work off of her campaign bio entirely.

Now, I’m not going to snow you: I am troubled by her proudly representing killers. I’ve always sided with the victims.

But it’s certainly her right to do so, and it is part of our legal system.

Bottom line: if you are going to make your money working for murderers, at least be woman enough to defend it. Don’t do it for six years then pretend you’ve just been a “social worker” all that time.

I see no similar “resume gap” in Parker’s bio.

On Tuesday, vote Vernon Parker for jobs, economic growth, national security, and fundamental integrity about who he is and what he believes.

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Democrat Kyrsten Sinema trashes all of Arizona, not just ASU students, to impress out-of-state liberals [ @KyrstenSinema ]

While the Sinema campaign is in heavy spin mode following release of a video showing Sinema mocking the intellectual capabilities of ASU students – the last thing ASU graduates need employers hearing in the weak Obama Economy – a closer look at her past statements demonstrates that she has a record of criticizing all Arizonans when speaking to out-of-state liberals.

Yes, she regularly trashes the state to score points with fellow liberals, up until she reinvented herself as a moderate after this year’s Democrat Primary.

Take her 2009 book for left-wing community organizers, Unite and Conquer. The book, her how-to for liberal activists, included this blue meat for her political allies:

“Arizona is usually near the top of the list in stuff like teen birth rate and high school dropout rate and auto theft rate, but never are we first in something good….” (p. 61)

Attacks like this helped her become a frequent guest on MSDNC, but undercut her “moderate” post-Primary makeover. Nor was this a one-time gaffe. The next year, she told the liberal Washington DC newspaper Politico:

Arizona has “become the laughing stock of the nation.”

She added:

“The vast majority of Arizona is not native born and we have this very large metropolis in Phoenix of people who are from someplace else. Most people don’t feel rooted in the community.”

Don’t you just love her liberal condescension? People who chose to move to Arizona from across the country aren’t “rooted” in the state.

She also did an interview at the left-wing Netroots Nation 2010 where she warned out-of-state liberals not to be like Arizonans:

“Be careful: because if you’re laying down on the job, then your state could turn into Arizona pretty quickly.”

These attacks on the great state of Arizona may explain why she is so hot to get to Washington, DC, where she no doubt believes people are more sophisticated and more like her.

Sinema certainly loves the DC Beltway. As a State Legislator, she actually introduced a bill pushing for the DC Beltway to get a vote in Congress!

That just seems weird until you learn that it is a cause celebre in fringe-Left circles.

You see, until she won her primary this year, she had been an extreme liberal for decades. She even worked for Ralph Nader in 2000 against Al Gore because she believed Gore was too moderate. (I’m not joking – read the link.)

She has trashed Arizona, ASU students, and even Al Gore for not being extreme enough for her tastes.

But YOU get the last laugh on November 6, when you vote for Vernon Parker and force Sinema to face her worst nightmare: staying in Arizona without the ability to damage it from afar with her liberal policies.

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