Senator Steve Smith Named Chairman of Sheriff Paul Babeu Congressional Campaign

Paul Babeu

Paul Babeu announced Wednesday he has named Arizona’s leading conservative legislator State Sen. Steve Smith as the sheriff’s congressional campaign chairman.

Smith, who represents a legislative district that covers a significant amount of the Congressional District 1, said he supports Babeu because of his unmatched record on combating illegal immigration and drug smuggling.

“Pinal County and all of Arizona has been blessed to have Paul Babeu fight to stem the tide of illegal immigration through our beautiful state and aggressively combat the drug cartels,” Smith said. “Sheriff Paul is an oath keeper, who does exactly what he promises and we need patriots like him in Washington.  I am proud to support Paul and help send a Sheriff to Congress.”

Babeu, the two-term Pinal County sheriff, is running for the open CD1 seat.

The Goldwater Institute and Arizona Conservative Coalition both ranked Smith as the top conservative legislator and Americans for Prosperity named Smith a “Champion of the Taxpayer.”

“I am honored to have Steve on this campaign and can think of no better champion for rural conservative values,” Babeu said. “His expertise and advice will be invaluable as we look to replace a liberal Democrat in CD1.”

David Gowan 1st CD-1 Candidate to Sign “Stop Common Core” Pledge

David Gowan

Proven Conservative & Constitutional Republican Signs Eagle Forum Pledge

Phoenix, AZ (October 8th, 2015) – Arizona Speaker of the House David Gowan became the first candidate in the race for Congressional District One to sign the Eagle Forum’s “Stop Common Core Pledge.”

“For me, this was an easy pledge to make because it was nothing more than a continuation of my history of opposing Common Core, no matter what it was called.” said Gowan.

The pledge commits its signers to opposing Common Core and limiting or eliminating various aspects of Common Core such as data collection, directed vocational training, and nationalized assessments.

“The Federal Government has no Constitutional authority when it comes to education, and Common Core represents nothing more than the next step in the federal takeover of our schools.” said Gowan, continuing “I believe that control of the schools ought to be a local matter, and I will fight against any efforts to give control to bureaucrats thousands of miles away from Arizona.”

Internal poll: Babeu opens with commanding lead

Paul Babeu

Just two days into his campaign for Congressional District 1, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu boasts a substantial lead against his competitors according to an internal poll released Thursday.

The poll, conducted Wednesday, surveyed 484 Republican primary voters. Babeu was the choice of 43 percent of respondents. Former Secretary of State Ken Bennett garnered 11 percent while businessman Gary Kiehne received support from 9 percent of respondents. Businessman Shawn Redd and House Speaker David Gowan followed with 2 percent each. A third of voters were undecided. The poll had a margin of error of 4.45 percent.

After a high profile campaign rollout, the poll also found Republicans overwhelmingly approve of Paul Babeu. Sixty-eight percent viewed Babeu somewhat or very favorably. Just 14 percent saw him in an unfavorable light. And only 18 percent had no opinion.

When it comes to issues that are important to voters, immigration led the way. Nearly a third of respondents said immigration and border security was their No. 1 issue. Another 20 percent said the economy and budget issues were a top issue. Defense and veterans issues were the top concerns of 11 percent of respondents. Nine percent of voters said gun and property rights and another 9 percent said values and marriage were the most important issue.

“Paul Babeu is well-known in the district having served seven years as Pinal County sheriff and appearing on numerous local and national news programs,” campaign spokesman Barrett Marson said. “This poll shows he’s not only well known but he is liked throughout the district and is positioned to take the Republican primary in August.”

Paul Babeu, 46, was first elected Pinal County Sheriff in 2008 and was voted by his peers as the 2011 Sheriff of the Year. A 20-year veteran of the Army National Guard, he served in the Iraq War and commanded 700 men in the Yuma Sector during Operation Jumpstart.

Monday Poll: The Race for Arizona’s 1st Congressional District

Arizona House Speaker David Gowan To Run For Congress

David Gowan

Conservative Republican with Proven Record will make D.C. “Respect the West”

Phoenix, AZ (October 5th, 2015) – Arizona Speaker of the House David Gowan today announced his candidacy for Arizona’s First Congressional District.

David Gowan“It has been my sincere honor to serve the people of Arizona in the House of Representatives for the past seven years.  Since first taking office in 2009, I have focused on the conservative values instilled in me by my father and refined through years of fighting for our shared Arizonan values.”

“While most candidates rely on promises of what they will do, I prefer to be judged on my conservative record and leadership.  As your Congressman, I will continue working to shrink the size and scope of government, I will fight to restore our Constitutional rights, I will make securing our borders the priority it ought to be, and I will work to ensure that our government’s focus is on getting out of the way of the private sector so that we can unleash our economy and create the millions of jobs we need to get our nation back on track.  I will also stand for our values, work to defund Planned Parenthood, protect innocent life, defend our family values, and stop Common Core.”

Speaker Gowan continued, “We’ve got a good field of nice candidates who will claim they are the greatest conservatives of all time.  Some have no record, some have small records, and some have mixed records – the biggest difference between us all is that with me, the voters know they can rely on my campaign promises to be kept, and my positions here in Arizona to be exactly the same once I get to Washington, D.C.”

David Gowan was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2008, where he took the lead in organizing the legislature’s conservatives into a meaningful and often decisive force.  He founded the Liberty Caucus which grew from five members into the success it is today.  In fact, the entire current elected House and Senate leadership are members of the Liberty Caucus.

Gowan has an extensive conservative record and boasts the best record of any candidate running, on issues like spending, taxes, protecting life, 2nd Amendment rights, state sovereignty, border security, school choice, fighting Common Core, and more.  He is also the only candidate running who has proven he knows how to shrink government.  In fact, the $11.2 Billion state budget he inherited is now $2 Billion smaller 7 years later.

David Gowan is Southern Arizona’s first Speaker in approximately 30 years.  He and his wife Jessica, and their two boys live in Cochise County.

Sheriff Paul Babeu Announces Campaign for Congress

Paul Babeu

Paul Babeu, the Pinal County lawman dedicated to lowering crime, fighting illegal immigration and challenging President Obama’s unconstitutional power grabs, announced Monday he is running for Congress.

The two-term sheriff will vie for the open 1st Congressional District.

“I’ve spent seven years fighting Washington’s inaction and now it’s time to bring the fight directly to our nation’s capital,” Babeu said. “I will work tirelessly to protect the residents of rural Arizona, shrink the federal government, overturn Obamacare and guard against attacks on the 2nd Amendment.”

The 1st Congressional District stretches from Flagstaff through the White Mountains and south to Pinal County and northern Pima County. The district is one of the largest in the country and encompasses rural and suburban areas plus several Native American tribes.

“The challenges facing CD1 stretch far beyond the district’s boundaries,” Babeu said. “Illegal immigration impacts us all. I’ve stood on the front lines against the drug cartels and human smuggling rings and I will bring this same tenacious work ethic to Washington, D.C.”

The issues facing CD1 are as diverse as its people and regions. Babeu said he plans to work to improve forest health, ensure that the U.S. Forest Service is acting responsibly, increase job opportunities and fight overreach by the U.S. EPA.

“I will work to ensure the EPA deals fairly with Arizona,” Babeu said. “Coal power plants provide much of the energy for rural Arizona and I will fight any misguided effort to shutter those plants and make it more expensive for residents and business to buy electricity.”

Babeu is a veteran of the Iraq War and spent 20 years in the Army National Guard, rising to the rank of major. In addition, Babeu commanded 700 troops on the Arizona-Mexico border as part of Operation Jump Start, which helped reduce illegal immigration and drug smuggling by 94 percent in the Yuma Sector.

Babeu began his law enforcement career as a City of Chandler police officer and eventually became the first Republican sheriff of Pinal County. Since taking office, Babeu’s deputies have seized more than 162,000 pounds of drugs, exposed an identity theft ring in the county recorders office and busted Superior Court personnel in a bribery scandal. Service has improved through regimented staff training and high performance standards evidenced in the national accreditation of the 1,100-inmate jail.

Babeu boasts the biggest drug bust against a Mexican drug cartel in Arizona history – nearly $3 billion worth. Recent efforts are targeting the Sinaloa Cartel scouts occupying mountaintops along the drug and human smuggling corridor in an effort to provide safe passage as they head to other parts of the country.

“Stopping the flow of drugs and smuggling rings must be a priority of law enforcement and is a defined responsibility of the federal government,” Babeu said. “Our politicians have failed us time and again when it comes to securing our southern border. I will not rest until the federal government does its job so it is not left to the local sheriffs and police departments in border states to fend for themselves.”

Gary Kiehne Speaks at Americans for Prosperity Event in Rural Arizona

October 3, 2015…Today, Gary Kiehne, the Republican and conservative, grassroots candidate for Congress in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District, is a featured speaker at the Americans for Prosperity “Help Stop the Clean Power Plan” Rally in Joseph City, AZ.

Kiehne, a cattleman and successful small business owner, released the following comments in advance of the AFP rally:

“Here in rural Arizona and across this state and nation, we continue to suffer as a result of the continuous overreach from the EPA.  The latest regulations released in the Clean Power Plan in August take things one step further by increasing the emissions regulations.  These expectations serve up three punches in a row to our state.  First, killing hundreds of jobs across Arizona’s rural 1st Congressional District, home to several coal fired plants.  Second, taking a sledgehammer to the natural resource that produces nearly 40% of our electricity in the state.  And third, these new regulations are going to hit Arizonans where it hurts the most, in our wallets.

With no plans at the ready to replace the jobs we’ll lose, the electricity we’ll miss and increase economic growth to help our citizens afford higher energy costs, we’ve got to stand up and fight back against this overreaching EPA.  As a small business owner in oil and gas exploration and production, ranching and the hotel industry, I know how hard it is to comply with the messy red tape regulations stemming from the federal government, and I’ve had enough.  That’s why I’m running for Congress, to rein in the continued overreach coming out of Washington, DC and return decision making to Arizonans and our local communities.”

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What If Kirkpatrick Didn’t Run For Senate After All?

Has it occurred to anyone that Ann Kirkpatrick has no reason to run for US Senate against John McCain other than to oblige her party and fill a gap in the shrinking Democrat talent pool?

Honestly, I don’t see how she could remain in that race given the insurmountable gap in polling and funding between she and John McCain.

Unless, this was all just a ploy to preempt Kyrsten Sinema from jumping in the Senate race.

Kirkpatrick would be a political fool to leave a district in which she has already beat one of the more well known candidates backed by the NRCC establishment. Why would she take on a bigger risk against McCain when she already proved she can play it safe and win re-election?

Perhaps, jumping in a Senate race was a tactic to generate a little excitement with the hope of converting that buzz to some campaign cash?

If Kirkpatrick was politically smart, she’d do the same thing as Matt Salmon, Paul Gosar and David Schweikert and stay right where she is.

McCain will win his Primary. I can speak from personal experience from the losing side – been there done that, got the t-shirts to prove it.

Ann Kirkpatrick knows she’s walking away from a relatively safe district into a danger zone by taking on McCain in a general election. If she were wise, she’d stop listening to the consultants and party elites who are trying to offer her up as yet another political sacrifice to Arizona voters.

I’m willing to bet she stays right where she is.

Andy Tobin Campaign Launches Robocall Against Ann Kirkpatrick On Her Support For Painful Social Security Cuts, Taxes

Andy Tobin

Kirkpatrick admitted in this week’s debate that she supports raising taxes on hardworking Arizonans and dangerously altering seniors’  benefits formula.

The Tobin campaign launched a new robocall campaign Thursday morning designed to educate Arizona’s seniors on Ann Kirkpatrick’s admission that she supports painful tax increases and benefit alterations with Social Security. (Listen here.)

On Tuesday night in Marana, Ann Kirkpatrick said that she supported raising the cap on contributions, which would mean more taxes for Arizona’s families and businesses. (Arizona Daily Star, 10/15/14)

She also said she supported altering the formula used to pay out the hard-earned benefits for seniors.

“Ann Kirkpatrick finally admitted to the voters on Tuesday that she will have no problem voting for a plan that would raise taxes on Arizonans and take an axe to the current formula that pays seniors their hard-earned benefits,” campaign manager Bill Cortese said in a statement. “Andy Tobin believes in preserving the promise of Social Security and leaving seniors’ benefits alone, and he refuses to raise taxes even further on Arizona’s hard-working families and small businesses.”

See below for the transcript of the new robocall.

Hi. I’m calling with the Andy Tobin for Congress campaign to make sure you heard what our Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick said the other night at a debate about Social Security.

After all the wasteful spending Kirkpatrick and President Obama have done in Washington, now they want to pay for it all on the backs of our seniors.

Kirkpatrick said she supports raising Social Security taxes, which would hit hard working Arizonans and small businesses.

And she supports a risky plan that would change the Social Security benefit formula.

Andy Tobin opposes Kirkpatrick’s irresponsible Social Security plan and will take the lead in Congress to protect both Social Security and Medicare. Andy Tobin opposes raising the retirement age, cutting benefits and raising taxes on seniors.

The choice in this election is pretty clear. Kirkpatrick is just wrong for Arizona and for seniors.

This call was paid for by Andy Tobin for Congress. 928-607-3802.

Ann Kirkpatrick Repeatedly Picks Party Over National Security

Andy Tobin

Whether it’s transferring terrorists to U.S. soil or extending rights to foreign combatants, Kirkpatrick votes the party line. 

As the War on Terror continues in the Middle East against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups, Arizonans are looking for their representatives in Congress to do everything they can to keep them safe and secure back home.

In Washington, Ann Kirkpatrick chooses to secure the party line instead.

When it came time to choose between defending President Obama or making a statement about America’s security priorities, Kirkpatrick chose to defend the President when she voted against condemning him for breaking the law with the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner transfer. (Roll Call #485, 9/9/2014)

When Nancy Pelosi asked her to, Kirkpatrick voted to allow the transfer of terrorist detainees from Guantanamo Bay to American soil. (Roll Call #254, 5/30/14)

She even voted to extend Constitutional rights to foreign terrorists who are not U.S. Citizens captured within the United States. (Roll Call #228, 6/13/2013)

“Ann Kirkpatrick has had plenty of opportunities to prove her commitment to national security, but time and time again she votes with Nancy Pelosi and President Obama, even when its against Arizona’s interests,” Tobin campaign manager Bill Cortese said in a statement. “With everything going on abroad, Arizonans deserve to know why Kirkpatrick wants Guantanamo Bay detainees to be transferred and tried within the United States and why she wants to extend Constitutional rights to foreign terrorists.”