There is no one better able to discuss and debate our pending economic crisis than Congressman David Schweikert. Watch as he schools two CNBC business reporters on what’s really happening with the debt ceiling debate.
PHOENIX – Tom Morrissey, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, today issued a statement in support of Congressman David Schweikert after party leadership in Washington, D.C. removed Schweikert from his position on the House Financial Services Committee.
“Congressman Schweikert is not only a principled conservative but he is exceptionally qualified to continue his service on the Financial Services Committee. In these particularly pressing times it is essential that our party use every available ounce of talent, experience and fiscal responsibility to lead our nation back into prosperity, and we are counting on every one of Arizona’s representatives in Congress to do just that.”
Wow! This interesting news coming out of Washington, D.C. Our very own Congressman David Schweikert is losing critical positions on committees because he’s too conservative on fiscal issues. Sound familiar? The same thing happened to Congressman Jeff Flake who was ahead of his time on earmarks.
Politico: Schweikert kicked off Financial Services Committee
This morning Congressman Schweikert learned there was a price to be paid for voting based on principle. That price was the removal from the House Financial Services Committee.
Red State: The Purge of House Conservatives Continues
Maybe it’s because he’s intent on repealing Dodd-Frank. Maybe it’s because he wants to use his committee assignment to advocate winding down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Perhaps it’s because of his opposition to the $1 trillion farm bill. Maybe it’s because he’s just too darn conservative to sit on an important committee.
Roll Call: Schweikert Booted from Financial Services Committee
GOP leadership has removed Rep. David Schweikert from his spot on the Financial Services Committee for bucking the party line too often. A person close to the situation said Schweikert was told that “his votes were not in lock step with leadership” as the reason for his ouster.
National Journal: Recalcitrant Republicans Lose Committee Spots
House Republican leaders, especially McCarthy, have been hamstrung by their relative lack of leverage over their own members. While whips in previous years have been able to wield influence over pet projects in a given member’s district, the lack of earmarks in this Congress has robbed party leaders of a stick to go along with a carrot to encourage falling in line.
Committee assignments are one of the few goodies left at leadership’s disposal. Robbing these three members of their committee slots can’t be explained away as something done to accommodate incoming freshmen.
Having known David Schweikert for 20 years, this will be a huge mistake for House leadership. David is known to be one of the smartest guys in Congress when it comes to fiscal issues.
Many of you have asked me what my thoughts are on Proposition 121 (open primary) and Proposition 204 (permanent sales tax increase) which are both on the November ballot. I wanted to take a few minutes and share with you my thoughts on each of these propositions.
Proposition 121 would dramatically change elections in Arizona. This proposition would eliminate party primaries and instead conduct an open primary with the two candidates who receive the most votes advancing to the general election regardless of party. Proposition 121 has the very real potential to be disastrous for Arizona’s election system. Political parties would be stripped of their ability to conduct primary elections to choose their own candidates for office. Democrats could vote for Republicans and Republicans could vote for Democrats. This is troubling. I believe that political parties have every right to pick their own candidates and Proposition 121 would take that away.
Additionally, party affiliation would no longer be printed on the ballot. Candidates could choose whatever party affiliation they would like to appear on the ballot. I don’t need to explain how this is a recipe for chicanery and trickery where candidates would choose a party affiliation or title that may suit their own political interests- but that could also confuse voters.
Proposition 121 is bad policy that has the potential to do real damage to our system of electing candidates.
I am opposed to Proposition 121 and will be voting against it. I would encourage you to do the same.
Proposition 204 is a special interest funded effort to make permanent the 1 cent sales tax due to expire. If you remember, this was placed on the ballot in 2010 to assist in closing the state’s budget deficit. It was sold to voters as a temporary tax and many of the supporters of the temporary tax are now opposing Proposition 204.
If Proposition 204 were to pass, Arizona would have the 2nd highest sales tax in the nation. Simply put, this is bad for our economy.
I am opposed to higher taxes as a matter of principle. I believe government should live within its means and not continue to raise taxes and that’s why I am opposed to Proposition 204.
If you believe in smaller government and lower taxes, I would encourage you to vote no on Proposition 204.
Mesa, Arizona – Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, today issued the following statement on the shooting of two border patrol agents, one who was killed and the other wounded, near the Brian Terry Station in the Tucson Sector of Border Patrol:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the agents’ families at this difficult time,” said Flake. “Violence along Arizona’s border cannot be tolerated by the federal government any longer. The federal government must commit the necessary resources to secure the border, because that’s simply not happening right now.”
AZ Civil Rights Activist Rev. Jarrett Maupin Endorses GOP Congressman Ben Quayle in AZ District 6 Race
Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Civil Rights activist, the Rev. Jarrett Maupin has endorsed Congressman Ben Quayle in the Republican Primary Election for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District. While the Reverend acknowledged that he and Quayle represent opposite sides of the current political divide, Maupin says you cannot deny Quayle is an effective leader.“He’s loyal to his base. I don’t agree with most of what he represents, but I can appreciate how passionately and professionally he does it,” Maupin said.
The Reverend also says that Quayle should stop attacking President Obama and focus on promoting fresh and fair policy ideas, particularly around job creation, saying: “Quayle has more in common with Obama than he thinks. They are both relatively young and fighting to have more than one term in office.”
Quayle faces a tough primary against a seasoned opponent, who is also an incumbent member of Congress, but Rev. Maupin has high hopes for a Quayle victory. “Congressman Quayle represents an emerging new bench of talented Arizona political players. People should support him in the primary, 20 and 30 year-olds especially. He’s cool, he’s one of us.”
When asked about recent controversies linked to Quayle, Maupin says don’t be too quick to judge: “All of this drama about Galilee and Quayle partaking in Playboy Antics sounds like jealousy to me. Now we know… Ben Quayle lives life, and so what???” Maupin adds, “Ben may turn out to be the 21st Century Conservative Republican American Pie version of the much envied, vilified, and controversial Congressman Rev. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Powell drank, smoked, and womanized… He also gave us Upward-Bound, increased the minimum-wage, and was responsible for mustering Congressional support for President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society programs.”
Conservatives should stick with a hipster-esq young-gun like Quayle says Maupin, who thinks Arizona needs to have political balance now and in the future. If conservative voters give Quayle the boot in 2012 they’ll regret it later says the liberal preacher, “You people need someone like Ben Quayle in Congress because, God knows, one day you’ll have someone like the Reverend Jarrett Maupin in there too…”
For weeks you have heard my opponent and I talk about our record on taxes. I support keeping your taxes low. Ben Quayle voted to raise your taxes by $1,000.
Those are the facts, plain and simple.
However, my opponent wants you to believe he is a pro-growth candidate who supports low taxes.
Recently Ben Quayle accepted the endorsement of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Here’s what the Club For Growth had to say about Mike Huckabee’s record as governor: Mike Huckabee is a liberal.”
In fact, Huckabee’s record as governor was so abysmal, the Cato Institute ranked him among the worst of all governors (including democrats) for his continued insistence on raising taxes. Cato put it this way about Huckabee’s record: “[his] leadership has left taxpayers in Arkansas much worse off.”
To Ben Quayle’s credit, at least he is now consistent on where he stands when it comes to raising your taxes.
Ben Quayle is quite fond of touting that he is the “number one” ranked conservative in the House of Representatives. His source for this is National Journal’s ratings. Now of course, he is free to say whatever he wants about his campaign and how he feels personally about his record. But don’t be fooled- we are all by now well aware of our opponent’s flawed character and trouble with the truth.
It’s well-known that the National Journal rankings are reflective of how a particular member votes with his or her party’s perceived position. Thus, it’s not surprising that Ben Quayle scores so well.
Remember, this is what Politico had to say about Ben Quayle:
“There’s Rep. Ben Quayle, an establishment favorite with the famous last name, who told voters in 2010 he would “knock the hell out of” D.C. but has spent his first year in Washington out of the spotlight, learning the ins and outs of the Capitol while becoming a favorite of leadership.”
So it’s not too surprising that he does well in a ranking of how members vote in accordance with party leadership.
David Schweikert has always been clear that he is in Congress to fight for our conservative values – your values – not leadership in Washington.
For a good explanation about the National Journal ratings that Ben Quayle likes to tout and what they really represent, here is what HotlineOnCall had to say about the National Journal ratings as they apply to Ben Quayle (note: HotlineOnCall is part of National Journal).
“Quayle’s House-best conservative rating reflects his relationship with leadership.”
I think that sums it up pretty well.
Campaign Manager, Schweikert for Congress
Bossie: “Quayle Campaign Statement Desperate Attempt By A Desperate Campaign To Change The Narrative”
David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United, and Fritz Wenzel, President of Wenzel Strategies, made the following statements in response to the Ben Quayle campaign’s desperate vitriolic statement against a poll commissioned by Citizens United Political Victory Fund that showed Quayle down 13 points to David Schweikert:
“The Quayle statement released last night was a desperate attempt by a desperate campaign to change the narrative. The fact is Quayle is losing big. It is always a telltale sign that an establishment campaign is floundering when they attack polls and use over-the-top language like ‘liar’ in a statement. You would expect these kinds of desperate tactics from the Obama campaign – but not from a Republican in a GOP primary. Ben Quayle is on his last legs in a losing campaign.”
– David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United
“It’s not surprising when candidates who perform poorly in public opinion surveys attack those surveys, so while we at Wenzel Strategies are disappointed with the harsh language of the Quayle congressional campaign, we are not surprised. The Quayle campaign joins a growing list of candidates who have disparaged our work and who have gone down in flames, including out-going U.S. Senator Richard Lugar from Indiana. We don’t predict election outcomes. We simply measure public opinion at a given period of time, but this latest survey in Arizona shows Quayle is clearly losing the race to hold onto a seat in Congress.”
– Fritz Wenzel, President of Wenzel Strategies
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Schweikert In Solid Lead Over Quayle In Arizona’s 6th Congressional District Primary According To CUPVF Poll
Citizens United Political Victory Fund (CUPVF), the affiliated PAC of Citizens United, released a poll today conducted by Wenzel Strategies showing Congressman David Schweikert ahead of Congressman Ben Quayle in Arizona’s 6th Congressional District primary. The poll was conducted via telephone survey of likely Republican primary voters from July 24-25, included 794 respondents, and has a 3.45% margin of error. Toplines of poll click here. Polling memo click here.
Poll Results by Wenzel Strategies:
- Schweikert – 47.1%
- Quayle – 33.9%
- Not sure – 19.0%
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First indication of how the race for Arizona’s 6th congressional district is forming.
The Hill has the story…
Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) has a 13-point lead over Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) in their member-vs.-member primary, according to a poll commissioned by Citizens United, a group backing Schweikert in the race.
Schweikert leads Quayle with 47 to 34 percent, according to the poll. The two will face off on Aug. 28.
And, Roll Call also provides the following report:
Rep. David Schweikert led fellow Republican Rep. Ben Quayle by 16 percentage points in a recent Schweikert campaign internal poll.
The two Congressmen are engaged in a blockbuster Member-vs.-Member race for Arizona’s 6th district that has caught the attention of Arizona Republicans. According to the survey from this past Sunday, 49 percent of respondents supported Schweikert, while 33 percent said they intended to vote for Quayle.
National Horizon’s FEC reports are located here.
Our opponent started his campaign stating that he hoped this race would have “a tone that honors our party, our nation and the voters of the 6th district.”
Well that didn’t last too long.
Just this past weekend Ben Quayle threw mud at conservative David Schweikert with a negative mail piece arriving just a day after he bemoaned and warned of negative campaigning.
Pretty ironic huh?
I’d like to say we were shocked by his negative attacks. But as is often the case with our opponent, nothing he does really shocks us anymore.
Given the way the race has gone for him, we expect even more negative attacks from him and his campaign.
Campaign Manager, Schweikert for Congress
PHOENIX, AZ- On Monday, June 18, Congressman Ben Quayle introduced the “Prohibiting Back-Door Amnesty Act of 2012”. This bill prohibits the Department of Homeland Security from picking winners and losers and blatantly ignoring our laws.
“President Obama’s decision to alter our nation’s immigration laws undermines border security and our entire immigration system. It is disappointing that the President of the United States is so desperate that he has to launch backdoor amnesty orders in an attempt to pander to voters.”
“The American people want their border secured and that must be accomplished now, as I have insisted for two years. The president has refused to honor that plain duty of his office, and now seeks to exercise power he does not have for his own political purposes. His first obligation is to the Constitution, and all of the American people, and not to his re-election calculus.”
“My bill, the ‘Prohibiting Back-Door Amnesty Act of 2012’ will nullify the immigration policy changes outlined by President Obama and Secretary Napolitano. In addition to stopping these policy changes, the bill will also prevent any similar executive overreaches from occurring. It’s time to send a clear message to the President that his clear disdain for our nation’s laws and reversal on border security enforcement will not be accepted.”
Congressman Ben Quayle was the first to introduce legislation to counteract Obama’s immigration edict. He continues to gain attention for his leadership on the issue of immigration enforcement and border security. The immigration enforcement advocacy group “Numbers USA” recently granted Rep. Quayle an ‘A’ grade, ranking him the highest in the Arizona delegation.
Government Cannot Afford to Give Subsidies to Individuals Making More Than $250,000 a Year
Washington, D.C. – Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, today successfully amended the agriculture appropriations bill to prohibit Title I farm subsidy payments for individuals with an adjusted gross income (AGI) of greater than $250,000 annually.
“The federal government cannot afford to hand out subsidies to people who clearly earn enough income to stand on their own,” said Flake. “Giving federal farm subsidies to wealthy individuals is simply indefensible.”
Congressman Flake successfully added similar language to the FY2012 agriculture appropriations bill, but the language was stripped on the House Floor.
Flake Motion Insists on Provision in Highway Bill Guaranteeing States Receive a Higher Percentage of their Own Gas Tax Dollars Back From the Federal Government
Washington, D.C. – Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, today offered a motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 4348, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II. The motion passed by a vote of 259 – 154.
Many states, like Arizona, are donor states, meaning that they have historically contributed more to the Highway Trust Fund than they received back in the form of federal transportation funding. While non-binding, the motion instructs House conferees to insist on a provision in the final H.R. 4348 conference report guaranteeing all states the minimum rate of return of 95-percent on highway bill funding. Current law sets the rate of return at 92 percent. The language proposed in the motion would not increase the overall cost of H.R. 4348, it would affect only how transportation bill funding is distributed.
“While it would be preferable to give states greater control over their transportation dollars, the least Congress can do is ensure that donor states get a fairer return on the gas tax dollars they send to D.C.,” said Flake.