Secretary of State Ken Bennett Announces CD-8 Special General Voter Registration Figures

PHOENIX, AZ – Arizona’s Secretary of State has released the number of active registered voters in advance of the Special General Election on June 12, 2012.

CD 8
Democratic – 130,645
Green – 808
Libertarian – 2,530
Republican – 156,361
Amercans Elect – 23
Other – 124,127 

For further information, see attached.

The latest statewide voter registration figures are available on the Secretary of State’s website, or by calling 1-877-THE-VOTE.



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Ron Barber finds Obama NOT a winning hand

(Reposted with permission from the Arizona Daily Independent)

At last night’s debate, between congressional candidates Republican Jesse Kelly and Democrat Ron Barber, controversy arose over Barber’s failure to say that he supported President Obama’s reelection. Barber dodged the question during the debate, and later refused to answer the question again, when asked by reporters.

Now, Barber is scrambling to assure his fellow Democrats that he does in fact support his party’s nominee for the presidency. Barber’s campaign released a statement early this morning stating his support for Obama. The question now becomes, why did Barber feel the need to dodge the question?

The answer to that is in Barber’s answer, “My vote is my vote Mr. Kelly and I’m focused on beating you in June.” Open and gushing support for Obama and his policies will not get Ron Barber elected, so Barber’s response was an honest one. If he is focused on beating Kelly he can’t embrace Obama, unless of course he wants PAC monies, hence the embrace this morning.

At one point during the campaign, Barber accused Kelly of “pulling the wool over people’s eyes.” The time worn expression may describe Barber’s spin this morning, as well.

Ron Barber Offers Rare Glimpse of Truth in CD8 Debate

By Sam Stone

Democrat Ron Barber’s campaign to replace his former boss, Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, has to be disappointing to Democrats because, if you believe what Barber says, he’s pretty much just a Republican with the wrong letter after his name on the ballot. Unfortunately, what Ron Barber really believes remains a mystery to voters (You can read more about why here). But an interesting exchange midway through the recent CD8 debate on KUAT TV should provide a few clues.

Like most political contests, this one is a two-way battle between Barber and his Republican opponent, Jesse Kelly. But also, as per usual, the fringe-party people just can’t resist the opportunity to nab a little face time and distract voters from the real issues by inserting themselves into the debates.

In this case, that fringe is one Charlie “Occupy” Manolakis, purportedly representing the Green Party although he didn’t once mention the environment during the hour-long debate, choosing instead to focus on Socialist theories of federal government authority and eliminating State’s Rights in favor of the collective. If it was worth the time, I would rebut his ridiculous ideas. But it’s not.

One of the first things candidates learn on the campaign trail is to ignore and never, never under any circumstances engage the fringe. Yet midway through his debate with Jesse Kelly, Barber did just that. Why? What did he have to gain? Manolakis, a self-proclaimed Occupier, isn’t a factor in this race and never will be. Frankly, why KUAT and other local organizations even let these people in front of a camera is baffling.

Yet there was Ron Barber, the self-proclaimed “Mr. Civility”, aggressively taking on Manolakis when the Occupier challenged him for not taking a stand in favor of universal healthcare and Medicaid for all. Barber had absolutely nothing, politically, to gain by firing away at the fringe. But he just couldn’t help himself. Why?

The answer is telling. While Ron Barber might be pretending to be a conservative in the hopes of winning this election, nothing in his history suggests that he actually believes anything he’s saying right now. Ron Barber is a life-long social worker who proudly stood at Gabrielle Giffords side when she cast votes in favor of Obamacare, Cap and Trade, and the rest of the Obama / Pelosi radical agenda. His first fundraiser was co-hosted by Pelosi and local Socialist icon Raul Grijalva. Simply put, Ron Barber is as liberal as they come, and he couldn’t stomach being attacked from the left.

Barber’s campaign team must have been terrified. All that careful work and planning – clearing the field so he didn’t have to expose himself in a primary, studiously copying the talking points of Kelly’s primary challengers Martha McSally and Dave Sitton, hours spent listening to Republican talk radio – all of it almost went up in the smoke curling from Barber’s ears when the Occupier called him out.

Ron Barber would like you to believe that he’s just a “moderate”, friendly old guy: the Grandpa next door who watches your kids for you when you have to run to the store. But all it took to expose him as yet another loony liberal was one loony Occupier. Apparently, the Occupy movement was good for something after all.

Sam Stone is a Republican political consultant from Southern Arizona.


CD-8’s Jesse Kelly releases new ad on American Energy


Jesse Kelly’s campaign just released the following ad on the issue of energy. In the ad, Kelly’s campaign warns Southern Arizona voters that Ron Barber’s support for President Obama’s Cap & Trade policy will cost Arizona’s an extra $1,000 in energy costs per family and cause the loss of 40,000 jobs here.

Please visit Jesse Kelly’s website to see how you can keep this seat out of the hands of extremist Democrats like Ron Barber.

Ron’s World

Ron Barber's World

Ron Barber is living in his own world. He just doesn’t get it.

Southern Arizonans are struggling with sky-high gas prices. And what does Barber want? Even higher energy costs for Arizona families.

Barber’s support for Obama’s Cap and Trade bill means that the radical environmentalists supporting his campaign win – while Southern Arizonans lose.

Question: Why won’t Ron Barber wake-up to the problems facing Southern Arizona families and instead denounce Cap and Trade?

Under the Obama-Pelosi-Barber anti-energy agenda, Arizona families would see their energy costs increase by almost $1,000 and it would cost up to 40,000 jobs.

“It’s no wonder radical environmentalists are funding Ron Barber’s campaign. His support for the Obama-Pelosi anti-energy agenda means higher taxes, soaring energy costs for Southern Arizona families and more jobs for China.” – NRCC Spokesman Daniel Scarpinato

How Many More Embarrassments Can Barber’s Party’s Failed Spending Agenda Take?

After Obama’s Deficit-Filled Budget Received No Support In Either Chamber, It Is Time For Democrats To Switch Gears

WASHINGTON — Arizona families have watched Ron Barber’s Democrat allies in Washington preside over yearly trillion dollar deficits, push a wasteful almost trillion dollar stimulus package and impose a government takeover of healthcare that cuts $500 billion from Medicare to fuel Democrats’ spending addiction. Their agenda of taxing, borrowing and spending has crippled economic recovery and left small business owners with no ability to grow and hire workers.

“President Obama’s budget suffered an embarrassing defeat this week when it received no votes in the Senate, giving it no support in either chamber,” said NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay. “It is clear that Ron Barber’s party’s insistence on spending, taxing and borrowing has become so toxic with the American people that even they cannot vote for their own failed agenda that has made our economy worse.”

The President’s budget proposal received not one vote of support in Congress:

“President Obama’s budget suffered a second embarrassing defeat Wednesday, when senators voted 99-0 to reject it.

“Coupled with the House’s rejection in March, 414-0, that means Mr. Obama’s budget has failed to win a single vote in support this year.” (Stephen Dinan, “Obama budget defeated 99-0 in Senate,” The Washington Times, 5/16/2012)

A CBO report affirms the Democrats’ record-setting spending spree will continue to stifle economic growth:

“The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Friday that President Obama’s 2013 budget will hurt the economy in the long term, arguing the larger deficits it would produce would reduce the amount of capital available to businesses. After five years, the CBO says, the Obama proposals would reduce economic output by between 0.5 percent and 2.2 percent.” (Erik Wasson, “CBO estimates Obama’s 2013 budget plan would hit economic growth,” The Hill, 4/20/12)

How Many More Embarrassments Can Barber’s Party’s Failed Spending Agenda Take?


This Week’s Ron Barber: It’s Only Tuesday

Ron Barber

It’s only Tuesday morning, and already, Ron Barber’s campaign isn’t having a good week.

Barber started Monday on the defensive, trying to hide his support for ObamaCare, which cuts $500 billion from Medicare.

Fact: Ron Barber still refuses to support the repeal of this government takeover of healthcare.

Next, Barber shunned a group of high school students who had organized a local debate, forcing them to cancel. Hours after the news broke, his campaign rushed out a laughable, late-night press release to play damage control.

Fact: Ron Barber still refuses to take questions from local high school government students.

National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Daniel Scarpinato had this to say about Ron Barber’s defensive moves: “Positions on the issues matter in this race. If Ron Barber won’t take questions from local high school students, how does he expect to represent southern Arizonans in Congress?”

Ron Barber: A Rubber Stamp for Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi

This Week’s Ron Barber: Will take Medicare away from seniors!

This week Ron Barber continued to try to deceive voters about his views on Medicare. Fact is, Barber refuses to support the repeal of ObamaCare, which cuts $500 billion from Medicare and empowers a panel of government bureaucrats to make decisions about seniors’ health care. Since the government healthcare takeover is paid for in part by nearly $200 billion in cuts to Medicare Advantage programs, seniors currently on these plans could find their benefits at risk.

In Arizona, more than 342,000 seniors are enrolled in Medicare Advantage, a program that ObamaCare guts to fund the government takeover of healthcare supported by Barber.

Don’t take our word for it.  Here’s what former Arizona Daily Star political reporter and now spokesperson for the NRCC says about Ron Barber:

“Ron Barber’s policies put seniors at risk. He refuses to support the repeal of ObamaCare, which is the only way to stop Obama and Pelosi’s cuts to Medicare. No wonder Pelosi and Raul ‘Boycott’ Grijalva are backing Barber’s campaign.”

The Most Conservative Democrats in the Nation? Don’t Believe It.

By Sam Stone

Richard Carmona and Ron Barber have a lot in common. No, not their backgrounds. After all, Carmona is a former Surgeon General of the United States, a SWAT team member, and once killed a guy in the streets of Tucson. Barber, a lifelong social worker, was shot in the streets of Tucson. And that’s really all we know about either of them. Except that if you believe what they’re saying, they must be the most conservative Democrats in the entire United States.

Carmona is running to replace outgoing Sen. Jon Kyl. Barber is seeking the congressional seat formerly held by his boss, Gabrielle Giffords. And both are furiously channeling Barack Obama circa 2008.

Candidate Obama – a relatively unknown junior Senator from Illinois – was able to defeat Sen. Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary and then oust Sen. John McCain in the general election largely on the premise that he was a socially moderate, fiscally conservative candidate untainted by the acrimony of recent politics. Obama’s Campaign of a Million Promises went largely unchallenged because there was almost nothing to challenge, and – tellingly – no one to challenge him.

In 1996, when Barack Obama ran for the Illinois Senate he ensured his spot on the ballot by successfully challenging the nominating petitions of his four opponents. Then, during his 2004 race for the U.S. Senate, Obama’s opponents in both the primary and general election imploded when, according to the Chicago Tribune, “their messy divorce files were unsealed.” The Tribune even acknowledged in print that both stories were aggressively pushed by the Obama campaign, and that Obama’s designated attack-dog David Axelrod likely leaked the stories initially as well.

Apparently, however, legal challenges and dirty pool in the pressroom only take you so far. Now that he’s in the White House, President Obama has added another tool to his bag of tricks.

At the time Gabrielle Giffords announced her resignation on January 22nd, a host of Southern Arizona Democrats immediately began formulating their plans. Businesswoman Nan Walden, State Senator Paula Aboud, and State Representatives Matt Heinz and Steve Farley – among others – were all scurrying around Tucson lining up support. But when Giffords announced her backing of former aide Barber for the seat the Democratic Party machine when into overdrive flooring everyone who wanted to run against Barber, muscling them out of the way so that Barber could be a “caretaker” for the rest of Rep. Giffords’ term.

Terrified that they might be accused of insensitivity (and in the Democrat world-view today, is there a more heinous crime?) they all bowed to the pressure and withdrew from the special election, assured that they would all have their chance in a few months since Barber would not run for the regular election in November. Then Ron Barber went to Washington.

The settlers at Jamestown have nothing on this guy. No one in history has managed to catch Potomac Fever faster than Ron Barber. In 24 hours, he was feted and vetted by the President. Nancy Pelosi and Raul Grijalva whispered a few sweet nothings in his ear. Act Blue and lined his pillow with cash and tucked him into bed. And by the time Ron Barber woke up in the morning the fever was raging.  Ron was running for November.

Emboldened by their success in duplicating Obama’s field clearing strategy once already in Arizona, the Democrats decided to hold a BOGO sale. Obama used his high chair to push well-respected former Chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party Don Bivens out of the way in favor of his handpicked Senate candidate, Richard Carmona, which seems an odd choice considering that Bivens has a long track record within the state party, and has proven liberal chops. Carmona, meanwhile, worked for the Bush White House and was a registered independent until five months ago.

All of this begs the question, why? The numerous petrified fossils littering the U.S. Congress and Senate give often unfortunately verbose testimony to the rarity of open seats. So why has the Democratic Party machine twice interfered in Arizona elections, denying their Party’s primary voters the chance to choose their own representation?

Obama and his re-election team have made no secret of the fact they want to beat Mitt Romney in Arizona. But despite intensive efforts by Organizing for America, the SEIU, One Vote Arizona and Mi Familia Vota to register tens of thousands of new Democratic voters across the State, Arizona is still a moderately conservative-leaning state. No matter who won the primaries in the race to replace Gabrielle Giffords and Jon Kyl, Obama and the Democrats would have lost.

Even though he was personally recruited by Barack Obama and is receiving a ton of national democratic support, Carmona would have had a tough race against Don Bivens, and it’s entirely possible that Arizona’s solidly liberal Democratic primary voters would have rejected him as far too much of a compromise candidate. Even had he won, he would have been driven far to the left, a potentially fatal shift in a still-red state.

Ron Barber might have been in an even tougher position. Heinz, Aboud, Farley and Walden are all formidable opponents with strong progressive track records. Aboud and Heinz are also openly gay, meaning that social issues would likely have been a major issue in the special election primary. And, like the State in general, voters in Southern Arizona’s 8th Congressional District are conservative enough to make that kind of discussion highly damaging in the general election.

Instead, neither Carmona nor Barber had to reveal any kind of platform during the “primary “ process. They and their campaigns simply stayed silent, not even posting any position statements on their websites until after the field had been swept aside on their behalf.

Now, listening to both, you’d think they were the most conservative Democrats on the planet. Barber talks about “overhauling” Obamacare, securing our border and protecting veterans and Carmona’s website touts his commitment to balancing the budget. Close your eyes, and you’d think you were tuned in to conservative talk radio.

Why is that important? Obama’s low approval ratings don’t provide much in the way of coattails for candidates to grab on to. Instead, in Arizona, the President has adopted a strategy from NASCAR: drafting. Obama and his team are hoping that Barber can turn out key voters in the Democratic stronghold of Southern Arizona while Carmona does the same for him statewide.

Instead of leading them to victory, Obama hopes to be there, using his money, organization and influence to reduce the drag on his chosen candidates, and cling to their fenders at the end of the race in the hope that they can pull him across the finish line as well. It’s a plan that depends on having two unknown, and now unknowable, candidates unsullied by having to expose their positions in contested primaries.

What Richard Carmona and Ron Barber really believe is, essentially, immaterial at this point. Like Obama in 2008, they can say anything they want.  Now we’ll have to find out if voters are willing to believe the magic act once again.

Sam Stone is a Republican political consultant in Southern Arizona.