Did She Really Tweet That? Tweets Reveal Christine Jones’ Position on Issues, People

All these revelations about Christine Jones’ flip-flopping and pandering on border security and immigration got us wondering if Ms. Jones may have made public statements in the past on other issues or about individuals that may come back to haunt her?

So of course, we explored the usual places – Google search, online news outlets, social media, etc – and what we found on her Twitter feed was very eye-opening.

(Side note: Let this be a lesson for anyone seeking a political job - especially one in which your statements are written in electronic concrete and the court of public opinion tries the candidate.)

Now one would think that the lead counsel for a high-profile internet company would know better than to leave comments and her digital fingerprints all over the web – especially if the thought of running for a high profile public office ever crossed her mind.  Or, perhaps this lack of political online savviness reveals more about her not-ready-for-primetime capacity? Nevertheless, what we discovered contradicts what her campaign is trying to present to Republican voters.

Here’s what we found:

All along, we suspected that Christine Jones was not Tea Party material. That became evident in a series of tweets in which she ridiculed or jabbed at the movement or its leaders:

In this tweet, Jones is shocked that longtime establishment Republican Senator Richard Lugar is defeated by a Tea-Party-backed candidate (Richard Mourdock) in the Indiana GOP Primary:

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Jones also let us know how she felt about former Alaska Governor, VP candidate and Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin when she tweeted this in response to another tweet:

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Jones’ tweet essentially ridicules Sarah Palin’s educational background and her capacity to lead.

In this next tweet, Jones tells us what she thinks about Ron Paul and his supporters:

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And we know now that she is no fan of conservative talk show icon Rush Limbaugh when she affirmed Anderson Cooper’s shot at him:

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Then there’s Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio who she rolled her eyes when she tweeted this:

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And to add on to some prior posts, here’s what Jones said about Governor Brewer deciding on the fate of SB1070:

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But wait! There’s more!

Did you know that as early as December, 2009 and January, 2010, Jones was advocating for repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and passage of gay marriage? Here’s a tweet in which she engaged John McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain in a conversation over same sex marriage.

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What flows out from the use of a Twitter handle reveals what flow forth from the heart of a potential gubernatorial candidate. Christine Jones is not who she says she is and conservative Republicans should heed the words tweeted from this candidate before she fools voters and leads Arizona in the wrong direction.

 

 

 

Christine Jones Exposed: Part 3

We’ve been warning you about Republican gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones through a series of posts on immigration.

First, we exposed her pattern of adapting her messaging to appease those to whom she is speaking. One of her recent political ads pontificated on and on about how she opposes amnesty but when cornered during a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce forum, she dramatically changed her message to say that our laws should find a way to allow millions of  illegal immigrants living in the shadows to come out of the dark and live in the light. (Read Part 1)

(Coincidentally, this message of people living in the shadows is nothing new. It’s been said by our senior senator over and over and over again.)

In part two, we revealed how Jones continued her double speak tour on immigration when she was caught on camera with Sheriff Paul Babeu contradicting her own political ad. She admitted that the bill she said she would send to President Obama was actually going to be paid by Arizona taxpayers. (Read Part 2)

Not to be outdone by her prior contradictions, we found another gaping hole in her latest statements. This time Christine Jones was caught on tape admitting that we have a Swiss-cheese type fence and we don’t need the great-wall of Mexico on our border. So much for finishing the fence. Watch the video below:

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Arizonans are left wondering what to believe about Christine Jones’ border security plan let alone, about the candidate herself.

Haven’t we had enough double-speak from politicians pandering for votes on the immigration issue?

2010 was the year of SB1070 which became a flash in the pan issue for many a candidate running for office. Could Christine Jones be trying to win an election by exploiting the fears over illegal immigration when in reality, she doesn’t really have the convictions or intentions to keep her word? Is she using the issue as a shiny object to distract voters from other issues important to Arizona. We think so and it’s why we’re sounding the alarm.

Quiz: Match the Music Video with the Gubernatorial Candidate Campaign

I’m poking a little fun at the Arizona gubernatorial candidates by matching music (or commercial) videos with my take on their campaigns. So here goes. Try to match the music video with the gubernatorial candidate:

Which gubernatorial candidate is playing a high stakes game of political wannabe using her best poser face?

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One particular gubernatorial candidate could take a lesson from this rock icon. (And I bet he can even perform as well!)

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This gubernatorial candidate hails from the place where this commercial originates and says to speak the language of the fans. 

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This song is the theme for which former mayor’s gubernatorial candidate’s campaign? Hint: A tale of two cities.

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This gubernatorial candidate is so “hot” no one wants to stand near him!

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Finally, this gubernatorial candidate will be singing this on Tuesday night, August 26th.

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Most Recent Arizona Gubernatorial Ads

Here are the most recent gubernatorial ads for your review and comment. Note, production and airing for these ads is being paid for by money raised from donors, money from the candidate’s own pocket or from Arizona taxpayers through the Clean Elections system. Can you tell which?

Andrew Thomas - July 17, 2014
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Ken Bennett - July 16, 2014
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Christine Jones - July 15, 2014
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Scott Smith - July 15, 2014
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Frank Riggs - July 15, 2014
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Doug Ducey – July 8, 2014
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Fred DuVal – April 17, 2014
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Let us know what you think!

Christine Jones, Exposed – Part 2

Yesterday, we drew attention to Christine Jones’ shaky rhetoric regarding her position on amnesty. Her “tough talk” border security plan comes with a whopping $270 million price tag - and, as she forcefully says in her latest political ad,  she will send the bill to President Obama.

Not so fast! Just last night, at her Scottsdale townhall with Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, Jones admitted that sending Obama the bill is simply an unrealistic expectation.

‘I’m not as stupid as I look,” she says before tossing her hair and smiling at the crowd.

So we ask, are we as stupid as Christine Jones hopes we are?

Um, the answer is emphatically NO!  But don’t take our word for it. Check out this video for yourself:

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Let’s save Arizonans the cost and humility of electing a haphazard and boisterous candidate. Help us spread the word about Christine Jones’ real plan for Arizona by sharing this video on social media and through your personal email lists. And tell Christine Jones that we are NOT stupid enough to elect a candidate who changes her tune with every audience!

Christine Jones’ Mixed Messaging on Border Security and Amnesty

Arizona gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones sure spends a lot of political rhetoric on her “tough” border security plan. Her alliterative attempt to solve this issue is all about the three T’s: Troops, Technology and Zero Tolerance. Or maybe you’re more familiar with her catchy tagline, “No Amnesty. No Priority.”

No Amnesty. No Priority. No Amnesty. No Priority. Hmmm. Sure seems to be a repetitive phrase out of her campaign these days. Well maybe not every day. Like for example at last week’s forum sponsored by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce where the economy commerce and immigration were all center stage.

During the debate when asked about her plan for immigration and border security, the mantra “No Amnesty” and “No Priority” were conspicuously removed from her answers. Shockingly, Jones took a turn to the left even going as far to say that we should be bringing millions of illegal aliens “out of the dark” and allowing them to live in the “light.”

Does that sound like a certain senior senator or chief executive? Certainly not one who should be the next Governor of Arizona!

And it sounds like code talk for amnesty, if you ask us. Or maybe just pandering?

But in case you don’t believe us, here’s the video clip contrasting her robotic answer of “no amnesty, no priority.”

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Maybe this reveals more about the character of the candidate who seeks to be our next governor. Political adaptation on style is usually acceptable when you’re speaking to diverse audiences. But on the issue of border enforcement and national security there should be no room for error, Call us very skeptical but when Christine Jones changes her policy answer to suit her audience – we’re convinced its all about getting elected.

Christine Jones Adds Plagiarism to Campaign Checklist Woes

As the late great President Reagan would often say, “There you go again.” One can hear those words ring yesterday as gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones proves her not ready-for-political-prime-time status yet again.

It all started last year with an epic failure on immigration.  She must have failed basic geography because she simply didn’t know where the Rio Grande River is located. (Hint: it’s that river that borders Texas and Mexico.)  She also goofed on the percentage of Hispanics hired by Sheriff Joe.  And she even –wrongly — praised him for placing pots of water in the desert as part of his humanitarian efforts in helping illegal border crossers find their way north into Arizona. Oh, and those gaffes didn’t evade national scrutiny as they probably should have for someone running for Governor of a border state. If she wants the job, she should at least get the facts straight or at least hire someone who can feed her the facts for political regurgitation.

Christine JonesThen earlier this year it was revealed  that, in addition to her ignorance on some basic issues, she was also a serial exaggerator.  During congressional testimony eight years ago, Jones claimed to have been a prosecutor in Los Angeles when she had never even passed the California bar exam.  When pressed why she made the claim when it clearly wasn’t true, Jones explained that she’d been
pushed around by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI). Hmmm… That’s an odd admission for
someone who really wants to be governor – that she was bullied into false statements. In a state where women governors have no problem pointing a finger at the President of the United States, Arizonans are kinda looking for someone with a little more caliber.

But wait! It gets better! Jones also misrepresented her involvement in the military when she was caught on tape stating that when her husband got in, she got out [of the US Air Force].  The fact is, she was never actually in. Another fact check strikes again.

Fast forward to Wednesday in Tucson when Jones announced her new plan for developing Arizona’s economy. Instead of the historical Five C’s she unveiled borrowed the Five “T’s” — transportation, technology, tourism, training, and taxation.  Borrowed? You see the five T’s aren’t anything new.  Back in December, 2013, liberal Tucson city Mayor Jonathan Rothschild sorta kinda already threw the five T’s into political play.  The first three Tucson “T’s” are identical — transportation, technology, and tourism. Tucson used trade and teaching instead of training and taxation, but seriously, could there be a more flagrant, obvious rip-off of someone else’s ideas than this? At least she could have been more original by picking another letter in the alphabet to alliterate her ideas.

Who knows what political mine field Christine Jones will stumble into next? If we’re keeping track we can check off the boxes of ignorance, resume embellishment, and plagiarism. The way things are going she may even earn a spot on Saturday Night Live?

Hear 5-Minute Stump Speeches from 29 Arizona GOP Candidates!

uvs140316-001Here’s a chance to see and hear from no less than 29 Arizona elected-office candidates, all in one place. It’s like speed-dating for politicians(!).

On March 15, 2014, the Sun City West Republican club sponsored a well-run Candidates Forum in which each candidate packed all he/she could in a 5-minute appeal to Arizona voters.

The full article and videos are at this link.  You can hear them all or use time sliders to pick the candidates of your choice. Included, in order of appearance, are:

Michael Jeanes, candidate, Arizona Clerk of Courts
Sandra Dowling, candidate, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
Clint Hickman, candidate, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
Elbert Bicknell, candidate, Maricopy Country Health Care District #4
Jean McGrath, candidate, Marcopa County Community College District #4
John Heep, candidate, Marcopa County Community College District #4
Bonnie Katz, candidate, Arizona Corporation Commission
Lucy Mason, candidate, Arizona Corporation Commission
Diane Douglas, candidate, AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction
Jeff Dewit, candidate, Arizona State Treasurer
Randy Pullen, candidate, Arizona State Treasurer
David Livingston, candidate, AZ Representative LD22
Phil Lovas, candidate, AZ Representative LD22

Judy Burges, candidate, AZ Senate LD22
Clair Van Steenwyk,
candidate, US House of Representatives
Trent Franks,
candidate, US House of Representatives
Tom Forese,
candidate, Arizona Corporation Commission
Mark Brnovich,
candidate, AZ Attorney General
Tom Horne,
candidate, AZ Attorney General
Michele Reagan,
candidate, AZ Secretary of State
Justin Pierce,
candidate, AZ Secretary of State
Christine Jones,
candidate, AZ Governor
Al Melivn,
candidate, AZ Governor
Alice Lukasik,
candidate, AZ Governor
John Molina,
candiate, AZ Governor
Frank Riggs,
candidate, AZ Governor
Scott Smith,
candidate, AZ Governor

For the full article, click here.

Handicapping the Arizona Governor’s Race

Arizona PBS’s Horizon just featured a segment featuring ASU pollster Bruce Merrill discussing the current lineup and prospects seeking the office of Governor in 2014. For the most part I agree with Merrill’s assessment on the candidates but I think I’d like to point out some factors that the respected pollster may have overlooked.

First, here’s the interview with Ted Simon:

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If I were to break out the GOP gubernatorial race into three tiers, this is what it would look like. (For the purpose of full disclosure, I do not have any of these candidates as clients.)

First Tier:
Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith

Second Tier:
Secretary of State Ken Bennett
Christine Jones
Former Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman

Third Tier:
State Senator Al Melvin
Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas

Assessing the first tier of candidates, both Ducey and Smith are extremely formidable candidates with perhaps the best consulting firms/teams in Arizona running their campaigns. I like to refer to this race as a battle between the House of Noble and the House of Coughlin.

DC London is run by former Chief of Staff to Congressman John Shadegg, Sean Noble – one of the most disciplined, organized and well-connected consultants in the business. House of Coughlin is run by Governor Brewer’s closest advisor and strategist, Chuck Coughlin who founded and oversees Arizona’s HighGround firm. As noted, Noble and Coughlin are two of the best Republican consultants in the state of Arizona. Both their firms are ready to lock horns in the governor’s race with teams that will make the Republican primary battle very exciting to watch.

Both Doug Ducey and Scott Smith are also strong leaders in their respective arenas. They know how to campaign effectively and are very good with audiences. They also have the capacity to bring a lot of money to the table for their teams. On the GOP spectrum, Ducey draws out support from the grassroots while Smith tends to identify with the establishment.

At the present, Ducey’s assertiveness for this race has been a little below the radar while Smith’s team has been actively taking advantage of opportunities to boost the mayor’s profile. We saw this recently in Smith’s election as President of the US Conference of Mayors. This makes sense from Smith’s perspective since his profile is highest in the east valley and Ducey has already obtained statewide name recognition.

This race will be very tight as money, leadership style, likability and their respective teams are evenly matched.

Looking at the second tier, I would have to place Secretary of State Ken Bennett at the top of this tier, although he has the chance to bounce into the first tier given an effective campaign team. Bennett has run for statewide office before although he really didn’t have any competition. Anyone who knows Ken Bennett knows him as one of the nicest elected officials they’ve ever met. But his chivalrous soft-spoken demeanor is often seen as a lack of assertiveness. To jump into the first tier, he will need ditch some of the nice-guy persona and get a little more assertive.

Christine Jones’ biggest challenge is that no one knows who she is. Whoever she hires as her team will need to do a lot of catching up making the rounds. If she is counting on raising money from the political establishment, this will be tough because most of the cash is flowing to the upper tier. She will have to put a lot of her own money into the race to boost her profile and prove credibility as a candidate. When I first heard her name mentioned for a statewide office, my suggestion was to see her run for Attorney General because a Christine Jones vs. Felecia Rotellini matchup would keep that seat in the hands of Republicans.

Hugh Hallman also remains in the second tier primarily because of the challenges of statewide name identification and the challenge of fundraising in a crowded field. Hallman is one of the smartest policy guys and that may come off as being too wonky, geeky and not strong enough leadership. He is well liked but running for Governor is not like running for the 8th most populous city in Arizona,

Jumping to the third tier, it’s accurate to say that both Senator Al Melvin and former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas have no path to victory whatsoever.

Senator Melvin is one of the nicest men you will ever meet but his time in the Arizona Legislature has branded him with the image of the grandfatherly citizen legislator. He has never run for statewide office and the money, energy and team it requires to mount such a campaign is out of reach.

Finally (and this is difficult to write), Andrew Thomas has no chance of winning the nomination short of the entire Arizona judiciary system being indicted for corruption. If Thomas had only remained in the office of County Attorney and successfully beat the judiciary system, he might be invincible. Unfortunately he now has one of the highest political radioactivity levels when it comes to former elected officials. This will doom his campaign.

Having managed a statewide campaign, I will tell you that it is a tremendous amount of work that requires millions of dollars. Money does make the difference in races and candidates who assert themselves early through money, endorsements and profile take the advantage. Watch for this race to be far more exciting than it was in 2010!

 

Shane Wikfors is the creator and editor of Sonoran Alliance and President of Red Mountain Consulting & Development. He has been active in Arizona campaigns, grassroots politics and non-profit issue advocacy for over 23 years. You can read more about him at ShaneWikfors.com.