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:

Christine Jones on Lugar

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:

Jones Palin

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:

Jones Ron Paul

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:

Jones Rush

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

Jones Arpaio

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

Jones SB1070

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.

Jones Gay Marriage JonesDOMA

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:

YouTube Preview Image

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?

YouTube Preview Image

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

YouTube Preview Image

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

YouTube Preview Image

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

YouTube Preview Image

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

YouTube Preview Image

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

YouTube Preview Image

 

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
YouTube Preview Image

Ken Bennett - July 16, 2014
YouTube Preview Image

Christine Jones - July 15, 2014
YouTube Preview Image

Scott Smith - July 15, 2014
YouTube Preview Image

Frank Riggs - July 15, 2014
YouTube Preview Image

Doug Ducey – July 8, 2014
YouTube Preview Image

Fred DuVal – April 17, 2014
YouTube Preview Image

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:

YouTube Preview Image

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.”

YouTube Preview Image

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.

Frank Riggs: The California Congressman Who Wants To Be Arizona Governor

Bartles and Jaymes called. They want their congressman back!

Frank RiggsThere’s one candidate in the race for Governor who claims to be an Arizona conservative but his political dossier reveals otherwise.

Frank Riggs may have relocated to Arizona in 2001 but the astute voter can clearly detect the odor of California politics emanating from the former congressman. Perhaps it’s just sour grapes.

Riggs, who tried to run for Arizona Governor in 2006, quit his exploratory bid when he realized he failed to meet Arizona’s residency requirement for the race.

Sound familiar?

Riggs pulled the same quitting maneuver in California – twice! When a Democrat state senator challenged him in his congressional re-election, Riggs quit and decided to run for the U.S. Senate instead. But then he dropped out of that race too, blaming his lack of fund-raising prowess and the long commute between northern California and D.C. (Tony Perry, “Riggs’ Money Woes Kill Longshot Bid for U.S. Senate,” Los Angeles Times, 4/10/1998)

But quitting his political races at the slightest nudge of a challenge is not the only indicator of Riggs’ lack of preparedness and commitment.

The former congressman also had a problem keeping his promises. According to the same article, “Riggs spent considerable time in his first term deflecting criticism that he reneged on a promise to turn over his congressional pay increase to charity (he ended up sending half to charity) and another pledge not to take contributions from the oil and timber industries” (read article). Why Riggs held on to the other half of his pay raise, and broke his promise to reject big industry cash, is open to speculation but it may be another indicator that the congressman simply had a problem handling money.

The same Los Angeles Times article stated that Riggs violated federal campaign finance laws and only dodged being penalized because the statute of limitations had run out: “A Federal Elections Commission audit of his 1990 campaign found that he had violated election law by improperly bankrolling his campaign with corporate money and loans from his mother, father and sister that exceeded contribution limits.” When honest people are desperate for cash, they usually buckle down their expenses and find ways to earn extra money – not bend the rules as a means of financial survival.

Frank Riggs House BankingKeep in mind, this is the same Frank Riggs who paraded himself alongside six other freshmen Republicans in 1992 as the “Gang of Seven.” You remember these crusaders. They took on the infamous House banking scandal that embroiled fellow members of Congress who had overdrawn their House checking accounts. There’s only one problem: if you’re going to place yourself on an elite pedestal, you’d better be above reproach yourself. It was later discovered that Riggs also bounced several checks as part of the scandal. Ouch!

But it must be noted that Riggs not only didn’t mind burdening others with his financial problems, he also doesn’t mind burdening small business with increased costs by voting to raise the minimum wage not once, not twice, not even three times. Congressman Frank Riggs voted for legislation to raise the minimum wage four times. That’s four opportunities Riggs missed to stand up for small business and free market economic principles. Today, of course, he claims to be an advocate for small businesses and free enterprise, which directly contradicts previous support for increasing the minimum wage. Can you say flip flop?

But wait, it gets worse! During one term of Congressman Frank Riggs tenure, he managed to sneak $35 Million of pork into bills to benefit his district. That’s right. All told, Congressman Riggs brought home the bacon in the form of university buildings and a harbor dredging project(read article). Doesn’t quite sound like the congressman who only two years earlier, signed on to the Contract with American opining about fiscal prudence and balanced budgets.

But even when Congressman Frank Riggs bothered to show up for work and vote (he missed a higher-than-average number of roll call votes, according to GovTrack), his conservative rating was mediocre at best. According to VoteSmart and the American Conservative Union, Riggs scored a lifetime conservative rating of 76%. To put that in perspective, Riggs’ lifetime conservative score was lower than every one of Arizona’s Republican delegation at the time – including Jim Kolbe.

And when Riggs makes bad votes, they’re not just minor swerves to the left – they’re major over of the cliff calamities. Take the January 12, 1991 vote authorizing President Bush to use force in Iraq in accordance with US Security Council Resolution 678. Congressman Frank Riggs was one of three Republicans in the US House who voted against it. Arizona has already had its handful of unprincipled Republicans. She cannot afford another one – especially in the Governor’s office.

Anyone who performs a political credit check on Frank Riggs will easily discover that he scores far below the caliber Arizonans demand in their next governor. When our neighbors to the west leave California, they usually come here for a good reason – to leave behind the liberal California policies, values and bureaucratic regulations and red tape that strangled their businesses and finances. But, based on his record, Frank Riggs wants to bring those mediocre values to Arizona’s government. Republican voters in Arizona are smart and can sniff out the scent of a faux conservative. They should turn up their noses to candidates like Frank Riggs who cannot reconcile their rhetoric with their record.

State Senator Al Melvin’s Statement On Withdrawing From Governor’s Race

Al Melvin

“Our Cause Is More Important Than Any One Person”

Citing his campaign’s pace in collecting $5 contributions, and certain that Clean Elections funding would not be received in time for the start of early balloting, State Senator Al Melvin has formally withdrawn from the race for Arizona Governor, filing the required documents with the Arizona Secretary of State. His official statement is below:

“I had planned on having more time to decide my campaign’s future, but I was alerted by the Secretary of State’s office that while Maricopa County’s deadline to withdraw was June 27th, the remaining counties had their own early deadline and a decision had to be made by today. So after prayerful consideration with my wife and closest advisors and supporters, I filed the necessary documents with the Secretary of State’s office to formally withdraw from the race.

This was a difficult decision but one that I am at peace with. It was difficult because I believe so passionately about the principles we were campaigning for and because, as other candidates can attest to, you feel a tremendous responsibility to not let down your supporters and all those who have contributed time and treasure to the effort. At the same time, I am at peace with the decision because in spite of our efforts we were not going to be able to win the race, and no one who believes in our shared conservative values wants to see conservatives split the vote and allow a liberal to claim our party’s nomination.

Our cause is more important than any one person. For that reason it is time to end this particular campaign. But this is not the end of our fight for secure borders, high Arizona education standards instead of Common Core, tax relief, Texas-style Tort Reform, Universal School Vouchers, an energy policy that addresses Arizona’s long-term needs and economic health, and more. I look forward to seeing everyone on the campaign trail soon, and for years to come.”

A Lesson in Political Ads for Scott Smith

If you haven’t noticed yet, the statewide political ads are just getting started. And while we won’t see the first barrage of ads until mid-July when the early ballots go out, most statewide campaigns are just getting ready for production having enough time to hone their messaging and create that uniquely Arizona feel.

That is, unless you’re the Scott Smith campaign.

Today, the former Mayor of Mesa went up on air with a new ad called, “Crisis Demands Leadership.” In the press release announcing the ad, Smith touts his “record of experience and leadership in overcoming difficult challenges in the private and public sector.” We’ll have more on that record later but in the meantime, we want to straight up critique the ad on its production, political airplay and its content.

iStockVidSmith’s campaign obviously had difficulty overcoming a production challenge because they had to purchase a b-roll video file off an internet site that specializes in stock images and video. In the ad the viewer sees a nice Anglo family smiling as they sit surrounded by a luscious green park. There’s only one problem; the company that made the video footage is from Slovenia. So much for that uniquely Arizona feel. The campaign could have at least borrowed a family of Smith supporters and shot some footage at a local park for a nice local touch. Oops!

Then there’s the challenge of airing the ad statewide. Anyone who’s been around the Arizona political scene for anytime knows you can’t win statewide unless you win or break even in Pima County. The hard political reality is Tucson can make or break an election so you better show up and show some love in the Old Pueblo.

The challenge the Smith campaign cannot overcome here is that they’re not on the air on Tucson television. The last time we checked, the market for the four local affiliates in Tucson was relatively cheaper than the Phoenix market. So why no ads in Tucson? Could it be the financial challenge of not having the money? Or, maybe the campaign hasn’t yet cut an entirely different message that celebrates Smith’s weakness on immigration and his support for Common-Core a position that left-leaning Tucsonans could only appreciate.

Finally, the Smith campaign seems to have a problem overcoming the challenge of original ideas. Near the end of the ad, Mayor Smith holds up a pamphlet he calls “The Business Plan” – which he gives no details. Sound familiar? That’s right, sixteen days ago, Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey went on the air with his 2nd TV ad talking about his plan for Arizona, what he calls The Roadmap to Opportunity and Freedom. Ducey at least gives the highlights of his plan in the ad but Smith says nothing about his plan. Call Smith’s little flash of a plan a case of political copy-cat, it comes off as nothing more than catch-up pandering.

SSDDplan

 

Sadly, the Smith campaign does not appear to be ready for prime-time on a statewide election. Perhaps they felt rushed to get up on the air with something they thought would serve as a political placeholder. Regardless, the underlying problem of producing and putting up an appealing political ad with strong messaging may simply be symptomatic of a leadership dearth.

Arizona race for governor: Next stop, White House?

By Daniel Scarpinato

Arizona has long had an outsized spot on the national political stage, and that will likely put our next governor right smack in the middle of a pretty big spotlight.

Since 1964, we’ve had four prominent figures from our state run for president. Our political leaders often find themselves household names: John McCain, Sandra Day O’Connor, Jan Brewer. From SB1070 to the recent debate over SB1062, Arizona has been at the tip of nearly every major national issue of the last four years.

And our footprint is likely to increase.

We are growing in population and influence. When my parents moved here in 1978, our state had only six presidential electoral votes. Today, we have 11. In the next decade, we’ll probably have even more.

Recently, we haven’t been viewed as a competitive presidential state, but we could be. Bill Clinton won Arizona in 1996. The Southwest is where it’s at for future presidential elections.

All that makes the stakes extremely high in this year’s race for governor.

Why? Because our state’s next chief executive will have the opportunity to funnel these political realities into a national platform that could be significant for themselves and for us.

Think of it this way: Only 50 men and women in our entire country of 315 million people are executives of states.

Reporters who cover the yearly gathering of the National Governors Association will tell you that they can count on one hand the number who are impressive. Hence, governors – even of itty-bitty states – are instantly seen as credible contenders for leader of the free world. Think Howard Dean (from Vermont, the second-smallest state in America) or Sarah Palin (from Alaska, which has fewer residents than metropolitan Tucson).

So why haven’t recent Arizona governors been the subject of such speculation? For many reasons, but one big one: In the last 25 years, only two governors came to office elected in their own right. One resigned early (Fife Symington) and the other left to work for Obama (Janet Napolitano). The two who inherited the office – Jane Hull and Jan Brewer – made clear they were at the tail-end of their careers.

What am I getting at here?

Of the major gubernatorial candidates – Republican and Democrat – the median age is only 54. If the eventual victor is smart, competent and stays out of trouble, he or she could easily be a player on the national scene. And don’t even be surprised if you hear his or her name tossed out for President or Vice President.

Arizona congressman-turned-presidential candidate Mo Udall once joked that “Arizona is the only state where mothers don’t tell their children they can grow up to be President.”

That was back before the Brady Bunch was even in reruns, but four decades later, a new crop of Arizona moms are still waiting for that opportunity.

(Editor’s Note: Daniel Scarpinato is a native Tucsonan, former political reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, and current National Press Secretary for the National Republican Congressional Committee in Washington, D.C.)

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?

Frank Riggs Supports Veterans Choice Act

Frank Riggs
Cave Creek, AZ - 
Gubernatorial candidate, former U.S. Congressman and Army veteran Frank Riggs today applauded Arizona’s U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, and their colleagues Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Richard Burr (R-NC), for introducing the Veterans Choice Act in the wake of the continuing VA scandal.  The bill will provide veterans with choice and flexibility in medical providers, and increase transparency and tighten accountability of the VA.  “The VA health care system is clearly overwhelmed and broken,” Riggs said.  “Routine VA health care should be contracted to private providers so that existing VA facilities can be used for acute and in-patient care, and the swollen VA bureaucracy should be held to account for the delays in care and manipulation of records systemic throughout the VA, as highlighted by the inexcusable and unconscionable practices at the Phoenix VA Hospital.”

Riggs served in Congress with Coburn and Burr.  He was instrumental in obtaining funding for a VA outpatient clinic at Travis Air Force Base and helped spare that Military Airlift Command installation from the first round of base closure cuts.  Riggs will use that firsthand experience to protect Arizona’s vitally important military installations, including Luke AFB, Fort Huachuca and Davis-Monthan AFB.

Riggs is the only candidate for Governor who has served in both the armed forces and Congress.  “It’s clear more than ever, we need an experienced, tested and trusted leader in the Governor’s office with a proven conservative record,” Riggs said.  “We can’t trust the highest office in our state to someone who’s a blank slate with no legislative record whatsoever to back their rhetoric and promises.”  For more on the Riggs Record go towww.riggsforazgov.com.

Full text of the Veterans Choice Act

Sheriff Joe Arpaio will not run for Governor

Will Campaign for another Election for Sheriff

PHOENIX, AZ – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio released the following statement today about his decision regarding the Governor’s race in Arizona:

“I cannot in good conscience leave the Sheriff’s office now, since that would be necessary if I declare a candidacy for Governor. Currently, I have several sensitive investigations in progress and am facing many challenges in my office. Because of this, I will not desert the people of Maricopa County who have elected me six times. Further, I cannot desert my dedicated employees.”

Arpaio continued, “As I mentioned the night of my re-election in 2012, I stated that I would run again for Sheriff in 2016. So many have already supported my campaign for another term, having already raised over $4.2 million in the last 16 months.”

“I am a warrior who will continue to fight for the people of Maricopa County and my office. I know during the past years if I ran for Governor, I would have won. Recent polls still show my approval rating among Republicans between 85-90% and consistently over 60% among all voters. But personally, it was not in my cards. My wife of 57 years, Ava, has always supported me and will continue to support me no matter what office I run for.”

Sheriff Joe Arpaio was re-elected to a sixth term in November 2012. In January of 2015, Sheriff Arpaio will be the longest serving elected Sheriff in Maricopa County history.

Senator Al Melvin’s Remarks at AZGOP Dinner

For those who were unable to attend, the Melvin campaign put together a 2 1/2 minute video featuring the highlights of State Senator Al Melvin’s speech to the gathered GOP faithful.  If you have wanted to see and hear more from Al, this video makes for a very solid introduction.

YouTube Preview Image

 

Doug Ducey Gubernatorial Exploratory Committee Ends Year with Unprecedented Fundraising Results

Doug Ducey Shows Fundraising Firepower
Raises more than $1 million for exploratory gubernatorial campaign in 2014

PHOENIX (January 6) – Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey today announced his exploratory campaign for governor has raised more than $1,050,000 in 2013 – an unprecedented amount for a statewide exploratory committee in a nonelection year. He begins the year with $923,000 cash on hand.

“I’m incredibly humbled and grateful for the support shown for my exploratory campaign for governor,” Ducey said. “I’ve traveled to many corners of the state over the last several months and it’s clear that the vision for a stronger Arizona is resonating.

“Arizonans are ready to embrace a stronger economy, brighter education system and a leaner government, and I’m excited and ready to help lead us there.”

Key Points:

  • The majority of funds were raised under the old, lower limits of $912/person and $1,824/couple during the court-imposed stay. 
  • There’s substantial room for further fundraising now that maximum limits have been reinstated to $4,000/person and $8,000/couple. 
  • Funds were raised by nearly 1,000 individual donors, 80 percent of which were less than $1,000 and 40 percent were $500 or less.

For more information on Doug Ducey’s exploratory committee, please visit www.dougducey.com.

New Poll Shows Competitive Republican Primary Race, Approvals

Susquehanna Polling & Research Poll Finds Bennett in the Lead

Phoenix, AZ, DEC. 10, 2013—Current Secretary of State and former Senate president Ken Bennett is the early favorite in the upcoming Republican primary for governor, according to the latest poll from Susquehanna Polling & Research. He leads with 20% of the vote in a potential 6-way primary against State Treasurer Doug Ducey (8%) and Mesa Mayor Scott Smith (6%), who is still an undeclared candidate. Both Christine Jones, former GoDaddy attorney and Andrew Thomas, former Maricopa County attorney, have 4% of the vote each. Al Melvin, a current state senator from Tucson is last at 2%, while 53% remain undecided.

The following points include key findings from the poll, which was conducted from November 27th to December 4, 2013:

  • “Given the high undecided, it’s still way too early to predict a victory for anyone,” Jim Lee, President of Susquehanna Polling & Research said. However, because Bennett is the favorite with the Latter Day Saint (LDS) community and the tea party, his support will be harder to crack than other business and establishment type candidates. On the other hand, both Ducey and Jones are expected to raise millions of dollars to increase their statewide name ID (not including IE’s), while Bennett is relying on public funds. To their advantage, both Ducey and Bennett have experience running a statewide race. However, there is also a chance they will split the conservative vote, opening the door for Jones. “In a six-way race with at least four of the six considered formidable, whichever candidate gets 25% to 35% of the vote could be the winner in a low turnout type election typical of primaries,” Lee said.
  • Regardless of who wins the primary, two potential matchups of GOP candidates against presumptive Democratic nominee Fred DuVal shows both Bennett and Ducey with small leads over their Democrat opponent. Bennett leads DuVal 38-33, while Ducey leads DuVal 36-33. Both Bennett and Ducey do equally well against DuVal with Republicans, at 64-10 and 60-9, respectively. One of DuVal’s advantages could be the absence of a contested primary and the ability to harness resources, while a competitive and hotly contested GOP field could produce a damaged GOP nominee. “Nonetheless, the closeness of both races show that the governor’s race next November could be very competitive regardless of whom the nominees are,” Leslie Kelly, Regional Director of Business Development said.
  • Another question that may give insights into the race is the poll’s right direction/wrong track question. Currently, 49% say Arizona is headed in the wrong direction, while 39% say the state is on the right track. This negative result could suggest a sentiment for change, or some discontent with the status quo which potentially benefits DuVal and/or the Democrats if they campaign as agents of change with a new direction for the state. Republicans say the state is going in the right direction by a 51-36 margin, while Democrats lean “wrong” track by a 66:20 or better than a 3:1 margin. Independents are nearly divided (42-49 in favor of wrong track).

Methodology

This poll was conducted by Voter Survey Service, a division of Susquehanna Polling and Research in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Completed interviews were conducted November 27-December 4, 2013 with 600 registered voters, all of whom have vote history in past general elections (i.e., G2012, G2010 and/or G2008). Calls are made from a voter registration list purchased from our telephone list vendor, Labels & Lists, specializing in updated voter registration records for the state of Arizona. The sample frame was a landline telephone sample, with mixed modality including interviews conducted via live telephone agents using our professionally-trained survey research staff from our telephone call center in Harrisburg, as well as interviews conducted with automated polling software. Interviews are conducted randomly using probability-based sampling designs and closely monitored to ensure a representative sample of Arizona’s electorate is achieved based on geography, gender, age, party affiliation and other demographics; results are sometimes statistically weighted to account for either non-response or coverage bias. This poll was not paid for by any political party, candidate for public office or other group and was conducted mainly for public
dissemination and internal analysis.

The margin of error for a sample size of 600 interviews is +/-4.00% at the 95% confidence level.

© Susquehanna Polling and Research, Inc. is a nationally known survey research and polling firm for both candidates for public office (GOP only) as well as various corporations, association clients and media outlets. Voter Survey Service (VSS) is a division of SP&R and conducts surveys in more than a dozen states including Pennsylvania, Arizona, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, Colorado, Missouri, Iowa, West Virginia and others. SP&R recently served as the pollster for Mayor-elect Don Guardian in his historic upset victory in the 11/5 mayoral election in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
More information about our firm can be found at www.susquehannapolling.com.

SPR121013

State Senator Al Melvin Handily Wins Online Tea Party Straw Poll for AZ Governor

Melvin Letterhead Art

“We all know the difference between scientific polls and straw polls, but we are very encouraged at the success we enjoyed in the Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots poll.” – Al Melvin

The third-term Senator was the clear winner in the online poll that allowed participants to vote for any of the declared candidates for Governor.  With nearly 1,000 responses compiled, Melvin had 44% of the vote.

AZGOV Tea Party Poll Results Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 9.10.38 AM

“There are candidates who talk about what they will do if elected and then there is Al Melvin, who can also talk about what he has actually done since being elected.” said Joe Boogaart, himself an organizer for Melvin’s campaign.

Boogaart added, “Al Melvin offers bold reforms and real proposals to create growth on a massive scale.  He offers an impassioned defense of Arizona’s rights in the face of an ever-encroaching federal government, and he proposes education reform that finally and firmly shifts the power away from bureaucracies and into the hands of parents where it belongs.  And he gets to back up these promises with a real record of standing tall for conservatives.”

Melvin serves as Chairman of the Commerce, Energy and Military Committee and founded the highly successful Mining Caucus and Tourism Caucus. He has had a long business career in international trade and transportation, is a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY and received his MBA degree from Thunderbird-School of Global Management in Glendale, AZ.  Prior to his election to the Senate, he taught college level courses as an adjunct, in economics, international business and management.

Melvin is a military veteran and graduate of the US Naval War College. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his service as Squadron Commander of COMPSRONTWO, then the largest ship squadron in the US Navy (14 ships) based at the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. In 1999, after 30 years in the US Naval Reserve, he retired as a Navy Captain, the equivalent of a full colonel.

He is a member of the VFW, American Legion, Military Officers of America and other military related organizations.  Sen. Melvin is a life Member of the NRA (National Rifle Association).  He is a member of the Elks, Rotary and Knights of Columbus, and he remains a proud Eagle Scout (class of ’61).

Al and his wife Kou reside in SaddleBrooke in Pinal County, just north of Tucson and attend Santa Catalina Catholic Church in Catalina.

# # #