Weiers Asks Cruz To Repudiate Endorsement From Top Supporter

Cruz Supporter Wants To Shut Down Luke Air Force Base

(GLENDALE, AZ) You can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep. One of the people Manuel Cruz proudly touts as an endorser is former State Senator Kyrsten Sinema. While many know about her far left politics, few know that she wants to close down Luke Air Force Base. Here is what she told the Arizona Republic:

I do not support our country’s trend of expanding and increasing militarization. The U.S. military spends more money on weaponry and equipment than many countries spend altogether. The money spent on planes that are too heavy to fly, missile systems that don’t work, and weaponry in numbers too large ever to be used should be used to create useful jobs for working people. For this reason, I do not support keeping Luke Air Force Base open.- Kyrsten Sinema

Cruz is aware of Sinema’s outlandish beliefs yet he still proudly lists her endorsement on his website. That’s because Cruz is a Vice-Chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party, and when he isn’t trying to get himself elected Mine Inspector or Mayor, he is trying to get liberals like Barack Obama and Kyrsten Sinema elected to office.

Weiers said, “Extreme partisanship prevents Mr. Cruz from distancing himself from politicians who would devastate Glendale. What is even more troubling is that Ms. Sinema is seeking a seat in Congress, giving her the ability to start making good on her threat to close Luke. If Mr. Cruz is serious about saving jobs in Glendale and preserving Luke Air Force Base, then he needs to publicly denounce Sinema’s statement and repudiate her endorsement.”

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Jerry Weiers: Why Manuel Cruz’s Liberalism Is Wrong For Glendale and Its Economy

(GLENDALE, AZ) After an anemic election result on August 28th, Manuel Cruz fired his campaign consultants and embraced the largest proposed tax hike in Glendale history. That’s what liberals do. They always fall back on higher taxes and bigger government as their solutions to everything.

When the Glendale City Council passed a seven-tenths of one cent tax increase without allowing a public vote, I opposed it. Conversely, my opponent thinks the public should be shut out of this process and that hoisting this punitive tax increase on local business, seniors and residents is appropriate. I don’t.

When some of Glendale’s largest employers and tax generators like jewelers, car dealers and others said the tax hike would destroy business, I supported their efforts to create an exemption, a decision that would also alleviate the tax burden on Glendale citizens looking to make and keep those purchases in our city. Manuel Cruz opposed providing this job saving tax relief.

When I entered this race months ago, I proposed the creation of a citizen Budget Commission to aid the city budgeting process just like our Planning Commission aids land use decisions. I am pleased to see the city is moving toward such an approach.

While I want to keep the Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale and understand their importance I am not willing to do so at all costs. This is why I opposed the deal most recently negotiated with the City Council as being overly generous to proposed ownership, including payments even if disagreements between National Hockey League players and owners led to the cancellations of games, as is now occurring! We must renegotiate with the NHL and Phoenix Coyotes ownership, and recognize that the latest Phoenix Coyotes agreement is an improvement over the deal that was first proposed, and opposed by people like me. It needs to improve further before the Council can vote to support it.

This same approach should be taken with the new ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the owners of the Chicago White Sox, who together anchor Camelback Ranch. This is yet another venture that is draining Glendale coffers. If they can pay $2.1 billion to buy a team, they can come to the table to help a city that has helped them in the past.

Finally, making the best decisions for Glendale taxpayers means having sufficient information. Why would anyone, including my opponent, endorse raising taxes so significantly and shutting the public out of the process while the Phoenix Coyotes’ saga remains in flux and new city management has yet to conclude its report on city finances, including proposed reforms that could save taxpayers even more money? This is the difference between a liberal philosophy and one rooted in common-sense.

I have strong political beliefs but I do not think one can best serve as Mayor by serving as an ideologue. Manuel Cruz is a Vice-Chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party. He is an ideologue, supported by out-of-state labor unions and left-wing radicals who share his vision of government spending as the solution to every problem. I do not. He will put the Democratic Party’s best interests above the City of Glendale’s. One cannot hold a top level party leadership position and be expected to serve the residents of Glendale at the same time. That is why I am publicly calling on Manuel Cruz to resign his position as a Vice-Chairman of the Democratic Party. 

I will never support shutting the public out of the tax-raising debate as my opponent does. And it is true I do not support a seven-tenths of one cent tax increase that simply pours money into the black hole of the General Fund. However, when all the information is in I will not categorically reject the notion of asking voters to weigh in on tax measures if I believe they could be necessary to our public safety, parks, libraries, roads and other core functions of government.

Much in the way city bond projects are often divided into a series of packages for voters to consider, the same should be done for emergency sales tax increases.

For example, a much smaller and dedicated tax increase might be proposed to ensure our police and fire departments are able to protect the community. This is a tax increase I could support after all of the information has been disclosed and if I am convinced it is the only way to protect the public and the good men and women who serve us.

Similarly, smaller tax increases could be offered for parks, libraries and other needs so our citizenry could decide if all, some, or none of it is worthy of tax hikes.

And we should have sunsets on any temporary taxes of less than 5 years. My opponent supports the one huge tax increase for at least five years, perhaps permanently. I do not. Any tax increase to help manage Glendale’s budget crisis should be short and temporary.

I am proud of the work I did in the Arizona State Legislature, helping to turn our old $3 Billion deficit into today’s $800 Million surplus. A turnaround like that can happen in Glendale too, and it will if we reject the failed liberal ‘tax and spend’ proposal of my opponent and instead pursue common-sense solutions that bring our city together around shared priorities and common goals.

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Jerry Weiers is an award-winning Friend of the Taxpayer who has been endorsed by Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs, Governor Jan Brewer, the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police, The Arizona Police Association, the Glendale Chapter of the Phoenix Firefighters Association, and Republican and Democrat leaders alike. 

Weiers moved to Arizona in 1966. He has represented the West Valley in the State Legislature for nearly eight years. He worked alongside Mayor Scruggs in efforts to bring the F-35 to Luke Air Force Base, solidifying this critical economic engine for Glendale. As a state lawmaker, Weiers has also helped Arizona recover from years of previous over-spending, turning a multi-billion dollar deficit into this year’s nearly $800 Million budget surplus. 

Jerry is an accomplished pilot who flies out of the Glendale airport. He is a motorcycle enthusiast, and he is a member of the El Zaribah Shriners Motorcycle Unit. He performs in parades across the state and is also a reservist for the Arizona Department of Public Safety. For more information go to www.weiersformayor.com 

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Jerry Weiers — Friend of Special Interests, Enemy of Glendale Taxpayers

Note to Readers:  This post is a repost and being reposted without any knowledge or approval by Shane.  This post was originally posted a few days ago but removed after Jerry’s campaign complained to their friends on 24th Street.  Seems certain Party leadership doesn’t believe in free speech anymore. They seem to believe it is ok to attack Republicans on this or another blog run by a certain county party chair as long as the posts don’t attack their sacred cows.

Jerry Weiers, a candidate for Glendale’s mayor, tries to hold himself out as a conservative.  But after reviewing his positions and legislative history, he is misleading the voters.  In reality, Jerry is a friend of special interests and an enemy of Glendale’s taxpayers.

Jerry claims to support lower taxes but vehemently opposes Glendale’s initiative to reverse the recently passed sales tax increase.  With this 0.7% tax increase, Glendale has the highest sales tax (10.2% on retail purchases; 11.2% on restaurants and bars) of any large city in the County.  Glendale currently has the third highest sales tax rate of the 107 largest cities in the country and became #1 with this increase.  Wouldn’t someone claiming to oppose tax increases be aghast and oppose this increase?

NOT Special Interest Jerry.  This $23 million sales tax increase will go towards paying Glendale’s $30+ million dollar a year subsidy to a special interest, the Phoenix Coyotes.  So Jerry thinks it’s OK for Glendale’s citizens to pay the highest sale tax in the county to subsidize professional hockey.  True fiscally conservatives oppose the sales tax increase that is being used to subsidize a pro hockey team.

While supporting a tax increase affecting Glendale’s citizenry and small businesses, Jerry does support an exception of the sales tax increase applying to two millionaire new car dealers in Glendale, one of whom doesn’t even want the special tax break.  Jerry thinks it is fine to give tax breaks to two millionaire new car dealers while raising taxes on groceries bought by Glendale taxpayers.   That’s Special Interest Jerry for you!!

But these positions by Jerry should not come as a surprise to anyone who followed his legislative career.  Overall, Jerry’s legislative career is unsurprisingly unaccomplished.  Jerry’s biggest accomplishment in his eight years at the Capital is his constant and persistent shakedowns of lobbyists and others at the Capital for money for the special interests he supports.  His constant shakedown of lobbyists became so blatant and offensive that another Republican state legislator introduced a bill last session to stop Jerry’s shakedowns.

Jerry claims to be a fiscal conservative – also a lie.  Jerry was recently graded as “Needs Improvement” by Americans for Prosperity, a leading fiscally conservative taxpayer’s group.

The proclivity of this current city council to give millions of taxpayer money to special interests has taken Glendaleto the brink of bankruptcy.  Does Glendale really want a new Mayor who will continue those policies that have made Glendalethe worst run city in Arizona?  Does Glendale really need another mayor who cares more about special interests than Glendale’s taxpayers and citizens?   Glendale needs a truly fiscally conservative mayor – and that’s not Jerry Weiers.

 

 

Candidate For Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers Secures Another Key Endorsement

(GLENDALE, AZ) Maricopa County Supervisor Max Wilson has endorsed Jerry Weiers in the race for Glendale Mayor. Wilson joins a growing list of leaders, including congressman Trent Franks, in endorsing Weiers.

Wilson has been serving on the Board of Supervisors since 2002 and is currently its Chairman. One of Supervisor Wilson’s main focuses is the protection of Luke Air Force Base. Wilson said, ““I could have no better partner that Jerry Weiers in protecting Luke Air Force Base. In addition, Jerry knows the issues that are important to the West Valley and he has the experience to work with regional governments to secure Glendale’s future.”

Weiers said, “I am honored to have Max’s endorsement. He and I are both aware that cooperation and communication between governments are what’s needed to grow our economy and protect local assets such as Luke.”

Weiers moved to Arizona in 1966. He has represented the West Valley in the State Legislature for nearly eight years. He helped lead efforts to bring the F-35 to Luke Air Force Base, solidifying this critical economic engine for Glendale. As a state lawmaker, Weiers has also helped Arizona recover from years of previous over-spending, turning a multi-billion dollar deficit into this year’s budget surplus.

Jerry is an accomplished pilot who flies out of the Glendale airport. He is a motorcycle enthusiast, and he is a member of the El Zaribah Shriners Motorcycle Unit. He performs in parades across the state and is also a reservist for the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

For more information go to www.weiersformayor.com

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Will Gov. Jan Brewer stand up to the crony capitalists?

URGENT ACTION ITEM BELOW

To all Arizona Taxpayers:

Thanks to your efforts during the past few days, House Rules Committee chairman Rep. Jerry Weiers has agreed to put Senate Bill 1322, the municipal managed competition reform bill, on the Rules calendar. (Now that Weiers is on board, you can stop clogging his blackberry with emails…) And it looks like we may already have enough votes to get the bill out of the House of Representatives.

After that, the bill will probably go to the desk of Governor Jan Brewer. Gov. Brewer has some good policy people in her office, and she sometimes shows great courage (as she did last week by signing the balanced budget produced by the legislative majority), but she is under intense pressure from government-worker unions and from business lobbyists to kill the reform.

We all understand why the government-worker unions would oppose competitive bidding: They do not want to compete on a level playing field with private enterprise to provide city services. But why would business interests oppose a transparent and competitive bidding process for city services? Very simple: Many of the businesses that have lobbyists down at the Arizona Capitol are crony capitalists. They have sweetheart contracts with city governments and other governments that were not awarded under a truly open, competitive bidding process. If SB 1322 passes, the crony capitalists in Phoenix and Tucson will not be able to rely on cozy political relationships and campaign contributions to win contracts. To quote the actual language of SB 1322, the crony capitalists will be forced to compete to provide services at the “highest quality, lowest cost and most reliable performance.”

Gov. Brewer needs your help to stand firm against the corporate-welfare lobbyists. To understand the kind of pressures Gov. Brewer faces, read the first few paragraphs of the latest column on the Fiesta Bowl scandal by Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts: http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/LaurieRoberts/124401

Here are Two Important Action Items on SB 1322:

1) Call and email Gov. Jan Brewer and tell her to stand firm against the crony capitalists and the government-worker unions. Tell her you are a taxpayer and you want to see city governments become more efficient. Be sure to put the phrase “Gov. Brewer, please support SB 1322” in the subject line and in the body of your email. The phone number for Gov. Brewer is (602) 542-4331 and her email contact page is http://www.azgovernor.gov/Contact.asp

For an editable, pre-written email (please change the subject line to say “Gov. Brewer, please support SB 1322”), you can go to this page and scroll down: http://tinyurl.com/azfumble

2) Be sure to come to the Feet to the Fire Tea Party at the Arizona Capitol on Friday evening, April 15, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Our Legislators and our Governor spend far too much time at the Capitol, listening to lobbyists. Your physical presence at the Capitol on April 15 will help to remind our elected officials that there really are taxpayers out there, and that taxpayers want them to stand firm against the government-worker unions and the corporate-welfare lobbyists. Event details are posted here: http://www.aztaxpayers.org

More Information about SB 1322

The lobbyists from city hall are putting out a lot of misinformation about Senate Bill 1322, which would require Arizona cities with populations of 500,000 or more (Phoenix and Tucson) to open up city services to competition from the private sector. Unfortunately, too few Legislators have actually read the bill, so we have put together a fact sheet exposing some of the false claims that have been made about the reform:

http://tinyurl.com/sb1322myths

For Liberty, Tom

Tom Jenney
Arizona Director
Americans for Prosperity*
www.aztaxpayers.org
tjenney@afphq.org

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WARNING: Government union members posing as Tea Partiers!

URGENT ACTION ITEMS

To all Arizona Taxpayers and Tea Partiers:

House Rules Committee chairman Rep. Jerry Weiers and other Arizona Legislators are getting many emails and calls from persons pretending to be Tea Partiers, who are telling them to vote against SB 1322, the municipal managed competition reform bill.

At this point, you have a question: How could otherwise conservative Legislators be deceived into believing that real Tea Partiers oppose a pro-taxpayer reform that would create jobs, reduce government spending, and introduce market competition into city services? We have posted an explanation below, as well as background information on why SB 1322 is good for Arizona taxpayers.

Here are Three Important Action Items:

1) Call and email Rep. Jerry Weiers (a good guy, with conservative instincts), and remind him that you are a taxpayer and that you want to see city governments become more efficient. Rep. Weiers is a key gatekeeper in the process, and he is currently keeping SB 1322 from being heard in the House Rules Committee, because so many false “tea partiers” have contacted his office during the past week. Be sure to put the phrase “Vote YES on SB 1322” in the subject line and in the body of your email. The email for Rep. Jerry Weiers is jpweiers@azleg.gov and his phone is (602) 926-5894.

2) Call and email the other members of the House, especially if you know them, or live in their districts. Focus on the ones with Rs next to their names (the Democrats appear to be solidly in the pocket of the government workers unions):

http://www.azleg.gov/MemberRoster.asp?Body=H

3) Be sure to come to the Feet to the Fire Tea Party at the Arizona Capitol on Friday evening, April 15, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Our Legislators spend far too much time at the Capitol, listening to lobbyists. Your physical presence at the Capitol on April 15 will help to remind Legislators that there really are taxpayers out there, and that taxpayers want them to stand firm against the government-worker unions and the corporate-welfare interest groups. Event details are posted here: http://www.aztaxpayers.org

Why Conservative Legislators Sometimes Fail to Do the Right Thing

1) Our Legislators are very busy. The majorities in the Senate and House just passed a budget that makes significant cuts to government spending and balances the budget honestly for the first time in at least four years. They did so in the face of massive opposition from government unions and corporate-welfare interests. In many cases, Legislators stayed up all night long producing the budget. Legislators are also trying to read hundreds of bills, including dozens of good bills that are backed by conservatives and Tea Partiers. With all of this activity, it is easy for Legislators to lose track of important reforms such as SB 1322.

2) Our Legislators hear constantly from pro-government lobbyists. While you are taking care of your job and your family, full-time taxpayer-funded lobbyists are down at the Capitol, making the rounds and talking to Legislators who don’t spend enough time in the real world talking to taxpayers. AFP-Arizona director Tom Jenney was the ONLY registered lobbyist in the entire state who signed in favor of the Senate and House budget bills and the necessary budget cuts. The list of opponents to the budget includes literally hundreds of lobbyists in opposition to the budget cuts. Those lobbyists represent government unions, local government officials put in power by union voters, and corporate-welfare interests who are dependent on existing sweetheart deals with governments. Those are the same lobbyists who oppose SB 1322! Unfortunately, if the Legislators don’t hear from you, it is very easy for them to be led astray by false arguments and red herrings from lobbyists.

3) Legislators tend to have short memories. Even though our Legislators have received literally hundreds of emails from taxpayers and tea partiers over the past few weeks in favor of SB 1322, most Arizona Senate and House members do not have a good way of keeping tallies on these bills. Unfortunately, if Rep. Weiers and his colleagues get a couple dozen emails from false tea party members this week, those emails will be fresh in their minds, while your many previous emails may be forgotten. So please keep contacting your Legislators (see action items 1 and 2 above)!

More Information about SB 1322

Please go to this URL for an explanation of the benefits of Senate Bill 1322, which would require Arizona cities with populations of 500,000 or more (Phoenix and Tucson) to open up city services to competition from the private sector:

http://tinyurl.com/nolegsleft

For Liberty, Tom

Tom Jenney
Arizona Director
Americans for Prosperity
www.aztaxpayers.org