Challenger Landis Earns An Unusual (and NOT helpful) Endorsement

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Goodyear Mayor trashes conservatives as reason for supporting Landis

Mayor Georgia Lord

Mayor Georgia Lord

In an unusual move for Republican Party politics, Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord has endorsed Litchfield Park City Councilwoman Diane Landis in her race against State Representatives Steve Montenegro and Darin Mitchell in large part because Montenegro and Mitchell were both conservatives and, as she put it, “What have conservatives ever accomplished at the federal or state level? Nothing, except saying ‘No!’”

While Mayor Lord is certainly entitled to support Landis as an alternative to having conservatives in office, it is worth reminding Mayor Lord of just a few of the many good things conservatives have done in Arizona:

  • Turned the liberal Napolitano deficit into a budget surplus
  • Made Arizona the most 2nd Amendment friendly state in the nation
  • Took major steps to fight against illegal immigration
  • Resisted liberal calls for permanent tax hikes that would cost Arizona jobs
  • Passed major transparency legislation to allow taxpayers to know how their government spends its money
  • Helped Arizona earn the #6 ranking for Economic Climate
  • Made Arizona the most school choice friendly state in the nation
  • Turned Arizona into the #1 state in the country for entrepreneurial startups
  • Cut taxes and turned Arizona into a top-5 state for job growth
  • Protected Private Property Rights
  • Worked successfully to bring the F-35 fighter to Luke AFB
  • And much much more…

“As conservatives, I don’t think that Steve (Montenegro) or I are surprised to be challenged from our left, but I think the Mayor is wrong in her attacks on conservatives both at the state and federal level.” said Darin Mitchell.

“Darin and I ran as conservatives and were elected as conservatives. We owe it to our district to act in its best interest and to govern as we promised to do.” said Steve Montenegro.

In comparison, Landis has consistently earned failing grades from taxpayer groups, was named “Friend of Big Government” by American for Prosperity Arizona, supported the ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion, and has presided over the draining of much of Litchfield Park’s Rainy Day Fund to cover ordinary operating expenses.

Why Run For Office If You Don’t Know What You Believe?

H/T to one of our readers and Frosty Taylor and her Maricopa County GOP Briefs for clueing us in on Monday night’s LD13 showdown between incumbent State Representative Darin Mitchell and challenger Diane Landis up in Wickenburg.  The topic was Common Core and while Mitchell “spoke strongly” against Common Core, Landis “said she was still listening to both sides of the issue before taking a stand.”  This is similar to Landis’ current “I’m still learning” position on Medicaid Expansion.  Keep in mind the Expansion issue has dominated the headlines since January, the Legislative session dragged on weeks past the 100 day deadline to deal with the issue, yet nearly ten months later Diane Landis still does not know what she would have done about the issue.

What Landis does know is that she wants to be promoted from the City Council to the State Legislature and to do that she is running against conservatives Steve Montenegro and Darin Mitchell.  What Landis doesn’t know is how she would vote on issues that matter.  Congressman Trent Franks is fond of saying that there are two kinds of people who run for office – those that want to do something, and those that want to be something.  If Diane Landis doesn’t know what she wants to do, we can safely assume she is running for different reasons.

Montenegro will end Exploratory Committee, backs Wil Cardon for Secretary of State

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PHOENIX – State Representative Steve Montenegro today issued the following statement:

“In March of this year I was approached by a group of conservative leaders who asked me to explore a run for Secretary of State.  At the time, their concern was that such a critical office needed a reliable conservative to ensure that Arizona’s elections would be held in strict compliance with the law and that the integrity of the process would come first.  They also shared their concern that as first-in-line to succeed the Governor, the Secretary of State needed to be a solid conservative in case anything should happen that would cause the office of Governor to be vacated.  At the time, the field of potential candidates was decidedly narrow, left-of-center, and their reason for concern was both legitimate and compelling.

I have spent these last five months exploring and was encouraged by the results, both around Arizona and even nationally.  I have been honored and humbled by those who have stepped up to put their name next to mine, included twenty or so of my fellow State Legislators.  I had every reason to believe that the fight we were being drawn into was one we were best prepared to fight.

However, over the last week or so the race changed in a fundamental way.  Wil Cardon, a fellow conservative and someone I supported when he ran for the U.S. Senate last year, spoke with me and indicated that he was prepared to run for Secretary of State.  Since then he has filed to run.  Wil brings both a statewide organization and phenomenal resources to this race, and the experience he gained in 2012 will make him a better and more effective candidate.  While I recognize that there is no such thing as “can’t lose” in politics, Wil Cardon is our best chance to ensure that a conservative wins in November and that liberal candidates considering this office will not be successful.

It makes no sense for me to consume the time and treasure of so many good people to run an uphill race against someone on the same team.  Several years ago, when I was first recruited into running for office, I learned that politics is a team sport and politicians fail themselves and those they serve when they put their interests ahead of the team’s.

Conservatives in Arizona wanted a candidate for Secretary of State they could rally to.  With Wil Cardon they have that candidate, and I am pleased to offer him my support.  I would further encourage everyone who was so kind to me and who offered me support to take a close look at Wil and then join me in the effort to elect Wil and other conservatives up and down the ballot in 2014.

I have enjoyed my time in the State House and look forward to continuing my work there, and to seeking re-election in 2014.

Melissa and I want to thank everyone, from the bottoms of our hearts, for your support, prayers, contributions, and effort.  I look forward to serving the cause for years to come, particularly when the time is right and the need is compelling.

Onward to victory in 2014, and Vote Cardon!”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 5th, 2013

PHOENIX – State Representative Steve Montenegro today announced that the Honorable Kris Kobach, Secretary of State from Kansas, has endorsed him for Secretary of State.

“Defending the integrity of our election system requires a commitment to defending our founding principles and American values.  The people of Arizona will be well served by Steve Montenegro and I enthusiastically endorse him.” said Kobach in his endorsement.

“Being endorsed by perhaps the best Secretary of State in the country is a real honor.” said Montenegro.

Kris Kobach was elected Kansas’ Secretary of State in 2010.  Before that, he served as Chairman of the Kansas Republican Party, has been a leading national voice in the effort to enforce immigration laws, and helped to draft Arizona’s SB1070.

In March of this year, and in response to the urging of nearly two dozen conservative leaders from around the state, Montenegro formed an Exploratory Committee to consider a run for Secretary of State.  His effort has earned the endorsements of national conservative leaders like Ward Connerly and Ken Blackwell, nearly two dozen state legislators, and conservative and Tea Party leaders from around the state.

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Hon. Ken Blackwell endorses Steve Montenegro for Secretary of State

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PHOENIX – State Representative Steve Montenegro today announced that the Honorable Ken Blackwell had endorsed him for Secretary of State.

“The job of Secretary of State calls for someone with integrity and backbone.  The voters of Arizona would be very well served by Steve Montenegro, a proven conservative, and I wholeheartedly endorse him and support him.” wrote Blackwell in his endorsement.

“It is humbling to receive such kind words from such a great leader in our party.” said Montenegro in response.

Ken Blackwell served as Ohio’s Secretary of State from 1999-2007 and was the first African-American to be the candidate for Governor from a major party in Ohio when he was the GOP nominee in 2006.  He continues to be a major leader in conservative efforts and is currently on the board of the National Rifle Association, the National Taxpayers Union and The Club for Growth.  He is also the National Chairman at Pass the Balanced Budget Amendment.

In March of this year, and in response to the urging of nearly two dozen conservative leaders from around the state, Montenegro formed an Exploratory Committee to consider a run for Secretary of State.

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Rep. Montenegro Unveils County Chairmen for Exploratory Committee

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PHOENIX – State Representative Steve Montenegro (LD13) today unveiled a list of supporters who have endorsed him and agreed to serve as County Chairmen for his Exploratory Committee.

“It is fantastic to have the support of these great people all over the state.  They will be a real help as they each have a great network of Republicans that can help us to spread our message and reach our entire party.” said Montenegro.

Montenegro’s initial list of county chairmen includes:

Apache County – Hon. Barry Weller

Cochise County – Hon. David Gowan, Hon. David Stevens

Coconino County – Drake Mitchell, Hon. Bob Thorpe

Gila County – Don Ascoli, Pamela Burruel

Graham County – Don Carter

Greenlee County – Hon. Robert Corbell

La Paz County – Hon. George Nault

Maricopa County – Len Munsil, Ed Robson

Mohave County – Hon. Sonny Borelli, Hon. Ron Gould, Hon. Kelli Ward

Navajo County – Hon. Sylvia Allen

Pima County – Hon. Ray Carroll

Pinal County – Hon. John Fillmore, Marty Hermanson, Stephen Kohut

Santa Cruz County – Dave Bareiss

Yavapai County – Patti Lewis, Dick & Rose Sperry

Yuma County – Hon. Russ Clark

“I know that we will build larger county organizations as we continue to expand our effort, but we are certainly off to a great start!” said Montenegro.

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Conservative Leader Ward Connerly Endorses Steve Montenegro for Secretary of State

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PHOENIX – Calling State Representative Steve Montenegro an “extraordinarily valuable leader” in the effort to end race, gender and ethnic preferences in Arizona, national conservative leader and civil rights leader Ward Connerly today endorsed Montenegro for Secretary of State.

“It is a real honor to have someone of Ward Connerly’s stature endorse our exploratory efforts.” said Montenegro.  In 2010, Montenegro was a prime sponsor of legislation that became Prop 107, Arizona’s Civil Rights Initiative.  The Proposition banned the use of preferences based on race, ethnicity, and gender at public colleges and universities, in public hiring, and in the granting of government contracts.  Arizona voters approved the measure by a 60%-40% margin.

In March of this year, and in response to the urging of nearly two dozen conservative leaders from around the state, Montenegro formed an Exploratory Committee to consider a run for Secretary of State.

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Limiting Government Week Launches Online Petition

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State Representative Steve Montenegro, Co-Chair

State Senator Al Melvin, Co-Chair 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 26, 2013

Phoenix, AZ – Responding to the positive reactions we have received from Arizona voters to our Limiting Government Week proposal, we have launched an online petition to encourage the Arizona Legislature to agree to our proposal starting with the 2014 Legislative Session.

The online petition is available at:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/limiting_government_week_in_arizona

We encourage everyone who supports this idea to sign that petition.  Together, we can make positive changes here in Arizona!

ABOUT LIMITING GOVERNMENT WEEK – Limiting Government Week is a proposition by State Representative Steve Montenegro and State Senator Al Melvin that one week out of each legislative session be set aside exclusively for bills that reduce or eliminate arcane laws and burdensome regulations that do nothing to improve the lives of Arizonans or the economic health of its employers.

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State Representative Steve Montenegro’s statement on today’s Supreme Court decision re: Arizona’s Prop 200 and Voter Registration

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 17th, 2013

PHOENIX – “It is common sense that since you must be a citizen to vote, you should be required to show proof of citizenship before you register.  Prop 200 was a common-sense solution to this problem and I commend Attorney General Tom Horne for defending the law.

I am troubled by Justice Scalia’s assertion that Arizona still has ways of getting the job done by asking permission from the Elections Assistance Commission.  He pointed out that in recent years Louisiana requested and was granted such permission.  Yet today, that commission has no members, making it impossible for Arizona to seek such relief.
 Should the commission ever regain voting members, Arizona’s Secretary of State should move to immediately secure such permission.

In the meantime I will continue to advocate for protecting the integrity of our election system, from voter registration to ballot handling to vote tabulating.  Arizona’s voters, like voters everywhere, deserve fair, honest, and transparent elections.”

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State Representative Steve Montenegro Introduces Exploratory Committee Team

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 3rd, 2013

PHOENIX – State Representative Steve Montenegro (LD13), today introduced the team of consultants that will be helping him to evaluate the Secretary of State race.

“Part of this process is working with professionals who can analyze the race and determine what a path to victory will look like.  So I am extremely excited to have such an outstanding group of individuals agreeing to work on this effort.” said Montenegro.

Montenegro’s team includes:

Polling/ResearchChris Wilson, Wilson Perkins Allen Research – WPA is one of the nation’s leading opinion research firms and the firm’s principals have represented more than 100 former and current members of Congress.  Notable WPA clients include U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee; Congressmen Allen West, Joe Heck, Raul Labrador, and Congresswoman Ann Wagner; and Governors Mike Pence and Sam Brownback.

Internet/Social MediaVincent Harris, Harris Media, LLC – Harris first garnered national attention for his work on behalf of Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign, but his subsequent work for the presidential campaigns of Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich, along with his work for Ted Cruz’ successful U.S. Senate campaign turned him into a national star.  He was recently named the youngest “Rising Star” in politics by Campaigns & Elections Magazine.  He helped Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell raise $1.4 Million online, worked for Texas Senator John Cornyn, and was instrumental in the election of Florida Governor Rick Scott.

Media ConsultantFred Davis, Strategic Perception, Inc. – Davis is one of the GOP’s leading ad men and his client roster is a who’s who of GOP heavyweights, including U.S. Senators John Cornyn, James Inhofe, and Bob Corker; Congressmen Bob Barr and Steve King; and Governors Sonny Perdue, Rick Snyder and Ernie Fletcher.  Davis was media strategist for both of the most recent presidential and U.S. Senate races for Arizona’s John McCain and was the creative director of the 2008 Republican National Convention.  Davis’ deep Arizona roots extend even further as he also designed ads for Jeff Flake and Ben Quayle.  In 2010, his firm’s ads won five of Time Magazine’s Best Viral Campaign Ads of 2010 and half of Human Events’ Best Campaign Ads of 2010, and he has won countless Telly and Pollie awards for his work. Among his better-known ads is McCain’s ad describing Barack Obama as “the biggest celebrity in the world”, an ad that generated more than 1,000,000 online views in just 24 hours.

General Consultant, Direct MailConstantin Querard, Discessio, LLC – One of Campaigns & Elections Magazine’s 2012 Influencers, Querard has run and won dozens of races throughout Arizona.  After the 2010 elections, nearly half of all Republicans in the Arizona Legislature were clients of the firm, a level of success without precedent in Arizona history.

“I look forward to a productive exploratory phase and, if we determine that the support we need to win is there, a spirited election contest all across this great state.  I can’t wait to see what this team can do!” said Montenegro.

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