Democrat Bloggers Trying To Encourage GOP Primary?

It what is best described as a case of wishful thinking, both Tedski over at Rum, Romanism and Rebellion, and David Safier at My Gay Arizona (CAUTION:  Lots of gay cruise ads on this page) are playing up the notion that State Representative Vic Williams is gearing up for a primary challenge to State Senator Al Melvin down in LD26.  Gila Courier has already contacted Williams and he has dismissed the rumor as pure nonsense, but should the GOP be encouraged that the hard left in Arizona is trying to encourage such an event?  We think so.

Melvin ran in 2006 and won the primary, besting Sen. Toni Hellon, but then he lost by several hundred votes in the general election.  In 2008 he ran again, and had to first beat Rep. Pete Hershberger in another rough primary, before winning and recapturing the seat for the GOP in the general election.  Unable to find another candidate, the Democrats are again running Cheryl “Tax the Golf Carts” Cage against Melvin, but given that she lost to him in a good year for Democrats after Melvin endured back-to-back bruising primaries, do the Democrats really expect to win the race in 2010’s political environment, especially with Melvin enjoying a more unified GOP supporting his effort?  Not likely.

Thus the rumor mongering and wishful thinking from Tedski and Safier.  From what we hear, LD26 Democrats need to be far more worried about protecting Rep. Nancy Young Wright than wasting their time and money on Cage.  Republicans already have a strong challenger in that race, who is getting good reviews from everyone in the local GOP.


  1. Shane, does your wife know you cruise gay internet sites?

  2. Capitol Observer says

    Frankly, I’m more shocked by the expose of Tom Horne without being allowed to comment.

    I no fan of Horne’s. But, this piece is clearly suggesting that he is having an affair with more than one woman not his wife. That suggestion is unseemly and not worthy of the high level of integrity of Sonoran Alliance.

    Comments should be opened.

  3. Basil St. John says

    Your note about Blog for Arizona is pretty amusing. When I visit, it’s filled with ads for GOP-related sites.

    I wonder if the site picks up your browser’s history and tailors ads they believe will appeal to you? Or maybe some ads just stick in your head more than others?

  4. I’m not shocked at the Tom Horne “expose” not allowing comments. Every other post on here lately has been an Andy Thomas press release. The latest post is basically an Andy Thomas issued attack ad on Horne his likely opponent. It reads like political literature that you would get in the mail not an analytical blog post.

  5. Not unusual for the left to attempt to rig the playing field for their benefit. Look at the robo calls in NJ for the third party candidate to siphon votes away from the ultimate victor.

  6. That is one brutal hit piece on Horne in the post above this. Why are the comments off?

  7. Joe

    You are right about that. Cowardly to turn the comments off too. DSW what is going on?

  8. Kenny, you crack me up! LOL! Nope, I didn’t write this piece. And my Gaydar jamming device is working pretty good these days!

  9. Actually Shane, here’s the broader point: so many of your “contributors” use pseudonyms, how do we know who authors a piece?

    When a “contributor” writes a bad piece that gets hammered in comments, what’s to stop that person from dropping one persona and writing under a different one?

    There is a systemic question about accountability.


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