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John McCain

I don’t think I need to brief everyone on SA regarding the accusations from the McCain camp being heaped upon the Arizona Republican Party.  That one can read for themselves on the blog below this.

But this is newly in from Michelle Malkin.

Conservatives: Beware of McCain Regression Syndrome

Michelle Malkin
Friday, January 22, 2010

Pay attention: In the afterglow of the Massachusetts Miracle, there are flickers of peril for the right. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but like Paul Revere’s midnight message, consider this warning “a cry of defiance, and not of fear.” Conservatives have worked hard to rebuild after Big Government Republican John McCain’s defeat. But McCain isn’t going gently into that good night.

No, good readers, John McCain isn’t going gently into the night.

This coming Saturday, apparently, his operators are going to attempt to unseat the state party chairman and RNC treasurer, according to some, because the GOP state party executive committee refused to approve his version of the 2010 GOP Victory Plan.

Now, there are allegations his operatives have floated to liberal online rags like the Arizona Guardian, that the state party chairman has engaged in deceptive accounting.  Of course, there is no proof of this, just iterative reference to other allegations made.

Their new shtick is to “just show us the bank statements”.  However, according to one astute comment (#27) made under this SA blog post , an officer of a corporation may not disclose legally privileged corporate documents unless otherwise required to by law or the rules of the corporation.

What does that say about people who ask an officer of the corporation they claim to support to legally betray that corporation?

Not to wander too far off the point of this post, back to Malkin in her article today…

“After a career spent bashing the right flank of the party, McCain is now clinging to its coattails to save his incumbent hide.”

Perhaps it’s time for Senator McCain to retire with whatever grace he has left and leave the reins to younger up and coming Arizona Republicans.

I’m beginning to believe that it’s not all the senator’s fault.  The “McCain machine” in Arizona has been around for so long and has so many lackey consultants, staffers and former staffer-hangers on who rely on his machine for their paychecks, that he will not go softly into the night and that the price we are going to pay is the McCain-driven (perhaps not by him personally, but who knows?) destruction of the Arizona Republican Party.


Comments

  1. In Case You Missed It: McCain Opens Primary Lead in Rasmussen Arizona Poll

    January 22, 2010

    AZ Sen Poll: McCain Opens Primary Lead
    Sen. John McCain (R) has known from an early stage that he could face a tough primary in his bid for re-election this year, and acted on it. He already launched radio ads touting his effort to block President Obama’s “extreme left wing crusade.” And just this week, Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R) recorded robocalls that went out to voters in Arizona.

    Now, a Rasmussen poll (502 LVs, 1/20, MoE +/- 4.5%) shows the Maverick just over 50 percent in a potential matchup against former Rep. JD Hayworth — not the best position for an incumbent to be, but an improvement over the dead heat Rasmussen found in November.

    Primary Election Matchup
    McCain 53 (+8 vs. last poll, 11/18)
    Hayworth 31 (-12)
    Simcox 4 (unch)
    Und 8 (+1)

    Hayworth has not entered the race yet, but been publicly flirting with it for some time. Meanwhile, McCain’s camp announced this week that his former running mate, Sarah Palin, will campaign for him in late March.

    Favorable Ratings
    McCain 74 / 23
    Hayworth 58 / 25
    Simcox 28 / 23

  2. mad,I posted this to Bozoserve but it applies to you as well;
    Please, don’t waste my time with your incredibly stupid remarks. I have been in business in the state for 45 years with more than 5 active corporations at one time.

    The FEC report is designed to provide financial transparency. In the broader sense, the FEC report should reflect what the bank statement details, Expenditures, deposits and an ending balance of available funds.

    Providing a bank statement to the board is a window to what has taken place in that given month. Continuing to distract from reviewing a bank statement and defending Randy Pullen and Lee Miller is going to haunt you in the end.

  3. “Now, there are allegations his operatives have floated to liberal online rags like the Arizona Guardian, that the state party chairman has engaged in deceptive accounting.”

    Funny, i read about all of this here at SA.

  4. What we have here on SA are a number of individuals posting fast and furious to drowned out the issues surrounding Randy Pullen, Lee Miller and Timothy Lee with respect to fraudulent activity associated with FEC reports. They have attempted to provided a smoke screen , they just forgot the smoke!

  5. If registered Republicans in Arizona who deserves an honest accounting and should not be afraid to ask for it, are to be considered the McCain camp…then so be it. It appears the latest polls would support hat perception. However, this is not about John McCain.

    It is about Randy Pullen. Let me say that one more time so you get it…RANDY PULLEN IS LYING!

    The hide and seek games by the pro-Pullen crowd are making it very obvious…your guy is up to no good and CYA is the name of the game.

    SHOW US THE MONEY!

  6. RISE UP ARIZONA REPUBLICANS

    REQUEST RANDY PULLEN PRODUCE THE BANK STATEMENTS….

  7. Stephen Kohut says

    To all our “we hide behind blog namers”,

    We seem to have a case of McCainiacs on steriods today. I’m sorry, I think you ladies protest too much. Until and unless we have an audited finding of misappropriation of funds or substantiation of FEC charges what we have going on is McRINO supporters trying to fan flames into a nonexistant fire. When I’m at the state meeting on Saturday should I look for name badges that say “Just a PC”, Honest Abe” or will you all be going incognito using your own real names?

  8. I did not know that wanting to see where the money goes is a bad thing? Isn’t that the very heart of the issue of our current American revolution in politics? Where does the money go and where does the money come from? You can proudly call me any name in the book if it is in regards to me wanting transparency. Guess I’m just a “evil” McCain guy…. If there is not an issue why not come out and prove it? Where is the money?

  9. Concerned Exec. Member says

    AZGOP is not a corporation, its a political party. But let’s pretend we’re in the world of corporate finance for a second, OK?

    The Executive Committee serves a role similar to that of a board of directors and the State Committeemen and PC’s are like shareholders.

    The board and shareholders can, as a matter of right, demand an accounting and have the ability to look over the books at any time.

    So, the whole argument that these are “legally privledged corporate documents” is not only unsound from a legal standpoint, but it flies in the face of real world practice, too.

    Show us what you’re doing with our money now!

  10. Just received a solicitation from Randy Pullen to donate to the Arizona Republican Party. He’s kidding right?

    Mr. Kohut: I will be at the State Party Meeting tomorrow and I will have my real name on my badge. However, I would never reveal myself to this group of nasty, lying, irrational geezers. A gaggle of them have tried recently to find out who I am and before they could (they never did), they simply lied and said they knew and began to attack. Facts and reason do not matter to them, nor does decency – anyone would be crazy to open themselves up to that.

  11. I think we need to send Sheriff Joe Arpaio to the GOP headquarters and haul boxes and computers off for an investigation.

  12. Steve Jaramillo says

    Joe only shows up if there is media attention, Twitter the bust and he will be there.

  13. McCain’s “machine” is a ship going down. Travis and dishonest abe are trying to still get the deck chairs put back in place.

    LOL

  14. Who in thier right mind would give out a real name on here with the politics of attack the person not the issue.

  15. Two John at the State Meeting on Saturday?

    Cry havoc! and let slip the dogs of war, that this foul deed shall smell above the earth with carrion men, groaning for burial.

    Flush hard “my friends.” wish I could be there.

  16. Two John’s at the State Meeting on Saturday?

    Cry havoc! and let slip the dogs of war, that this foul deed shall smell above the earth with carrion men, groaning for burial.

    Flush hard “my friends.” wish I could be there.

  17. This is OT, but want to check out what you get when you type in AZ DOT current road conditions?

    http://www.azfms.com/

  18. honest abe says

    Bozoserve, I heard from a friend of mine over at the utility company today. He told me Randy was on the phone with them yesterday trying to get the party account reinstated. THIS IS FACT. Hmmmmmmm. Thought there were no past bills???

  19. honest abe says

    Bozoserve, Heard from another friend today who told me Lee Miller crafted the letter that Randy sent out as if he wrote it. FACT!!!

  20. honest abe says

    Bozoserve, Heard from a friend of mine today that the financial data sent to the Utah reporting company that prepared the FEC report for Randy, received only a Quick Books disc. and no bank statement. FACT!!!

  21. honest abe says

    I just can’t wait until tomorrow. The camera’s will be LIVE when Randy Pullen, Timothy Lee & Lee Miller are greeted by reporters, with material that will make them wanna cry like babies!!

  22. Guess nobody has tried the link for road conditions. Oh, well. You need to be fluent in Arabic to read it.

  23. El Mexicano says

    Man, is this place infested with progressive GOP types or what? honest abe, how much of the U.S. Constitution should be discarded? Just curious.

  24. Stephen Kohut Says:
    January 22nd, 2010 at 1:04 pm
    To all our “we hide behind blog namers”,

    When I’m at the state meeting on Saturday should I look for name badges that say “Just a PC”, Honest Abe” or will you all be going incognito using your own real names?
    …….
    TOTALLY incognito, of course. Using cleverly crafted “state meeting names.”

    Actually, AZ road conditions are going to affect how many incognito people who actually will able to show up to hide behind name tags.

  25. Here go the RINOs again! LOL

    #1 McCain is a lib and everyone who supports him is a lefty RINO.

    #2 There is zero evidence that the AZGOP has done ANYTHING inappropriate. Just a bunch of lefty RINOs claiming it did because they want to oust conservatives and turn the AZGOP into the AZ Dem party.

    Go home. Reregister as DEMs already for crying out loud!

  26. Travis got “laid off” McCains staff. LOL

  27. honest abe says

    Bozoserve, I’m waiting for you shoot your big mouth off again.You have the direct line to Randy,did you verify my remarks?? I dare you to question any of my above post.

  28. honest abe says

    Home Politics Campaigns & Elections GOP Chairman Pullen:
    Financial audit would be “total waste of money”
    GOP Chairman Pullen: Financial audit would be “total waste of money”
    Friday, 22 January 2010 14:54
    .By Dennis Welch
    The Arizona Guardian

    The chairman of the Arizona Republican Party is refusing to open up the books for a full financial audit, saying it would be too costly and time consuming.

    Randy Pullen told members of the Republican Executive Committee during a conference call Thursday that the party doesn’t have the cash to pay for an audit and even if it had the resources it would be “a total waste of money.”

    Several members of the executive committee pressed Pullen for a comprehensive financial review to clear up recent questions regarding the party’s finances. Pullen said the audit was unnecessary and estimated it would cost six figures to complete.

    “That will take three or four months of continuous work to get it done and cost at least $100,000,” Pullen said during the conference call. “It’s $100,000 to do something like that and I don’t have a $100,000 to do that. If you want to go get me $100,000 I’m happy to do it, but it would be a total waste of money.”
    The conference call took place days after a Republican Party official mailed a letter to party members throughout the state questioning Pullen’s accounting practices and called for a “fraud audit.”

    Phil Townsend, the chairman of the Yuma County Republican Party, cited stories published by the Guardian detailing transfers of money and debt that were never reported. But there wasn’t enough support from those on the phone Thursday to force a financial review.

    “It’s a shame that more members of the executive committee didn’t push harder for an audit,” Townsend told the Guardian on Friday. “It never evolved, but we’ll wait and see what happens over the weekend.”

    Townsend was referring to Saturday’s mandatory meeting of the Republican Party in Phoenix. The Yuma Republican said he thinks there will be enough support there to force Pullen to submit to an audit.

    After the letter was sent out, many rank-and-file members questioned who paid for the postage. Some, including Rob Haney, the chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party, accused U.S. Sen. John McCain and his political network of funding an attack on Pullen. McCain and Pullen have had a strained relationship over the years.

    “Someone else paid for the (mailing) cost, but I’m not at liberty to say who,” Townsend said Friday. “It was my letter and my thoughts.”

    Townsend said he didn’t know how many letters were mailed out, but estimated there were more than a 1,000. He said they were sent to every member of the executive committee as well as precinct committeemen and women throughout the state.

    Townsend said in the letter that Pullen intentionally kept a $50,000 transfer from the Republican National Committee off the books so he could pay off a large amount of unreported debt instead of building a stronger base of grassroots support, for which the money was intended. Party officials said they would file as amended report with the Federal Election Commission, but have yet to do so.

    Pullen told executive committee members Thursday that the party’s accountants in Utah, CBIZ MHM, had missed the transfer and he had a letter from the accounting firm explaining what happened. The letter was not immediately available for public inspection. Calls to CBIZ were not returned Friday.

    The Guardian also reported that during the past year the party carried roughly $120,000 in unreported debt to a pair of companies for political work.

    The party owed Nathan Sproul, a local Republican tactician, $70,000 for work on the partisan Tucson City Council races, according to records obtained by the Guardian. The GOP also owed a Minnesota-based firm, Strategic Fundraising, about $50,000 for help raising money.

    Sproul and representatives with Strategic Fundraising confirmed the party owed them money. Both said much of the debt has been paid down, but would not reveal how much was left on the account.

    Pullen acknowledged on the phone call that there were debts and obligations that would be reported on the parties upcoming FEC report. which is due at the end of the month. He said there was about $65,000 owed on its federal filings and another $7,800 still outstanding on its state reports.

    Federal financial statements are completed every month, while state reports are more infrequent. By law, political parties and candidates must disclose all contributions, expenditures and debts. Penalties can range from $5,000 to $10,000 per violation.

    Pullen told members of the GOP that he was more concerned about how the party’s financial documents were leaked to the media

    “The real significance of all of that stuff that’s out there is that financial data was stolen out of the Arizona Republican Party office. That should be significant to all of you that that occurred,” Pullen said Thursday. “I’ve talked to legal authorities about it and they are aware of it and right now are investigating it and looking into it trying to figure out exactly what transpired.”

    It wasn’t clear which legal authorities Pullen was referring to, and he did not return phone calls Friday seeking an
    explanation.

  29. Political Arizona says that J.D. has stepped down from his radio job for public service. Has anyone else heard anything? Everyone who is sick of John McCain had better get behind him If this is true.

  30. honest abe says

    honest abe Says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    In Case You Missed It: McCain Opens Primary Lead in Rasmussen Arizona Poll

    January 22, 2010

    AZ Sen Poll: McCain Opens Primary Lead
    Sen. John McCain (R) has known from an early stage that he could face a tough primary in his bid for re-election this year, and acted on it. He already launched radio ads touting his effort to block President Obama’s “extreme left wing crusade.” And just this week, Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R) recorded robocalls that went out to voters in Arizona.

    Now, a Rasmussen poll (502 LVs, 1/20, MoE +/- 4.5%) shows the Maverick just over 50 percent in a potential matchup against former Rep. JD Hayworth — not the best position for an incumbent to be, but an improvement over the dead heat Rasmussen found in November.

    Primary Election Matchup
    McCain 53 (+8 vs. last poll, 11/18)
    Hayworth 31 (-12)
    Simcox 4 (unch)
    Und 8 (+1)

    Hayworth has not entered the race yet, but been publicly flirting with it for some time. Meanwhile, McCain’s camp announced this week that his former running mate, Sarah Palin, will campaign for him in late March.

    Favorable Ratings
    McCain 74 / 23
    Hayworth 58 / 25
    Simcox 28 / 23

    I can’t wait for that giant “WIND MILL” JD BLOWWORTH to throw his hat in the ring.

  31. Honest Abe:
    I just read Randy Pullen’s response. Looks like you aren’t so honest after all. Good try, but McCain needs to go.

  32. honest abe says

    DeAnn, You read a Pullen remark to something I stated?

  33. Is the Sonoran Alliance trying to set a new record for the number of anti-McCain blog posts in a 48 hour period.

  34. Stephen Kohut says

    Dis-Honest Abe,

    So how long have you been on McRINO’s ataff? How about a real name or are you too much an arrogant pissant like your mentor?

  35. honest abe says

    Kohut, Why on earth would I give you any more than these few words.

  36. Did you know Mccain just voted for the hates crimes bill…The Senate gave final approval to this bill authorizing defense spending, which also contains a provision that extends the definition of federal hate crimes to include crimes in which victims are targeted because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

    Sen. John McCain voted YES……
    Sen. Jon Kyl voted NO……

    Special Protection and Advantages: The liberal will single out specific races of human beings or people of a specific sex interest as worthy of special legal protection and/or advancement in a place of employment.
    Mccain says ACORN/SEIU it what makes America special.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJ9wy2MI1NI&feature=related

  37. That’s gay.

  38. “I just can’t wait until tomorrow. The camera’s will be LIVE when Randy Pullen, Timothy Lee & Lee Miller are greeted by reporters, with material that will make them wanna cry like babies!!”

    I just got home from the convention. I must have missed Randy, Tim and Lee crying. Oh wait, I think it was the McCain supporters when the crowd started chanting for J.D.
    Will you just go away now? I have work to do to get J.D. elected.

  39. Stephen Kohut says

    Honest Abe,

    I call them like I see them. My discription of “arrogant pissant” is based on my personal interactions with McRINO and it seems to fit his rapid supports equally well.

    I went looking at the state meeting today for name tags that said “honest abe”, “just a pc”,.. Guess what. All our blogging cowards were incognio using their real names. What a surprise. Gotta love the McWimps!

    McRINO’s reception was frosty at best. Very mixed boos, JD chants and some applause. When a senior senator gets booed at his party’s state meeting and when people call out the name of an undeclared challenger the old boy is in a heap of trouble. Spin away boys as its all McRINO has got. Your boy’s in a flat spin ready to crash and burn!

    The tempest in a teapot regarding the FEC filings and the books was shoved back in the face of the McCainiacs by Tim Lee. No one had the guts to call Lee and ask him anything about this RINO pipe dream fostered on the internet. Books are open. Updated FEC filings are avaiable on line. I loved the part them the vote was taken to approve Lee’s report. Nothing but aye’s. Not a single McCainiac even had the guts to vote nay. What a spineless group. Aren’t you “honest abe”, “just a PC”…

    What I am looking forward to is the sea change this year as all us new Tea Party, constitutional conservative PC’s that enterred the party clean house in county leadership and state committeemen. There won’t be a RINO left in a position of effective power in the party structure.

    All you RINOs ready for us Teapublicans?

  40. dishonest abe,

    you said “you’ll see” to us about what was going to happen at the state convention. It was an uncontroversional convention. All elections occurred by acclimation. All bylaws and resolutions passed by acclimation.

    So what was the issue?

    LOL

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