Arizona Latino Republican Association Endorses Robert Graham for AZGOP Chairman

(PHOENIX, AZ) – The Arizona Latino Republican Association is proud to announce its exclusive endorsement of Mr. Robert Graham for Arizona Republican Party Chairman.

As a successful businessman, accomplished author and staunch conservative ally of ALRA, we consider Mr. Graham to be uniquely qualified to serve as State GOP Chairman. Mr. Graham has exhibited a genuine understanding of what it will take for the GOP to make significant and long-lasting progress in the Latino community.

He has also displayed a rare ability to unite and collaborate effectively with all levels of the party from the Congressional Delegation to grassroots volunteers. These are qualities that will prove to be indispensable as the Republican Party presents a united front to face the challenges ahead in 2014 and beyond.

Recent Congressional Candidate and ALRA member Gabriela Saucedo Mercer also announced her endorsement of Mr. Graham stating, “There were few Republicans in or outside of my district who supported my candidacy more than Mr. Robert Graham. His leadership, experience and honorable character are exactly what the State GOP needs to secure and enhance the party’s ability to advance the freedom and prosperity Arizona’s citizens deserve. I am so proud to endorse his candidacy as the next Chairman of the Arizona State GOP.”

In addition to ALRA’s support for his candidacy, we also encourage all Republicans, who are eligible to vote in the January election, to give their support to Robert Graham for Chairman.


President Obama Misrepresents Arizona’s SB-1070

Arizona Latino Republican Association

It has become fashionable to bash Arizona’s SB1070 law among those who seek to profit by promoting racial and ethnic discord. But it is hard to imagine a sitting president of the United States stooping down to that level. Yet, that is what President Obama did during the October 16th debate. In that debate, about 1 hour, 1 minute and 17 seconds into the debate, he said the following:

“He called the Arizona law a model for the nation. Part of the Arizona law said that law enforcement officers can stop folks because they suspect that maybe they look like they might be undocumented workers, and check their papers. You know what, if my daughter, or yours, looks to somebody like they are not citizens, I don’t want to empower someone like that.”

But Arizona’s SB1070 calls for just the opposite. Section 2-b reads, in part, as follows:

“A law enforcement official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state may not solely consider race, color or national origin in implementing the requirements of this subsection except to the extent permitted by the United States or Arizona constitution.”

It is hard to imagine that the president was not aware of such a key provision of our law, especially considering that his administration opposed it all the way to the Supreme Court, where it was upheld.

The president owes an apology to the people of Arizona for having made such a gross mischaracterization during a nationally televised debate.

Arizona Latino Republican Association (ALRA)
Jose Borrajero, Communications Director

Response to Bob Worsley’s inaccurate comments about ALRA

Whether he did so intentionally or simply spoke out of ignorance of the prevalence of politically conservative Latinos, Bob Worsley made a serious miscalculation. He has mischaracterized the Arizona Latino Republican Association (ALRA) as having been formed for the sole purpose of endorsing Russell Pearce. He likened the decade old conservative grass roots efforts of ALRA together with another unrelated organization. He insulted all of Arizona’s conservative Latinos by suggesting that no Latinos would legitimately endorse Russell Pearce. ALRA will not be drawn into interpreting the motivations behind Worsley’s messaging regarding any other organizations. However, the offensive comments he made this morning on KFYI merit a response that will set the record straight about ALRA.

Here are some facts that accurately describe the history, purpose and success that is the Arizona Latino Republican Association:

  • ALRA has been in existence for over 10 years as the only voice of Arizona’s conservative Latinos
  • We are the only statewide Latino organization capable of articulately communicating with voters and media in both in English and Spanish
  • Our membership includes Republican Precinct Committeemen, Tea Party Patriots and a number of elected Republican officials
  • 14% (4 out of 29) of the Arizona delegates that will be seated at the 2012 Republican National Convention are current ALRA members
  • ALRA has achieved unprecedented growth and established a chapter of conservative Latinos in the City of Tucson. We are also currently in the process of expanding to other cities and states alike
  • Most importantly, ALRA endorsed Russell Pearce for Senate in LD 25 because he is the only candidate who consistently advocates the rule of law and who also enjoys a proven record of conservative leadership

It is unfortunate that Mr. Worsley either failed to investigate these facts for himself or purposely ignored them before he maligned our efforts as well as the significance of Arizona’s conservative Latinos. It is also unfortunate that Barry Markson/KFYI did not challenge or even question any of those offensive suppositions. Any inquiries regarding the nature, mission and significance of ALRA can easily be answered by going to our website- We invite both Mr. Worsley and KFYI to do their homework and review our website before making any more inaccurate or offensive statements regarding ALRA or the conservative Latinos we represent.

Reymundo Jiménez Torres
President, Arizona Latino Republican Association

ALRA Releases Its Primary Candidate Endorsements

MESA, ARIZONA (July 11, 2012) – In light of the unprecedented importance placed on the 2012 electoral cycle, the Executive Board of the Arizona Latino Republican Association (ALRA) decided to break with its former practice and officially vet and endorse some primary candidates.

After a review of the candidacies and political platforms of the Republicans in various key races, the ALRA Executive Board has taken formal votes to decide which candidates are most in line with our conservative platforms and values. The result of those votes is as follows:

  • Maricopa County Sheriff – Joe Arpaio
  • Congressional District 3 – Gabriela Saucedo Mercer
  • Congressional District 5 – Matt Salmon
  • Legislative District 8 Representative – T J Shope
  • Legislative District 13 Representative – Steve Montenegro
  • Legislative District 21 Representative – Rick Gray
  • Legislative District 21 Representative – Debbie Lesko
  • Legislative District 25 Senator – Russell Pearce
  • Gilbert Justice of the Peace – James Estrada

Congratulations to all on receiving ALRA’s endorsement of their respective campaigns. We look forward to working with all of them to strengthen the conservative representation that is vital to the future dignity, security and prosperity of the people of Arizona.


Eggs & Exceptionalism with JD Hayworth


A Discussion of the Past, Present and Future Greatness of America

Please join us as we will be treated to a discussion with six-term former Congressman, J.D. Hayworth. He will discuss his observations, as only he can, of American Exceptionalism, it’s past historic value, its significance in our present state of affairs and what it will mean to the future of our nation. You can pay in advance at or at the door the day of the event. We will see you there!

DATE: Saturday, September 24, 2011
TIME: 9:00 AM
WHERE: Camelback Golf Club
ADDRESS: 7847 North Mockingbird Land, Scottsdale, AZ 85253 (map)
COST: $25


Lunch with ‘Sheriff of the Year’ Paul Babeu

Please join The Arizona Latino Republican Association in honoring

Sheriff Paul Babeu

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu

Saturday, March 19, 2011
1:00 – 4:00 PM

San Tan Flat Saloon & Grill
(Tom Lang Room)
6185 W. Hunt Highway
Queen Creek, Arizona

$25.00 Adults* $15.00 Children*
$15.00 College Students (With ID)*
*Cost of entry will include: Meal Choice of: Half Pound Burger, Mesquite Chicken Sandwich or Flat Iron Steak. All choices include one side, a fountain drink and gratuity. Two cash bars will be available.

All residual funds will benefit A.L.R.A.
RSVP or call Rey Torres (480) 648-6859



Pseudo Republican Hispanic Group Seeks to Recall Senator Russell Pearce

She’s back…

Today, Dee Dee Blase of Somos Republicans filed paperwork forming a political committee to recall State Senator Russell Pearce. The committee, using the name Arizonans For Better Government, is based out of a P.O. Box based in Scottsdale (document). Senate President Russell Pearce serves in Legislative District 18 which only covers west Mesa. A total of 7,756 valid signatures must be collected by May 27th in order to force the recall for the ballot.

Today’s committee announcement was probably in the works as Somos Republicans anticipated legislation forcing clarification and enforcement of the 14th Amendment. That legislation was introduced today and likely triggered the recall. As much as Senator Pearce has been on the forefront of efforts to tighten illegal immigration law, he is not the prime sponsor on the legislation. Instead, Senator Ron Gould and Representative John Kavanagh are the prime sponsors along with multiple co-sponsors. No recall efforts have been launched against either Gould or Kavanagh.

At the heart of the legislation is the Fourteenth Amendment, Section 1 which states the following:

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

The operative clause in that section is “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof.” Many anti-illegal immigration advocates believe that birthright citizenship should not be determined based on one’s GPS location at the moment of birth.

Blase is no stranger to confrontational politics. On the Somos Republican website, visitors will find constant verbal attacks on conservative Republicans such as congressional candidate Janet Contreras, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and Governors Jan Brewer and Sarah Palin.

Recall campaigns are extremely difficult to win first, in obtaining the number of valid signatures and second, through winning in the election process.

Having worked in west Mesa legislative campaigns, I believe this effort will fail and may actually be more of a public relations stunt to bring exposure to Somos Republicans cause.

Good luck Dee Dee but I will be supporting the efforts of Senator Pearce and the Arizona Latino Republican Association.

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