by Anita Christy of Gilbert Watch
Dear Friends of Liberty,
It has become obvious from the Press Release below that the current Republican leadership in the Arizona State Legislature prefers Democrats over Conservatives!
Here’s some background. In a disgusting misuse of the Republican Victory Fund, under the leadership of Senate President Steve Pierce and House Speaker Andy Tobin, thousands of dollars were spent to defeat Conservative John Fillmore in the Primary. That wasn’t the way the money was supposed to be spent. It was supposed to help Republicans defeat Democrats in the General Election.
Instead, this “Victory Fund” was used to erect signs and spread campaign literature all over the Legislative District, denigrating John Fillmore’s conservative record, and extolling the virtues of the Left-Leaning RINO Rich Crandall, calling him “more conservative” than Fillmore.
S.H.I.E.L.D. reported on it here: http://armorandshield.blogspot.com/2012/08/rich-crandalls-personal-money-tree.html
I reported on it as well: http://www.gilbertwatch.com/gilbertwatch/index.cfm/blog/shield-breaking-story-rich-crandalls-republican-victory-fund/
Now. Take a look at this Press Release. Pay close attention to this paragraph:
“Legislative Districts 8, 9, and 10 are the most competitive districts in the state and we have highly qualified candidates, including many incumbents, who are being pummeled by the Democrat Party while NO support is provided from the so-called “Republican Victory Fund.” It is increasingly apparent that the funds are being spent to help only those candidates that would be a friendly vote for the reelection of the current leaders.”
It’s obvious that the Republicans in the Arizona Legislature, under the “leadership” of Senate President Steve Pierce and Speaker of the House Andy Tobin, would rather see DEMOCRATS in the Legislature than Conservatives.
Steve Pierce’s lame response is always the same, “I just raised the money; I didn’t control how it was spent.” Really? Camilla Strongin is the Chairman of the Republican Victory Fund. She also received $84,000 for “campaign services” on behalf of Steve Pierce Hieu Tran is the Treasurer of the Republican Victory Fund. She is also the Treasurer of Steve Pierce’s campaign.
If Senate President Pierce has no “control” over this money, then who does?
This vote takes place on November 7. Please contact your state senators and representatives…the ones you’re voting for on November 6! Strongly encourage them to vote for Steve Smith for Speaker of the House and Andy Biggs for Senate President. They are interested in protecting the citizens of Arizona, not their own personal political careers!
Anita Christy www.GilbertWatch.com
A m e r i c a n P o s t – G a z e t t e
Distributed by C O M M O N S E N S E , in Arizona
Sunday, October 28, 2012
“My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys”
October 27, 2012
Press Release: Pinal County Republican Committee endorses Steve Smith for Speaker of the Arizona House and Andy Biggs for President of the Arizona Senate
Today the Pinal County Republican Committee unanimously drafted Senator Steve Smith to be a candidate for Speaker of the Arizona House and endorsed Andy Biggs by acclimation for President of the Arizona Senate. This endorsement of legislative leadership is unprecedented in Party history and was taken due to the deep concerns about the failures of the current legislative leadership. The PCRC thanks Sen. Al Melvin for his floor motion to make the endorsements as well as his well-reasoned recitation outlining the substantive case necessitating this action.
November 6, 2012 marks one of the most important election dates in the history of our nation. The American public will determine the election of the world’s leader as well as the makeup of our Congress and state legislature. While that date will be remembered by millions for decades to come, another critical election will occur on November 7 that will certainly determine the course here in Arizona and that election will be unnoticed by all but a very few – the election of the Arizona Legislature leadership teams.
Arizona now more than ever needs strong and principled leaders who will correct the course of our economy, secure our border, reduce government intrusion into our lives, halt the rise of public employee union influence and restore our primary and secondary education options for parents, students and teachers.
It is clear that Republican Precinct Committeemen and the elected county and legislative district chairmen have earned the right and the responsibility to give counsel to those officials we will elect on the issue of who will lead our legislative efforts for the next two years. Over the last two years, the current leaders of our legislature have been steering an erratic course. It is a stark reality that the policies and principles endorsed by the electorate have been thwarted at the sole discretion of the current Senate President and Speaker of the House.
During the last session of our legislature, some of the most egregious leadership actions include:
· Killed critically important immigration legislation
- · Killed pension reform legislation
- · Killed public employee union reforms
- · Killed State Guard legislation
Outside of the legislative session, the Senate President and Speaker raised hundreds of thousands of dollars with the promise that the Republican Victory Fund would be used to help elect Republicans during the General election. However, a large portion of these funds were used in a Republican Primary to defeat a conservative Republican Representative. This irresponsible decision is now being compounded by further incredulous actions in the General Election.
Legislative Districts 8, 9, and 10 are the most competitive districts in the state and we have highly qualified candidates, including many incumbents, who are being pummeled by the Democrat Party while NO support is provided from the so-called “Republican Victory Fund.” It is increasingly apparent that the funds are being spent to help only those candidates that would be a friendly vote for the reelection of the current leaders.
Gratefully, Senator Andy Biggs has stepped up to the plate as a candidate for Arizona Senate President. Senator Biggs has a strong history of principled conservative leadership and will lead our state senate on a course consistent with our Constitution and our Party Platform, and we heartily endorse his candidacy for this position. However, as we have seen in Washington, the efforts of one house of the legislature can be totally destroyed without the concurrence of the other.
Before today, no one had stepped up to contest Representative Tobin for the position of Speaker of the House. It is with that in mind that the Pinal County Republican Committee called upon its favorite son, Senator Steve Smith, to be a candidate for this important position. Steve Smith’s conservative credentials are unsurpassed, having achieved the highest rankings from the PAChyderm Coalition, the Goldwater Institute and Americans for Prosperity.
President Biggs and Speaker Smith would labor side-by-side to pass legislation to protect Arizonans during these challenging times and their first priority will be the citizens of Arizona, not their own personal political careers.
The necessary actions by this body should demonstrate the magnitude of the problem and encourage others across the state to join us in making sure that the people’s voice will be loudly and clearly heard.
Chairman, Pinal County Republican Committee