Thursday, July 28, 2011

Jerry Lewis enters race against Russell Pearce

About two weeks ago, there was speculation that those who oppose Russell Pearce had found someone to run against him. Turns out they found their man and his name is Jerry Lewis. There are two others in this race, who may turn out to be potential spoilers, but in the end this race really boils down to Lewis vs. Pearce.

We still wonder if he knows what he is getting into, but at this point, hopefully someone sat him down and told him how this kind of race was going to be. Well, there is already a little bit of trouble to contend with. Jerry Lewis admitted that he voted for Kevin Gibbons in 2008 and for a write in for 2010.

So, its clear that this guy has been voting against Pearce for awhile now. No matter how friendly he acts or how much he tries to hug Pearce, his track record says otherwise. He is using this special opportunity to take out someone he doesn't like and he doesn't agree with. Remember that when he starts talking about how much he respects Pearce.

Another question: did he write Kevin Gibbons in again, or someone else in 2010? You may recall that Kevin Gibbons was Jeff Flake's brother-in-law who ran against Pearce in 2008. Gibbons was a lawyer who ran "Immigration without barriers" and was backed by the people who pushed a bogus employer sanctions initiative which would actually weaken the law. So, are those the same types of people who are going to line up behind Lewis?

This is going to be an interesting race. With very little else going on this November, the eyes of Arizona (and other parts of the country) will be on this race.

Salmon Holds Commanding 30 Point Lead

Opponents in Dead Heat for 2nd Place Among Likely Primary Voters

EAST VALLEY – Former Congressman and candidate for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District Matt Salmon today announced his campaign to return to Congress holds a commanding early lead in the race for the Republican nomination. In a recent survey conducted by top Arizona polling firm, Arizona Opinion, Salmon received a 30 point advantage over his closest competitor:

If the Republican primary election to choose a candidate to represent this area in the U.S. House were held today, for whom would you vote? [Rotate] Matt Salmon, Kirk Adams, OR Chuck Gray?

38.3% Matt Salmon
8.3% Kirk Adams
6.5% Chuck Gray
47.0% Undecided, Refused

The scientific survey (attached) of 400 likely primary voters in the current Congressional District 6 was conducted over July 18-19. Nearly 92% of those surveyed said they were certain to vote in next year’s primary election.

Dr. Margaret Kenski, President of Arizona Opinion, stated, "Certainly this poll indicates that Matt Salmon begins his campaign with a significant advantage over his opponents. Salmon is in a strong position to earn the support among those who remain undecided and increase his lead towards the all-important 50 percent level."

"As I continue to meet with people throughout the community, I have been humbled by the overwhelmingly strong support my campaign has received," said Matt Salmon. "The results of this survey reflect what I have been seeing and hearing every day. There is still much more work to be done, but it is clear that we need to change the direction that our country is headed by sending the most experienced and principled leaders back to Congress. I look forward to sharing more about my track record of reducing spending, balancing the budget, and fighting for conservative values."

About Arizona Opinion

Arizona Opinion is an Arizona-based consulting firm with survey and other data-based research and focus groups and experience dating back to 1978. Located in Tucson, the firm has conducted research for organizations, campaigns, and candidates for all levels of state, local, and municipal government.

Dr. Margaret Kenski has served as a pollster for the Arizona Republican Party, Congressmen Mo Udall, Jim Kolbe, and Jeff Flake, Senator Jon Kyl, Governors Jane Dee Hull and Fife Symington, and numerous other state and local candidates and ballot proposition committees. Kenski has also conducted survey research on ballot measures and proposed legislation for such diverse entities as the Beer and Wine Distributors of Arizona, Intel, Qwest, and the Arizona State University Foundation.

About Matt Salmon

Matt Salmon was first elected to the United States Congress in 1994 and served until 2000, honoring his term limit pledge. A proud fiscal conservative, Salmon was rated in the top five among all 535 members of the House and Senate by Citizen’s Against Government Waste for all six years he was in office. He is a lifetime member of the NRA with an A+ rating and also earned a 100% rating by the National Right to Life. He was also the proud recipient of the American Cancer Society’s “Top National Elected Official” award.

Matt Salmon has received endorsements from Arizona Congressman Trent Franks, former Arizona Congressman John Shadegg, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, East Valley mayors Gail Barney (Queen Creek), Hugh Hallman (Tempe) and John Insalaco (Apache Junction).

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Get To Know Russell Pearce - Biography

How much do you know about Russell Pearce? Mesa Arizona Now! has an extensive write up:

Born on June 23, 1947 as one of thirteen children in Mesa, Senator Russell Pearce is a fifth-generation Arizonan on both his mother's and his father’s side. His family has long served the public interests of Arizona and its people. His Great, Great Grandfather Harrison Pearce built the Pearce Ferry on Lake Mead. His Great Grandfather James Pearce founded Taylor Arizona in the 1860’s. His Great Uncle Joe Pearce was one of the original Arizona Rangers serving from 1901-1909.

Pearce’s youth was tough. His family was poor and his father was an alcoholic without a steady job which caused the family to move from one squalid rental home to another. Pearce recalled in an Arizona Republic article that his father “was a good man, but he was very weak. He wasn’t the kind of dad, or husband he should have been. Pearce describes his mother as “a saint”. He does not ever remember going to bed she was not still up working or getting up that she was not already up working. Her integrity, do-it-yourself attitude, and sense of personal responsibility influenced Pearce’s core political beliefs. In an Arizona Republic article Pearce recounts how as a child, upon returning home one afternoon with his family, they discovered groceries left by a good Samaritan. Despite the helpful and necessary gift, Pearce’s mother refused to let her children touch the groceries, explaining, “it was her job to raise her family”. Consistent with that belief, though they could have used the help, his mother “never took a penny from government or anybody else.”

Click here to read the rest.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Does Pearce challenger know what he is getting into?

Channel 12 is reporting that a challenger has been found to run against Russell Pearce in the LD 18 Recall Election. What is interesting is Channel 12 characterized his potential run as "a product of a search by Mesa residents." See for yourself.

That doesn't really appear to be true. This recall election is the product of Pearce opponents who do not like his policies. How is that the appropriate use of a recall election? Isn't that what regularly scheduled elections are for? How is this not considered some sort of trickery?

More to the point, is anyone who would be willing to face Pearce ready to handle all of the baggage that comes with this recall? Thoughts on Mesa did a good job exposing the recall committee, but the bigger point is, no matter how "conservative" the candidate is, he or she is going to have to defend the records of the people who made this election happen.

By default, whoever runs against Pearce stands with Randy Parraz. How is a conservative mormon going to stand with Parraz who is ardent supporter of gay marriage? Not even civil unions, mind you, Parraz wants full fledged gay marriage.

Didn't the church actively promote marriage amendments in California and Arizona?

How is a candidate going to talk tough on immigration, when his supporters are proponents of the DREAM act?

How is the candidate going say that he is a fiscal conservative when his supporters have deep union connections?

There has been a lot of talk about who the ideal candidate would be to take on Pearce - they want a conservative, mormon male who is tough on immigration. Someone who can be "Pearce light" but without the national attention. The candidate will try to decry the recall and humbly say that they share the same values, just with a different approach.

The problem is their approach is all wrong because the recall is wrong. There will be no ability to do the "wrong" thing for the "right" reasons. To run in the recall election means you endorse what the recall election stands for. It means you endorse what the recall committee stands for. It means that you support trumping the election process and targetting people you don't agree with.

If you are wrong about the recall, how can you be trusted on anything else?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Conservative legislators endorse Kirk Adams

All Legislative District 21 lawmakers throw support behind Adams

East Valley — Kirk Adams is proud to announce that he has won the endorsement of three conservative East Valley lawmakers: State Senator Steven Yarbrough and Representatives Tom Forese and J.D. Mesnard.

The three lawmakers all represent Legislative District 21, which includes Chandler, Queen Creek, Gilbert and Mesa. They join a growing list of conservative leaders who are supporting Adams in his bid for Congress.

Senator Yarbrough, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said: “Speaker Kirk Adams is a gifted and effective leader. He is truly a man of integrity. We served in House leadership together and he will bring expertise, experience, courage, and wonderful family values to Congress. We need him there!”

Representative Forese, chairman of the House Higher Education Committee, said: “America is at a crossroad. Our leadership will determine whether our country continues to lead the world or whether we fade into obscurity. Kirk Adams is an honest, smart and hardworking conservative. He has spent the last 5 years putting Arizona in the right direction. Now it’s time to send him to Washington.

Representative Mesnard said: “There are four reasons why I’m supporting Kirk Adams for Congress: his values, his virtue, his vision and his victories. As Speaker of the Arizona House

of Representatives, Kirk modeled all four when tackling critical issues like balancing the budget, creating jobs, and reforming the state retirement system — the very issues that also need addressing at the national level. That’s what makes Kirk Adams the perfect candidate to send to Washington and represent our community.”

Adams thanked the lawmakers for their support: “These three men have provided great conservative leadership for our community and I’m honored to have their support. They join a growing grassroots movement that’s growing stronger by the day.”

A husband, father and small businessman, after joining the state House in 2006, Adams found himself so frustrated by the unwillingness and inability of Republicans in the Legislature to stand up for their conservative principals that he launched a long-shot campaign to oust the veteran Speaker of the House.

Adams shocked the Republican establishment and political class, winning the Speakership at only 35 years of age and one full term in office – making him the youngest Speaker in Arizona history.

Adams led the House back in a conservative direction with an aggressive reform agenda, taking on some of the most challenging issues in Arizona history – issues others were afraid to address because of the potential political fallout.

A native Arizonan, Adams and his wife JaNae live in Mesa and have five children.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Pearce Recall moving forward

Looks like the recall of Russell Pearce is moving forward. Seems like more and more these days, recall has become the weapon of those who cannot find a way to agree. In this case, they are basically recalling the Senate President because they don't agree with his policies on immigration.

Isn't that what regular elections are for? Now, instead the taxpayers are on the hook for a special election. If the recall fails, the committee should be on the hook like they do with frivolous law suits.

So now, the question is, who will be brave enough to run against Russell Pearce? This is going to be a very divisive race, and we predict that the media will place a lot of attention on it because it will be one of the only things going on. Expect a series of articles on Pearce in their typical unflattering style.

Perhaps its time to bring back the bloggers round table like we did back during Pearce vs. Gibbons.

East Valley Mayors Stand with Matt Salmon

City leaders believe in Salmon’s vision for job creation, growth and prosperity

EAST VALLEY – Former Congressman and candidate for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District Matt Salmon announced today that three East Valley Mayors have endorsed his bid to return to Congress. Salmon announced the following endorsements for his campaign:

Mayor Gail Barney – Queen Creek
Mayor Hugh Hallman – Tempe
Mayor John Insalaco – Apache Junction

Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney stated, "Leaders from East Valley cities need a Congressman they can count to represent our local interests in Washington. Matt Salmon has proven that he is a man of his word and I know I can always trust in him to support the town of Queen Creek."

"I’ve known Matt for several years," said Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman, "and there is no one more qualified and more prepared for the job. Matt has a record of supporting policies that cut irresponsible government spending and produce economic growth, and he is exactly the type of leader we need in Washington to get our country’s financial house in order."

Apache Junction Mayor John Insalaco added, "I am proud to endorse Matt’s campaign to return to Congress. As a Mayor, I know the tough budget decisions that need to be made and I am confident in Matt’s ability to make the same tough decisions in Washington, so we can get our economy moving in the right direction."

Former Congressman Salmon stated, "I am honored to receive the endorsements from such exemplary East Valley Mayors. From my first day in Congress, I pledge to work day and night to promote policies that will generate economic prosperity and jobs for every East Valley city."