Category Archives: Arizona

Lisa is a Lesbian, But is She a Liberal? by Gregory Hilton

Lisa Artgal is in the middle of this photo.

My friend of the day is Lisa Artgal of Tuscon. We did not agree earlier this year on the Arizona Senate primary. I believe Sen. John McCain (AZ) is the GOP’s best spokesman on defense and foreign policy issues, and after the 2008 campaign, he has been an outstanding conservative leader. Lisa is an anti-abortion activist and I would never accuse her of not being a conservative. Continue reading

Arizona 5th District: Rep. Harry Mitchell (D) vs. David Schweikert (R) by Gregory Hilton

One of the top GOP challengers this year is former Arizona House Majority Whip David Schweikert. He is intelligent, articulate and effective, and would instantly assume a leadership role on Capitol Hill. In 2008 he was defeated by Congressman Harry Mitchell (D) by a 53% to 44% margin. He is running again and in a poll out today he is trailing the incumbent by just 1% (45 to 44 percent). This is J.D. Hayworth’s old Congressional seat. Continue reading

Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Call For New Contract With America by Gregory Hilton

Two prominent GOP Senators today called for a new Contract With America. They want a document similar to what was advocated by Newt Gingrich and House Republicans in 1994 that helped the party catapult to victory. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) was a guest on Fox News Sunday while Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared on Meet The Press. Both Senators are optimistic about GOP prospects in November, but they believe it is not sufficient to emphasize opposition to the Obama administration and Congressional Democrats. The original Contract With America described an initial legislative agenda for the Republican Party, and it committed the GOP to specific promises if they were allowed to become the majority party for the first time in 40 years. Continue reading

Pamela Gorman: Sore Loser

I am disappointed in State Senator Pamela Gorman (R-AZ). She was endorsed by Red State and several conservative groups in Tuesday’s primary for an open House seat. Her TV ads showed her firing a machine gun. Pam received a lot of publicity but came in 5th place in the primary. All of the other GOP candidates are now endorsing the nominee, Ben Quayle, 33, the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle. Pam is the exception and she is refusing to back Quayle. One of Quayle’s TV ads described Obama as “the worst president ever.” Continue reading

The Third McCain/Coburn Stimulus Report: $700,000 to Study How Cocaine Affects Monkeys & $1.9 Million for Ants by Gregory Hilton

This morning Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released their third report on Stimulus spending, and it took the White House only two hours to respond. The McCain/Coburn report is entitled Summertime Blues: 100 Stimulus Projects that Give Taxpayers the Blues. It highlights “questionable Stimulus projects that are wasteful, mismanaged, and overall unsuccessful in creating jobs.” Continue reading

How Do You Get Back at a Woman Who Dumped You? You Could Take Away Her Job! by Gregory Hilton

How do you get back at a woman who dumped you? You could take her job away! Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) is being challenged by her ex-boyfriend, former State Sen. Jonathan Paton (R), and he is ahead in the most recent poll. They have known each other for half their lives and he worked for her father's company. Neither of them held office when they were dating, and both are married now.

Another national star of the Democratic Party has fallen narrowly behind. A Tarrance Group survey released today has Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) losing to former State Sen. Jonathan Paton by a 45% to 44% margin. She is the Payday loan heiress and captured what was a GOP seat in 2006. Obama’s disapproval rating in this Tucson district is 56%. If Giffords is re-elected she could challenge the Senate GOP Whip Jon Kyl in 2012. The Arizona media frequently mentions her as the top potential Democratic candidate. Continue reading

Campaign Update: Wisconsin, Illinois is Number One, and McCain Seems Safe by Gregory Hilton

Both the 2010 campaign and 2012 presidential race will be decided by independent voters in the industrial Midwest. In 2008, Republicans failed to carry even one state in the Big 10 conference. The gubernatorial races now show GOP leads in IL 6%, OH 5%, WI 8%, MI 7%, PA 15% and IA 17%.
The GOP has no vulnerable Senators, while 7 Democratic incumbents are now under 50%. The highest tier battleground is for blue collar independents in the Big 10. They voted decisively for Obama, and Wal-Mart has today released a survey of its shoppers that was jointly conducted by a prominent GOP and Democratic firm. The GOP has gained 20% among these voters, and only 14% of them approve of Obamacare while 61% are in opposition to the Democratic Congress. It is difficult to imagine how Obama could be re-elected if he is unable to carry PA and OH.
Wisconsin Governor’s Race
We all know 2010 is a good year for the GOP, but some of the survey results we are now seeing from the heart of Blue America are shocking. The Wisconsin GOP has not run a successful statewide campaign since 1998, and liberal Democrats have been in firm control for almost a decade. Wisconsin has voted for Democrats in the last six presidential elections and hasn’t elected a Republican senator since 1986. State GOP Chairman Reince Priebus says “We have been absolutely clobbered in recent elections.”
Now the liberals are losing by large margins, and unlike the past, the GOP has not nominated a moderate. Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker is a solid conservative who has vetoed every spending increase and is committed to rolling back taxes. Walker continues to have a significant lead in the gubernatorial race over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
Illinois is Now Number One.
They have beaten California, which has passed the baton. Thanks to its Democratic legislature and Governor, Illinois is now the worst credit risk in America. They have not balanced a budget in a decade and the state debt is close to the borderline between junk and investment grade.
Senator John McCain (R-AZ)
The Arizona GOP Senate primary is not until August 24th, but Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) renomination now appears to be secure. The race was close but many conservative activists are now dumping former Rep. J.D. Hayworth. A 2007 TV infomercial has surfaced (see below link) in which Hayworth tells viewers they can rake in big bucks from the government by applying for federal grants that do not have to be paid back. Tabitha Hale of Freedom Works is one of many Hayworth supporters who abandoned him today:

He is a total fraud. He’s a sell out, period. . . He will be a huge liability for the conservative movement. I have no interest in seeing him elected. . . The conservative movement is not responsible for McCain. We would be responsible for Hayworth. I’m not willing to be responsible for someone who is a) crazy and b) not conservative.

Senator John McCain Faces Difficult GOP Primary Battle by Gregory Hilton

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, faces a difficult battle this year in the Republican primary in his home state. The Senator has been in the forefront of conservative ranks for the past year, but his role as the co-author of the McCain-Feingold legislation (campaign finance reform), the McCain-Lieberman bill (climate change), and the McCain-Kennedy act (immigration reform) has come back to haunt him. The biggest liability in Arizona is the later. The immigration-reform package would not have relax enforcement at the borders. What it would have done, instead, is to provide an opportunity for citizenship to undocumented immigrants who’ve been here for many years, who’ve raised their children here, and who’ve worked hard and who’ve obeyed our laws. McCain’s support of this legislation nearly cost him the GOP’s presidential nomination.
McCain is moving to his right and his first 2010 TV commercial says: “Obama is leading an extreme left-wing crusade to bankrupt America. I stand in his way every day. If I get a bruise or two knocking some sense into heads in Washington, so be it.” Narrator: “Perhaps no battle in our lifetime is more vital than the one McCain fights now – a battle to save America, and save our jobs. Re-elect Senator McCain.”
McCain’s primary opponent is former Rep. J.D. Hayworth who has made many controversial statements. He had a completely safe GOP district but was defeated for re-election in 2006. Since then he has been a weatherman and has had a conservative Phoenix-based talk radio program. It has featured prominent spokesmen who are challenging President Obama’s birth certificate, and Hayworth has been cynically playing to the worst elements of the conservative base to gain wide support.
Hayworth keeps saying Obama must produce his birth certificate, “All I’m saying is, for every race across the country, especially with identity theft in the news, it would be great that people can confirm who they say they are,” Hayworth said. CNN host Campbell Brown reacted by saying, “Identity theft? I mean, come on. Is that honestly what this is about?”
Once again, Hayworth is also effectively using the immigration issue. McCain deserves tremendous credit for the border fence, enhanced security and quadrupling the the enforcement budget. Hayworth’s response is that McCain supported Bush’s plan, and his rhetoric sounds anti-Hispanic. There are very legitimate concerns regarding illegal immigration, but the former Congressman’s rhetoric will set us back with Hispanics.
A reporter for Spy magazine once played a trick on Hayworth. He asked him about U.S. relations with a fake country. It was from a Groucho Marx movie. Hayworth fell for it and spoke about how concerned he was about the situation in that nation. There will be other Hayworth stories in the weeks ahead.
McCain moved to the center from 1998 to 2008 when he was engaged in presidential politics. Now that his White House ambitions are behind him, McCain’s focus is on his conservative constituency back in Arizona. He no longer has to try to win praise from network anchors and The New York Times editorial board. His years of being a national reform candidate are over, and he is finally on the right course.