Its surprising how much you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit
All of us in Arizona are carefully watching how the 9th Congressional District shapes up in a world where Republicans cannot be trusted to keep a single promise. The misery of this situation is that this has been the case for decades but we in the Republican party are just learning the depth of the unscrupulousness of our elected officials in both parties. Until the past year, we thought we got snookered by OUR own elected Congressman and that it was an aberration. In truth, the moral decay of Republicans runs as deep as it does with Democrats. That leaves it to us, the voters, to fix.
CD9 is an important district for Arizona and can be up for grabs. The trouble is the past Redistricting Committee gerrymandered this district in the most creative way. See below for that information.
Much is said about voting for the less of two evils. In most cases, everyone on the ballot falls into the category of "evil" as a euphemism for 'candidates who are known not to be reliable in what they promise.' Politics at all levels, from the PC level through the district level and all the way to the Congressional level is run on euphemisms. Where is Diogenes when we could use him to look for the honest man? We, the voters, have trouble with finding those people.
So today, we look at our choices for CD9 to replace Sinema.
First, let's be clear what we are dealing with here. It is said in some circles that CD9 is the most balanced district in Arizona with a nearly equal number of republicans, democrats and independents. We took a serious look at those numbers when the redistricting was done in 2011, even tracked the boundaries on google maps right down to what streets the boundaries followed. It was like a walk through the twilight zone. More on that later.
Here is our opinion of the field for the Republicans:
Irina Baroness von Behr (R)
If we knew nothing about this candidate, we would be suspicious on that name alone. Who uses that name in politics? Even if that is her actual birth name, it's not a name that should be used in a middle class district. That aside, here is a blurb of her campaign introduction: "I am running for U.S. Congress in Arizona's 9th District. I will be Arizona's first bi-racial congressperson." Shades of Elizabeth "Pocahontas" Warren and Hillary "I'm Jewish" Clinton. It's embarrassing. The rest of her introduction is boiler plate language with not a single original thought. This appears to us to be a vanity candidate but you can check that out at this [LINK] Our advice to Ms Behr ...von Behr... Baroness - oh, whatever name is appropriate for her, to save her money and time and go to the Spa instead of the Congress. Check!
Correction: We have been told that Irina's father was black. We have also been told she is not bi-racial. However, we did come across an old photo of what looks to be a very young girl- presumably Irina - with her parents, once of which is a black man, the other a white woman.
Dave Giles (R)
We have had a chat with Mr. Giles and he seems to be a normal, rational person. He's an engineer in the technology field with an economic background. He convinced us, at least for now, that he is a true straight-shooting conservative. Here is what he has to say:
Seth Liebsohn (R)
"From Liebsohn's website: For the past twenty years I have dedicated my professional and personal life toward better and more positive social outcomes for our nation’s youth, and for all Americans’ greater economic opportunity and national security.
"I not only served as the head of Empower America, but also as the Vice President and a Senior Fellow of one of our nation’s other great think tanks, the Claremont Institute which is dedicated to teaching the principles of the American Founding."
Mr. Liebsohn has spent a lot of his time speaking to Republican groups, possible Democrat groups, about substance abuse among our young people.
Dr. Steve Ferrara (?)
From reading his website, we would assume that Dr. Ferrara is a Republican, but it never reveals what party he belongs to. He is a retired Navy Captain and a National Academy of Sciences Fellow in DC so he has had a sniff of the swamp. He has a history of service to our country and his website has a lot of information and you should check it out. He has a lot of good experience to run on and win.
It looks to us like the Republicans have fielded a trio of real possibilities. Your job is to sort through the information and then select one candidate you can support with vigor.
Oh, the Democrat field? Remember, they have the voting advantage because the Redistricting commission gerrymandered the boundaries to include equal numbers of party registrations. But, here's the dirty little secret: they put high turnout Democrats with low turnout Republicans. That means the dems like to vote and the republicans are apathetic in that district. The key, then, is to incite and excite the Republicans into caring about how represents them and our country. The Republican candidate who wins will do the best job of turning out Republicans to vote.
Now, to the Democrat candidates. That is a more crowded field than usual which tells us the party either thinks ALL of their candidates are great or none of them are worth clearing the field for:
Chad Campbell: those who closely watch the AZ Legislature will know a thing or two about him
Talia Fuentes: she is being called the "bright new star in Arizona Democrat politics."
Greg Stanton: ex-Phoenix Mayor so radically liberal he makes Pelosi look like a moderate.
There are also a few Independents. The bar to get on the ballot for Independents is pretty high but then, there is no such thing as an "Independent Party." These are either disaffected former party loyalists, people who can't make up their minds or those who forgot to indicate a party when they registered at Motor Voter!
Without debate, this will be the Congressional race to watch and, if you believe in any of these candidates, go to work for them! Elect the best candidate possible to run against the Democrat and never underestimate what the democrats will do to keep that seat.
We see a constant use of the word Conservative in the vocabulary of most Republicans, Independents, Libertarians, and Friends. Conservatives such as John McCain, Jeff Flake, Senate Leader Mitch, and Paul Ryan Leader of the House. I do not want to be included in that group of people. For the last couple of years at many meetings I have brought this Oxymoron of language to the Audience. Other examples of an Oxymoron are Moderate Islam, Gay Marriage, Hearts and Minds of the People, etc. These are Oxymoron’s! They don't exist, period. For example, Dave Giles, is told to use the tag Conservative. STOP! True Patriots only want to be known as CONSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATIVES, because they are full of God and Country. The other type of Conservatives, in my experience, are people mentioned up above who are the CONSTIPATIONAL CONSERVATIVES because they are full of you know what? As far as the selection of candidates are concerned, we must choose Charismatic, Intelligent, Constitutional only, Pro-life, Build the Wall, No DACA, No Refugees, Protection of the 2nd Amendment, No Muslim Brotherhood in America, close any Mosques affiliated with Terrorism, No Common Core Principles, Fiscal Responsibility based on the Constitution. No useless Foreign intervention with long term Wars, and no legalization of Dope, Marriage between a Man and a Woman.These are principles which you must ask these Candidates to honor, and they must adhere to them if they are running for office. No exceptions. Be direct, and don't take any evasive answers from the Candidates, otherwise tell them to sit down and drop out of the race. Also, do not give money to anyone unless they are in agreement with these principles, period. You may think of more principles, but all of these principles must be in their platform. In closing, please choose people with outgoing personalities,who are well funded, otherwise these candidates will always lose in this State. In closing, you do not want Never-Trumpers' they do not represent the people in this country who voted for Making America Great Again, they have their own Agenda.
Agree totally Mark!! I too am leery of anyone who uses the word "conservative" as a "plank on their platform" followed by nothing to prove it in the rest of their Bio. Another way to separate the wheat/chaff is to ID as a "Platform Republican" and forget the "conservative" moniker completely.
Platform Republican comes from a patriot friend in WA state who has spent the last 5 years moving the WA state legislature from bright blue to just shy of red by using those two words. Her and her crew of changelings have gone door to door to find independents and bringing them back into the red side by identifying as "Platform Republicans" so there is a lesson to be learned -- this is basically what you said above just abbreviated into 2 words.
This also means that everyone needs to know exactly what is in the R Platform, its a great document.
We agree completely about the word conservative. When McCain and Flake refer to themselves that way, you know that word has be redefined. We have used platform Republican many times on this site over the past couple of years. Then we get emails "What is a platform republican?" Then we have to explain it to lawmakers. Ask your lawmaker a few questions about what is in the platform from 2012 or 2016. Crickets.
That link has been updated and we will send it out to remind everyone that there is a platform to guide Republicans who have never read it 2016 Republican Party Platform
It's the same as "conservative Republican" really means nothing. Platform Repub works only if they know what the Repub platform is-- which the majority don't and it's proof that they are Rino's.
In the arena of ideals, principles, morals, culture, our Constitution, and our nationalism, for anyone listening to 960 am (The Patriot radio station, 3-6pm) we know just how Seth Liebsohn feels about our state and nation. Listen and learn. This is a great show for critical thinkers !!!
I'm not in this district but it will be a pivotal election there. At this point, Giles and Liebsohn would get my attention. I'm not sure why that baroness is running. Is that even a serious campaign or does she just like to get her pic taken. I see her cozying up to flake on her website. She has nothing to run on.
Thanks for posting that photo of Irina BVB. I too have been told she is not bi-racial so this probably settles that question. Either way, I resent bringing race into this contest. I've had enough of defining people by skin color or area of the world where they were born. We had racism nearly wiped out here until BO came to office and made it his singular mission to foment hate again #MARA (Make America Racist Again). Tell me about your cultural background and I'll know something about you: "I grew up in a socialist country and know I never want America to be that" or something like that.