There are three Republican candidates in the contentious race for the CD1 Republican nomination to run against Tom O'Halleran (D) in November.  It's been some time since a Republican held that seat and it's an important seat to grab for the Rs.

This is likely one of two extremely combative races we are seeing this election.  It appears there is not enough mud to sling for some of them.  

The candidates:  Wendy Rogers, Tiffany Shedd, Senator Steve Smith

Wendy Rogers has run for LD17 Senate in 2010, CD9 in 2012, CD9 in 2014, CD1 in 2016 and CD1 in 2018.  So far, she has struck out 100% of the time.  This makes her an official gadfly candidate.  She is not a resident in CD1 but lives in CD9.  Rumor has it she may have rented an apartment in CD1 for political purposes, which you may have heard.  However, we cannot confirm that.

Wendy claims that she is a staunch Trump supporter. However, she was a bundler for Jeb Bush and an advisor until Bush was pushed from the race.  It's hard to imagine anyone who supported Bush so enthusiasticly could be sold out for Trump who is as far as it gets from Bush ideologically.  She claims she has been the continuous leader in the CD1 race.  That is false.  She ran a poll designed to get that result but it was not a legitimate poll.  This is not unusual, but it is deceitful.  She has, in fact, run in second place from the beginning but she has started to close the gap recently.  That could be due to the specious ads she is running on radio in all local markets in CD1, mailers sent out and emails sent with the same message.  The ads depict CD1 leader, Senator Steve Smith, as a sexual pervert.  The radio ads suggest he and his employer, an agency that supplies models, including kids, for tv ads, fashion shows and local events, as sex traffickers of children and engaging in child porn.  She tags him as SlimySteve! Since Smith is elected from a democrat stronghold, wouldn't that info have come out previsouly if true? There is not a shred of evidence to back up such accusations just four weeks before the August 28 Primary day.  She knows, as we all do, that it is a safe bet, since it gives the accused no time to recover.  More on Smith later. This is not the first time she has stooped to such tactics.  She did something similar to Sheriff Paul Babue in 2016.  In that race, she tagged Babeu as Sleazy.   We often look at a candidate's record and her record is to run continuously for a decade and using dirty tactics in hopes of winning.  One of our members asked if she wins, would she be accepted by others in Congress after such, to use her words, sleazy slimy tactics?

Candidate two is Tiffany Shedd.  Shedd has been AWOL in Republican politics until now.  She did not participate in the election of President Trump, no trace of her involvement.  The leadership of AZRA was tapped to handle Trump's campaign headquarters in the Presidential Primary.  She was nowhere there or at the Trump Tucson office.  Her tv ads reveal her platform as I'm not slinging at my opponents.  She's not!  At a recent forum of all three candidates, they were asked if they would join the Freedom Caucus if elected and invited.  She said NO.  We thought that was odd so we asked around.  She doesn't seem wed to the party in which she runs... Republicans.  A candidate volunteer planted a sign for a conservative Republican candidate on a rural road in CD1.  Shedd owns many acres of farmland along that road in Pinal County.  The sign was all or partially on her property along the roadside.  She removed it.  Sure, she had a right to do that but the candidate was not running against her, so why would she not want to allow a simple sign on a tiny bit of property in support of a fellow Repubican?  It could not be because she didn't want people to think she supported the candidate since few knew that the sign was on her property.  But, that could be because Shedd is the McCain candidate.  Her fundraiser is a McCain fundraiser seeking funding from McCain donors.  Her "consultant" is none other that Jonathan Seaton, Meridian Consultants.  Seaton is a long time employee of McCain and helped him purge conservatives from the party.  McCain donors are paying for her TV ads. Seaton is also the shadow manager of AZGOP, owned and operated by McCain operatives.  Her only record is her FEC report and the info above was pulled from that report.  We can't imagine the she could be a conservative with her connection to McCain and McCain's guys would not be working for a conservative, either.  To the contrary, McCain & Co. actively work against all conservatives.

Senator Steve Smith has consistently been ranked very highly as a conservative in our state legislature by American Conservative Union and also ranked Champion of the Taxpayer by Americans for Prosperity.  He has a 100% ranking by Center for Arizona Policy, a champion of parents and families, while he has a 0%-20% ranking in that category by Planned Parenthood, 0% for the Sierra Club!  The NRA also ranks him 93%-100% on gun rights.  Smith has been endorsed by the AZ Border Patrol that rarely ever endorses, Senator Ted Cruz, Rep. Jim Jordon, Rep. Andy Biggs, Rep. Mark Meadows (Chairman of Freedom Caucus), former state Treasurer and COO for the Trump campaign, Jeff DeWit and David Bossie, Trump Deputy Campaign Manager.  Some complain that Smith supported Ted Cruz during the Presidential Primary but he did switch to Trump shortly after Trump announced and supports his America First agenda.  Plus, Cruz is a conservative himself.

Smith does have a legitimate political record on which to run.  He has served in both the AZ House and AZ Senate.  While not perfect, as no candidate is, he has a sterling record of voting for we the people.  Interestingly, when Smith first ran for the legislature, he competed against a democrat from a family that had contolled legislative seats in that area for decades.  The seat has been in Republican hands ever since.  Could he use the same methods to defeat O'Halleran in CD1 in 2018?  Since pictures are worth a 1000 words, here is more about Smith's Contract with AZ CD1:

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Response to the recent political ads of Wendy Rogers

The Board of Directors of the SaddleBrooke Republican Club strongly condemn the recent salacious ads being run by the Wendy Rogers campaign. It is Board policy to never support one candidate over another but the Board Members cannot stand by silently under these circumstances while Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment, “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican,” is being violated.

Many have come to Smith’s defense, including the Arizona Police Association, Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, Congressman Andy Biggs, Congressman Matt Salmon (retired), Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen (who said “There is no truth to her allegations. They are fabricated lies”), Arizona State Representative Bob Thorpe (who said “Rogers’ latest untrue, personal attacks against Steve Smith are so dishonest and caustic that I ask my fellow Arizonans to join me, along with the many others who are calling on Rogers to drop out of the CD-1 race.”) and prominent Arizona family values leader Cathi Herrod.

The Board of Directors of the SaddleBrooke Republican Club fully endorse the words of The Maricopa Briefs “We are deeply disturbed by the recent salacious and innuendo-filled campaign ads being run by Wendy Rogers. We stand wholeheartedly with conservative Republican leaders and law enforcement who have categorically denounced in the strongest terms such appalling ads. This is what we expect from Democrats and has no place in the Republican Party of Lincoln.”

Patricia Tarner

SaddleBrooke Republican Club President

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