In every election year, some races attract newbies who no one knows.  There are always those with stars in their eyes who don't have a credible concept of what it takes to run a campaign in a contentious industry - politics.  That happened in one city council race where such a person filed to run but quickly found politics can be mean and dirty.  That candidate dropped out very quickly.  The political landscape is littered across America with such wannabes.

This year in Arizona - and many other states - we are seeing a multitude of names of those who have not previously been at all visible in the Republican party.  It's odd to see this is happening on the Repubican side much more than on the Democrat side although, there is an unusual number of Democrat challengers this year, too.

Let's look at some races in Arizona.

One of the most prominent is the Secretary of State race.  Certainly, Michele Reagan made some mistakes as Secretary of State.  However, as we look at past SoS office holders, it doesn't appear to be any more than previous years.  This is the year of bitter rhetoric coming from the left and the right.  There is no more bitter rhetoric coming from candidates than in this race.  AZSOS contender, Steve Gaynor, is just such a candidate.  His platform is "I'm a businessman and Michele Reagan is the scum of officer holders."  In fact, the Gaynor ads on TV micharacterize the facts.  Much of what he states is incorrect and he knows it because we told him.  The faces of Reagan are made out to be ghoulish and scary, black and white photoshopped to death.  The main question is, who is this guy?  Yes, he runs a successful business but so did Michele Reagan.  He donates to Democrats and establishement Republicans.  He has a "no issues" based platform.  In fact, we have heard him speak a couple of times and can't find an issue based sentence in his speeches.  So, who put him up to running for the second highest office in Arizona with no political experience, never a precinct committeeman like most candidates are before running for office or, at least,  has had some experience if only in local politics.  Not this guy.  He came out of nowhere and when that happens, voter, beware.  Watch the debate tonight between these two on PBS at 5:30 or set your recorder.  It could get explosive!

In the LD23 Senate race, out of nowhere comes two candidates, Timothy Jeffries and Kristina Kelly.  This is very unusual for this district.  Kelly was recruited to run by the teacher's union.  They are looking for someone to push Red4Ed.  Kelly is very charming and engaging.  It's easy to fall under that spell.  She is a one-issue candidate.... more money for Red4Ed.  If the teachers union organizes behind her, and they will, she is likely to be victorious.  Timothy Jeffries has been a long time associate with Doug Ducey and donates to very unsavory candidates, like democrat Catherina Miranda and establishement candidates like democrat John McCain.  He already has a hearty six figure job.  Is it realistic to think he came out of nowhere with a sudden desire to take a $24K job in the legislature?  Real Republicans better coalesce around known and truly proven conservative, Michelle Ugenti-Rita.  Voters, beware.

In LD28, we have Kathy Petsas running for House.  Kathy Petsas, precinct committeemen already known, is the person who is wedded to McCain and was picked to amend the AZGOP Bylaws.  These Bylaws are important to the Republican party because they shape the party statewide.  She, as chairman, refused to communicate with most of the committee, refused to reveal contact info for members of her committee who wanted to discuss the matter, took her orders from McCain and Lines (one and the same) and is so liberal, she should not be in the Republican party.  That is a district difficult to win for Republicans.  Maria Syms is currently the sole Republican House member and Petsas is running to unseat her, not either of the democrats.  Petsas would make a terrible representative when she can't even work with a committee in the Republican party.  Voter, beware.

In other districts, the lone Republican is so bad, it might be better to vote Democrat except we need to keep the Legislature in the hands of the Republicans, as bad as they are.  As we often say, sometimes with tongue firmly planted in cheek, the worst Republican is better than a Democrat.  An example of districts that should be able to field good conservative Republicans but didn't (PCs, get out there and start recruiting for the 2020 elections NOW):

In District 8, Senate: Frank Pratt is barely a Republican.  He is sadly unopposed.  He has a dreadful voting record that looks more like a Democrat.

District 5, Sonny Borelli is alone on the Republican ballot. Sonny is establishment through and through and he's also mean-spirited when he disagrees with you.

District 6, Senate: Sylvia Allen.  We cannot say enough about the reasons this candidate should have an opponent.  She is on the record as serving her extensive family in Snowflake, not the entire district.  She bumped Brenda Barton off the ballot, worried that she could not win against well-liked Barton. She barely squeaked by in 2016 and we wonder if a Democrat will secure this seat.

District 14, Senate: David Gowan has been around way too long even if it was only one term.  Dump him and vote for Lori Kilpatrick.  We know nothing about Kilpatrick, but activist Bruce Piepho informs us that she is excellent.  But.. how much worse can it get than the arrogant Gowan?

District 20, Senate: Incumbent Paul Boyer is among the worst in the Legislature (there are so many of these to pick from) and should NOT be re-elected.  Charlie Loftus is giving him a real challenge and is a good conservative.  We highly recommend Loftus.  He will need help to overcome name ID of Boyer but Boyer has no business representing voters.  Voter, beware.

District 22, Senate:  We remember when David Livingston was a real conservative.  We don't know when he took a left turn or why.  But he has become an establishment owned candidate.  This is the RIGHT time to support Clair Van Steenwyck.  He is conservative, well versed in Constitutional principles and also in State Statute and the proper application thereof.  This should be his year to win an election.

District 25, Senate: Oh yikes!  We can hardly find words for the situation here.  Incumbent and roundly disliked by conservatives, Bob Worsley, pulled a fast one.  He recruited an unknown liberal in know-nothing Tyler Pace.  Worsley's plan was to wait until the deadline to turn in signatures passed and then  withdrew from the race, practically assuring Pace would be a clone in the Senate.  Not so fast.  Enter the uber-smart and conservative, Itasca Small.  She is running as a write-in candidate which, as we know, is an uphill battle.  Nonetheless, it's a hill worth climbing. She would serve the voters extremely well and deserves to win and needs activists to help her.  

District 12, House: David Farnsworth has kept his oath of office and served his constiuents very well.  He's accessible to voters outside of his district.  He has an opponent but there is no reason to ditch him.

District 5, House: There are five candidates running for two seats on the Republican side.  Other than the incumbents, Regina Cobb and Paul Mosely, we don't know who these people are.   None of them think enough of the Republican party to be precinct commieettmen.  Hmmm.  Cobb consistently donates to Congressman Gosar; Mosely donates small amounts to Republican PACs but not to candidates; the others have not donated to anyone, ever.  No investment in the Republican process.

District 6, House: Bob Thorpe, who challenges Frant Pratt and Bob Worsley as being the worst Republicans in the legislature, has two challengers.  Neither has name ID.  Voter, beware.

District 13, House:  Out of nowhere, Joanne Osborne and Timothy Dunn.  Voter, beware. Vet these candidates thoroughly before voting.  Trey Terry is a newcomer to that race and we believe to be conservative along with Daren Mitchell.

District 16, House:  John Fillmore has previously been a House member.  He was knocked out by McCain money, but he's back.  We recommend him.  He has four opponents.  This is a good time to use the single shot for Fillmore.  Townsend is bound to be re-elected so the race is really between Fillmore and the other three.

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The candidates you mention for District 14 are for the Senate not the House so there is only one seat available and that should go to the real conservative, Lori Kilpatrick. Drew John was a long time democrat in Safford when he was on the County Board of Sups and changed his registration to run for the House.  His claim to fame in the legislature is sponsoring a bill to increase legislative terms to 4 years rather than 2 years.  (Too inconvenient to run for office every two years....?)

John has virtually been absent since filing to run for the Senate. Only just in the last couple of weeks has he bothered to make appearances to meet the voters of his district.  Kilpatrick on the other hand has not missed a single opportunity to attend every public event to let voters to get to know her.  Strongly recommend conservative Lori Kilpatrick for Senate LD 14. 

Thanks for that correction, Joanne.  Bruce filled us in, too.

Clair: when Livingston joined AFA some years ago, he was vetted and talked to several times.  He made a good case of being a conservative.  He conferred with us when he was thinking about running for Legislature.   We advised against it but you see how much influence we had.  As we said, he turned to the left at some point.

As to LD22, Randy Miller, we already did an article on him.  We believe he's the right person for that job!  Very no nonsense.

Clair: When Livingston joined AFA, as we already said, he was not an elected official.   He was just a private citizen. He had no record to check!  The question of CQ never came up when we vetted him.  In fact, the idea of running for office came much later.

Clair is right on these calls about CQ and Gray for sure. As far as EPCOR it is a California Corporation as far as I know about it. We should not let any foreign corporations own or control water or water services in Arizona. Allowing this to happen means the citizens of Arizona are forced to pay California Taxes like it or not. Isn't it hard enough to pay our own states taxes, which are generally lower than those in California, How can we afford to cover taxes the like of those in Cali. also. We end up supporting their nonsense like it or not.  I absolutely agree Randy Miller is the guy to vote for in state senate LD 21 of any of the candidates. I wish there were more like him in other races around the state.

The comments on LD14 are incorrect. Gowan, John and Lori Kilpatrick are running for the AZ Senate not the House.

I stand against Gowan as Speaker of the House in 2016 supported and voted along with 19 other Republicans for the national Popular Vote compact that died in the senate.  You are correct he has been around too long.

As to Drew John - he has been in the political arena for about 20 years mostly in Graham county. Need I say more?

I support, campaign for and advocate voting for Lori Kilpatrick.  AZ and LD14 need fresh ideas.  She has many ideas.

Information for the future AZ Senator - See attached.


Oops, Bruce.  Thanks for that correction.  Corrected now.  While we agree with your assessment of Drew, he's not nearly as bad as Gowan.  It's all relevant. That has been corrected, too.

Once again, good info from AFA. Thx

Why would one want to ever vote for a recommended candidate?  I know people do but it must be because they don't understand the important issues. I suggest every candidate be vetted with the following questions.

Dear candidate ________________:  Do you agree:

 The purpose of government is to secure people’s unalienable Rights to Life, Liberty and an opportunity for Happiness as stated in the Declaration of Independence?  Yes  no

 That to be lawful government must comply with the principles and policies set forth in our Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights when interpreted in the spirit of providing American’s life, liberty, and an opportunity for happiness?  Yes    No

  Any government Act that’s diminished or destroyed any Americans ability to enjoy a Right is an unlawful Act that must be corrected in order for government to be lawful?  Yes    no

 “Federal action has exceeded the clear bounds of its jurisdiction under the Constitution and thus violated rights guaranteed the people” as alleged by thirty governors?     Yes    No

 The governor’s pledge “to restore to the states and the people the prerogatives and freedoms guaranteed them under the Constitution” is to be supported?  Yes  No If yes will you do so?  Yes    No

 The Constitution's 10th Amendment stating "the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution ....  are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people" is incontestable evidence that the only lawful powers of the Federal Government are those specified in the Constitution?  Yes   No

 States created the federal government as their AGENT and possess the ultimate authority and responsibility for the proper interpretation and implementation of the Constitution?   Yes    No

 Two threats to the Constitution are a Constitutional Convention and bankruptcy of our states? Yes  No  If yes will you support legislation designed to minimize or eliminate these threats?  Yes   No

 To fulfill the governor’s pledge the US must control its own destiny which requires modifying or terminating its membership in the United Nations, returning to a wealth based medium of exchange meeting the spirit and intent of Art. 1.  Sec. 8:5 of the Constitution, and ridding America and Americans of the ungodly and unconstitutionally created debt resulting from the current monetary policy?    Yes    No   If yes, will you introduce legislation dedicated to these changes?  Yes    No

 The Emergency Banking Act of 3/9/33 that made Americans official enemies of the Federal government and gave dictatorial powers to the Presidency must be repealed?  Yes  No

 Treaties, a purview of the President with the consent of the Senate, cannot lawfully create law as Art. 1 Sec.1 of our Constitution vested all legislative powers in the Congress? Yes No

 By applying doctrines of “interposition” and “nullification,” states can reject Federal legislation with which they disagree. (see South Carolinas 1832 Ordinance of Nullification) Yes  No

 The 1946 change to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure denying citizens their Right to Common Law Grand Juries was/is un constitutional and must be nullified?  Yes    No   If yes will you introduce or support such action?   Yes    No

 The 17th Amendment was fraudulently introduced and adopted and must be rescinded?  Yes  no

People beware of the politician.   As Glen Beck taught me - do your own research.  The man behind the drive to pass National Popular Vote is non-other than C.Q.  See attached and if you find a Republican on that list pronounce - -

You are FIRED !!

I believe CQ is paid about $90,000, unconfirmed, per year to keep pushing his stable of candidates to support NPV.   Gowan attended a very slick presentation. Two other political activist friends attended a similar presentation – they were not swayed, but Gowan was with a push from C.Q.  C.Q. may be a good man who is in the political business.  He is not an ideolog, but rather a businessman. – his position can be understood, while I do not agree.  Gowan’s position is just not very smart.  If you are a patriot do not vote for David Gowan to be elected to the AZ senate.


Oh, dear.  I did click on your link that went to the New Times person, Steve Lemon. I don't care much for Mr. CQ but this article is so very rude to so many good people just because they are Republicans.  Please, Bruce, give us a kind warning about what we are about to read in the future.  This was so very distressing.

I honestly was not familiar with this CQ fellow. I have sense did a little research. AZ would be better off without this character who seems lacking of good character. CQ is described as a conservative and that in and of itself I surmised as an affront to conservatives.



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