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Picking the Republican candidates to vote for in the Arizona August 2nd primary

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As the August 2nd primary approaches here in Arizona, it is now the time to make some preliminary decisions on who to vote for. Below are my recommendations for statewide office as well as my congressional district, followed by my reasoning behind each choice.

First, however, I must note that I consider the August primary for the Republican candidates to be the real election. No matter who is chosen in the Democratic Party primaries, I would consider that candidate to be captured by the communists and anti-American bigots who now run that party. Thus, I couldn’t vote for any, not without seeing some major house-cleaning and change. Since there is no evidence of any Democrats making any effort to do this, the only important decision I see for voters is to decide who is the least likely Republican to lie to us and actually do what they say.

Now for my personal candidate choices. To make these decisions, I did some research, using the links provided by Ballotpedia. With each candidate, I reviewed supplementing my knowledge of them from other reading by reviewing their websites. At a minimum I urge my readers to do the same, in whatever state they live in. Ballotpedia is a magnificent non-partisan resource. It doesn’t take long to do this work, and it gives you a better educated basis for making your decisions.

I also fully recognize that there are no guarantees, and that my choices here may change before August 2nd. Right now however, with the knowledge at hand, these picks are the best I can do. And as always I welcome further intelligent and informative comments from my readers below.

Senate: Blake Masters.

Earlier in July I detailed at length why I have chosen Masters. He is an outsider, not a professional politician. He is unafraid to speak his mind, including speaking bluntly about the election fraud from 2020 as well as the disaster of the federal government’s border management.

Like Trump, he has shown no fear of the leftist press. He doesn’t kow-tow to them, which means he is less likely to fold like a deck of cards once in office and pressured by that press.

Finally, he is endorsed by Trump. To understand why that endorsement carries for me such great weight, read my essay from early July.

Governor: Kari Lake.

Much of my reasoning for Lake is identical to my reasoning for Masters. Lake is an outsider, she is unafraid to speak her mind, and she has been endorsed by Trump. She has also shown a remarkable ability to push back at the press, especially when they challenge her with Democratic Party talking points. Instead of accepting the false premise of many of those questions, she pushes back, hard, and with the truth. (A great example is her answer to a reporter’s attempt to trap her concerning the 2020 election at this link.)

Meanwhile, her chief opponent, Karrin Taylor Robson, has received endorsements from the Republican Party establishment that has done all it can to prevent election reform and any investigation into any of the election tampering from 2020. Governor Doug Ducey has endorsed her. So has former Arizona congressman Matt Salmon, after ending his own campaign for governor. She has also gotten the endorsement of former vice president Mike Pence.

All these endorsements only serve to convince me that Robson is NOT my choice. That Republican establishment has proven in the past two decades that it is utterly unwilling to fight. Every time the going has gotten tough, they have run screaming in terror, making the endless foolish compromises that have put us where we are today, on the verge of losing our constitutional government and all our freedoms.

This difference is profoundly illustrated by how Lake has aggressively pushed the need for election reform, while the establishment has generally poo-pooed these concerns. I don’t want weak Republican leaders any longer, especially considering the ample evidence of extensive voter fraud in 2020 (see the data here for example).

Lake meanwhile has joined Mark Finchem in filing for an injunction against the use of electronic voting machines in the upcoming elections. She isn’t fooling around, and that is something Americans desperately need in their conservative leaders.

Attorney General: Abraham Hamadeh

Like Masters and Lake, Hamadeh is not a professional politician. Instead, he is a former prosecutor as well as a former Army intelligence officer. And most important, he has also received Trump’s endorsement.

My choice in this case however is less certain. Several of the other candidates, such as Dawn Grove, Rodney Glassman, and Andy Gould, were similar to Hamadeh in their background and what they considered important. For example, they all made protecting Constitutional rights a major issue, something that most politicians have ignored for decades.

In the end, it was Trump’s endorsement that tilted the scale in Hamadeh’s favor.

Results of election audit in Maricopa County
Results of election audit in Maricopa County

Secretary of State: Mark Finchem

Finchem is an easy choice. Following the 2020 election, he — as my own state representative — took the public lead in pushing for the election audit. It was his work probably more than any politician made that audit possible, which documented without doubt that — at a minimum — Arizona’s election process in Maricopa County is badly corrupted, and needs major reform. The graphic to the right, summarizing that audit, illustrates this clearly.

As secretary of state, that election process will become Finchem’s direct responsibility. Finchem has promised to use that power to fix things.

Finchem has also gotten Trump’s endorsement, which only cements this choice.

Treasurer: Kimberly Yee

Though Yee is the only incumbent that I presently will vote for, I will not do it with enthusiasm. The other two Republican candidates, Robert Lettieri and Jeff Weninger, might be as good, and could easily change my mind in the next few weeks, should they garner the right endorsements or make their case better.

Right now however Yee appears a reasonable choice, especially because she has apparently handled the job as Treasurer reasonably well during her term.

I have decided to vote not for Yee but for Jeff Weninger, based on the information in the comment below from Stephen Fleming, who founded the Arizona Space Business Roundtable.

Superintendent of Public Instruction: Shiry Sapir

Though the other two candidates former, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne and assemblywoman Michelle Udall, would clearly be a vast improvement over the incumbent, Democrat Kathy Hoffman, who has helped introduce critical race theory and the queer agenda into Arizona’s schools, Sapir is the only non-politician running on the ticket. She has also been a very public figure in the past year in the battle to overthrow the radical school boards in the state.

Congressional District 6: Brandon Martin

Martin first attracted my interest when I noticed he was willing to identify himself as a Republican on his campaign signs. Most candidates won’t do this out of fear they will alienate half the voters. Martin apparently thinks the Democrats have such a tainted brand right now it is better to be up front about his Republican affiliation.

Moreover, when I compared Martin’s webpage with the other candidate’s webpages, I found it by far the most impressive, not in style but in content. The other candidates appeared to be cookie cutter establishment candidates. Martin focused instead on substantive issues, strongly based on his understanding of the Constitution.

That Martin has also earned Trump’s endorsement made this choice easy.

There are other legislative positions up for election, but I think I described the most important. I plead with my readers to do their own research to fill out their choices, especially for their congressional seats. Being lazy now — as we have been for decades — will cost us horribly in the next few years.

Let me close with the words of Tucker Carlson. Carlson gave a keynote speech at a political leadership conference in Iowa last week, talking at length about his criteria for picking who he votes for. He listed three core issues. The first two were related to children and beauty. To understand what he meant, it is well worth your time to watch the full speech here.

His last point, which is cued here to that last part of his speech, began with this line:

You need to be really wary of candidates who care what the New York Times thinks.”

He explained that the best way to determine if a Republican candidate is the real thing or merely a Democrat in sheep’s clothing is to see how they react when the going gets tough and leftist news outlets like the Times begin to pressure them.

If they respond to that pressure by issuing namby-pamby statements meant to slake the concerns of that leftist media, you then know they are lying when they say they will fight for your conservative values. In truth, they don’t care about your conservative values. What they really care about is being treated nicely by news organizations who actually hate them.

Carlson’s analysis is spot on, and provides a nice underpinning to many of my own conclusions above. It provides us a useful metric for differentiating between the frauds and liars, and the politicians who are more likely to stand up and fight. Those who are willing to fight the press during the campaign, such as Blake Masters and Kari Lake, are certainly more likely to do it once they are in office.

And above all, it is those fighters we should be voting for.

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  • The Last Optimist

    Any thoughts on the Corporate Commission candidates? I appreciate that Kim Owens wants to support micro nuclear reactors, but I do not know enough about the three candidates to pick two.

  • Last Optimist: You should go to the Balletpedia link I provide and review the three candidates. In doing so I find that two, Nick Myers and Kevin Thompson, are running as a team. Both have job experience at utilities. Kim Owens does not, but she has some experience at the Arizona Power Authority.

    Personally, I am not enthused by any of these. However, compared to the Democratic Party candidates, who seem more interested in environmental issues, the Republicans remain the only choice. Since I have to choose two, I’d take Kim Owens and Kevin Thompson, so as to not stuff the commission with a single faction. Also, Myers website didn’t work, which definitely does not impress.

  • wayne

    Mr. Z.,
    Does Arizona have any state-wide elected positions for any of your State Universities?

    In Michigan, we have a “Board of Regents” for each of our 3 larger state universities. (and it would be no surprise the Democrats dominate on all 3 boards. It’s not even close. (8 members each board– 24 people nobody really knows anything about.)
    And yes, Balletpedia is a wealth of knowledge!

  • wayne: I do not remember ever voting for a state-wide university official in Arizona.

  • doug1961

    What I have noticed about politicians from Arizona over the years is that they do a lot of talking about what they’re going to do and then do the opposite

  • Lunara

    Thanks for doing the research, very helpful!

  • Cotour

    One thing that I have come to understand about Arizona politics and the governor’s race: Kari Lake is a stone cold Conservative super star and has an ice pick sharp tongue and mind and she knows how to use them both, especially against the perverted and corrupt un and anti American media and her political adversaries (D’s).

    She as a candidate and political warrior is what the political warfare in America is won by.

    I am hopeful and look forward to her crushing her opponents.

  • The Last Optimist

    Reading through the filing for the injunction I learned that the scantron devices we use to count votes are the dreaded Dominion voting machines. Had no idea these things connected to the internet. Anything on the internet can be hacked and altered. On the positive side, it is good there is a paper copy of every ballot which the auditors were able to review. I had thought the Dominion voting machine outcry was over touchscreen voting machines that do not produce a paper ballot.

    @wayne In Arizona I have voted for the community college board and local school boards, but not any kind of office for the state schools.

  • The Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) oversees the three research universities (UArizona, ASU, and NAU). Its members are appointed by the governor on a complicated schedule.

    Pima Community College has a Governing Board whose candidates are on the ballot, again on a complicated schedule. I assume (but do not know) that other community colleges in the state have similar boards.

  • I’ll note that Jeff Weninger was the co-author of HB 2423 (in 2019) focused on spaceflight activities. The bill, which was signed into law on April 16, 2019, allows a spaceflight entity to enter into a liability release agreement with crew to limit the entity’s civil liability for injury arising out of space flight activities. Weninger consulted with public and private experts in space activity to draft legislation that continues to establish Arizona as a leader in space research, development, and operations. In multiple conversations I’ve had with Jeff in 2019 and afterwards, he acknowledged that Arizona is blessed with ideal climate and geography to build, test, and operate space launch systems. Weninger’s HB 2423 was a step to ensure Arizona’s legal climate matches its natural advantages.

    Obligatory disclaimer: nothing in this post reflect the position of my employer the Arizona Board of Regents. This is just me.

  • The information that Stephen Fleming has provided is enough for me to change my voting recommendations. I have updated my post.

  • Pat

    Thanks for the info.

  • wayne

    Mr. Z.,
    So, how’s the Primary in Az turning out?
    Excuse if I missed this– do you vote in-person or what?

    In Michigan, Tudor Dixon won the republican primary for Governor & will face Whitmer in the Fall.
    (looking forward to potentially having an attractive birthing-person governor who’s not a weirdo)

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