VIA SBINSIDER | July 1st
The major candidates for statewide office and new Congressional District 6 appeared today in SaddleBrooke to persuade Republican primary voters that they can lead the party to victory in November. The breakfast event was sponsored by the SaddleBrooke Republican club. Over 300 people crammed into the Mountain View Ballroom where the breakfasters were surrounded by standing-room-only attendees.
Kari Lake the frontrunner in the Governor’s race, reminded voters she was endorsed by Donald Trump and mentioned she had spoken to him twice in the past week. She stuck with themes that have been consistent in her campaign, that the 2020 election was stolen in Arizona from Trump, that Governor Ducey betrayed the citizens with his unlawful COVID lockdowns and his lack of real attention to a porous southern border. Robson emphasized her long time conservative credentials going back to the Reagan presidency and her extensive private sector experience in contrast to Lake. Each candidate was give about 5 minutes to make their case and mingled with the crowd beforehand.
SBINSIDER talked to a few attendees who were impressed by both candidates. Tom from HOA1, remarked that he could vote for either but leaned more towards Robson after hearing her in person. His wife was impressed that in “conservative Arizona” the two leading candidates were both women and that the Democrat’s likely nominee, Katie Hobbs, also identifies as a female.
On the Senate race, polls show Blake Masters ahead of Jim Lamon bumped by a recent endorsement by Donald Trump. Voters remarked that Lamon had a much better presentation today but that Masters was an acceptable choice. ” I wanted to see Masters in person due to the Trump endorsement and he was OK. Lamon came across as more committed to pushing back in the Senate, ” said an attendee. Mick McGuire’s speech was mentioned very highly by several attendees with the caveat that the lack of funding for his candidacy was regrettable.
Currently, the Congressional District 6 race has 4 candidates with Juan Ciscomani having the endorsement of the Republican establishment and the Ducey machine behind him. Kathleen Winn is a long time advocate for border security and stopping child-trafficking having worked at the state legislature on those issues. Ciscomani emphasizes his family and their journey from legal immigrants to a son within reach of a seat in United State Congress. “I want my kids and grandkids to have access to the American dream I’m living and that is why I am running, said Ciscomani. Young Mayberry is long term military vet and teaches foreign affairs to soldiers. He is a native Arizonan and is lacking campaign funds. Lucretia Free is a small business owner and has a compelling personal story but has limited campaign funds for getting her message out. Look to Ms. Free in the future.
Trump has weighed in the Attorney General’s race too, with his endorsement of attorney and army veteran Abraham Hamadeh. This is Hamadeh’s first run for office. His leading opponent is Andrew Gould who was a prosecutor and was a member of the Arizona Supreme Court before stepping down to run for this office.
The event was organized by Kathleen Dunbar of SaddleBrooke a long time political activist. A good time was had by all.