According to poll, voters have mixed feelings about GOP plans to investigate and hold hearings about the Obama administration.  This will be one of the most important roles of House leadership. Investigations will not, in the end, forward the Republican or conservative cause.

Instead, the new Congress should focus on policy differences with the Obama administration and work to change policy.  There will be Committee Chairmen climbing all over one another to get more press investigating Obama.  John Boehner, likely the new Speaker, should shut those Chairmen down.

There are a myriad of Obama initiatives that can (and should) be challenged in the Courts.  It starts with the state challenges to Health Care Reform but doesn’t end there.  It should continue with Arizona’s fighting in favor of our immigration law.  It should do with efforts to fight voter fraud and intimidation.

Beyond those legal challenges which are critically important and may not be resolved for years, it is most important now to lay out clear differences on policy between the new Congress and the Obama administration and the old Congress.  Where limited gains can be accomplished cooperatively, they should be.  But where differences do not lend themselves to compromise, the goal of House Republicans and new “Tea Party-inspired” members should be to demonstrate those differences and articulate them clearly in positive fashion in ways the voters can understand.  They should think of language used by folks like Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp and now Paul Ryan and Jeff Flake – not of divisive, mean-spirited, personal attacks.

Here is the polling data and analyis from Rasmussen.

Voters Have Mixed Feelings About GOP Plans to Investigate Obama.


Good morning and happy Sunday to you all.  Though you won’t see this on your local news programs or read about it in your Sunday paper, you should be updated on a story that this little blog has been covering better than all of the mainstream media combined.  We don’t celebrate that at Arizona Right to Win.  We’d hope that the mainstream media would join us and consider it newsworthy when a candidate for Congress in the United States of America is deliberately lying to tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of Arizona voters on a daily basis.

It has been confirmed that Vernon Parker’s autodialer which makes the knowingly false claim that Vernon Parker is “the only candidate in the race who opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants” is continuing.  Vernon Parker has built his career and reputation on special interest, affirmative action handouts.  He allegedly has attempted to defraud American taxpayers of $1.25 million by allegedly falsifying records related to his affirmative action application that allowed him preferential treatment to secure the funds.  In response to being caught, Vernon Parker has sued the taxpayers for an additional $2 million for the pain and suffering of being investigated by the feds for alleged falsification of records.  And, of course, Vernon Parker admittedly told a lie on FOX News when he claimed “I have been endorsed by Arizona’s largest Tea Party” when in fact he hadn’t been (and still hasn’t been) endorsed by ANY Tea Party.  He’s still promoting that lie on YouTube despite admitting it was a lie to a REAL Tea Party group when they raised objections.

Now, back to the autodialer.  Vernon Parker knows he is lying about maybe 8 of his 9 opponents by including the lie that he is the “only candidate in the race who opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants.”  He actually apologized to some of his opponents for it before the last candidate forum.  Vernon Parker knows he’s lying.  But Vernon Parker has determined that if he has a chance of winning he must lie to as many voters as possible, as quickly as possible faster than he is found out for his lies.

We don’t need that kind of unethical, dishonest politician in Congress.  Ironically, that is what Tea Parties are trying to protect us from.  Please consider sharing this information with anyone and everyone in Arizona — and the media — so that voters can be informed of the truth and make an informed decision on Tuesday.

Now, back to your originally scheduled Sunday programming …

One thing is certain when you look at the spirited race in Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District.  It’s that three candidates of the insider establishment appear to be more of a three-ring circus than serious candidates for voters to consider.  Because each of the three to some extent has money, however, they can’t simply be ignored.  One can only hope that Arizona voters in the 3rd District, especially conservative ones, are wise to avoid any of the three on election day.

Ben Quayle is the first of the three and I don’t think anyone would honestly say they think he is a great candidate for Congress.  He’s only a candidate because his father is a former Vice President.  Ben Quayle is national Republican, Wall Street investment banker establishment candidate.  He’s also probably the “establishment candidate” of the North Scottsdale party set.  He’s got money, a huge staff, high paid consultants, lots of glitzy mail, slick TV ads and plenty more where that came from.  He’s as packaged a candidate as one could be.  Buy a house.  Get a wife.  Adopt a dog from the shelter.  Take pictures with other people’s kids on lap and talk about raising your family.  Beyond that he’s like a young version of Dan Quayle, except he apparently drinks more and isn’t as smart.  Late night talk show hosts and national Democrats are hoping that if it’s a Republican that its Quayle.  Quayle’s helping to create and contribute to a soft porn sex site will be great fuel for the Democrats and stand-up comedians.

The next ring in the circus in occupied by Steve Moak.  Steve Moak is playing the role of the tough-talking businessman.  “It’s time to bring some business sense to Washington” is Moak’s cry.  In many respects, we conservatives agree with that concept.  We want zero-based budgeting, real budget cuts and cost-benefit analyses.  All good.  What we don’t want are hardcore telemarketers who made millions calling grandma in the middle of dinner or before bed only to hang up and have her discover that her phone company was changed without her consent.

It was an awful and rampant practice 15+ years ago.  A lot of innocent people were victimized and people like Steve Moak made a killing.  Eventually, however, after enough people were ripped off, Congress stepped into the mix.  Basically, the Steve Moaks of the world needed an Act of Congress to stop them from ripping people off. Now Steve Moak wants to be in Congress?  Are you kidding me?  Congressmen are annoying enough without being telemarketers on top of it.

Steve Moak has another little problem related to a charity that he created.  It was all about helping kids.  No one can disagree with helping the kids, right?  Well, no one did. What people did object to when the facts became known was that Moak acquired a for-profit company and used his non-profit to drive business to his for-profit company. Basically he used his charity to make money for himself.  He promoted distribution of home drug-testing kits.  His for profit company made – you guessed it – home drug testing kits.  So, charitable donations were paid to his for profit company.  So if you donated to “help the kids,” Moak helped the kids by buying (from himself, for profit) home drug testing kits that he often sold to the families who needed them.  So when Moak’s family encountered this issue, Steve Moak didn’t just say “let’s help others with this same problem.”  No, Moak said “Let’s find a way to cash in on this and make some money.”

The problem with “businessmen” like Moak is that they push everything to the limits of the law if it benefits themselves.  They really don’t believe in transparency.  They are transparent to the extent that the SEC and FCC requires them to be transparent.  No more.  Congressmen like Moak push everything to the limits of the law if it benefits themselves.  That is not good for the Republican reputation, it’s not good for Arizona and it’s not good for America.  It’s precisely this kind of Congressman that caused the rise of Tea Parties — to fight insider deals and unprincipled Republicans more interested in cutting a deal than being committed to conservative principles.  It’s also troubling that Moak pandered to the Arizona Republic and essentially endorsed a radical program of amnesty for illegal immigrants in order to try to secure their endorsements.  If he can sacrifice principle on a deal like that now, rest assured he compromise on principles to cut other self-serving deals.

The third ring in the three-ring circus is shrinking but still occupied by Vernon Parker.  As we’ve discussed here before, Vernon Parker’s made his money taking advantage of affirmative action programs and helping others do so.  He’s increasingly become known as “Vernon the Victim” as voters have realized he’s willing to use his race to benefit himself with affirmative action loans, grants and contracts.  And if he’s criticized, he’s the first to play the race card in defense.

After stints as a government bureaucrat, Parker decided that his best opportunity for self-enrichment wasn’t creating a charity to help kids, he determined that he could get $1.25 million from the taxpayers if he could only qualify as a minority or disadvantaged small business.  Problem was that government bureaucrats aren’t allowed to benefit from that government program.  It appears from the facts and the conclusions reached by investigators that Parker violated the rules in applying for the affirmative action status that would have allowed him to acquire the $1.25 million because he was still a government bureaucrat.

The whole thing is a mess.  Vernon Parker has a huge dark legal cloud hanging over him. And it is unresolved.  In order to cover it all up, Parker filed a lawsuit seeing $2 million from the taxpayers for him in part for the future pain and suffering and doctor bills if the government continues to investigate his alleged violations of the law.  It’s a mess.  Even more of a mess when one considers that Parker claims to be against affirmative action.  When you look at Parker’s business, on its face, it appears to offer itself up in helping others cash in on affirmative action programs just like Vernon did.  Parker also brags about putting his 75-year-old retired grandma to work so he could attend Georgetown Law School.   As an adult and a college graduate, maybe that should have been time for Vernon to take care of his old, retired grandmother and gone to a state school.  Instead he cashed in and put her to work for him.  Not something most people would proudly brag about.

Parker has a serious legal cloud over him.  He unfairly accused Quayle of being a racist for using the term “poster boy” which was perhaps a bit of a reach.  He lied on FOX News about being endorsed by the state’s largest tea party when he was endorsed by no tea parties.  He also has an autodialer going out in the district claiming that “Vernon Parker is the only candidate that opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants.” He knows that is 100% false but doesn’t care. He needs as many voters as possible to know his lies and depend upon them while they vote before discovering they based their decision on lies.  It’s a strange strategy.  Doesn’t evoke image of the forefathers but Parker has determined that the best chance he has to win is to lie to the voters as often as possible before Tuesday.

None of these candidates have distinguished themselves in any way to attract voters except for the most obvious ways.  Once you get past the politically-manufactured, ultra-thin veneer of each of the candidates, it’s not surprising that many want to run the other direction.  Neither of these candidates is a good option for Republicans and certainly not conservatives.  There are other candidates who are far more conservative than these candidates and with demonstrated records to prove it.  If you are a true conservative and conservative principles and finding someone who will put those before other considerations is important to you.  You should actively oppose Quayle, Moak and Parker and encourage your friends and family to do the same.

We have written frequently here about candidate Vernon Parker’s many shortcomings. Parker is running for Congress in Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District and based upon the clear facts we do know is by far the most despicable candidate in the race.

We could lay out a lengthy treatise about how Vernon Parker has used affirmative action programs to line his pockets with enough taxpayer cash to build a house in Paradise Valley.  But we won’t.

We could talk about how Vernon Parker forced his aged and retired Grandmother to go to work and support him when he was an adult with a college degree.  But we won’t.

We could talk about how Vernon Parker was apparently caught with his hand in the cookie jar allegedly attempting to defraud the taxpayers to the tune of $1.25 million but we won’t.

We could talk about how Vernon Parker is trying to cover up his alleged fraud by filing a meaningless and superfluous lawsuit to obscure both his alleged fraud and his reliance upon affirmative action programs to enrich himself (while claiming to oppose affirmative action).  But we won’t.

We could talk about how Vernon Parker’s latest lawsuit attempts to swindle another $2 million from the taxpayers for his own personal bank account.  But we won’t.

We could talk about how Vernon Parker and his surrogates have attempted to spread rumors about other candidates repeatedly even deliberately when they had full knowledge that those rumors were false.  But we won’t.

Instead we are going to briefly outline two ways that Vernon Parker not only lied to hundreds of thousands of Republican voters in Arizona, but how he continues to perpetuate those lies on a daily basis.  It is absolutely, positively the campaign strategy of Vernon Parker, his media team and his political allies who say nothing about it or remain loyal to Vernon to lie as frequently as possible to Arizona voters.  That’s what Vernon has left. Vernon Parker believes that Arizona voters are idiots and he can degrade and dehumanize them with his lies and win.  I sure hope that he’s wrong.

One would be a fool to assume that Vernon  Parker’s rags to riches is story is true, mostly true, or true in part without fully investigating it themselves. When one demonstrates an habitual need and willingness to lie for ones own benefit on a grand scale, in public and over and over again, any reasonable person comes to the conclusion that everything such a person communicates should be assumed a lie, unless proven otherwise.

Here are Vernon Parker’s lies for tonight.  Funny thing is that in both instances, Vernon Parker admitted to very closed audiences that these were indeed untrue statements for which he was responsible.  He even whispered the “Aw shucks” meaningless apology.  It only makes more despicable of a character.  Vernon has built his life on special preference affirmative action programs and playing the race card if it ever suits his needs.  It’s people like Vernon Parker and Al Sharpton who use race illegitimately that really diminish outrage over genuine racist acts.  Each time they play the race card, they effectively spit on the grave of Emmett Till.  It delegitimizes genuine, despicable racist acts. It’s ironic that Vernon Parker’s first whopper of a public lie directly related to his campaign was in relation to bogus charges of racism leveled by the NAACP against the Tea Party movement.

Vernon took advantage and wrestled his way onto FOX News.  We should assume that he misrepresented himself to FOX News based on the fact of what he said on the air. Vernon Parker looked square into the camera, didn’t flinch and said proudly “I am endorsed by the largest Tea Party in Arizona.”  Plain bold statement.  Absolute lie.  Later he admitted his “mistake” when confronted at an actual Tea Party meeting.  But Vernon Parker’s YouTube account still includes this lie (“mistake”) over a month after making the statement.  He is promoting the video.  He knows that the Arizona media is not particularly aggressive in reporting political news.  Vernon knows that the more people who believe his lie, the better off it is for him.  So he keeps the video up on YouTube and continues to promote it.  Every day he makes a conscious and deliberate decision to continue lying to Arizona voters.

Here’s lie number two.  Vernon Parker has an autodialer that went out weeks ago to perhaps hundreds of thousands of voters in his district.  Vernon’s autodialer included an absolute lie.  No doubt about it.  The autodialer said “Vernon Parker is the only candidate in the race who opposes amnesty.”  Vernon knows that’s a lie.  He sat at well over a dozen forums with his opponents and knows that at least 8 of the others strongly oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants.  Vernon approved a deliberate, self-serving lie of his creation.  Vernon even apologized (off camera) to some of his political opponents before their last group forum together at Cox Communications.  Vernon was afraid one of them would bring it up on the stage.  So he glad-handed his way around talking to some of his opponents talking about the other “mistake” that was made.

But it was confirmed that just a few hours ago, voters in Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District were still receiving those calls that included Vernon’s lies.  Vernon Parker still has those calls rolling out to Arizona voters.  Vernon Parker’s strategy is to lie to as many voters as possible because it may help him get elected and no one can effectively counter his lies as fast as he can spread them.  For a few pennies a person, Vernon can send thousands and thousands of autodialer phone calls out to voters repeating what he knows is a lie and what he deliberately chose to lie about because in Arizona, illegal immigration is the number one issue on the minds of voters.

At a certain point you have to look at supporters of Vernon Parker in light of these repeated lies,  and wonder when they own the lies themselves.  I can understand why some well-intentioned folks initially could have found Vernon Parker attractive on paper.  But as Vernon has revealed himself as a person with very little content in his character, it is incumbent upon good people to stand up and say “How dare you Mr. Parker!  I believed in you.  I donated time for you.  I defended you.  I spoke up for you!  And in return, you made me look or at least feel like an idiot for supporting such a dishonest, dishonorable character.”  That’s what they should do.  I’m sure some have.  Good for them.  But the reality is simply that Vernon Parker doesn’t care about any of those people, honor or integrity. He cares only about Vernon Parker and lying, cheating and stealing as much as he can to benefit Vernon Parker.

The mudslinging in Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District continues with millionaire telemarketer Steve Moak turning his sights on his opponents and beginning his attacks in an effort to distract attention from the latest revelations about his record.  If you listened to Moak on the campaign trail or read the glitzy mailers the millionaire telemarketer is sending throughout the district, you’d believe that Moak intends to apply his business experience in Washington.  The closer one looks at Moak’s record, the more one realizes that it’s not such a good thing.

First, Moak is a telemarketer.  He made his millions of dollars calling you, your parents and your grandma during dinner.  Aren’t Congressmen annoying enough without being telemarketers?  If you are fortunate enough to live in Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District, you are being bombarded by phone calls encouraging you to vote for Moak. Think those calls are coming from hardworking volunteers who are committed to the Moak wave sweeping the nation?  Think again.

Moak has made millions with call centers all over America (and jobs he no doubt outsourced) who are masters at getting you on the line, holding you on the line, manipulating you and getting you to act in a manner that works for them to get what they want. According to what others have published, employees at those call centers are being forced to sign non-disclosure statements so they are not allowed to tell you, tell the media or tell anyone what they are being told to do on behalf of Steve Moak.  Not a good sign of what Congressman Moak would be.

Moak needs to familiarize himself with the concept of transparency.  Conservatives across America are rightfully demanding openness about what government is doing with our tax dollars.  Businesses disclose as little as possible, only what they are required to share by law.  Moak should understand that as conservative voters we are interested in honesty and openness from our candidates.  Vernon Parker’s campaign imploded because he lost all credibility by repeatedly lying to Arizona voters (and is still now lying to them as he promotes his admittedly false YouTube ad online).

What Moak needs to understand is that we don’t want another Vernon Parker and we don’t want to be pestered with his phone calls.  We certainly don’t want to be called on our cellphones and we’d like to know who is being paid to make these calls.  Do these callers even live in Arizona or the 3rd District?  If not, are they at least Moak supporters? Or are they employees of Moak’s telemarketing firms being forced to sign non-disclosure statements and make calls on behalf of the boss (or risk their jobs)?  Do they disclose that they are not actual supporters in the call or do they lie to the voters who answer? Most conservatives are very much in favor of government being run more like a business in many ways.  We want accountability for where our dollars are spent. But what Moak doesn’t understand is that in the “government as business” model, he doesn’t get to be “the boss” as a Congressmen.    His ego won’t afford him the opportunity to “get it.”  No Mr. Moak, you are applying to work for us.

A secondary concern about paid telemarketers in call centers across America and maybe even outside the country making calls on behalf of Moak is the legality.  Moak is required by law to pay the full going rate for those calls.  He is not allowed to take corporate contribution in the form of dollars or in the form of anything of value.  If Moak is forcing employees of his own company to make those calls against their will and sign non-disclosure statements without full disclosure in his campaign finance reports, he’s violating the laws found under the Federal Elections Commission (FEC).

If friends in the industry are making those calls for free or at a discount on behalf of Moak, and it’s not fully disclosed, it would also violate the law.  And when one gets to the question of how Moak is calling cellphone numbers (which is incredibly annoying to a lot of people) a whole different situation arises.  The voter file available as a public document often contains numbers or can easily be cross-referenced with phone records to match up with your own home phone number.  Such is not usually the case for cellphone records.  Moak and his industry allies own telemarketing firms.  Those firms have lists.  If he is using those lists, not paying the full cost (for example what he would charge his opponents to use the same list) and not fully disclosing that in his FEC reports, he is once again, violating the law.  Not a stellar list of unanswered question as the apparently very sloppy businessman becomes an all too typical politician.

Beyond the legality or ethical concerns of Moak using paid telemarketers across the country to pose as Moak supporters and bother you during dinner, is Moak’s business activities in past years and his alleged involvement in “slamming” activities that became prevalent in the telemarketing industry, eventually leading to an Act of the very Congress that Moak wants to join.  If you don’t remember or you’re too young, here is what drove the revenues for businesses like Moak’s.  You, mom and dad or grandma would get a call during dinner or some other inappropriate time of the day.  You’d be kept on the line for a minute or so answering annoying questions and trying to politely get off the call.  You’d finally hang up and be glad it was over. Then you’d find out later that your phone company was switched to MCI or another company and you never approved such a change. Lots of senior citizens kept paying bills and didn’t even realize their company was changed.  More money for Moak.

Moak was a “slammer” and slammers did whatever they could took to make money. They pushed their actions to the very limits of the law, with no concern for ethics or morality.  Eventually the public relations disaster and revelations drove MCI out of business.  The bottom line is that we shouldn’t need an Act of Congress to have stop Moak from being ethical.  Moak “the businessman” went to the full limits of the law, regardless of honesty or ethics, to benefit himself.   It would be absurd to assume Moak “the Congressman” will be any different.  Fool my once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

We haven’t seen the mainstream media even report on Moak’s business activities, much less investigate them fully and provide information to the voters necessary for them to make an informed decision.  So here it is.  Voters deserve to know the truth.

Lastly, Moak has abused not-for-profit laws to benefit whom?  You guessed it to benefit Moak himself.  After a couple of his children apparently experienced unfortunate problems related to drugs, Moak founded a charity to help families like his. His “NotMyKid” charity would seem to be a laudable pursuit.  What Moak failed to disclose was that his charity was engaged in “donating” home drug tests and encouraging parents to regularly test their kids for drugs and advocating such an approach.  However, what Moak failed to fully disclose and where his real charitable ends become more clear, was that Moak purchased a for-profit Company from which he bought the at-home drug kits which were donated – and in many cases sold through his charity website – to families.  So your charitable donation to Moak’s charity allowed him to use your contribution to purchase drug test kits from his own for profit company and pocket the profits himself.  And he encouraged suffering families to buy his not-for-profit’s drug-testing kits.

Is this the kind of “businessman” we need more of in Congress?  Many of us on the right and in the Tea Party movement tend to think that this is the problem with Congress, not the solution.  There is a reason no Tea Party has ever or would ever make an informed decision to support someone like Moak.  As Tea Party activists, we must stand up and oppose the Steve Moaks of the world.  We don’t just need Republicans.  We’ve seen them fail before. We are sick of government benefitting at the expense of taxpayers, we’re sick and tired of big business, corporate welfare and taxpayer-funded bailouts and back room deals with Congressmen helping fat cat businessmen.  Moak is what’s wrong with Washington and what’s wrong with the Republican Party, he is what the Tea Party was created to fight.

Playing off a marketing campaign of the milk industry, Steve Moak likes to use the catch phrase “Got Moak?”  Be forewarned:  Next time you see “Got Moak?” you should understand that Moak went sour long ago.

Vernon Parker’s true character, or lack thereof, is finally being revealed to Arizona voters just days before the election is completed.  He’s been exposed for having an entitlement mentality with a willingness to do or say anything to benefit himself and get away with as much as possible.  It would be unreasonable to expect him to change if he gets elected to Congress.  Thankfully, his lies and misdeeds are being exposed again and again and his campaign is imploding.  Arizona voters are not idiots.

All along, Parker has done nothing more than game the system.  He has been nothing more than a public relations project.  A creation.  Fortunately, the truth is being revealed before voters in Arizona’s 3rd District make a final decision.  One of the little stories he tells about his upbringing in voter forums is how his 75-year-old, tired, retired grandmother had to go back to work cleaning other people’s houses so he could go to Georgetown.  And this is a character trait we should admire?  I think as a college graduate and grown adult he should have been responsible for himself and been taking care of his grandmother.  Fundamentally flawed person, right there.

Let’s look at some of Vernon’s more recent lapses in character and veracity for the truth:

Vernon lied to the voters on FOX News national broadcasts that played all day long. When the NAACP idiotically criticized the Tea Party movement as racist, Vernon and his PR team saw their opportunity. They pitched an appearance on FOX.  “We’ve got the perfect guest for you!”

Vernon looked straight into the camera … right into the eyes of Arizona voters and conservatives across America watching and said without hesitating “I have been endorsed by the largest Tea Party in Arizona.”  It was seen over and over again all day long by millions of Republicans and millions of conservative voters who support the Tea Party movement.  Vernon shared it on Facebook.  He shared it on Twitter.  So every Arizona 3rd District voter possible could hear the claim.

But it was a lie.  Vernon lied.  He has not been endorsed by any Tea Party, much less the largest Tea Party.  At first they ignored it.  Good, but totally unethical and dishonest, PR strategy.  Let everyone hear the lie.  Ignore criticism or claims that it is a lie for as long as possible.  Just keep moving forward and spreading it as far and wide as possible before it’s seriously challenged.  And in this race-sensitive world, his PR team knew that they could get pretty far before anyone would ever have the guts to say “Hey, I don’t care if Vernon’s black or not.  It’s not racist to tell the world he lied.  Voters deserve to know the truth.”  The one who had the guts to do it was Pamela Gorman, his opponent in Arizona’s 3rd District.  I guess it’s easy to understand why Gorman is the only actual Tea Party endorsed candidate in Arizona’s 3rd District.

Gorman’s attempts to interest the media or others in the Tea Parties (who know the truth) to come out and discuss this brazen lie took a while to resonate. And, Vernon’s PR machine kept spreading the lie as far and wide as they could.  Then, after receiving maximum benefit, Parker’s team determined that he could apologize in as a small a way as possible.  So recently, Vernon admitted that he lied.  He appeared at a North Phoenix Tea Party meeting and was criticized heavily by REAL Tea Party folks.  He didn’t say “I lied,” of course.  What a politician.  It’s like Bill Clinton all over again. He “admitted he made a mistake” but never really owned up to it.

When he was asked if he would refute what he said and retract it, he said “Will you pay for it?  I don’t have any money to run ads retracting it.”  Very remorseful (not). The smart tea party woman replied “It doesn’t cost any money to issue a press release.”  Vernon was unmoved.  He hasn’t issued a press release.  No one is perfect. But Vernon feels a sense of entitlement, repeatedly breaks the rules and has an “I’ll get away with as much as I possibly can and benefit as much as possible” attitude. He’s what’s wrong with Washington all too often, not what we need more of there.

I’ll let you in on a more shocking aspect of this story.  Vernon apologized at North Valley Tea Party five days ago (at the time of this writing), but his YouTube page STILL has his video posted right now at 6 PM Arizona time on Friday, August 13. Nearly a week after his “apology” and a lie described as a “mistake.”  Dear Mr. Parker, it costs nothing to simply take down a video clip from your own YouTube account!  It requires about 90 seconds of his precious time.  But, he has chosen to continue lying to District 3 voters.  Expect him to lie right up until election day (and beyond, if he wins).

The next lie plays out in the same way.  The Parker strategy: Lie about something important to as many of the voters as humanly possible.  Let the self-serving lie be disseminated to as many voters as possible.  The man seems to have absolutely no regard for voters.  Vernon Parker did an autodialer presumably to hundreds of thousands of voters in Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District.  In the autodialer was an absolute, out-and-out lie.  It stated “Vernon Parker is the ONLY candidate in Arizona’s 3rd District that opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants.”  And at the end, he is heard confirming, “this message is authorized and paid for by Vernon Parker for Congress.”  I’ve heard it.

Once again, leading the way, Pamela Gorman began hitting the airwaves and talking to media about the lie in Parker’s autodialer.  More recently, Sam Crump drew attention to it.  According to several reliable sources, at yesterday’s candidate forum at Cox Communications, Bob Branch, Gorman, Crump, Ed Winkler all were talking about Vernon’s lies about their records.  They’ve all come to expect Vernon to lie about his own story and accomplishments, but lying to Arizona voters about THEIR position on this important issue to those voters is another story all together.

Vernon Parker has never lifted a finger to help manage the illegal immigration problem in Arizona.  Gorman, Crump and Jim Waring were all cosponsors of SB 1070.  Gorman’s campaign is even supported by Senator Russell Pearce the author of SB 1070 with whom she has crafted legislation designed to address this issue for years.  Gorman and Pearce will be speaking at the Tea Party Rally at the Arizona-Mexico border on Sunday.

Based on the FOX News lie and the fact that the lie is STILL up on Vernon’s YouTube site, the smart money says that Vernon’s dishonest autodialer is still be being heard by thousands of voters day after day after day.  Vernon Parker will lie to voters repeatedly if it helps Vernon Parker.  The question is will voters let Vernon Parker know that fighting politicians like him is the very reason Tea Parties were created? Sorry, Vernon.  Arizona voters aren’t idiots.

Vernon Parker has been the subject of a couple of blog posts in Arizona Right to Win.  The more one looks into Vernon’s actions, the more one realizes that you could almost have a blog dedicated to Vernon Parker’s serious character flaws that should dissuade any serious person (of any ideology) and certainly any conservative from voting for Vernon Parker for Congress in Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District.  In just the short time Arizona voters have gotten to know Vernon Parker, he has literally lied and misrepresented himself and the truth in so many different ways that one must seriously question anything and everything he claims about himself and wonder if any or some of it is even true.

Before going back to the most recent stories that ultimately were covered by the Arizona Republic, the Sonoran News and Arizona Right to Win, let’s look at a few things that happened since those stories were finally brought out into the open.  Well, for starters, Vernon Parker went on FOX News nationally and not only lied to all the voters of Arizona, he lied to the entire country.  Vernon went on FOX News and claimed he was “endorsed by the largest Tea Party in Arizona.”  Well, there is a little problem with that claim.  Vernon Parker as of this writing (and certainly at the time he made the claim on FOX News) has NEVER been endorsed by ANY Arizona Tea Party, much less “the largest Tea Party in Arizona.”  Rest assured he’s got his people scrambling to offer anything and everything to find him a Tea Party endorsement, but it hasn’t happened yet and he’ll still be liar even if they are eventually successful in bartering an endorsement or threatening one (which is what this campaign does with those perceived to be threats to them politically).

It goes beyond a misstatement and beyond and “oops, I slipped up” comment to tell an outright total and complete lie on national TV.  One honestly must be flabbergasted by the idea that a human being can run for office and make up a total and complete lie and tell it on national TV and somehow think that’s okay.  It must make you wonder about the veracity of anything and everything Vernon Parker has ever said in this campaign or his life.  If you’ve wondered why Vernon read from notecards talking about his life at forum after forum after forum, at this point one can’t be a serious person without wondering if the whole story or parts of it are a total fabrication.

That’s just the beginning.  In a recorded autodialer that has been making the rounds in the cyber universe, that was done on behalf of Vernon, includes another total and complete fabrication (not a misstatement).  The autodialer says “Vernon Parker is the only candidate that opposes amnesty” in the race.  And at the end, you guessed it, this message was authorized and paid for by Vernon Parker for Congress.  If you haven’t heard it yet, you’ll probably get in your email because its making the rounds.

Well, Vernon lied.  Only one of the ten candidates has clearly come out in favor of amnesty and that was when Steve Moak supported amnesty in a recorded interview with the Arizona Republica while trying to secure the paper’s endorsement.  Since he didn’t get the endorsement, even Moak has changed his tune and claiming to have always opposed amnesty, but his prior position was caught on tape.

Bottom line is that Vernon Parker’s autodialer indicated that he was the only candidate who opposed amnesty when there may be as many as NINE candidates in the race who oppose amnesty and a tenth who says he does now (but supported it earlier).  Russell Pearce, the author of SB 1070 is supporting two candidates in this race, neither of whom is named Parker.  Senator Pearce is a staunch opponent of amnesty and you can rest assured that the candidates he’s supporting in the race oppose it as well.  On that basis alone, it’s shameful that Vernon Parker has chosen to spread lies about all of his opponents and he owes them (and Russell Pearce) an apology.

What are some of the other whoppers in Vernon’s life? Well, I guess a pretty big one was when Vernon allegedly lied on his application for special (affirmative action) status as a disadvantaged or minority business classification that would move him to the front of the line before others to get a $1.25 million government handout.  Vernon said he wasn’t an employee of the government when he applied.  But he still collected a paycheck and benefits for many months after applying.  The simple fact of the matter is that any objective look at Vernon’s character reveals a willingness to lie if it serves his self-interest and there were 1,25o,ooo ways that lie would have served Vernon’s self-interest.

And the debate over this particular lie is actually used to benefit Parker by obscuring the real question:  Why was Vernon Parker applying for special disadvantaged or minority status to move other more capable an experienced candidates aside so that he could access $1.25 million in taxpayer dollars?  If he were running as a liberal Democrat in Philadelphia, it would be par for the course.  But you can’t say you’re a conservative and oppose affirmative action when you used it yourself to cash in and get rich.  And when Vernon got investigated for his alleged misdeeds, he now has sued the government in an effort to secure an additional $2 million in taxpayer money for his trouble.  That says it all.

Vernon’s bread  and butter is being the victim.  He’s used it to get ahead and get rich. And he’s using it to obscure his lies by claiming victim status again and asking for $2 million more from the taxpayers.  And he’s playing the victim to try to win votes.  But Vernon is no victim.  He’s actually been and continues to be the victimizer of the taxpayers.  Vernon has still never answered fundamental questions.  Did you apply AT ALL for special status as a minority or disadvantaged business with the Small Business Administration?  Yes or No?  Did you ever secure taxpayer dollars (and how much and can you document all received) as a result of that status?  Yes or No?  Did you ever secure taxpayer dollars in any other way (how much and will you document it)?  Have you ever helped others acquire that very status for their businesses?  Yes or No?  Have you ever assisted others to receive government contracts or grants or loans?  Yes or No? Vernon has never answered these questions and let’s face it, our media here generally doesn’t trouble themselves too much with extra work or questions.  That’s what allows candidates like Parker to even get this far.  If proper media scrutiny were paid to these issues, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

Vernon Parker has been caught lying again and again.  And his campaign, by far, has been the dirtiest, sleaziest operation of any of the 10 in Arizona’s 3rd District.  He spread rumors about one candidate being in rehab without owning the comment or offering any proof or substantiation.  He and his operatives spread stories about other candidates (yes, that is plural) that were deeply offensive and damaging and totally unsubstantiated and untrue.  No care to them because all were to benefit Vernon.  And Vernon claims to have served as a substitute Pastor for two years at a church.  Did he, really?  That is a darn scary thought, but on behalf of the possible flock attending, we can take some solace in knowing it’s very possibly completely fabricated or at least totally exaggerated.

There is one dangerous and reckless supporter of Vernon’s that goes around town actually making the absurd claim that Vernon’s already been vetted by the FBI so he’s the only candidate who could win the primary who will have no dirt on him.  No statement could be more untrue or more idiotic.  Some people say this lady wears a sequined hat in order to keep the space aliens from eating her brain matter.  If that were true, we’d have to say that she must have slept with her hat off because they seem to have gotten some.  Vernon is the subject of an investigation.  Vernon may have seriously violated the law.  Vernon has now counter-sued and assuming the litigation continues, we will learn a lot more about Vernon and what went on before this issue is resolved.  Vernon has lied on national TV with a straight face.  Vernon has spread absolute and total lies in his autodialers.

The simple fact of the matter is that there is no candidate in this race with more ethical baggage and political vulnerability than Vernon Parker.  If you are a Republican and a true conservative, unless you are Vernon Parker’s mother or his wife, it would be the height of extreme irresponsibility to vote for this deeply flawed man.  Vernon Parker’s absolute lack of character disqualifies him from this position.  He’s made a career and a lucrative one playing the victim, taking advantage of affirmative action laws (that NOW he claims to oppose) and telling absolute lies and falsehoods for the sole purpose of benefitting himself personally.  There are some who are not qualified to win the 3rd District seat because they lack knowledge or experience in the political arena.  Vernon Parker is the sole candidate that lacks the ethics, character and integrity to be considered in this race.

President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have declared legal war on Arizona.  Surely, Republican Presidents have failed to solve our border problems in the past, but none have gone to the lengths of this left-wing administration to disabuse Arizona’s law-abiding citizens.  Ironically, the President and his Attorney General have declared legal and rhetorical war on Arizona, despite the blinding loyalty of Arizona’s Congressional Democrats including Gabrielle Giffords (D-08), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-01) and Harry Mitchell (D-05) to the entire Obama-Pelosi agenda.  Those three vulnerable Democrats chose loyalty to President Obama and what he can do to benefit them politically as a priority over the interests of Arizona’s citizenry which overwhelmingly opposed the federal takeover of healthcare and the myriad of negative consequences that came with it.

Giffords, Kirkpatrick and Mitchell made a choice.  It was undoubtedly both an ideological calculation (these three are leftists outside the mainstream of Arizona political thought) and also it was self-serving politics and choosing to be loyal to and grovel at the feet of our leftist President.  Arizona residents opposed Obamacare.  Overwhelmingly, we oppose most of the effort of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama to model America after increasingly bankrupt European Socialist democracies.  But these three Democrats chose loyalty to the Democratic Party and loyalty to Barack Obama over loyalty to their constituents and loyalty to Arizona.  They assumed the political rewards and efforts of President Obama and Vice President Biden to raise them campaign cash was greater than the political costs of abandoning Arizona.

And what did they get for their loyalty?  They got their Democratic President and his administration and Attorney General and his Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano to demonize over 70% of Arizonans (Republicans, independents, Democrats and all types of people) who support the state’s effort to codify federal law into state statute and address the problems of illegal immigration in Arizona.  Even many opponents of the new law would not support the US Government filing suit against the State of Arizona.  This administration, President Obama, Vice President Biden, Attorney General Holder, Secretary of State Clinton and Homeland Security Chief Napolitano have for weeks rhetorically spat in the faces of all Arizonans who support this law and even those who might take issue with the law but are united in calling on our federal government to fulfill their responsibility in securing America’s southern border.   Those leaders even took the side of Mexican President Filipe Calderon when he came to America, to our government and specifically attacked a sovereign American state.

As SB 1070 co-author Senator Pamela Gorman weighed in yesterday.  “President Obama is looking more and more like nothing but a common bully,” said Gorman. “We don’t fear bullies in Arizona in case he hadn’t noticed.”  Well, that’s true except for Giffords, Kirkpatrick and Mitchell.  Gorman has it right.  But, by choosing to put loyalty to the bullying Obama administration and the radical agenda of Nancy Pelosi before the interests of Arizona, these three turncoats in Arizona’s Congressional delegation — Gabrielle Giffords, Ann Kirkpatrick and Harry Mitchell — own this lawsuit.  They must accept responsibility for this attack on Arizona as they chose their loyalty to President Obama instead of Arizona citizens.

As voters, we must never forget.  And as voters, please stand strong, spread the word and let Giffords, Kirkpatrick and Mitchell know that when the die was cast with the United States government against the sovereign state of Arizona, they stood with Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi and against the state and people of Arizona.  They will face the consequences of their choice at the ballot box.

The tea party movement in Arizona and nationally has exceeded anyone’s wildest expectations.  There is a lot of credit to go around. A big part of the credit has to go the Obama administration’s persistent efforts to put a stick in the eye of the movement and insult the millions of activists from around the country who have awoken from their dormant sleep, gotten increasingly concerned about the direction of the country and demanded to be heard.  Without a doubt, credit should also go to the freedom fighters who have met weekly at coffee shops, contacted their neighbors, created websites, email lists, Facebook groups and Twitter accounts to share information.

The movement has served an extremely valuable purpose in creating a vast network of overlapping groups and individuals who are energized behind a variety of different causes, and generally united behind a few shared causes such as reduced taxes, limited government, opposition to Obamacare and promotion of Constitutionalism and individual liberty.  The left was at first dismissive of the movement, then annoyed and finally threatened by it — at which point they commenced a concerted effort to tar the movement as a tool of the Republican Party, racist, violent and limited primarily to “angry, white males” none of which happens to bear any resemblance to reality.

In the past, when the public’s access to such information was limited to the filter of the mainstream media, such tactics worked.  However, much to the chagrin of the left, the effectiveness of their tactics has been marginalized greatly by our ability to communicate instantly via email, Facebook, Twitter and other “new media” techniques.  The lesson that all of us should learn is that whenever possible, make sure you have a video camera present (and use it), take pictures, tweet, post, blog and share.  Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign still stands as a model for utilizing and maximizing available new media.  However, the social media world has changed significantly since then.  And, while the left was doing cartwheels and glowingly gazing at their multi-colored “Hope” posters, it’s been the right, and not the left, who has taken those learnings and put them into practice much more effectively since the 2008 election.

All of that being said, the ten million dollar question remains:  What impact will the tea party movement in America ultimately have upon the 2010 elections?  And, secondarily, what can be done to harness the enthusiasm, energy and anger of the movement and bridge that passion to meaningful political action that impacts the elections to the maximum extent possible?  That was the focus of the first meeting of the Arizona Patriot Caucus, a project of Liberty First PAC, held today (Saturday, April 3, 2010) at the Four Points Sheraton in Phoenix.  One can only hope that today’s meeting will be noted as an historic day in putting expressed anger, fear, frustration and concern about the direction of the country, into affirmative, positive, meaningful action that makes a difference.

Admittedly, it is difficult to understand where all of the various tea party organizations fit into the bigger picture, how well they work together (or don’t), which are legitimate and which are not and how they are interconnected with the wide variety of other groups and organizations that have been sprouting across the country like spring flowers.  I’m not going to even begin to explain (or suggest I understand) the flow chart that would attempt to outline that universe of frustration with the Obama administration.  I will let you know, however, that the Patriot Caucus nationally and the Arizona Patriot Caucus in our state are worth recognizing and understanding.

The meeting today was organized and hosted by the Arizona Patriot Caucus and included three extremely talented speakers.  Keith Sipmann is the Chair of the Arizona Patriot Caucus and opened today’s meeting and explained the relationship between the Arizona Patriot Caucus and the national Patriot Caucus.  Eric Odom, national Chair of the Patriot Caucus, gave a complete overview of the tea party movement and how the Patriot Caucus is wholly dedicated to turning the organization and passion of the tea parties into manageable, tangible, meaningful action in the upcoming elections.

Odom’s extensive and detailed outline of the Patriot Caucus’ plans followed a very energetic and moving presentation by Senator Pamela Gorman, a conservative candidate in Arizona’s third Congressional district.  Gorman’s speech focused on taking the “passion to the pavement” and lauded the efforts to date of the tea party movement in bringing together ordinary Americans who, like her, are concerned about the direction of our country.

Gorman outlined the experience of speaking to 1300 tea party activists a week prior and how those activists and others can work with the Patriot Caucus and their respective tea party groups and other organizations to take specific actions to support candidates who embody the ideals that run throughout this movement.  Uncharacteristic of most political speakers these days, Gorman encouraged the tea party group leaders and members to look at the records of all the candidates in all the races, determine one or two or three who have been working effectively on issues important to them and apply meaningful action — knocking on doors, stuffing envelopes, donating money, making fundraising calls to others and other activities that will impact elections.

Odom followed Gorman’s speech and built upon her plan for action and explained how the Patriot Caucus was conceived and what it’s doing nationally — with Arizona being a primary target — to implement exactly the types of activities previously referenced.  The national Patriot Caucus is doing the yeoman’s work of securing resources (yes, that means you should give money to them and candidates that embody our shared ideals), and applying those available resources in targeted fashion where it can have the most impact in changing the makeup and direction of our government.

The audience consisted primarily of tea party and other group leaders — and average concerned citizens — who have long been committed to the same causes of opposing Obamacare, fighting increased taxes, promoting smaller government and individual liberty.  The tea parties have been enormously successful in attracting earned media, in creating a serious buzz of new media on blogs, Facebook and Twitter, and in recruiting new activists to the cause.  The Patriot Caucus is working with tea party groups nationally and in specific states (Arizona included) to turn that remarkable success in energizing the masses into purposeful and meaningful action designed to make the most difference.

As Eric Odom explained in his outline, raising money, asking others to donate or putting aside a few hours a week to undertake specific and meaningful activity to make a difference in elections often makes people uncomfortable.  Explaining how our revolutionary leaders faced hanging as a result of their efforts to create our nation, Odom said that “it’s about time that we all got a little uncomfortable in 2010 while working to preserve what they created for us.”