Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Careful who you ask for money from

So, what happens when you try to raise money from someone who endorses your opponent? Read below.

note: actual e-mails addresses have been redacted.
Further note; look how hard Romley is trying to play his status as a veteran. Unfortunately for him, Bill Montgomery is also a decorated war veteran.

From: paul babeu <>
Subject: Re: Rick Romley Event
To: "Matthew Clark" <>
Date: Monday, June 7, 2010, 8:49 PM

Hi Matt,
Thanks for your invite, yet I'm supporting the GOP candidate for Maricopa County Attorney - Bill Montgomery. I respect Mr. Romley's military service, much like my admiration for fellow Veteran Bill Montgomery. Bill is a West Point Army Officer who served as a Tank Platoon leader with the 1st Cavalry Division on missions that would protect the operations of our troops from Iraqi forces who were determined to destroy our military during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
As important, I can NOT condone Mr. Romley's public endorsements of numerous Democrat candidates against our proven Republican incumbents. Additionally troubling to me is Mr. Romley's lack of support for our law enforcement. Mr. Romley quickly joined the ranks of his pal Eric Holder and President Obama to undermine the rule of law (SB1070) and has also promoted the idea that our brave law enforcement officers will racially profile.
I can stomach Mr. Romley's differing opinion on how to best address our illegal immigration problems, but for him to undermine my Deputies and my brother Police Officers is unacceptable. I will actively oppose Mr. Romley's candidacy. I proudly support Bill Montgomery for County Attorney of neighboring Maricopa County. Bill Montgomery will support local, county and state law enforcement to secure our borders and ENFORCE the law.

Sheriff Paul

Paul Babeu, Sheriff
Pinal County, Arizona

--- On Mon, 6/7/10, Matthew Clark wrote:

From: Matthew Clark <>
Subject: Rick Romley Event
To: paulbabeu
Date: Monday, June 7, 2010, 2:35 PM

Mr. Babeu,

My name is Matthew Clark and your name and contact information was given to me by Carlos Seirra. Carlos, and my boss Jason LeVecke, are cohosting an event for Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley on June 17th at the home on Karen and Denny McComb.

As you may know, Rick Romley has once again taken on the job of County Attorney. As he has done since he was a young Marine in Vietnam, Rick is providing principled leadership and taking the necessary and difficult work of being the Maricopa County Attorney. Rick Romley has shown time and again that he has the principled leadership to lead Maricopa County.

Rick Romely is an American hero. He is U.S. Marine that served in Vietnam. He received numerous commendations for his service in that war, including the Purple Heart. While he was severely wounded by a land mine, losing both legs above the knee, he did not let his injuries deter him at all. Following the war, he returned to Arizona to get his undergraduate and law degrees from Arizona State University. He was elected and served as Maricopa County Attorney from 1989 to 2004.

Because of his service, the event on June 17th will focus on Mr. Romley's military service. We hope that you and other Veteran's will be able to attend and support Mr. Romley in his efforts.

I have attached the invitation for your review. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Matt Clark

Matthew Clark


Jeremy Vaught said...

Sheriff Paul Babeu is a great American. Thoughtful & intelligent. He is doing a fantastic job as Sheriff but I look forward to when he represents Arizona in the Federal Government. :)

Bill said...

Arpaio was a lifelong Democrat before he decided to run for sheriff. Randy Pullen has given money to Democrats and so has Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman.

Arizona GOP standing on shaky ground

Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley was denied access to the Republican Party’s voter registration list that holds contact information for Republican and independent voters.

Romley, a Republican who was appointed to his old job by the County Board of Supervisors, is preparing to run in the next election to complete the term of ex-county attorney Andy Thomas who quit to run for attorney general again.

Arizona Republican Party Executive Director Brett Mecum said he wouldn’t comment on the inner workings of the GOP, but did confirm that Romley is being denied access because he has yet to get the necessary signatures to run for office and because of concerns that Romley has endorsed Democratic candidates in the past.

Given the recent actions of other Republicans, that’s a shaky branch to be sitting on.

Mecum has questioned Romley’s support of Democratic candidates who ran against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a lifelong Democrat until he switched parties to run for sheriff in 1992, and Thomas. Romley supported Dan Saban, who ran against Arpaio in 2008 and who switched parties just like Arpaio.

While Mecum is passing judgment on who is a good Republican, he needs to look at his boss — Party Chairman Randy Pullen — who according to news reports in 1998 gave Democrats Paul Johnson and Harry Mitchell $500 and $100, respectively. He may want to interrogate Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman, a rising Republican star who according to followthemoney.org contributed $300 to Janet Napolitano’s 1998 attorney general campaign. Then there’s Arpaio, who supported his good buddy Napolitano in her first run for governor. She won the election by 1 percent of the vote over Republican U.S. Congressman Matt Salmon. Where would Arizona be today without six years of Napolitano as governor?

Even Mecum himself was accused in December of using voter registration records to find the address of a woman and, according to court documents, “crash a party at her house.” The incident was reported to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, which said the matter was turned over to Thomas “to determine whether or not a crime had been committed.”

Improper taking of personal information from voter registration is a felony.

The Republican Party also allowed J.T. Ready, who received a general court martial, imprisonment and a bad conduct discharge from the military, to become an Arizona State Precinct Committeeman and an alternate National Precinct Committeeman.

While the Republican Party welcomes Ready, it disrespects Romley, whose decades of service to his country is heroic and beyond reproach.

Romley has been a Republican since returning from Vietnam. He served in the Marine Corps and was seriously injured while leading a combat patrol south of Da Nang in 1969. He lost both legs.

After years of rehabilitation, Romley, then a single parent of two boys, finished college and graduated from the ASU law school. He began his legal career as a city prosecutor and then spent 21 years at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, 16 as the elected Republican county attorney.

Following his service as a career prosecutor he was asked to serve as a special assistant to the U.S Secretary of Veterans Affairs in the administration of President George W. Bush.

In 2001 Romley was named the National Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year by the Disabled American Veterans for his accomplishments and service to his country.

This is who the Arizona Republican Party is wary of? What happened to the party of inclusion and Barry Goldwater?

It’s another sad commentary regarding Arizona politics and this one can’t be blamed on the Democrats.