by Jim Nintzel
A whole bunch of endorsements in the Republican primary are rolling out this week:
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez of the Arizona Republic/AZCentral/WhateverTheyCAllThemselvesTheseDays brings us the news that Gov. Jan Brewer will be endorsing Scott Smith at the Chicago Cubs newish spring-training facility, which was one of Scott's wins when served as mayor of Mesa.
Meanwhile, Arizona Treasurer and primary frontrunner Doug Ducey has landed the endorsement of none other than Sarah Palin, queen goddess of the right wing.
Here's Palin's statement, via Team Ducey:
Doug recently shared his vision with me, which he will carry with him each day as Arizona’s governor: "I’m a believer in private enterprise, the dignity of work, limited government and the possibilities of freedom. I am a forthright defender of the right to bear arms — which is guaranteed not only by the US Constitution, but by the Constitution of Arizona. I am a believer in the rights of the unborn and the goodness of every life, and I have promised that as governor I will champion those values.” Right on!
In other endorsement news:
State Rep. Adam Kwasman, last seen on the Colbert Report after he mistook a bus of laughing YMCA campers for sad refugee children, has landed the endorsement of conservative flamethrower Michelle Malkin, who said in a rather generic statement that Kwasman was "a state representative and economist by training who has a strong record on fiscal issues, the Second Amendment, education, life, and illegal immigration."
Kwasman also brought out his old pal Jesse Kelly, the hard-right, reality-challenged flamethrower who lost a 2010 congressional race to Gabby Giffords and 2012 special election ton Ron Barber, to rally the troops yesterday up at the Oro Valley Country Club. We suppose that Jesse still has fans up there, but we're not sure guy who left town twice after losing congressional races has that much sway among voters who care about Southern Arizona.
Also in CD1: Rancher Gary Kiehne landed the endorsement of Phoenix Congressman David Schweikert, who called Kiehne "exactly the kind of conservative leader we need in Congress”:
As a businessman and rancher in Arizona’s first congressional district, Gary understands the issues facing his district and our state. I'm confident that Gary will never waver in his commitment to stand up to the big-government liberals in Washington who want to continue to grow the size, cost, and reach of government. I am proud to endorse Gary, and I look forward to having him by my side in the fight to repeal Obamacare, protect our property rights, and restore fiscal responsibility to the federal government.