ARIZONA: Bannon-Backed Pro-Trump Senate Candidate Kelli Ward Celebrates Jeff Flake’s Exit Announcement

The Hill reports:

Arizona Senate candidate Kelli Ward (R), who was polling ahead of Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) in the GOP primary before he announced he wouldn’t run for reelection, touted her chances of being elected in 2018 in a Fox News interview today.

“We need new leadership, new GOP leadership in Washington, D.C., and I look forward to being a part of that class of 2019 who was putting the America First agenda out in the forefront, and a policy that we create to secure the border, to stop illegal immigration, to get rid of Obamacare, to fix the tax code, to grow the economy, and to make sure our military is the strongest in the world so that we have peace through strength,” she told Fox News host Martha McCallum.

Ward has the support of the pro-Trump group Great America Alliance, and has the endorsement of former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon. But Republicans consider Ward too controversial to be a successful general election candidate. A Republican super PAC with ties to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday argued Ward will not be the Republican nominee in the 2018 election to replace Flake.

Below is the GOP super PAC’s attack ad.

  • FAEN

    🦇 shit crazy.

  • bkmn

    Wondering why the two Whitefart staffers that were assigned to her campaign were pulled…

    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/23/16520046/kelli-ward-breitbart-staffers-flake

    • Gustav2

      Because they no longer have to make up “alt-facts” to put in Whitiefart coordinating with her, thus taking down Flake in the primary.

      It is now almost a given she will win the primary.

  • Gustav2
  • joe ho

    She’s almost as crazy as Susan Slurandon, Jill Stein & their band of Che Guevara wannabes. Almost.

  • olandp

    Hey GOP, you built this, and you own that crazy ass bitch, just like all the others!

  • FAEN

    She’s AZ’s wannabe Roy Moore?

    • Joe in PA

      Which is why she’ll get the nom.

      • FAEN

        So if she wins the nom-which she will-the Senate seat will come down to female Roy Moore against DINO Sinema. Great 🙄

        • A DINO may be the best you can do in Arizona. Better a Democratic majority with a few DINOs than a Republican majority Senate that will rubber stamp far right (and strongly anti-gay) court appointees.

          • FAEN

            I agree. I had high hopes for Sinema but after she won she veered somewhat right. Then again, it’s AZ so I shouldn’t be too surprised.

  • Tawreos

    Someone should ask her which military is stronger than our current military.

    • FAEN

      Been trying to get to her website but it won’t pull up.

      • Steverino

        It’s temporarily down for routine maintenance from the bot master in St. Petersburg.

    • Goodboy

      Well, budget wise I’d say pretty much no one unless you combine them all.

      • -M-

        You need the top nine or ten combined then and several of those were our allies until Mango Mussolini came along.

  • edrex

    give up the hair. jennifer aniston you’re not.

  • Rex

    I don’t like her.
    Slut.

    • gaycuckhubby

      I dont like her either. Shitty politics. Shitty person.
      Don’t care if she’s a slut or not.
      And she’s not horrible because she’s a woman

      • Lars Littlefield

        It’s her theories about chemtrails that disturb me most . . . and her hair, of course.

  • Boreal

    If she had a gay friend, they would tell her that makeup doesn’t soften those vulture like features she has.

  • William

    Is she going for the ‘abducted by aliens’ demographic?

  • Lizard

    “We need new leadership, new GOP leadership in Washington, D.C., and I look forward to being a part of that class of 2019 who was putting the America First agenda out in the forefront, and a policy that we create to secure the border, to stop illegal immigration, to get rid of Obamacare, to fix the tax code, to grow the economy, and to make sure our military is the strongest in the world so that we have peace through strength,” she told Fox News host Martha McCallum.

    So you don’t know anything about anything, aren’t interested in learning, and are proud of being an ignorant, know-nothing bigot. Good to know.

    And while I can’t quite bring myself to watch the attack ad (I just ate breakfast and would prefer it stay in my stomach, thank you very much), I do appreciate the thumbnail quoting InfoWars, so you know how batshit crazy it’ll be without even watching.

    • Tawreos

      Ignorant know-nothing bigots poll well among GOP voters

    • Lawerence Collins

      Hopefully she will have a strong progressive candidate. One not beholden to big donor interest.

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        Yes. Thats right. A totally pure progressive who only takes 5$ donations. Thatll stop a billionaire funded authoritarian…..

        • Lawerence Collins

          You should look into all the progressives running for office. That and all the progressive Democratic caucuses.
          To your dollar point. Hillary Clinton outspent Toxic 🍊🤡💩. By far. Bernie Sanders out fund raised her many months.
          What happened before legalized bribes were legal?!? There is bipartisan support for repealing Citizens United.
          Knowledge is power

      • Vista-Cruiser

        At this point we need just about any Democrat to fill that seat in the Senate. Progressive positions on the issues would be nice, but holding out for purity will result in Kelli Ward filling that seat instead.

    • Lars Littlefield

      Yup. You’ve pretty much nailed it.

  • Boreal

    Just like in Alabama, she will most likely be the next senator from AZ. The crazier they are, the more likely real muricans will vote for them.

  • worstcultever

    I love how suppurating pustule Bannon thinks he’s the new king of everything and kingmaker of the planet.

  • Cuberly Deux

    OT: The conspiracy theory nutjob that snapped and stabbed his father to death was an intern for Milo, go figure.

    What gamergate and this other alt-right crap does to young men’s lives is beyond tragic. What is real, what’s not?

    “YouTube Trumpkin and Former Milo Intern Kills His Own Dad for Calling Him a Nazi
    Lane Davis was a prolific poster on the Donald Trump subreddit, a former intern for Milo, and an editor for a prominent GamerGater’s conspiracy site. Then, one day, he snapped.”

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/youtube-trumpkin-and-former-milo-intern-kills-his-own-dad-for-calling-him-a-nazi

    • Lizard

      I tried to read that article, then got to a selected Reddit clipping included in the article. is the /r/ for Drumpf really “/r/The_Donald”? Jesus, could they have picked a more pretentious title?

      • Lizard

        I kept reading, and oh my god. If anyone needed more proof that right-wing propaganda sites have no quality control, here it is. This guy did exactly one year of college with no major, didn’t graduate, has several misdemeanors, and is clearly on the cuckoo end of crazy, and they still published his demented rantings.

      • Paul

        I think it started as a piss take subreddit but then the morons flocked.

    • Boreal

      All his followers are delusional.

  • killreligion

    I hate tense abuse almost as much as comma abuse. She wants to be in a group that in the future was doing something??????

    Don’t even tempt me with subject/object confusion! – the dimwits think the subject pronoun I should be used in a string to sound educated even if it’s the object of the verb

    This dumbing of our country gave us Trump.

    • Steverino

      It reads like it was written by a Russian troll with typical poor command of writing in American English, yet manages to jumble all of the trite right-wing talking points of American politics into an incoherent heap.

  • Hank

    Ward has the support of the pro-Trump group Great America Alliance, and has the endorsement of former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon.

    Kelli Ward =
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/db3d1dd57e538709fb71cfa1356c1dc52ee459767a0b0ecacaf9a273bc96aafb.jpg

  • vstill

    There’s my Swiffer mophead/duster! I’ve been looking everywhere for it. Thanks Kells.

  • yes b’y
  • AtticusP

    Bless her heart.

    She clearly has no gay friends.

    She looks like Ernest Borgnine with a Jennifer Aniston haircut.

    • Joe in PA

      Oh that’s just mean…come sit by me.

    • Lizard

      Why is a bottle blonde wearing that shade of yellow…

      • Snarkaholic

        It looks like that’s not the only type of bottle she’s hitting…

    • Paula

      I noticed her hair right away. Its clear that she frequents the $5.00 hair salons.

      • Statistics Palin

        …and that she shampoos only once a year with Tide and conditions with Valvoline SAE 30.

    • Nowhereman

      Most republican women look scary to me. And mean. Very mean.

      • jerry

        Joni Ernst and her supposed castration skills comes to mind…

  • kladinvt

    Bannon’s ‘candidates’ should remove those little ‘flag pins’ from their lapels and replace them with swastikas….if they were being honest.

    • Joe in PA

      Teeheehee…you used Bannon and honest in the same sentence.

    • edrex

      they will.

  • worstcultever

    “New leadership, new GOP leadership … “

    Sure Jan – hitch that wagon to Dumpy, Dumpyism, and the moth-eaten Dumpyist talking points which have all peaked and are on the wane.

    Arizona’s goin’ blue, bitchez.

    /optimistic morning thought

    • Joe in PA

      Hey, we all can dream. 🙂

  • Joe in PA

    …and has the endorsement of former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon….

    And RE: Mitch McConnell…suck it.

    She’ll be the nominee.

    • Lizard

      McConnell helped make this bed. Now he (and unfortunately the rest of us) have to lie in it.

    • worstcultever

      Fine. The crazier the puke nominees, the better.

      • Joe in PA

        Sadly, we thought the same thing about tRump. 🙁

        • worstcultever

          I know, I know .. but now everyone’s had an actual taste of the shit sandwich .. and even for the shit-lovers, it’s getting even shittier and less nutritious by the day

          • Boreal

            His cult following still thinks he is the second coming of jeebus. 31% approve and they vote. Unless we can get our side out to vote, they will maintain control of the govt.

          • Lizard

            Come on, Boreal. Drumpf won the EC by a margin of less than 100,000 in swing states with voter suppression. The majority of citizens, even voting citizens, are not on the Trump Train.

          • Boreal

            Voter suppression is in full swing in the 32 states with GOP government. This along with gerrymandering is a huge problem. Even if they are not on the tRump train, it may not matter.

      • Vista-Cruiser

        In today’s political climate, not necessarily.

    • teeveedub

      Some of the pundits are speculating that, now that Flake is out of the race, she’ll have other contenders in the primary race. Who knows what kind of GOP whack-jobs will come crawling out from behind the cacti to challenge her?

  • Barry William Teske

    HATE.
    Because sense of style…
    Oh wait, my mistake.

  • netxtown

    I see this heifer got the standard issue GOP branding….

  • greenmanTN

    Her mama used to push her face into the dough to make gorilla cookies.

    This look ain’t working though. She needs to go back to her old one. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/057b142a185c7f68c9e60e5aff548c7bfc788181ace2f305a88fe65d5d75d984.jpg

    • KCMC
      • Megrim Twist
        • Lizard

          …what am I even looking at…

          Why is the guy on the right doing that with his hands? Why is the guy in front listening to a head of cabbage? Why is the guy on the left holding loaves of bread like that? And what in the name of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is that guy in the back planning to do with those poor tongs?!

          • worstcultever

            who knows .. but it all adds up to FUN to me

          • Mb

            The guy with the hands is Mark Kanamura (sic) who was from So You Think You Can Dance and became Gaga’s principle dancer/choreographer and the hands thing is one of his signature moves.
            He choreographed this routine from this season’s SYTYCD to a new song from Ru.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2pat_14RTE

          • JCF

            The video to Lady Gaga’s “Telephone”.

        • shellback

          OMG. Not Wonder bread!

          • Lizard

            Those monsters.

          • greenmanTN

            Wonder Bread and Miracle Whip. Clearly this video is set in Hell.

          • Lizard

            Well, at least Hell has baguettes.

        • geoffalnutt

          How very dada.

    • William

      What happens at your house should stay at your house.

      • Joe in PA

        I’m thinking there are worse photos. Just saying.

  • shellback

    Seeing the post’s lead photo, I can’t guess why I thought of this.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4ab39bf3af84124699325e1d7fe0fbfbb50fee437a57f437b748653bac771bec.jpg

    • Boreal

      That golem has way better makeup and fashion sense than she does.

      • Statistics Palin

        And cleaner hair even though the golem’s hair is made of clay.

    • worstcultever

      Better hair lol

      (Reminds me of the Beauty Pretty Nails gal on Mad TV)

    • greenmanTN

      Der Golem!

    • geoffalnutt

      Mo Howard!

  • Lars Littlefield

    This will be an interesting state to watch. Do Arizonans really want to replace their milk toast mormon conservative with a paranoid fascist or will they miraculously vote in a candidate who is not mentally ill? The majority of folks who live in The Grand Canyon State are fucking crazy dangerous. The rest are Paiute, Navajo, Hopi. Zuni, Hualapai, Apace, and O’odham.

    • joe ho

      Trump won AZ by only 90,000 votes, Johnson + Stein got 140,000.

      Tuscon becomes increasingly blue. But Latino turnout remains a problem. And liberals in general are too lazy to turn out for midterms.

      • Lars Littlefield

        Have you ever spent any time in Tucson? Pima County is unique in that it is influenced by those attending and working at the University of Arizona. The “Hispanics” in southern Arizona have a long tradition of being politically active and motivated voters who turn out for everything, including voting for dog catcher. Broad strokes intimating they are a low voter turnout group is naive.

        Pima, Santa Cruz, and Cochise counties have, historically, always been “blue” in that they contain voters who tend to vote for Democrats. To say that they are “increasingly” becoming more blue is a misnomer. The development of communities such as Green Valley and Fairwinds plus 55 other retirement communities in those counties has created an unusual and growing concentration of Republican enclaves. Cranky Republican enclaves.

        The whackos who live north of those three counties far outweigh any hope that Tucson might become a beacon of light influencing the rest of the state. I’d like to believe it, but it ain’t so.

        • joe ho

          lol.

          The fact that Trump won AZ by so slim a margin is good news in itself. And if the loony left hadn’t fractured the vote with its third party and protest votes it would have been even closer.

          As for Latino underparticipation. That’s a statistical fact. Statistics does make generalizations. That’s the point of statistics.

          Here’s an analysis of the 2012 underparticipation problem from Latino Decisions 2014.

          “Voter engagement has
          not moved in tandem with population
          growth. During the last general election,
          only 52% of Latinos eligible (citizen voting
          age population, CVAP) to register to vote in
          Arizona were registered, and only 40% of
          the Latino voting eligible population cast a
          ballot. Registered voter participation was
          significantly higher, 78% of registered
          Arizona Hispanics voted in 2012.
          While voter engagement rates are low – especially in light of increases in eligible Latino
          voters over the four-year period – they improve upon 2008 turnout and registration.
          Specifically, there were 106,000 more Latinos registered to vote in Arizona in 2012, and 109,000 more Latinos cast a ballot in the state compared to 2008.”

          “The participation gap is significant in the
          state, more than half (60%) of the eligible
          Latino population did not vote in 2012.
          Table 2 re-estimates the presidential race outcome if the additional 589,000 voting eligible
          Latinos in Arizona had voted. Of course, 100% turnout would never occur for any group.
          We present this scenario to illustrate that Latinos already have the capacity to enact
          political change. Based on the Arizona Election Eve Poll, we estimate the vote split at 20%
          for Romney and 79% for
          Obama. Under those
          conditions, President
          Obama would have
          carried the state, picking
          up eleven electoral votes.”

          http://www.latinodecisions.com/files/2413/9387/3160/Arizona_AV_Report.pdf

          We’ll see what they say in their next report.

          Anecdotally Mexican friends say that their culture doesn’t have a strong tradition of voting because so many central and south american countries where they come from have elections that are rigged. That is a cultural hurdle they need to overcome.

          • Lars Littlefield

            Uh, no specific stats regarding Hispanics in Pima County, just Hispanics in general. I never claimed anything about Hispanics not in Pima, Santa Cruz, and Cochise counties.

            Tks, tsk, tsk . . . Joe Ho, why do you test me so? Don’t you know I love you?

          • joe ho

            lol. You’re an imbecile. The original remark about Latino underparticpation was not restricted to Tuscon. It was part of the general assessment of AZ. Tucson a plus, Latino participation overall still a minus. So your statement about naivete of generalizations was off the mark in the first place.

            Now go dress up as Che Guevara and play in the middle of the freeway. I certainly don’t love you.

          • Lars Littlefield

            You’ve got to stop flirting with me. I’m a happily a married man. Ther’s no future in it for you.

      • LaChatSayWha

        Many of the claims about low “minority” turnout have been debunked by statisticians and researchers this year after examining the data. What is being spun as low turnout in the MSM often turns out to be evidence of widespread and sophisticated voter suppression, pre and post-vote. The Rs (both Repubs & Russians) have been perfecting this game since 2000 & they consistently manage to tally 0.5-.9% wins in exactly the counties they need.

        Our elections are compromised on a massive scale & I fear we’ll never see another free and fair election in this country. Though there are a lot of dedicated folks fighting the good fight, our side is WAY behind in the battle over elections.

        • joe ho

          Can you provide links to those studies?

  • ben
    • The_Wretched

      Couple of hundred voters denied the polls here and there and it starts to add up. Stories like this one are a big part of why I don’t like the comments about “gee the dems just are lazy sobs who cant be bothered”. Voter suppression is a problem. (and beating them up emotionally won’t get them to the polls or make the efforts to check registration either)

  • PickyPony

    OT: Fats Domino has died at age 89.

    • Lars Littlefield

      RIP Fats.

    • worstcultever

      RIP to one of the giants. This little-known song is my favorite Fats. It’s natch about a hurt lover but the older I’ve gotten the more it speaks to me of growing old.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivqnUQ_iXEM

  • I actually thought that after the Teavangelicals finally got their own candidate as a nominee (they were never fully happy with McCain or Romney) and he went down in flames (like we were all naively predicting in early November 2016) that they would learn their lesson and turn into a mature, rational political party again. Boy was I ever wrong. This is the worst thing that could have happened to the GOP and to the country. The radical fringe is now in charge and they are not letting the establishment back in power if they have to burn the whole place down to keep that from happening (and it may come to that). This is only going to get worse and any conservative that thought they could take on Trump and keep their seat is about to be kicked out on their ass. Flake is as conservative as he could be but that’s not enough. He has to blindly support Trump too. That’s how far off the deep end the GOP establishment has gone. I won’t mourn the demise of Flake’s career because I oppose him on just about every issue and frankly whatever TeaParty loon replaces him will have an identical voting record. But Republicans should be concerned about what is happening to their party. But then they should have thought of that before pandering to this crowd for 40 years.

    • Lars Littlefield

      The radical teavangelicals are like cockroaches. If you don’t keep a clean house and they get a foothold, you never get rid of them. However, cockroaches have nicer personalities.

    • worstcultever

      They are going to burn it all down – nobody’s stopping them. And there are no Allied invaders to save us. Nope. It’s gotta burn down. Either something decent will emerge from the ruins to salvage what used to be American principles – and it could still happen, before the conflagration – or it’s over.

      /sorry, pessimistic again

      • canoebum

        At this point we may be better off if the politicking stops and the shooting war begins. At least we’d have it all over in three or four years. The country is so divided another civil war may be our only way out. The morons may win and then it’s Mad Max time, but we can go down with the satisfaction that many of the most crazy were shot dead or hanged before civilization perished.

        • LaChatSayWha

          It took Europe 30 years to work through this shit. We haven’t even gotten to WWI yet.

          Sorry. Ultra-pessimistic today.

      • This is what happens when a whole movement is nothing but anger. There are no facts or well-reasoned opinions only blind anger that’s been fed by an entire section of the media for 40 years now. There is no reasoning with them (and FSM knowns I wasted much time trying).

  • joe ho

    Ward’s another crazy MD. But not quite as crazy as Jill Stein and her gang of Che Guevara wannabes.

    • Lars Littlefield

      Be kind. Che was a decent human being concerned about the health and welfare of others. Chemtrail Kelly and her ilk, not so much.

      • joe ho

        You’ve swallowed the myth. Che was responsible for the Cuban revolution going Soviet/totalitarian.

        • Lars Littlefield

          And . . . your point?

          • joe ho

            totalitarian and decent human being aren’t usually synonymous.

          • Lars Littlefield

            Guevara was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat and military theorist. He championed public health as a human right and free education for everyone (even his enemies). He was an ideologue who never held power and was not a totalitarian. Pol Pot was a totalitarian.

          • joe ho

            lol. You’ve drunk the Che kool-aid. Do you still have a Che poster from your your college days? Do wear silk-screened Che T-shirts? Do you wear a Che beret?

            http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2004/09/the_cult_of_che.html

    • KnownDonorDad

      What is it with loopy GOP physicians?

  • Statistics Palin

    Would it be un-Christian of me to pray that she spontaneously combusts?

    • Lizard

      Probably, but by all means.

    • greenmanTN

      Does it matter? Fire away but stand back. We don’t want a repeat of the Great Final Net Conflagration Of 1982!

      • Statistics Palin

        I don’t think her hair has seen hairspray or a comb for that matter. However, it does look like it was used to clean the harbor in Houston after Harvey.

      • Statistics Palin

        BTW, I loved the “Great Final Net Conflagration of 1982.” My mother sprayed so much of that stuff on her hair it was as though a mosquito spraying truck had driven through the halls of our home.

        • greenmanTN

          Yup. The church we attended should have been called Our Lady Of The Helmet Hair.

    • pj

      just throw a match at her hair

      • Statistics Palin

        If Trump weren’t in office that hair would be declared a Superfund site.

    • colo303

      No, that’s a very xtian thing to say.

  • Henry Auvil

    Let me guess. As a girl, she wore Wonder Bread bags on her feet while castrating pigs.

    • The_Wretched

      I think we all did in 4th grade.

  • Hank

    I wonder what the Rethuglican retirees in AZ will do if the Rethuglicans in Congress manage to cut away at their Medicare??? Will they still continue to vote for them??

    • Vista-Cruiser

      Of course. Because the current retirees will be grandfathered in.

  • xzargo

    Wow, She wanted McCain to be pushed out of the way to take his place. This bitch won’t go far.

    • Helen Damnation™

      IF only we can get the Latinos/Latinas to vote, they could rule Arizona. Rule! Well, with the help of white Democrats/Independents, anyways.

  • Ray Page

    That hag is crazier than a shit house mouse, but it’s Arizona so her chances of winning are good.

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    This is what Flake is stepping aside for so that she can can run unimpeded in the General. Sinema will be toast. Remember, this is Asshats, Arizona.

  • Ninja0980

    She is aware she is less likely to win now right?

  • JWC

    GOP windbags who have not seen the light and still support this loss leader Trump. She has her right to spew but spew id all it is

  • pj

    trump will be in a supermax before the election

    • I wish, but at this point in time I don’t see it happening. If Muller actually does come through with impeachable offenses, unless the GOP handles it ever so carefully, we will see a civil war explode. The rank and file GOP voter is still massively in love with their racist chief.

  • Keith D Plane

    “Chem-Trail Kelly” a Bat shit crazy fuck tard. will be well received by the bat shit crazy fuck tard voters here in AZ. Dem opposition will be Kristin Sinema a DINO at best.

  • robert

    She looks butch …

  • coram nobis

    Time now for your Looney Tunes cartoon.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MKF1Y9qZsw

  • andrew

    Hopefully this will help the Democrats win that seat in 2018.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Of course she does.

  • Mikey Ruck

    she’s as loony as a fucking jaybird, and the GOP does not support her. she’s full of all sorts of conspiracy theories.

    she was on Alex Jones’ show, INFO WARS, and said John McCain is trying to kill her.

    • Hank

      Two Words: Roy Moore

  • Helen Damnation™

    “and to make sure our military is the strongest in the world…”

    I guess nobody told her.

  • BudClark

    Ugly, inside and out.

  • -M-

    Related:
    https://youtu.be/NQBPNs584LY

    Remember to upvote the video on YouTube.

    • KnownDonorDad

      They make the Koch Brothers look like Uncle Pennybags from Monopoly.

  • Halou

    It sounds better in it’s original Russian.

  • colo303

    Quoting InfoWars…how credible! Of course, that won’t matter because people don’t care. Sad!

  • JackNasty

    Chem-trail Kelly needs to stop inhaling all those chemicals. They are affecting her thinking.

  • KnownDonorDad

    Arizona’s Sharron Angle?

  • Nowhereman

    At first glance I read the headline as “bacon-backed pro-Trump”. It works either way. Both Bannon and Trump are pigs. No offense to pigs–they are just being themselves.

  • JCF
  • Ann Kah

    I don’t want to see anyone, senators to voters, make their decisions based on “What would Steve Bannon do?”