Frank(enstein) Antenori is terrorizing the villagers again. Now he has anointed himself high priest and grand inquisitor of the Conservative Inquisition, the arbiter of who is a real conservative and who is a heretic who compromises with Democrats and departs from Frank’s rigid ideological orthodoxy of radical, reactionary extremism. Are you going to use the Torture Techniques of the Spanish Inquisition to force a confession from your victims, Frank? Do you plan to burn the heretics at the stake?
Or does your “blacklist” make McCarthyism a more appropos analogy? Either way, what an asshole.
The Arizona Daily Star Pueblo Politics blog reports, Antenori-backed group creates “blacklist” targeting Orr, 14 other :
The Alliance of Principled Conservatives [an oxymoron if there ever was one], which is being backed locally by former State Senator Frank Antenori and political consultant Christine Bauserman, has released a “blacklist” of 15 Republicans it wants out of the statehouse.
Although the list notes three candidates: John McComish, Doris Goodale and Rich Crandall are no longer seeking another term or have already left the legislature.
The group is an independent expenditure group, although Bauserman, the Chair of Alliance of Principled Conservatives, declined to say who is funding the group or what their next steps would be in the 77 days before the Aug. 26 primary.
The list primarily focuses on Republicans in the Phoenix metro area, although LD9 Rep. Orr made the list in an unusual way.
Failing to line up their own conservative candidate to run against Orr [yet another Antenori epic fail], the group is telling Republicans to “leave the bubble blank” hoping that enough Republicans will opt out of voting in the LD9 race.
This option, however, will hand a victories to incumbent Rep. Victoria Steele and political newcomer, Randy Friese, in the Dem-leaning district. Both are Democrats.
The group also targeted two LD11 candidates. The group has targeted Jo Grant, a former legislative coordinator for the Arizona legislature, in the house race – asking GOP voters to back Realtor Mark Finchem, small business owner Vince Leach.
In the Senate race in LD11, the group blacklisting “future Brewercrat” Scott Bartle and asking them to vote for Rep. Steve Smith in his race to take Al Melvin’s senate seat.
The group endorses LD8 candidate Darla Dawald but calls incumbents Frank Pratt and T.J. Shope as traitors to the GOP.
On Monday night, Antenori labeled Orr and others “Legistraitors” for backing Common Core and last year’s expansion of Medicaid backed by Gov. Jan Brewer.
Antenori’s blacklist can be found here.
Frank Antenori embodies everything the public hates about the modern-day GOP — he is an unhinged, radical, reactionary extremist. The candidates Frank endorsed presumably share his views. This is a handy list of whom not to vote for.