I had the honor of speaking at the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s Restoration Weekend in Pheonix. The city is beautiful and everywhere I went, I saw signs for local Republicans running for office, along with some Kari Lake and anti-Mark Kelly signs. I saw a lot of Finchem signs and few Fontes “Protect Democracy” signs in the Secretary of State race.
Unfortunately, the news is bad.
And it’s bad for some of the same reasons we’ve been talking about for quite a while now.
One of these things is that Republicans don’t make a serious bid to fight for election rules before an election. There’s a lot of outrage and “how could this happen” afterward and then nothing changes.
The Left has a pretty clear plan.
One of these is to make it Election Month and then write the new election rules into state constitutions and court rulings, eventually at the federal level backed by the DOJ, so that they can’t be overturned.
And a basic element of that plan is electing Democrats as either governors or secretaries of state. This dates back to Soros’ Secretary of State project. Republicans are not even remotely keeping up even though the key to winning the Senate becomes election rule changes in states.
Even after 2020, Republicans still put far less effort into secretary of state races. And this happens.
Adrian Fontes, Maricopa County Recorder from 2016 to 2020, has beat out Mark Finchem in the race for Secretary of State, the Associated Press reports.
Fontes served as County Recorder amid claims of fraud in the 2020 election. He ran for re-election but loss to Republican Stephen Richer. In addition the 2020 controversy, Fontes also faced a lawsuit over signature verification in 2018 when he had to open emergency voting centers after a contractor delayed the opening of some polling places.
You know what’s going to happen next time around. Now you don’t need to wonder. And this will keep happening until national Republicans make winning SOS races a top priority.
Or until the GOP disappears.