Republicans rising in Arizona Tribes
Weekly Edition | April 19th | By: NP-staff
As the 2012 Presidential Election gears up, Republicans make there way to Arizona Tribes for support. Former Presidential Candidate John McCain made his way to meet with Navajo Leaders to discuss ‘Water rights’ with the Navajo Nation. As for McCain, he recently endorsed Mitt Romney for President. Washington insiders say Sen. Jon Kyl could be a possible VP on the Romney ticket, but that will not likely be the case, if Mark Rubio is popped into the mix.
On April 5th McCain and Kyl meant privately with Navajo Leaders to discuss a bill that would bring water projects to most needed Navajo communities, both Senators were meant with environmental protesters chanting ‘kill the bill’
Navajo officials have brushed off the idea to the agreement.
Back in 2008, the Navajo Nation Council endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for President. It is likely the council will endorse President Obama this year. But some Navajo republicans say it is time for a change, “we should endorse a conservative, someone that will support Navajo small business owners-Obama is killing jobs in Indian country.” said Johnny Goldtooth of Rock Point.
Gila River Indian Community leaders recently meant with Speaker John Bohner (R-Ohio) at Whirlwind Golf Club on March 18th. Mr. Bohner was greeted by the newly elected Gov. Gregory Mendoza and council members of the Gila River Nation.
As elections kick off in Indian Country, it is not clear as to how Arizona Tribes will vote this year. One thing is for sure, the biggest battle facing the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe is passing the water bill, which could define the Shelly Administration in 2014.
There is no clear data of how many registered republicans live in Arizona tribes. Certainly, Native American Republicans do exist who believe in the same values of conservatism who believe Mitt Romney has not laid out the ground work for ‘Native Americans’ to support him nor has he mention any Tribes by name.