KOMOR FOR ARIZONA STATE GOVERNOR​ 2018

(THE Write-In Candidate)

     STRENGTH - STABILITY - SOLUTIONS

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STRENGTH, STABILITY & SOLUTIONS

THE 2018 WRITE-IN CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR CHRISTIAN R. KOMOR WILL CARRY ON ARIZONA'S LEGACY OF STRONG LEADERSHIP WHILE PIONEERING SOLUTIONS FOR TODAYS CLIMATE CHANGE EMERGENCY

Welcome to the fight to rescue our future! As you can see from our "Revitazona" Platform, Komor4Governor has a clear and steady blueprint for managing growing our state economy, protecting our borders, revitalizing our educational system, and protecting the rights of every Arizona Citizen.  With a good heart and a good team of advisors running the day-to-day of state government is not difficult.  What is difficult is looking beyond today to protecting our future.  Doug Ducey has shown interest only in lining the pockets of corporate sponsors and the wealthy.  David Garcia is concerned for the welfare of our children their education.  But neither of my fellow candidates is willing to address one simple truth.   Without a functioning ecosystem human life cannot continue, economics and education will be meaningless and so will all of our hopes an dreams and those of our children and grandchildren.  This week the Secretary General of the United Nations called Climate Disruption "The defining issue of our time - and we are at a defining moment.  If we do not change course by 2020 we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change , with disastrous consequences for people and all the natural systems that sustain us." https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2018-09-10/secretary-generals-remarks-climate-change-delivered


Based on my last years training with Vice President Al Gore's team https://www.climaterealityproject.org and subsequently a team of senior scientists refining the world's leading plan for atmospheric carbon removal, I would say we have a little more time - probably to the mid-2030's - before the damage to our atmosphere becomes irreparable and climate disasters begin to escalate exponentially beyond our ability to keep up.  (The International Panel on Climate Change estimates closer to 2040.)  So we must elect a leader who knows how to watch over Arizona's present and it's future.  I know it's scary to vote for someone who is not from the political machine, either left or right, but as the saying goes - the most dangerous choice is not to choose.  This campaign may, unfortunately, be your last chance to do your part to repair our atmosphere and give your children back their future.  The good news - We CAN repair atmospheric damage NOW!


So here is our 3-3-3 PLAN:  1.  Read our "Revitazona" Platform.  2. In the next 3 days choose 3 people you know and talk with them about or email them our platform pointing out our plans for addressing the carbon damage in the atmosphere. 3. Ask those 3 people to each pick 3 people they know to share the "Revitazona" Platform document with. In doing so, you will be helping to generate a "ripple effect" so we can multiply our numbers and get the word out (without selling out to big corporate donors)!  I know it can be uncomfortable approaching people and sharing your convictions, but THIS is the most powerful thing you can do to protect future generations from extinction at the hands of the fossil fuel barons who have been using our skies as an open sewer and are now refusing to take responsibility. It only takes 3 phone calls or 3 emails to make the difference we all need.  


Dr. Christian R. Komor, THE Write-In Candidate for Arizona Governor 

2018 CAMPAIGN UPDATES





KOMOR4GOVERNOR HACKED!

February, 2018: The Komor4Governor campaign was off to a challenging start as the FBI investigated hacking which took down our Facebook page, a primary campaign tool. FBI Investigators reported no less than 5 computers were involved - 2 of the IP addresses were located on Air Force bases in Arizona and Alaska. The Facebook page remains inoperable to this date so we are providing updates here on our web site.  (Who would benefit most from this attack on our political process?)  

BREAKING THE CLIMATE DENIAL

April 2018:  In the first months of the campaign we sent physical letters to dozens of celebrities with historical commitments to the environment, hundreds of emails and phone calls to environmental organizations, and every media outlet in Arizona.  The response was stunning.....Nothing.  (We had one response from a professor in Copenhagen who somehow learned about the campaign.)  Even when provided with clear research data that dangerous tipping levels were approaching and that there was a way out, the response was a frightening silence.  Even as a psychologist I was surprised by the thickness of the  blanket of denial surrounding the climate crisis.  The campaign pushed forward. 

DUCEY GREED LEADS ARIZONA FURTHER DOWN PATH TO CLIMATE DISASTER

April 15, 2018:  Ignoring last-minute requests for a veto, Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation to protect utilities from having to generate more of the power sold to their Arizona customers from renewable sources.  The move comes despite a letter from various groups with environmental interests that Ducey recognize there is a need for the state to require more of utilities here. At this point, the only mandate they face is the one approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission to have 15 percent of power from wind, solar, geothermal and other similar sources by 2025.

"Arizona has a unique natural resource as America's sunniest state, but we still get less than 6 percent of our energy from solar power,'' said the group including the Sierra Club, Progress Arizona Now and Physicians for Social Responsibility.  The initiative being promoted by NextGen America would boost the requirement to 50 percent by 2030. And it would specifically preclude utilities from counting nuclear power as "renewable.''

"If Arizonans want to take control of their energy future and the quality of the air and water we leave our children and grandchildren, we should be trusted to do so,'' the environmental groups wrote. But it took Ducey less than 24 hours to side with the Republicans who control both the House and Senate to approve the legislation that had been crafted by Arizona Public Service Co., the state's largest electric utility, and was backed by Tucson Electric Power Co., UniSource Energy Services and the Grand Canyon State Electrical Coop Association. Salt River Project

KOMOR4GOVERNOR TAKES TO THE ROAD MEETING WITH CITY GOVERNMENTS AROUND ARIZONA

April - June 2018:  Using a special-purposed RV Komor4Governor spent the better part of 3 months meeting Mayors, City and Tribal Councils and local media around Arizona.  Our primary goal was to learn about the different regional needs of Arizonans and to share our "Revitazona" platform.

KOMOR4GOVERNOR TOWN HALL MEETINGS

June - August, 2018: The Harmon Library next door to the Arizona Capitol was the scene of weekly presentations by Dr. Komor outlining the Komor4Governor's platform and highlighting our plans for urgently needed climate repair.  In addition, Chris gave speeches at venues across the state from Kayenta Township Hall to Bisbee's 4th of July Celebration.

"UNDECIDEDS": MAY BE GOOD SIGN FOR KOMOR4GOVERNOR

September 1, 2018:  The Gubernatorial Results for the Arizona Primary are in!! Gov. Doug Ducey won the Republican nomination and David Garcia the Democratic Nomination. BUT According to Emerson College polling results it looks like around 35% of voters that would generally go Republican are still undecided and around 48% of voters that would generally go Democratic are still undecided even following the primaries. Being uncommitted before the primaries could simply mean you have not selected your party candidate yet, but AFTER the primaries the most likely explanation is that these voters are Write -In votes. 

2018 GOVERNORS RACES KEY FOR ENVIRONMENT

September 27, 2018:  Governors have the power to set the agenda on renewable energy or throw up roadblocks to its progress. It's become an issue in several races 

Republicans currently hold 33 governorships and the power to block clean energy policies. As many as a third of those seats are considered toss-ups or are leaning Democratic in the upcoming election.  Some of the most consequential elections for climate policy this fall could be the 36 governor's races, where a blue wave could position clean energy advocates as a significant counterforce against the Trump administration's fossil fuel agenda.  Republicans currently hold a near-record 33 governorships—a lock on power that has served as a brake on clean energy progress in some areas.  But the tide may be ready to turn. As many as a third of those seats are considered toss-ups or are leaning Democratic in the upcoming election, according to analysts like the Cook Political Report and University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato.

Several of the Democratic contenders have 100 percent clean energy commitments in their platforms, and many others support ambitious renewable portfolio standards, net-metering incentives and other climate policies.  In 38 states, governors have the power to appoint members of public utility commissions—the regulatory bodies that make decisions affecting billions of dollars of energy infrastructure investment.  Many of the governors elected this fall will have a key role in the reshaping of Congressional districts after the 2020 census. Advocates and opponents of climate policies and clean energy have been pouring millions of dollars into the races.  Freedom Partners Action Fund, one of the political vehicles of the petrochemical billionaire Koch brothers, is blasting the airwaves in Nevada to support GOP candidate Adam Laxalt and has deployed aggressive digital targeting techniques to bolster Republican Ron DeSantis in Florida.

AT LAST......TIME FOR PLANTING YARD SIGNS!

September 27, 2018:  The temperature dropping below 105F signals the start of planting season for political yard signs!  Unlike our wealthy competition, Komor4Governor is a campaign of, for and by The People.  No expensive television attack ads, just good old fashioned American blood, sweat and tears.  (Also a very large drill borrowed from my Uncle the Proctologist in Chandler.)  Yes, this does suggest I will be a hands-on Governor!

OUR CAMPAIGN POSITION ON SEXUAL VIOLENCE

October 6, 2018:  Before running for Governor I served on the Board of Directors of a Rape Crisis Team, worked for 5 years as a psychologist with prisoners convicted of sexual offenses, teated dozens of victims of sexual violence and (though very rare) the occasional person alleging false memories of sexual assault for differing reasons.  From these experiences I can tell you this - Rape and sexual abuse are violent crimes, not social or political problems.  


Our leaders in Arizona have largely been asleep at the wheel on this issue.  I want to state very clearly that, if elected, I would be a strong advocate for victim's rights and for harsh sentences for those perpetrating sexual crimes.  I will work together with concerned groups to establish a "network of safety and justice" for women and men victimized by sexual perpetrators.  I would also work to develop more educational resources for our young people who often lack critical information on what constitutes sexual violence, methods of prevention and how to differentiate aberrant sexual behavior from a healthy, robust and inclusive sexual life.  (Studies have repeatedly shown that in communities where there is higher sexual repressiveness and guilt there is also higher levels of sexual abuse.) 


I am not a judge, jury or investigator, but I have been surprised that no criminal or civil charges were brought against Donald Trump as a result of his own confessions of sexual assault made during and prior to the 2016 campaign.  The current Administration has, in it's selection of allies and workers, made sexual assault permissible and set the tone for others like Brett Kavanaugh to harass and assault others - in particular women - with impunity.  


Specific to this past week's events, I have been shocked a the restraints placed on the FBI investigation into Kavanaugh.  A suitemate of Kavanaugh’s has now told the New Yorker he remembers hearing at the time about the incident Deborah Ramirez has recounted. Ramirez, who has been interviewed, had claimed that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a dorm party at Yale. The suitemate, Kenneth G. Appold, now says he is “one-hundred-per-cent certain” that he was told the culprit was Kavanaugh. He does say he never discussed this with Ramirez, but he claims an eyewitness described the episode to him at the time. Appold has tried to share this story with the FBI, but there’s no indication the FBI is willing to hear from him.


A classmate of Kavanaugh’s at Georgetown Prep now strongly challenges one of Kavanaugh’s assertions under oath. The person told the New Yorker that he heard Kavanaugh talk repeatedly about Renate Dolphin as someone “that everyone passed around for sex” (the witness’ words), and even heard Kavanaugh singing a rhyme that included the words “you wanna get laid, you can make it with REE-NATE.” Kavanaugh (and many others) described themselves in their yearbook as a “Renate Alumnius,” but Kavanaugh has denied under oath that this was a sexual reference, claiming, ludicrously, that it was intended to show “affection.”


This classmate is not named by the New Yorker. But he put his name on a statement to the FBI and Judiciary Committee that makes this claim, and he is prepared to talk to the FBI. There is no indication this happened.


James Roche, one of Kavanaugh’s roommates at Yale, has written a piece for Slate that claims Kavanaugh lied under oath about his use of slang and his drinking. Roche claims that Kavanaugh “regularly” blacked out. Roche has offered to talk to the FBI, but there’s no indication this happened.


Roche also pointedly added of Kavanaugh: “He said that ‘boofing’ was farting and the ‘Devil’s Triangle’ was a drinking game. ‘Boofing’ and ‘Devil’s Triangle’ are sexual references. I know this because I heard Brett and his friends using these terms on multiple occasions.” Roche concluded that Kavanaugh “has demonstrated a willingness to be untruthful under oath about easily verified information.”


NBC News reports that the FBI has not contacted dozens of people who could potentially corroborate the allegations against Kavanaugh or testify to his behavior at the time. This includes many people who knew either Ford or Ramirez at the time, and people who actually approached the FBI offering information.


The Post reports that Ramirez’s lawyers provided the FBI with a list of more than 20 people who might have relevant information, but “as of Wednesday, Ramirez’s team had no indication that the bureau had interviewed any of them.”


Blasey Ford’s legal team today put out a list of additional people who have not been contacted by the FBI, some of whom were prepared to corroborate that she had in the past discussed being the victim of a sexual assault by a federal judge.


Neither Ford nor Kavanaugh have been interviewed by the FBI. As the Brookings Institution’s Susan Hennessey points out: “It is inconceivable they could close a real investigation without re-interviewing Kavanaugh.”

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