Seth Leibsohn retires from radio, runs for Congress

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018, local radio host and congressional candidate Seth Leibsohn signed off his radio show, stating: “The best education anyone could have has been my 14-year seminar with my listeners and callers, the smartest people I’ve come to know and respect. As I look forward now to putting all I’ve said and written over the years into actual practice, I know we will stay in touch and I know I will continue to learn from them.”

Retiring from 14 years in radio broadcasting yesterday, Seth Leibsohn signed off his show on 960am/KKNT in order to run for Congress. Today he will file his petition signatures to run for the US House of Representatives, representing Arizona in Congressional District 9.

960am/KKNT General Manager Jim Ryan stated, “While we are so sad to see Seth leave our airwaves as a host, we are delighted to see him run for office, something I and our listeners have long encouraged him to do.”

Seth’s family has lived in the area covered by CD-9 for over 80 years. His father was a physician in Arizona, his mother a social worker.

Born and raised here, Seth graduated Arcadia High School before commencing a long career in academia, public policy, and communications. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science from the Claremont Colleges, studying under the renowned conservative scholar Harry V. Jaffa. Then, after law school, Seth worked in Washington, DC for many years as the Chief of Staff to Jack Kemp and William J. Bennett, running their and Jeane Kirkpatrick’s think-tank, Empower America. Before becoming the Vice President of the nation’s most respected think tank dedicated to the study of the Founding and the principles of statesmanship, the Claremont Institute, Seth had formed Americans for Victory Over Terrorism and ghost-wrote several books and speeches for several political leaders and public policy experts. In his own name, he co-authored The Fight of our Lives with William J. Bennett and American Greatness with Chris Buskirk.

In addition to his work in radio and writing, Seth is the former Chairman of the Board of NotMYKid, an Arizona-based non-profit dedicated to substance abuse prevention and the inspiring of positive life choices for our state’s children.

Debbie Moak, Leibsohn Campaign Chair, stated, “I’ve come to know and work with a lot of dedicated and really smart people, but nobody more dedicated and smarter than Seth, especially on the most important of issues—we in District 9 are so fortunate to have a candidate and Congressman of his caliber.”

For his work in substance abuse prevention, Seth is also the 2016 recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Arizona Capitol Times.

About Seth Leibsohn
Seth Leibsohn is an Arizona native who has dedicated his career to commonsense conservative policy. In addition to serving as the Vice President and Senior Fellow for The Claremont Institute he is the author of several books and op-eds on issues related to education, drug abuse, foreign policy, and the economy. He has been a radio host with Bill Bennett in Washington D.C. and locally. In 2016 he was awarded the Arizona Capitol Times Volunteerism Award for his dedication to work in substance abuse prevention.

Six Arizona Leaders Endorse Seth Leibsohn for Congress

Today, Republican candidate for Congressional District 9 Seth Leibsohn received the endorsements of Councilman Jim Waring of Phoenix, Former Mayor Hugh Hallman of Tempe, County Attorney Shelia Polk of Yavapai, Former Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Graham Keegan, Arizona House of Representative Education Chairman, Representative Paul Boyer, and Former Mayor John C. Keegan of Peoria.

“In getting to know Seth Leibsohn, I am happy to announce my support for his candidacy to represent Arizona in Congressional District 9 in the U.S. House of Representatives. Seth’s impressive approach to the topics he discusses, and how he discusses them, as well as his work in the areas of youth substance abuse prevention, are a model for our politics, our policy work, and our community-at-large. Given Seth’s unique communication skills, political experience, and dedication to so many crucial issues, he not only can win this seat for us in the general election but will go on to proudly represent all of us in Arizona.”

– Councilman Jim Waring of Phoenix

“Rarely have I been as excited about a political candidate as I am about Seth Leibsohn. Seth’s intellect, energy, and ability to communicate are rare and yet exactly what Washington, DC and we in CD-9 need just now. Because of his extraordinary abilities, Seth has the unique capacity to unite the disparate parts of our party and movement while also attracting support from independents and disaffected Democrats. We need just such a representative now. I heartily endorse Seth. We all should do everything possible to help elect Seth.”

– Former Mayor Hugh Hallman of Tempe

“Seth Leibsohn is an exciting candidate. One of the brightest minds I have ever encountered, Seth has a clear vision founded in conservative core principles, steadfast integrity and a passion for our country’s well-being. He has a great work ethic and is wedded to a focus on the most important issues of the day. I am grateful for his willingness to step forward to serve in Congress. I proudly endorse him and look forward to supporting his candidacy every way I can.”

– County Attorney Sheila Polk of Yavapai

“I have known and worked with Seth Leibsohn for close to 20 years in public policy. A good friend and a great communicator, Seth is dedicated to the most important issues facing both our state and our nation. Seth has exactly what it takes, both to win the election in Congressional District 9 and to represent it and Arizona with distinction. His candidacy is a bright light for all of us and I look forward to working with him on all our issues of mutual interest once he is in Congress. I am delighted to endorse him.”

– Former Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Graham Keegan

“Given Seth Leibsohn’s long record of commitment and dedication to our youth, public heath and safety, education reform, along with his communication and intellectual abilities, there is nobody I can think of to better represent Arizona’s Congressional District 9 or the people of Arizona generally in the U.S. House of Representatives. Seth is an outstanding civic leader and will make for a great political leader as well. Seth has the unique abilities to win in CD-9 and I happily endorse him for Congress.”

– Arizona House of Representative Education Chairman, Representative Paul Boyer

“Having known and been able to work with Seth Leibsohn on a great many issues affecting our youth, our state, and our country, I am happy to endorse him for Arizona’s Congressional District 9 and look forward to his service in Congress. Seth is a fantastic communicator, serious thinker, quick on his feet, a dedicated civic leader, and will make for a great member of the U.S. House of Representatives.”

– Former Mayor John C. Keegan of Peoria

Seth Leibsohn remarked: “It’s great to see these fine leaders join the growing list of community leaders supporting my campaign. We are honored and humbled by their support and look forward to working with them throughout the campaign, and both from here and Washington, DC.”

Councilman Jim Waring of Phoenix, Former Mayor Hugh Hallman of Tempe, County Attorney Shelia Polk of Yavapai, Former Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Graham Keegan, Arizona House of Representative Education Chairman, Representative Paul Boyer, and Former Mayor John C. Keegan of Peoria join Congressman Andy Biggs, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio in endorsing Seth Leibsohn for Congress.

About Seth Leibsohn
Seth Leibsohn is an Arizona native who has dedicated his career to commonsense conservative policy. In addition to serving as the Vice President and Senior Fellow for The Claremont Institute he is the author of several books and op-eds on issues related to education, drug abuse, foreign policy, and the economy. He has been a radio host with Bill Bennett in Washington D.C. and locally. In 2016 he was awarded the Arizona Capitol Times Volunteerism Award for his dedication to work in substance abuse prevention.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery Endorses Seth Leibsohn for Congress

Today, Seth Leibsohn, Republican candidate for Arizona’s Congressional District 9, received the endorsement of Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery released the following statement on April 16th 2018:

“I have known and worked with Seth Leibsohn in various capacities for many years and cannot think of a better person to represent Arizona and the residents of Congressional District 9. His commitment to the community, our state’s and nation’s youth, and what he and I like to call the ‘durables’ – the important things in life – is incomparable. Arizona is fortunate to have the opportunity to have Seth in Congress and I fully endorse his candidacy for the people of CD9 and look forward to doing all I can to work for his – and our – victory!”

Bill Montgomery was first elected Maricopa County Attorney in a Special Election in 2010 and re-elected in 2012 on a pledge to fight crime, honor victims’ rights, and protect and strengthen our community. As a West Point Graduate, decorated Gulf War Veteran, former Deputy County Attorney and a professional prosecutor, he has dedicated his personal and professional life to serving others.

Of Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s endorsement, Seth Leibsohn remarked: “We in Maricopa County are privileged to have such a great public servant in Bill Montgomery. His commitment to our community and especially the protection of the most vulnerable, our youth, is beyond compare and it is all our honor to be able to work with him. He is also a wonderful role model of service to our nation and I am beyond grateful for his endorsement.”

About Seth Leibsohn
Seth Leibsohn is an Arizona native who has dedicated his career to commonsense conservative policy. In addition to serving as the Vice President and Senior Fellow for The Claremont Institute he is the author of several books and op-eds on issues related to education, drug abuse, foreign policy, and the economy. He has been a radio host with Bill Bennett in Washington D.C. and locally. In 2016 he was awarded the Arizona Capitol Times Volunteerism Award for his dedication to work in substance abuse prevention.

Congressman Andy Biggs Endorses Seth Leibsohn for Congress

Today, Seth Leibsohn, Republican candidate for Arizona’s Congressional District 9, received the endorsement of Congressman Andy Biggs (R-AZ).

Congressman Andy Biggs released the following statement on April 11th 2018:

“I proudly support Seth’s bid for Congress. A principled conservative, Seth is a friend, a great communicator, and understands the principles of limited government and the kind of commonsense conservatism we need in DC so badly. We need him, and I wholeheartedly support his candidacy.”

Congressman Andy Biggs is an Arizona native and currently serves the 5th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He lives in Gilbert with his wife of 35 years, Cindy. They have six children and four grandchildren. Congressman Biggs served in the Arizona Legislature for 14 years – the last four as the Arizona Senate President. He was awarded “Champion of the Taxpayer” from Americans for Prosperity for his cumulative service in the Arizona legislature, and has been honored numerous times by the Goldwater Institute as a “Friend of Liberty.” This week, Congressman Biggs received the American Conservative Union (ACU) Award for Conservative Excellence, which is the organization’s highest award bestowed to lawmakers who vote to uphold conservative principles.

Of Congressman Biggs endorsement, Seth Leibsohn remarked: “Andy is a great leader for the residents of Arizona’s 5th Congressional District, our state, and our country—and a true model of public service. I am honored by, and privileged to have, his endorsement. I look forward to joining Andy in Washington to better strengthen our economy and our country.”

About Seth Leibsohn

Seth Leibsohn is an Arizona native who has dedicated his career to commonsense conservative policy. In addition to serving as the Vice President and Senior Fellow for The Claremont Institute he is the author of several books and op-eds on issues related to education, drug abuse, foreign policy, and the economy. He has been a radio host with Bill Bennett in Washington D.C. and locally. In 2016 he was awarded the Arizona Capitol Times Volunteerism Award for his dedication to work in substance abuse prevention.

Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio Endorses Seth Leibsohn for Congress

Republican candidate for Arizona’s Congressional District 9 Seth Leibsohn received the endorsement of Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio.

Councilman Sal DiCiccio, released the following statement on April 2nd 2018:

“A commitment to lowering taxes and improving economic growth is one of the reasons I believe Seth Leibsohn is the right candidate for CD9. He has spent his entire career working on the basis of sharing conservative values and fighting for preventative measures to the most vulnerable in Arizona.” DiCiccio said. “He’s a strong voice on improving the lives of Arizonans and I believe a clear choice for Congress.”

Sal DiCiccio has represented District 6 on the Phoenix City Council since 2009 and was handily re-elected in 2016.  He was previously elected to serve on the Council in 1994 and again in 1998. Councilman DiCiccio has a demonstrated willingness to listen and forge creative solutions for all Phoenix residents.

Of Councilman DiCiccio’s endorsement, Seth Leibsohn remarked: “Sal is a true model of leadership, not just in Phoenix but for our state, and one of the main reasons our government works as well as it does here. I’m honored by, and privileged to have, his endorsement and look forward to working with him in keeping our city, state, and country safe and prosperous.”

 

About Seth Leibsohn

Seth Leibsohn is an Arizona native who has dedicated his career to commonsense conservative policy. He has served as head of Empower America as well as the Vice President and Senior Fellow for The Claremont Institute. He has been a radio host with Bill Bennett in Washington D.C. and locally. In 2016 he was awarded the Arizona Capitol Times Volunteerism Award for dedication to work with preventative substance abuse.

 

For more information visit: www.seth4congress.com

“We are ecstatic about Mr. Leibsohn’s commitment to the taxpayers of Arizona.” – Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform

Piece by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) published by Adam Radman on Friday, February 9, 2018.

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates congressional candidate Seth Leibsohn for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of Arizona to oppose higher taxes.

Radio show host and political activist Leibsohn is the first Republican candidate to sign the “no new taxes” Pledge in the race. ATR strongly encourages all candidates to make the same commitment to taxpayers.

“The American people are tired of the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington and they are looking for solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and grow the economy. Signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and holding the line on taxes is the first step in that process,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform.

Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge requires these candidates to put their rhetoric in writing. It is offered to every candidate for state and federal office and to all incumbents. Nearly 1,400 elected officials have signed the Pledge.

“We are ecstatic about Mr. Leibsohn’s commitment to the taxpayers of Arizona. I challenge all candidates for Arizona’s 9th Congressional District to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” continued Norquist.

Visit ATR’s website for more.

Bill Bennett Endorses Seth Leibsohn for Congress

Former US Secretary of Education Bill Bennett endorses Seth Leibsohn for Arizona’s 9th Congressional District.

It is both an honor and pleasure to endorse Seth Leibsohn for Congress in CD-9/Arizona. I have known Seth for nearly 20 years. He has been a loyal Chief of Staff, colleague, and co-author in both books and op-eds, and a key part of my national radio show.”

“A trusted friend and advisor, he is a strong and thoughtful conservative who knows how to speak to various audiences and explain our world-view. I can think of no better person to serve the state of Arizona or America than Seth and am delighted to not only endorse him but work as hard as I can for his successful candidacy.”

“I couldn’t be more fortunate to have learned from and worked with such an influential and intelligent voice in commonsense conservatism.” Seth Leibsohn said. “I am humbled and deeply appreciative of my dear friend Bill Bennett’s support for our congressional campaign.”

Along with Dr. Bennett’s endorsement, Seth has also been endorsed by Rick Santorum, Dennis Prager, the PowerLine Blog, and in the pages of National Review.

Rick Santorum Endorses Seth Leibsohn for Congress

Republican candidate for Arizona’s Congressional District 9 Seth Leibsohn received the endorsement of Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

Rick Santorum, founder of Patriot Voices, a 501(c)3 non-profit released the following statement on January 6, 2018:

Rick Santorum and Patriot Voices PAC are pleased to endorse Seth Leibsohn for Arizona Congressional District 9, which is an open seat. Seth is a long-time friend and former staff member. You can get to know him from his books or his career in radio or his work in substance abuse prevention or in the think tank community. We urge you to check out more of his biography at his website: Seth4Congress.com.

“I first met Seth when he was working with Bill Bennett, Jack Kemp, and Jeane Kirkpatrick at their think tank, Empower America,” said Rick Santorum. “We later worked together when I was the guest host of Bill Bennett’s radio show and I hired him to be my policy director for my run for President in 2012. I know Seth to not only be a highly articulate and intelligent conservative but delight in the idea he could now help flip a Democratic seat in Arizona to a Republican seat.”

As Dennis Prager recently put it on his radio show,“Seth is the kind of conservative that has great appeal in a district that is not exactly liberal and not exactly conservative.” A man of great principle and conviction, who knows how to communicate our message and whose passions are our country and its children, we heartily endorse Seth and ask you to help his candidacy out any way you can. Again, you can learn more, and contribute to his campaign at Seth4Congress.com.

Read the statement here.

About Seth Leibsohn

Seth Leibsohn is an Arizona native who has dedicated his career to conservative policy. He has served as head of Empower America as well as the Vice President and Senior Fellow for The Claremont Institute. He has been a radio host with Bill Bennett in Washington D.C. and locally. In 2016 he was awarded the Arizona Capitol Times Volunteerism Award for dedication to work with preventative substance abuse.

For more information visit: www.seth4congress.com

NATIONAL REVIEW: Seth Leibsohn for Congress

By Andrew C. McCarthy

Arizonans should send Leibsohn to the House of Representatives. I can’t say I was vested in any of the Republicans who were thumped in Virginia, New Jersey, and New York City on Election Day. I sensed, though, that last week’s off-year, not-exactly-bellwether contests were mainly a matter of blue states acting blue (and, as Jim Geraghty illustrated regarding Virginia, getting bluer). That said, there’s no doubt the GOP took a battering ten months into the tumultuous Trump presidency. The 2018 alarms are already sounding.

On that score, I’ve been meaning to note that my good friend of many years, Seth Leibsohn, has thrown his hat in the ring for the congressional seat in Arizona’s ninth district, which includes Maricopa County. His campaign website is here. It will be a competitive race, especially if Democrats remain as energized as they now appear to be. Still, the thought of Seth running for the House makes me feel better about the midterms . . . and the reality of Seth in Congress would make me feel better for the country.

A number of us NR-types know Seth from his years as former education secretary Bill Bennett’s radio producer, co-host, and sometime co-author (including a book, The Fight of Our Lives). Seth has been settled in Arizona for a number of years now. He co-hosts a radio program there with Chris Buskirk, and he’s a senior fellow at a West Coast conservative powerhouse, the Claremont Institute (of which Seth was vice president, as he was at Empower America).

As that pedigree implies, Seth is as solid a conservative as you’ll find — on policy points and on the things that really matter, such as the defense of liberty and Western civilization. He will promote an Arizona that has more say in how it is governed, and an America that is unabashedly proud to be American because of what that means about equality and dignity, about how we best lift every person up by unleashing every person’s ingenuity.

Seth would also come to Washington as a conservative who can work with the Trump administration. Here at National Review, our views about the president vary, but generally within a range from opposition to grudging acceptance, which is natural because he is transactional and we are not. Seth, to the contrary, has been a Trump supporter from an early stage. In American Greatness: How Conservative Inc. Missed the 2016 Election and What the D.C. Establishment Needs to Learn, the book he co-authored with Buskirk, he acknowledged Donald Trump’s flaws but found them, in historical context, to be forgivable, or at least tolerable. He thus chided the president’s conservative critics — “critics” is putting it mildly — for failing to distinguish Trump the man from the policy agenda Trump the candidate represented to his supporters.

I’ll have more to say on another occasion about this critique, because I’m not swayed by the ongoing enterprise to give substantive content to the wispy notion of “Trumpism” — or what the president’s core supporters call the “MAGA agenda,” to which they are far more committed than their champion. For now, suffice it to say that I think Seth has been trying to do what Senator Mike Lee, the terrific Utah Republican, took the lead in doing after the president’s stunning victory last year: namely, to infuse Trump’s populism with conservative principles.

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