Politico Mafioso's Jeff Vath, the GOP's "Badass Blogger," Dies following Ulcer Surgery

In addition to Mary Anne, Vath is survived by two stepchildren, six grandchildren, his mother and a brother. Mary Anne said she was still looking for a venue at which to celebrate Vath's life, and would make an announcement about that in the near future.

I appreciated Vath for his humor, his veracity, and his willingness to slaughter sacred cows. Though he was approached more than once by folks wanting to purchase or finance Politico Mafioso, he always turned them down, believing that it would compromise the blog's voice.

His team of savvy, merciless writers, who go by such handles as "Iron Fist" and "The Only True Conservative," have savaged the likes of former Maricopa County GOP chair Rob Haney, ex-state party chair and Tea Partier Tom Morrissey, and current county chair and certified wacko A.J. "Judas" LaFaro.

Their enemies refer to the "McCain mafia" members as RiNOs, or "Republicans in Name Only."

But considering the source of that insult, Vath and his co-bloggers took the label as a badge of honor.

"Jeff loved attacking the `Darth Vaders,' the bullies who intimidated our current elected officials," one close friend of Vath's explained. "He would scold them repeatedly for `eating their own,' using fear politics. And [he] was not fond of Tea Parties hijacking the state Republican Party or their constant name calling to reasonable Republicans who disagree [with them]."

I should also mention that Vath and his writers were often way out ahead on stories that the mainstream media eventually followed. I always gave Vath credit where credit was due, but I can't say the same for others in the Fourth Estate.

When I visited Vath in the hospital this past weekend, he was in a medically induced coma in intensive care. Just a couple of weeks ago, he had called to tell me about the wraparound he had made for his vehicle, which bore a title I'd helped give him, "The GOP's Bad Ass Blogger."

Vath's passing is a reminder of the brevity of life and the importance of investing each day with meaning.

No we didn't agree on everything. He was no fan of President Obama, and I have been no fan of Governor Brewer. But we could recognize a common foe and join forces to battle it.

If the GOP had more people like Vath, Arizona would be a better state, and the GOP would be a better party. Rest in Peace, amigo.


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benavidez41
benavidez41

@mandymountain, I happen to be an independent, whether that matters or not in this conversation, out of respect for my friend I will not in gage about his political beliefs. First and foremost he was a human being, Husband, Father, Brother, Son and friend, may he rest in peace! If you would like information regarding any arrangements I can put you in touch with his grieving widow of 24 years. Obviously you're a Democrat therefore the Jackass represents you well....end of conversation!

phana24
phana24

Jeff and I went back to old AOL chat rooms where we mercilessly bashed Hillary Clinton in the 2000 Senate race.  While I was one of his Neanderthal "opponents" we always had a great respect for each other.  God Bless Mary Anne and his family in their time of loss.  Please know that you and Jeff will be in our prayers. 

MandyMountain
MandyMountain

Who? He certainly looks like an elephant, so perhaps that's the cause of his political affiliation?

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

So very sad to lose a moderate voice in the Republican Party. RIP Mr. Voth....

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

"Robert Graham, chairman of the Arizona Republican Party"

Where did I hear that name before?

Hey Jaffy, can you help here?

bash2
bash2

Jeff Vath was a friend and an ally for almost 6 years. 

I liked Jeff a lot. He had a biting humor and we fought like cats and dogs about the rivalry between UofA and ASU as well as the differences within the Republican Party. I owed him at least a case of beer on bad bets we made on the UofA ASU rivalry. 

But I owed him much more for spreading my message to so many Republicans and other persuadables around the state. I will never know if he always agreed with my commentaries he helped produce dozens of You Tubes for but he did a great job and made a difference in elections because he helped touch thousands. There are so many Republicans who also owe him a debt of gratitude.

Anyone who felt Jeff was not conservative enough did not know Jeff or really understand who he was. Jeff supported Republicans. No , not all of the same Republicans readers here might have supported but he was always a conservative at heart. 

Jeff deeply loved his wife and family. He spoke so proudly of his children and grand children. He battled health issues for some time and we frequently talked about his efforts to live a more healthy life. He was a relatively young man who may not have reached his measure in years but he packed alot of good works while he was here along side all of us working in elections to serve his country. 

I think God may be a Republican and if he is I hope he will ask Jeff to handle his blogging for his good causes.

See you on the other side my amigo.

tucsondogs
tucsondogs

Jeff will be missed by all who called him friend, and he had more friends than most.  Jeff was a man with solid principals, he lived what he preached.  God Bless the Vath Family.

phana24
phana24

@MandyMountain  I would expect nothing less from a jackass who probably supports the Imbecile Occupying the White House.  I knew Jeff from back in the 90s on old AOL chat rooms.  Despite my becoming a Tea Party Neanderthal, Jeff and I maintained a very friendly and occasionally a bit contentious relationship.  Jeff will be missed as even his political opponents concede according to the article.  You will most likely never be missed.  Jeff may have been overweight, but I suspect you are coyote ugly, and Jeff could have gone on a diet.

benavidez41
benavidez41

@MandyMountain, you're an asshole Jeff was a friend of mine, to make a comment like that, goes to show what type of individual you are! The man just passed and that's all you have to say, shame on you!

MotherJones
MotherJones

@WhoKnows There's a Bob Graham who used to be US Senator from Florida. Not the same guy obviously.

MandyMountain
MandyMountain

@benavidez41 Still looked like a porcine Republican. How about you? Better an asshole than a damned fool Republican, too.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@MotherJones 

hint:  "whois" has a name attached to Jaffy's little website.  That name is Robert Graham.

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