Now, where have we heard that name before?
He was a Democrat before he was a Republican.
Nativio was the democratic opponent of Russell Pearce during the 2008 general election in LD18. An election which saw a fierce primary battle between Mr. Pearce and Jeff Flake's brother-in-law, Kevin Gibbons.
Nativio won the endorsement that year of the AEA:
the East Valley Tribune:
and the Arizona Republic who claimed this "bright, articulate young man with a background in law enforcement and civic involvement" had priorities which included "creating a work-visa program to aid businesses hurt by Pearce's employer-sanctions law."
He went on to spout the same, stale leftist line:
"Pearce's enforcement-only approach has hurt business, and hence the entire state. His hard-line opposition to bonding to build badly needed educational facilities during the recession stymied progress on a workable budget. His extremism has alienated the Republican party's business base in this state, sparking a destructive and needless internal battle that threatens to tear the party apart."
This was the same year that Mr. Nativio espoused the following views:
And here are the political donations Mr. Nativio and his wife, Amy, made in 2008 and 2010:
We noticed that Mr. Nativio enjoys highlighting his experience as a police officer. We felt it was important to point out that according to his Linkedin page, his experience as a police officer totaled eleven months when he was twenty years old, in the village of Washingtonville, OH: population 800.
Finally, one can tell rather quickly which side of the fence a candidate resides just by looking at who they follow on their social media accounts.
AZ Senate Democrats, AZ House Democrats, AZ democratic Party, AZ Chamber of Commerce, Mesa Chamber of Commerce, Alfredo Gutierrez (D), Felicia Rotellini (D), Andrew Sherwood (D), Dennis Kavanaugh (D), GEMDEMS, Chad Campbell (D), John Giles, Scott Smith, Rich Crandall, Greg Stanton (D), Bob Worsley, Jeb Bush, George Pataki, Chad Heywood, Thomas Grier, Glenn Hamer, Jerry Lewis, George Khalaf, Ryan Anderson, Jill Humpherys.