Last Friday, the Yellow Sheet Report, which is the equivalent of an “inside the beltway publication” for the Arizona capital, reported that Arizona GOP Chairman Randy Pullen claimed that the Arizona Delegation was “neutral” in his race against Lisa James for Chairman. Huh?
I’ve known Randy for a number of years, and we have a cordial relationship, and, just as I have said to newly-elected Maricopa County GOP Chairman, Rob Haney, if Pullen is reelected, I’ll work on finding common ground. In the meantime, I strongly support Lisa James.
But even as a James partisan, I’m taken aback by Pullen’s comment. It’s a whopper so big that it isn’t even remotely believable. Usually, if you are going to push the envelope, you at least have an envelope to push. What mystifies me is why Pullen would say something so demonstrably inaccurate.
McCain, Kyl, Shadegg and Flake have been open about their support for Lisa James, and Trent Franks is officially neutral. So maybe Pullen believes that Franks is the entire delegation.
Yesterday, Lisa James put out a statement from Kyl:
“I support Lisa James for Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party because she will provide the leadership to increase Republican voter registration, raise funds, recruit candidates and execute a successful get out the vote effort.”
I second Senator Kyl’s comments. I have seen Lisa in action, and know her capabilities. I’ve done enough major get-out-the-vote efforts, fundraising, grassroots organizing and messaging to recognize who gets it and who doesn’t.
Lisa James gets it, and would be a great asset as GOP Chairman going into the 2010 election.