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Kirk Adams is one of those rare individuals who runs for public office for the right reasons. In full disclosure, Kirk is a client of my firm – but then again, my firm wouldn’t support someone who wasn’t a true conservative. Rather than rely on my words, I’ll let constituents of Kirk tell you themselves.
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Last week’s budget deal at the Arizona Legislature included a little drama. Rep. Sam Crump and a few other members decided that they were going to test Speaker Kirk Adams. This kind of thing is not new. Just ask Newt Gingrich how often he was tested by any number of the 74 freshmen that comprised the Revolutionary class of 1994.
The difference between what the 1994 Freshmen were pushing and what Crump and his pals were pushing has everything to do with intent. The motivation of the ’94 crowd was to truly limit the growth of government. It appears that the motivation of the Crump Clan was to literally wrestle power away from the sitting Speaker.
As a result of the dust-up, Speaker Adams threatened to boot Crump from his Chairmanship of the Government Committee.
Crump will remain as Committee Chairman, but my guess is that there were some conversations about success as a majority coming by working together – not pulling a power play. Actual policy disagreements are fine, but don’t try to take power, unless you have the means to succeed.
In 1997, a small group of Congressional Republicans attempted to stage a coup against Newt Gingrich. The plan was to give Gingrich the ultimatum that he had to step aside because Dick Armey had the votes to replace him. The plan went awry when Armey realized that the group wanted Bill Paxon (who was NRCC Chairman) to become the new Speaker. Armey then went to Newt and foiled the plan. Paxon lost his post and the rest of the group was marginalized.
The buzz at the State Capital has been that Crump flirted with the idea of getting Democrats to join his clan to try to get himself elected Speaker. Now, setting aside the insanity of such a plan, becoming the next Randall Gnant is not exactly a political path Crump should emulate. (Although Gnant was before Crump’s time, so he can be excused for not knowing that saga). I’m doubtful Crump would entertain such a suicidal move – he’s fairly young and smart, so there is no sense in ending it all this early in his career.
The bottom line is that some eager freshmen got caught up in the moment with someone slightly senior to them, and they are lucky to have come out of it in one piece. In fact, Crump showed class by saying he didn’t want to be “a problem child.”
It also shows that Adam’s style of leadership can, in the end, unify the caucus and enable the legislature to advance a principled, conservative agenda. And that is very different than what Gingrich was able to accomplish.
There are moments when I stop to reflect on the world around me, and sometimes I am very skeptical about the future of our state and country, and other times I have great faith that our best days are yet to come.
Last night was one of those moments when the future looks very bright. I attended a fundraising event for incoming Arizona State Speaker of the House Kirk Adams. This is a young guy who has leadership, resolve and vision. His election to the Speakership created one of those “shock and awe” moments among the political chattering class because not many people believed the previous Speaker could be beat.
What made last night all the more poignant was that the event was held at Be Nun I Kin, the former home of Senator Barry Goldwater that was beautifully restored by Karen and Bob Hobbs (a couple of the most gracious hosts in Arizona).
Standing on the back patio taking in the beautiful view of the valley, I was content to know that Goldwater’s principles of limited government, expanded personal freedom and personal responsibility will be championed by another young,up-and-coming conservative Arizonan in the form of Kirk Adams.