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Today marks a new beginning for the Arizona Republican Party. Small businessman Robert Graham was elected Chairman with 70 percent of the vote. It’s the first “landslide” for Party Chairman in a decade.
He built a very diverse coalition of support, earning the endorsement of Congressman Trent Franks, (and having support of other delegation members) while at the same time getting endorsements from former Maricopa County GOP Chairman Rob Haney, former Senate President Russell Pearce and former state GOP Chairman Randy Pullen.
This is welcome news for the Arizona GOP – an incoming chairman who has broad support from the grassroots and respect among the business community. It reflects what the Republican Party is all about – hard working, freedom-loving people coming together to advance liberty by fighting against big government and corrupt big business cronies (think GE, Solyndra, GM, Goldman Sachs, etc.)
Graham is a successful small businessman who can relate to every element of the Republican Party. His leadership will position the party to be in great shape going into the 2014 elections.
Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano wants you to be afraid. Very, very afraid. What is the imminent threat to our national security? People like me, Rob Haney, Tom Jenney and Cathi Herrod. What, you ask, do the four of us have in common and how are we a threat? Let me explain.
The Washington Times reports that the Department of Homeland Security has issued a report entitled: “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.” DHS is warning local law enforcement officials that there is a rise in “extremist rightwing activity.” It includes in that definition groups or individuals who “reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority.” And, “It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration,” the warning says. The report also says that groups have been using President Obama as a recruiting tool.
So I’m a threat as an “extremist” because I happened to believe the 10th Amendment should be followed and that States should have more say in things like education, welfare, etc. Because I recruit “using President Obama” when I encourage like-minded folks to become Precinct Committeemen in the Republican Party, I’m now a threat to your safety.
Because Rob Haney is dedicated to opposing immigration, and a big-time organizer, he is now a threat. Because Tom Jenney is organizing “extremists” for tax-day protests – tea parties – he is now a threat. Because Cathi Herrod organizes people to raise their voice against abortion, she is now a threat.
How ridiculous would this sound if it were a report from Bush’s DHS, and it claimed that “Code Pink” was a threat to national security. He would have been vilified. (Even though Code Pink’s policy ideas would, in fact, be bad for our national security). Cathi Herrod, Tom Jenney, Rob Haney and I are about as much a threat to national security as my five year-old daughter with a jump rope in her hand.
The Maricopa County Republican Committee met today to vote for new County Party officers. More than 1,600 Republicans represented either in person or by proxy – a massive turnout compared to recent history. There were two distinct “slates” that were run with former LD 11 Chairman Rob Haney leading one slate and LD 21 Chairman Jerry Brooks leading the other.
In the end, Haney won the chairmanship, but there was “slate hopping” as the positions of 1st Vice-Chair and Treasurer went to the Brooks slate and the position of Secretary ended in a tie (a handcount was authorized and if it is still a tie after the count, it will be decided by lot, as is the law in Arizona.)
Haney once again proved that he is a tireless worker and that clearly helped him today. It is no secret that I vigorously opposed his election, and I even gave the nominating speech for Jerry Brooks (there were supposed to be two other seconding speeches, but that was cut-off in some confusion by out-going County Chairman Tom Husband). I also organized the PC’s in a number of precincts in LD 6 and helped get three dozen votes to the meeting.
In the end, Haney outworked us, and I give him credit for that. I’ve been in politics too long to not acknowledge the success of an opponent, particularly one within the party, after all, we certainly have more that we agree on than we would with the Democrat agenda.
I went up to Rob after the meeting and shook his hand, congratulated him and acknowledged his hard work. He was gracious enough to acknowledge my hard work. I told him that I looked forward to find ways to work with him to unite the party. And I meant it.