Straightforward answers include responses to Kyl interview
Note: The Capitol Times requires subscriptions in order to access their pages. Consequently, we present a couple of questions and answers from a lengthy interview, to provide a flavor of the responses given by chairman Pullen.
Capitol Times: Sen. Jon Kyl was critical of the party’s stance on such a divisive issue (illegal immigration) under your leadership in a recent Capitol Times interview. He said, ‘When the party itself got involved in the illegal immigration issue, it seemed to me that it exceeded its role because, clearly, Republicans were divided. It’s just not a proper role for the political party to get into.’ He contends the party exists to get Republicans elected, not declare stances on issues. What is your response to that? (Seeing Red AZ covered the Kyl interview here.)
Pullen: My response is the party was divided: 85 percent agreed with me and 15 percent agreed with him. I’d rather be with the 85 than the 15, quite frankly.
And, quite frankly, that’s the position of the national party, too, so I guess if he has a bone to pick with me, he’s picking that with national Chairman Mike Duncan, as well as the executive committee of the RNC.
Part of a lengthy response to a Capitol Times question about local GOP fundraising elicited this reply:
Pullen: The one area that has been a problem has been doing events. Our events are a little bit behind what they were in prior years. Part of that has been that it’s been difficult for us to get major national speakers to come in and speak (for) us at the state-party level.
Capitol Times: Why?
Pullen: Well, I’m not really sure. We’ve had a number of them lined up who have later cancelled out. There’s a lot of scuttlebutt out there and rumors about what’s going on, but I can’t confirm any of it. All I can tell you is we lined up several major national, prominent speakers to come in and they cancelled. Although we did have Fred Thompson here a couple weeks ago and we had a nice luncheon for him.
Going into next year, one of my major focuses will be that we get the kind of fundraising from major events that we should as a party.
Score a solid ten for Chairman Pullen.