In a letter oozing sarcasm and hypocrisy, iffy Republican Grant Woods, attempts to give credibility to another one of his cross-party endorsements. Recently, he called a press conference to announce that he and a group of other liberals masquerading as Republicans endorsed Felecia Rotellini, the radical, open-borders proponent, union-backed Democrat running for Attorney General.
Republican Tom Horne has incurred their wrath due to his promise to enforce SB 1070, Arizona’s popular illegal immigration law.
In making the endorsement, Woods, an elected precinct committeeman, falls under the Maricopa County Republican Committee’s by-law provision which removes voting and proxy carrying rights from a precinct committeeman publicly endorsing any candidate running against a Republican.
This type of activity comes naturally to the left-leaning Woods. Once serving as John McCain’s congressional chief of staff, Woods was among the throng of McCain operatives and cronies whose name appeared on the ‘Republicans for Janet’ website (now removed and replaced) when Democrat Janet Napolitano ran for Governor in 2006. He has previously threatened to leave the GOP, but has never made good on the promise.
A lawyer, Woods should understand a thing or two about the county governing procedures. If he does, he gives no indication, preferring instead to insult Maricopa County Chairman, Rob Haney, who was required to inform him of the results of his transgression.
In his letter, Woods plays the court jester in snidely and erroneously referring to the county-wide GOP passed bylaw as “Haney’s Rule.”
“According to you,” he wrote to Chairman Haney, “if there was a hypothetical race between Thomas Jefferson, Democrat, and Lindsay Lohan, Republican, I could not endorse Jefferson over Lohan.”
Last evening the Maricopa County Republican Committee Executive Guidance Committee met to discuss and vote on the issue. The resolution to remove voting rights passed by an overwhelming vote of 21 – 2. Prior to the meeting Chairman Rob Haney sent this letter to the members:
Dear EGC Members:
Since Mr. Woods implicated me as being responsible for the position in which he finds himself, I think it necessary to give you some background information from which you can make a more informed decision.
Mr. Woods responds with the standard liberal rhetoric when caught with his hand in the cookie jar. He obfuscates, misdirects, ridicules, uses analogies which do not fit and blames someone else instead of taking responsibility for his poor judgment.
The facts are Mr. Woods, as a Precinct Committeeman (PC), endorsed an opposition candidate in the general election in 2010 as he had done previously when he endorsed Napolitano for governor over the Republican. And how did Mr. Woods’ unerring political sense work out for Arizona and the country?
As a result of the actions of Mr. Woods and other Maverick PCs, the whole body of the Maricopa County Republican Committee at their annual meeting overwhelmingly saw fit to add a bylaw change which addressed the unethical situation of a Republican PC endorsing a candidate of an opposition party. The endorsement of an opposition party candidate is entirely different than a PC supporting one Republican candidate over another in a Republican primary and Mr. Woods well knows it, but he chooses to obfuscate.
Mr. Woods is perfectly free to endorse Democrat Thomas Jefferson over Republican Lindsay Lohan, but it would only be ethical for him to resign from his position as a Republican PC to do so, and I feel sure Tom would agree. Since Mr. Woods made the decision not to resign, the MCRC is obliged to rescind his internal party voting privileges as mandated by our bylaws.