Establishment “DeKookification” efforts underway
If triteness rings your chimes, you might be among the handful of readers of Laurie Robert’s column in the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic). Roberts frequently gives sycophantic coverage to a woman named Kathy Petsas, a RINO who coined the term “DeKookification” to describe her efforts to rid the Republican party of …you guessed it…conservatives!
This past Tuesday evening, Petsas chaired the nominating committee for the statutory meeting of the precinct committeeman of Legislative District 28. As an integral part of her mission to ensure the defeat of grassroots conservatives, she put out this slate. Given the tone taken by Ms. Petsas, this glaring typo at the top of the page tells the whole story:
LD28 STATE COMMITTEEMEAN RELIABLE REPUBLICAN SLATE.
The district’s squish chairman Scott O’Connor, the son of retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, is part and parcel of the effort.
One longtime precinct committeeman wrote of his desire to “…ask Scott O’Connor why those of us who put forth effort for the Party are singled out as unworthy,” adding, “I’m honored to be in such a prestigious group with the former State Chairman and current Maricopa County Chairman!”
Among the conservatives Petsas singled out for dismissal were former State Chairman Randy Pullen and current Maricopa County Chairman Rob Haney, who has been twice elected as county chair by wide margins.
A committed establishment functionary, Petsas has brazenly reveled in her sham notoriety courtesy of columnist Roberts. It’s a big deal to Petsas, given that the district — the most liberal GOP LD in the state — has long been the home of Arizona’s two U.S. Senators, John McCain and Jon Kyl.
And soon-to-be-retired Sen. Jon Kyl? If you think that this lowly election of state committeemen, who will in turn vote to elect internal state officers is far off his radar screen, you couldn’t be more mistaken.
Kyl, who has repeatedly asserted his opposition to the very primary endorsements he and John McCain hand out like candy, has been working overtime attempting to sell his endorsed slates of RINOs to commandeer the grassroots level precinct committeemen elections in all contested precincts. The importance of these elections is extremely relevant since it is the elected precinct committeemen who elect the party leadership. Here is the postcard Team Kyl has been mailing out in an effort to dilute the conservative base.
Or as Petsas and Roberts would say, “DeKookify” the Arizona Republican Party.