Register voters, raise money, go door-to-door in 115 degrees, get my petitions signed, man phone banks, and pound those signs in the parched earth
The following appallingly arrogant response is excerpted from the recent Arizona Capitol Times interview with Sen. Jon Kyl. Apparently the senator thinks the job of the state party is confined to registering voters, raising money for candidates and getting-out-the-vote. In other words, he expects the good worker-bees to do all the grunt work to put the elected elites in office, but keep our mouths shut?
Read the entire interview here.
Capitol Times: During the immigration debate, there were some disagreements between the state party and the way some Arizona citizens felt. How are you and (state GOP Chairman) Randy Pullen getting along now?
Sen. Kyl: Understand what the role of the state party is. I was active in the state party starting in the late 1960s. So, I’ve had a lot of experience. I was the state party legal counsel for about five years in the early ’70s and have been part of the state party in one way or another pretty much my entire political life.
I always have the view that the role of the state party is to elect Republicans to office. Period. The role of elected officials is to take positions on issues and to represent the people of the whole state. The political parties are more to represent the people within the party in a political context. What that means is, they need to register voters. They need to raise money for the candidates. They need to get-out-the-vote on Election Day. Those are the main things a political party does.
A political party begins to get into deep water when it begins to take a position on behalf of all Republicans. Now, I stood for election and I forget the exact number, but of hundreds of thousands of people who supported me, over a million people, I was willing to put it on the line to represent the people of Arizona. But I don’t for a minute think that my views can be imposed on all Arizonans, let alone all Republicans, as the only valid Republican position.
So I think the party gets into trouble when it presumes to represent all Republicans. 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.