Tom Smith rips Grassroots Arizona PAC
The GOP District 11 meeting last night was notable on several counts.
Jim Weiers, Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, was the guest speaker.
Rep. Weiers, a knowledgeable guest, is in demand around the state, so his compliments on the large turnout weighed against districts statewide, delighted the precinct committeemen. His instructive speech on legislative issues, the budget crisis and interaction with Gov. Napolitano was well received and generated a brisk question and answer session.
The other highlight of the evening was an impassioned presentation by the usually unflappable Sen. Tom Smith (ret.), who is an elected precinct committeeman in the district. The genial gentleman showed some of his U.S. Marine grit and high school principal authority when he stood before his fellows holding up a postcard mailed to him by the Grassroots Arizona PAC.
Smith’s name was listed as one of the people who would “help restore dignity, responsibility and acocountaltiy of the Arizona Republican party.” Recipients of these mailers were urged to vote for the names on the reverse side of the card.
The only problem is that Smith doesn’t believe those attributes are lacking in his party and he resented having his name, which he did not give authorization to use, exploited by this rogue organization.
Sen. Smith said he looked up the return address on the card in his PC file and found it belonged to John and Jane Lynch — who are instrumental in the PAC and its goal of attempting to oust long-standing conservative PCs.
These are some of Sen. Smith’s words as he spoke about the mailer:
“They besmirched my name. My name is sacred to me, like your name should be sacred to you. These people have no integrity, are despicable, unethical and dishonest.
I wrote them a letter which they did not answer, which is an example of their character. I never gave my approval to use my name. Any adult who will put another adult’s name on any document without that person’s approval, has no integrity, no honor and absolutely no common courtesy.”
“These people,” he said, “can get along much better with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and John Murtha, than they can in the Republican party.”
We always thought you were a straight-up, guy, Senator. You’ve climbed even higher, publicly calling the folks behind the PAC to oust conservative Republicans exactly what they are.