This is the letter sent to the Arizona Republican congressional delegation (Reps. Jeff Flake, John Shadegg and Trent Franks) by Maricopa County Republican Chairman Tom Husband, in response to their letter to Chairman Husband dated August 19, 2008 demanding the removal of an errant precinct committeeman.
MARICOPA COUNTY REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE
10050 West Bell Road, Suite 49, Sun City, AZ 85351
Tom Husband, Chairman
Diane Ortiz-Parsons, 1st Vice-chair Jeff Greenspan, 2nd Vice-chair
Debbie Lesko, Secretary Chuck Hammerslag, Treasurer
August 21, 2008
Trent Franks, Member of Congress
John Shadegg, Member of Congress
Jeff Flake, Member of Congress
Re: Your letter dated August 19, 2008
I understand your sense of urgency in this matter because, as of September 3, 2008, Mr. Ready will cease to be a Precinct Committeeman (“PC”) by operation of law, thus depriving you of this dramatic appeal for his censure. What I don’t understand is why you would make a request for a resolution asking for his resignation when our next opportunity to consider such a resolution would be at our regularly scheduled meeting on September 4, 2008. This timing would render a grant of the request a nullity. Even if Mr. Ready were inclined to accede to this request, he would not be able to resign from a position he would no longer hold. Surely you knew this.
In your letter dated August 19, 2008, you asserted that I had knowledge that Mr. Ready is a member of the National Socialist Movement (“NSM”). This assertion is incorrect. I do not possess that knowledge but apparently you do and, if that is true, your outrage is justified. Such an affiliation would clearly be inimical to the principles of the Republican Party. For a year, you have apparently been aware that Mr. Ready was a featured speaker at a Neo-Nazi conference in Omaha and Mr. Shadegg’s representatives were present at the Maricopa County meeting January 19, 2008 where Chairman Tuttle demanded the removal of objectionable materials, reportedly distributed by Mr. Ready. Your knowledge of Mr. Ready’s presence at the January 19, 2008 meeting should have been sufficient notice of the likelihood that he was a PC. Now you seek immediate action, even if it be effective for one week claiming that his PC status has only recently come to your attention. We would not take such action in any case unless and until we had credible evidence of such an affiliation. Additionally, we would give the individual an opportunity to rebut before voting on such a resolution.
I appreciate your unfamiliarity with the procedure by which PCs are removed from office and your uncertainty as to its possibility; however, had you made your request in a timely fashion, and produced credible evidence of Mr. Ready’s membership in the NSM and had he been given an opportunity for rebuttal, I would have entertained a motion to adopt a resolution calling for Mr. Ready’s resignation.
Flake, Franks, Shadegg
I trust that you will consider my response to be timely.
Very truly yours,
Thomas F. Husband
Maricopa County Republican Committee Chairman
Cc: Randy Pullen, State Party Chairman
Matt Tolman, District 18 Chairman