Threatens to withhold support in the general election
Former District 11 Chairman Tom Haney (not to be confused with current District Chairman Rob Haney – no relation), has written two bizarre letters to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Haney is riled over Arpaio’s endorsement of a conservative slate of precinct committeemen.
Here are a few excepts from his missives:
In his August 11, 2008 letter, Lawyer Haney writes: It has been a longstanding unwritten but honored (until now) party rule that influential office holders (like you) do not endorse one Republican office seeker over another in the primary campaign.
Former Chairman Haney should inform U. S. Rep. John Shadegg, who just weeks ago endorsed Tony Bouie in a state legislative primary race. He might also want to enlighten Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain who endorsed liberal Republican State Sen. Carolyn Allen over solid conservative Colette Rosati and Andrew Pacheco over Andrew Thomas — who ultimately won the 2004 county attorney election with a ten point spread over the endorsed Pacheco — that they were in violation of these “longstanding party rules.”
Further into his letter to the sheriff, Tom Haney uses the term “proxymorons” to describe precinct committeemen whom he erroneously believes were recruited only to sign over a proxy. He claims this practice has allowed rule by a few to promote a narrow agenda which excludes anyone who did not vote with those in charge. Using incendiary language, he called these elected precinct committeemen the “American Taliban.”
Tom Haney disingenuously pretends to be unaware of the 2006 failed campaign battle initiated by McCain surrogates to remove precinct committeemen who disagreed with his amnesty scheme. The nationally syndicated magazine, The Nation, carries this account, titled McCain Mutiny.
Haney accuses the conservative border enforcement PCs of losing their hold on the district, but is unable to explain how he was defeated in his own home precinct by Republican voters.
In his second letter to Sheriff Arpaio, dated August 26, Tom Haney states: I no longer believe you can rely on the voters of Distinct 11 for support in the general election. Sorry.
Howard Levine writing for GOPUSA also covers the District 11 election.