Refutes unfounded criticism
In his letter soliciting support to unseat me as District 11 chairman, Steve Tully states that the Republican message is not attracting voters. I would counter that the message is not the problem – the messenger is. National Republican leadership carried an incoherent, muddled message into the election to appeal to moderates, Independents and Democrats, and we lost big time. Statewide, our Arizona candidates who carried a succinct, traditional Republican message won overwhelmingly.
I agree with you, Steve, that the perceived differences between the parties have diminished. But this is because some national Republican leaders have taken a radical turn to the left. Under Sen. McCain’s leadership we have had:
- Campaign Finance Reform: loss of our 1st amendment freedom of speech rights
- Attempt to close gun shows: loss of our 2nd amendment right to bear arms
- Opposition to Federal Amendment to protect marriage
- Amnesty for illegals, including Social Security and welfare benefits
- Close Gitmo, allowing terrorists to use U.S. courts
- Voting against tax cuts
- Support of federal billions to kill human embryos for experimental research
- Insured continued Democrat filibuster of Supreme Court Justices (Gang of 14)
- Campaigned with Napolitano in opposition to AZ Voting Rights act (Prop. 200)
- Opposed drilling for oil in the U.S., resulting in inflation, loss of jobs and blackmail from OPEC
- Support for Al Gore’s Global Warming (now Climate Change because GW is proving to be false)
- Advocacy of huge new government agency for Cap & Trade Climate Change Administration
- Refusal to defend our southern border from invasion
- Failure to mention, much less stop, incursions into U.S. by Mexican military
(Funding for first two indented items was provided by far-left billionaire George Soros)
These are but a FEW of the MAJOR items that have polarized the Republican party because our national leadership has pushed for their adoption. You pass these off as few and minor.
We can be sure the Democrats will not speak against these positions because these are their positions. Since you advocate for silence on this betrayal, Steve, who is left to oppose these policies? I do not accept your acquiescence on issues of such vital importance. We must speak against the abandonment of Republican principles. Democrat politicians will not change as a result of our criticism. We can only hope to change Republican politicians by reminding them to return to representing their constituency, not to form alliances with Democrats in a bipartisan march to the left.
Steve, you appear very concerned about Republicans regaining lost offices. I am more concerned that when they do regain office it will not be to continue Democrat policy. Republicans voting as Democrats with Napolitano took Arizona from a surplus to a debt of at least $1.2 billion.
In your letter you wrote about welcoming ALL Republicans. Does this include the 1,000 on the site “Republicans for Janet” including 9 PCs from District 11? At least three of these PCs were McCain staffers: Wes Gullet, Bettina Nava, and Max Fose. If these are the Republicans you lament losing, I say good riddance. Better that, than destroy our party from within. I do not believe these PCs should be made to feel welcome at Republican meetings, but rather should be asked to resign from their PC office. Steve, you will recall that is exactly what I did and in response they applauded and cheered for themselves.
I will continue to defend principled Republican politicians, as I have done in the Maricopa County Leadership meetings, advocating resolutions in defense of Republican leadership attacks on Representatives Russell Pearce, Sam Crump and Representative-elect Carl Seel.
You can count on the fact that I will continue to work to uphold the Republican principles manifested in our party platform.