McCain, Kyl, Shadegg and Flake exert force in district power plays
Last night’s District 11 organizational meeting results mirror those of other Maricopa County districts. It appears that the grassroots conservative leadership continues to be assaulted by the pro-illegal immigration crowd, being lead by the majority of the Arizona GOP delegation beholden to business interests desirous of a continued stream of low -wage and exploitable workers.
The pattern in which they obtain their dominance reflects the McCain-driven power structure. Daring to disagree with their version of what the Republican party stands for has consequences.
Still the vote was close. Rob Haney the incumbent chairman garnered 191 votes to Steve Tully’s 203. Tully is a former state legislator and McCain aide.
Good manners take a back seat when the crowd is on a mission to undermine the grassroots precinct committeemen. Wes Gullet, a McCain strategist, and his wife Deb, who is an advisor to Democrat Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, led the rowdy opposition crowd.
Other districts where attempts have been made to silence the border and social conservatives are Districts 6 and 8.
At the LD 6 meeting Congressman Shadegg endorsed the more liberal slate. Apparently most of the precinct committeemen were unaware of his recent comments to the New York Times insulting Arizonans who simply recognize the need for secure national borders in these perilous times. Crime and identity theft are rampant. “Guest” workers are not the answer, particularly with our current economic downturn and high citizen unemployment And our Fourteenth Amendment assures any children born to such “guests” are granted instant citizenship.
Suspecting his inclination, Chairman Haney invited the congressman to speak after the election was concluded. Knowing that he would not be allowed to do an encore endorsement as he had at the election the night before, Shadegg left, though his staffers remained.
The election results are available here. It was far from a major defeat as Haney’s team won 110 of the 143 coveted state committeeman slots.