It appears the January 24th election for the Republican Party State Chairmanship is going to be a redux of the one we saw in 2007 — this time with even stronger undercurrents. Word is out that political operative Lisa James has indicated her intention to challenge incumbent GOP chairman Randy Pullen — again.
In the previous race, claims were leveled that if Pullen was elected, the state party would collapse. That has been disproved by his able leadership, working tirelessly and rebuilding confidence in the state party, thus motivating 5,000 new donors to contribute to the state coffers. He is well regarded on the national level and was instrumental in tightening the language of the Republican Platform on illegal immigration. Apparently that is not enough to suit Pullen’s detractors.
And, while Republicans nationwide have taken a beating, under Pullen’s chairmanship Arizona has increased its GOP majority margins considerably, in both the House and Senate.
Still we have witnessed in district after district, conservatives being eliminated as precinct committeemen, state committeemen and district chairmen, signaling a concerted effort to push a liberalized immigration agenda, at the highest levels. Unprecedented efforts to remove legislators who supported controls were seen. A successful effort to unseat County Chairman Tom Husband as a PC rendered him unable to run for the county leadership post again, although he was able to retain his post through the end of his term.
For the past year, Sean Noble has been seen at districts around the state. The former top aide to Congressman John Shadegg, has been recruiting new precinct committeemen in an effort to move a pro-amnesty agenda. The connective threads are obvious.
This raises the question: Is Noble still on Shadegg’s payroll and once again on “special assignment?”
Lisa James has said even recently that she had no interest in running for the top GOP state post. Something major has changed her mind.