The McCain/Kyl crew, using “stakeholders” Shiree Verdone (McCain), Jake Logan (Kyl), Lisa James (Shadegg) and Mike Haller (Flake) as whip masters, are hard at work to disenfranchise Arizona Republican party leadership, manipulate the party fundraising apparatus to their own advantage, and hold the electoral process hostage. Their shenanigans masquerade under the name of “Arizona Victory.”
Once again, they have lost sight of the fact that our aim is to defeat the opposition party, not eat our own. But the stakes have elevated with the specter of a J.D. Hayworth senatorial challenge to McCain and the potential of an embarrassing Tom Daschle-like loss.
The “Victory” plan comes complete with the directive that all federal officeholders — that means McCain, himself — be reelected, and attempts to ensure no primary opposition — carefully avoiding the elephant-in-the-room name of J. D. Hayworth. The smell of their fear is pungent.
Demands are being made by the McCain/Kyl cabal that the AZ GOP relinquish money that the RNC has allotted for voter registration and in effect, turn it over to them as controlling agents.
This sounds like a “My way or the highway” ultimatum. In other words, the RNC’s $50,000 seed money for Victory 2010 is to be controlled by Arizona’s senators, John McCain and Jon Kyl rather than the state party.
It is doubtful these heavy-handed tactics are integral to the new direction RNC Chairman Michael Steele has charted.
Maricopa County Republican Chairman Rob Haney sent the following letter addressing this issue to all 80 members of the state executive committee:
I have read the many concerns about the Arizona 2010 Victory Plan Draft. I agree with all of them. However, the most egregious part of the plan to me is the third bullet under overview and goals. “Reelecting all current federal office holders” The special deal “earmark” for federal office holders is a prime example of why the American voter rates the Congress, both Republican and Democrats, so poorly. The hubris in the directive that we reelect all current federal office holders is unfathomable and hypocritical. The back-up for it, “popularity of our incumbents” is just down right untruthful.
Have the Stakeholders not read the polls indicating how out-of-touch with the Republican base the Republican voter believes our federal representatives are? In essence, the stakeholders are telling us they have done away with the primary elections for our federal incumbents. They believe the governor should go through a primary but not our special privileged federal office holders. I know Campaign Finance Reform was an incumbent protection act, but I had no idea it would be taken to this length.
The Stakeholders like to proclaim that the Republican Party is a bottom-up organization. This plan proves otherwise. The Stakeholders have become like the Congressional Democrats they complain about who abuse their political power.
Maricopa County Republican Committee