The frost is barely off the AZ GOP’s pumpkin before we witness the far reaching internal squabbles, begun by the vindictive McCain supporters. The upshot is the organized coup which rendered Republican chairman Randy Pullen ineligible to retain his chairmanship. Pullen, McCain and Kyl all reside in Distinct 11, as do their unwavering nemeses Maricopa County Chairman Rob Haney and County Executive Director Tom Husband.
And like water oozing from a pipe fissure, the applicants for his post are not only pooling up, but seeking endorsements with which to wow the crowd of state committeemen at the upcoming January meeting to elect Pullen’s successor and other state party officers.
The candidates are vying for the big kahuna: Being able to waive a banner declaring the support of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Such an endorsement implies the candidate, like the sheriff, is a strong defender of a truly secure border, not hypocritical campaign blather in the mode of McCain.
Yet one who is doing just that is perennial candidate Vernon Parker, who is keeping the phone lines sizzling by calling conservative lawmakers and other elected officials touting Arpaio’s support.
Arpaio and Parker employ the same strategist. But former PV appointed mayor Parker is solidly in McCain’s camp — an integral piece of information not forthcoming from Parker. In fact Parker was instrumental in taking out Tom Husband as a precinct committeeman when he was County Chair, disqualifying him to continue in that role.
The election is weeks off. Other candidates are sure to enter the fray. An early endorsement has the potential of locking in support one might later regret. It also can sway others in a direction they might not have taken if all facts were known.
Let’s take a reflective step back and hold off on endorsements that could bring on a major case of buyer‘s remorse.
There is plenty of time.