Dear Political Activists:
I have attached a letter and BIO in reference to my reelection as Maricopa County Republican Committee Chairman on January 8.
As I see it, the most significant difference between my opponent and me is that I believe, as precinct committeemen and officers in the Republican Party, that we not only have the freedom to speak to policy issues but the responsibility and obligation to do so. This is especially true when we believe the policy would do serious harm to the Party and Country. Witness what is going on in Congress right now.
Another significant difference between my opponent and me is my time in service to the Party and experience in Party leadership positions. In his letter to PCs, my opponent urges us to stay away from taking positions on policy. In essence, he repeats the hierarchical position that our job is only to recruit new members and candidates, stay in contact with and energize the base and inform the public. I disagree.
Representatives have an obligation to their constituency. Support from the base to the representative is not a one way street. When our representative sponsors legislation which is favored by Democrats and opposed by the majority of Republicans, who is left to represent the grassroots and oppose the legislation? The only people left are Republican activists who, in all probability, are PCs or grassroots leaders in officer capacities.
I believe the Republican Party should be a grassroots-up directed party, not a top-down directed Party. The hierarchy and grassroots should function as a team to advance legislation in support of the Constitution and Platform. When legislation is sponsored by our representatives in opposition to the Constitution and Platform and without addressing the concerns of the base, the team concept breaks down and disunity results.
Like most Constitutional conservatives, I am not accustomed to favorable media reviews. However, it pleased me that the AZ Capitol Times in Dec. 2008, referred to me as the man seen as the leader of Arizona’s Grassroots Republican Movement. In order to continue this effort, I ask for your vote on January 8.
Maricopa County Republican Committee
Chairman Haney’s letter and impressive bio — sent to Maricopa County Precinct Committeemen — can be read here. Take the time to check out his numerous accomplishments on behalf of the County Republican Party.