Re-bout! Haney counter-punches establishment candidate into the ropes 1281- 575

Today, in a spectacular reaffirmation, Maricopa County Republican Chairman Rob Haney has evidenced the depth of his grassroots tea party support by trouncing Bill Cheatham, the McCain/establishment choice in the attempt to unseat Haney as chairman.

This is an even more overwhelming victory than evidenced in the January 10, 2009 election.

In a packed El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium, elected precinct committeemen went to bat for Rob Haney — who won the endorsements of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Sen. Russell Pearce and National Committeeman Bruce Ash. Haney‘s name was placed in nomination by AZ GOP Chairman Randy Pullen.

Haney, the former District 11 Chairman, won with almost 70 percent of the ballots cast.  His slate of officers also won overwhelmingly. The six Maricopa County Committee by-law changes were also big winners, as each won by over 1,000 votes.

With the efforts of the conservative base, nearly one thousand new precinct committeemen were added to the county rolls. Today’s attendance, the largest ever, clearly reflected that new growth.

47 Responses to Re-bout! Haney counter-punches establishment candidate into the ropes 1281- 575

  1. LD20er says:

    Although I couldn’t attend and sent my proxy, I would swear I heard the McCainiacs whining and sniveling all the way to Ahwatukee.

    Now it’s on to the state meeting and hope to bulldoze the McCainiacs there.

    It’s a hoot to receive bulletins from Ron Carmichael and laugh at his notion that endorsements like Kyl, Flake, McCain, Kissinger and other OWO people enhance his chances.

    Let’s hope for similar numbers in two weeks at the state meeting.

  2. LD 7 PC says:

    Rob Haney’s victory is just Act I — a precursor — to the bruising that McCain’s choice for state AZ Chairman will take on January 22. I’ve heard that the McCain operatives are going to get one of their two boys to withdraw in favor of the other to keep from dividing the vote and letting the conservative’s pick, Bruce Ash, win.

    Ash will win regardless of their McPloys. I imagine those folks are hurting this evening after Haney stuck it to them again! The thought makes me laugh!

    • Another LD11 PC says:

      Wait a sec. Conservatives should be asking Bruce Ash if he’s committed to the end. Has anyone ever asked him POINT BLANK to get his GUARANTEE that HE wont pull out and try to throw his votes to someone else?

      I’m just saying. ASK HIM and get it on record so we have a 100% guarantee.

      • Hunter says:

        Bruce Ash is committed to winning. The question has been asked and he has answered. Who would he “throw his votes to” anyways?

      • Another LD11 PC says:

        I want to see it ON RECORD. You said “it has been asked.” Who asked him? What do you mean who could he throw to? Any of the other 3 candidates. You don’t know.

      • Hunter says:

        There are only two other candidates.

        I personally saw him answer that in front of several people I know. I don’t think putting it in writing was perceived as having value since, if he were to break his promise, whether it was just verbal or was also in writing would not make a difference.

        This is actually rather silly to contemplate since you could say the same thing about either of the other two candidates as well. I would say that either of them is more likely to pull out of the race than Bruce Ash, and I don’t think either of them will – certainly not Carmichael.

      • Ron Harders says:

        So, are you a McCainiac attempting to sow mistrust? I don’t put any dirty trick past the McStain crowd. Does anyone here?


  3. Lydia D. says:

    Haney’s re-election speaks volumes as to what the majority of Republicans in Maricopa County understand.

    This county is about REAL solid conservatism, not lip service, not “party hacks”, not “chamber maids” who indirectly raid the public dole by supporting and promoting cheap foreign labor, nor “paid political ‘friends’ of those who supposedly “represent” us.

    Take notice you know who you are RINO’s. You are officially outnumbered.

  4. Rambling Rose says:

    BRAVO, Rob!! Your efforts on our behalf make conservatives proud. May God bless you.

  5. Valerie J says:

    Our slate of conservative County Members At Large have served admirably since they were elected in January 2010. Dan Schultz, Dan Grimm, Walt Opaska and Joseph Hobbs along with Lynne Weaver. The conservative Republican PCs joined by Tea Party conservatives working within the system have a lot to be thankful for.

  6. LD6 PC says:

    It’s great to know our MCRC is in reliable conservative hands for the next two years!

  7. BillyBob says:

    We are tired of the McKyl big dollar bully efforts. The LD-11 “Lynch Mobsters” are all high dollar people who think that there greenback are king in party policy. Guess again, real tax paying middle income Reublicans who care about getting a common sense government get to have a say.
    Rob Haney may not be the perfect spokesman for all that we need to do – but he’s from the grass roots and gives it an honest, hard try.
    RINO, DID, and the rest of the terms don’t mean squat to me and others. By goodness, we’re Republicans and if we can’t simply be comfortable in that skin, then the ones who need a political facelift can join the Dems, Libs or whatever suits them – it would be more honest. And that’s ok, too.
    Like many life long Republicans I’m sick and tired of the high end special deal special interest buckos who because they can give the McKyl’s thousands of dollars get a say and the rest of us are merely a momentary mention on a campaign video and later trashed.
    So, where’s the “danged” fence and where is the determination to pursue the border security?

  8. LD11 PC says:

    We’ve been hearing from Kyl and McCain how desperately we need party unity…wonder if they have sent their congratulations to Chairman Haney yet?

    • Braveheart says:

      I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for a word of congratulations. The Dynamic Duo is probably fuming, fit to be tied and ticked off at Shiree Verdone for allowing this to happen right under their District 11 noses and in spite of their desires to elect Cheat’um.

      • LD20er says:

        The only time we hear the “party unity” whining from Juan Kyl and Juan McJerk and their like are when they want everyone to unite behind THEIR agenda.

        Fewer and fewer Republicans are fooled by this “party unity” BS.

        Illustrating the failure of their “Big Tent” philosophy was the LD20 meeting in October, moved from its regular date and location to a Saturday afternoon in the Foothills back yard of the parents of Brandon Schmoll.

        When putting up the shade screen for the LD20 officers’ table, District Chair Anthony Miller was stymied–couldn’t decide where in the back yard it should be.

        Finally, someone bailed Anthony out and made the show-stopping decision of where to put the shade tent.

        How do Kyl and McCain think their Big Tent philosophy will be successful when their minions can’t even decide where to pitch their “Big Tent?”

  9. angee says:

    Go Chairman Haney! You have proved your grassroots
    efforts in recruiting Conservative Republicans is key to serving our county. We are all sick and tired of the McKyl lack of follow up on their promises. Where is the fence? Where is the action on protecting our borders with military? If they don’t get it now, they never will.

    Hat’s off to you Chairman Haney, our sincere congratulations!

  10. Kathy says:

    Awesome! All McCain’s horses & all McCain’s men couldn’t control the outcome this time! Congrats Mr. Haney.

  11. Chuck says:

    I thought it as hilarious that Cheatham pulled out all stops, with yard signs as we drove in, a big wall hanging inside the auditorium, and hauling out all of the major players (just kidding) to endorse him. First was his wife who admits she was a “liberal democrat” for over 20 years, who took up most of the allotted time to nominate him, so he didn’t need to speak and expose his zero credentials. Then the old has been RINO Bernece Roberts who was a pathetic county chair, Lisa Adkins, another leftist and the coup de gras, Jim Ward, who moved into the state with a ton of money and a desire for a congressional seat. What a hoot. No wonder he Cheatham went down to defeat. He could star in a film called “The Return Of Jerry Brooks.” Brooks was McCain’s last stooge who tried to defeat Rob Haney and lost big time.

  12. DeAnn says:

    Mohave County cleaned house today too. Sen. Gould is the new county chairman.

  13. Cold Warrior says:

    This was a huge win for all those new precinct committeemen recruited from the grass roots conservative organizations, such as the tea parties, 9.12 groups, anti-illegal immigration groups, etc., per The Neighborhood Precinct Committeeman Strategy which I have been advocating since March of 2009 and explain at:

    As for Jon McKyl, recall he sat on the information that Obama had told him that he was holding the American people (and Arizonans, especially) hostage to an insecure border so that he could use it as a lever to get the Republicans to go along with “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” (the code name for amnesty for illegals) until I posted the video I shot of what he told the tea partiers:

    I donated money to Kyl’s last campaign based on his affirmations in his campaign literature that he was a “conservative” and would fight to secure the border and stop illegal immigration. Then he joined forces with McCain and the other RINOs to attempt to pass amnesty for illegals. So I asked him to give me back my money — and he complied.

    Recall, the “strategy” of Kyl, McConnell and McCain was not to kill socialized medicine but to “make it better” through amendments. They had NO strategy to use every possible Senate Standing Rule to stop it — and they employed NONE.

    We need new FIGHTERS in the Senate, and Kyl needs to go. I and others will be recruiting more conservatives to come into the Party to fill up the approximately 55 per cent of the precinct committeeman slots that currently are vacant — so we can get out the vote for the best good, decent, conservative Arizona “non-professional politician” who will emerge to challenge Kyl in the all-important, traditionally-very-low-turnout primary election — as the Utah grass roots conservatives did to the fake conservative Sen. Bob Bennett.

    Thank you.

    For Liberty,

    Cold Warrior

    • Another LD11 PC says:

      Cold Warrior, I hate to tell you that Kyl has ALWAYS been joined to McCain. You just weren’t aware of it.

      • Lucy says:

        Cold Warrior you are exactly right. They (McCain and Kyl) are establishment republicans. That means that they act just like democrats most of the time. Don’t forget to put Jeff Flake in the same category. How can he be a fiscal hawk and be for comprehensive immigration reform? He is still spouting the same old tired rhetoric. Check out his website. He still promotes his STRIVE legislation which basically is amnesty and a guest worker program. He is for “regularizing” the folks that have come here illegally. When he “regularizes” ( the word he uses in the legislation) the folks here illegally by what moral authority would he have to tell the next person who came here illegally–No you cannot stay. The answer is obvious. He would have none. The meeting Saturday gave me hope. But the fact is we still have to live with McCain and Flake for a while. Who will step up and run against Flake when he runs for the McCain seat when he retires? I can’t wait to donate to that candidate.

    • Mynita says:

      Because of your website, The Precinct Project, I got the information I needed. I wanted to be involved, but did not know how until I found your website. Thank you. Because of it, I became a Precinct Committeeman, and a State Committeeman. I am happy to say, my vote was cast last Saturday for Rob Haney. I have referred others to your website as well. Again, THANK YOU!

      • theprecinctproject says:

        Thanks for warming my heart. And THANK YOU for getting involved in the fight to take back our government, the first step being taking back our Party.

        I hope you will tell all conservatives you know how easy it is to become a PC, how vital and important it is, and how interesting and much fun it is.

        If we all do a little, we can accomplish a lot — our goal of restoring liberty for ourselves and our children and grandchildren according to the vision of our Founders and Framers as set forth in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.

  14. Radical American Patriot says:

    Mohave County Republicans also met this morning and a solid slate of Constitutional Conservatives were overwhelmingly elected replacing Buster Johnson as Chair (he did not run) and ALL of the incumbents.

    State Senator Ron Gould and Colorado River Republican Women’s Club President Hildy Angius led a contingent of solid conservatives to a complete top to bottom of the slate victory. SO complete was the victory that the opposing Secretary and Treasurer candidates withdrew their names for consideration.

    Furthermore, there were almost twice as many candidates for State Committeeman as there were positions! Also, about a dozen or so people submitted applications for appointment to PC positions. All in all, it was a fantastic Tea Party inspired victory!

  15. lyle tuttle says:

    I went to my mailbox after returning home from the MCRC Meeting Saturday. Another letter from Mr. Cheatham, asking for my vote.

    Quoting from his letter:

    “We need to pull together to have a strong, vibrant party.”


    “I will work with LD Chairmen and PC’s to improve these numbers, and will work with them to help our fundraising by courting the business community and seeking their support for our party and candidates…….We need to raise funds in order to carry out our mission of expanding our party and I will work diligently on this effort.”

    Mr. Cheatham, I will take you at your word, and welcome you into the ‘active’ status of the MCRC.

    Your first task is to find those darn banners for Senators McCain and Kyl — I know they must be lost, because they were nowhere in sight at the meeting.

    Your second task is to find the aforementioned McCain and Kyl, as they, too, must be lost somewhere, as they were nowhere to be found either.

    Your third task is to follow through with your pledge, and aid in raising funds for the MCRC so they can better serve the great PC’s who give of their time for the GOP. (You might start with some of your top supporters, who laughed out loud when I asked them to toss some money into our collection baskets as I passed thru the crowd.)

    • LD 7 PC says:

      Lyle Tuttle:
      I remember you as an outstanding Maricopa County Chairman with an abundance of integrity, and take your comments as fact.

      That the Cheatham supporters laughingly refused to donate any money to defray yesterday’s expenses is not only pathetic, but speaks to the type of people he surrounds himself with. Bet he’ll be scarce at future meeting, just like McCain’s previous county chair selectee Jerry Brooks, who also lost.

      I also noted all of the people who ran for office or abandoned a previously held office to run for Congress, and who couldn’t be bothered showing up for yesterday’s statutory meeting. Are they still precinct committeemen? Where they at the time they ran? Conspicuously missing were our two previous (both within ONE YEAR) Maricopa County Attorneys, Andrew Thomas and Rick Romley. former Congressman John Shadegg, Steve Moak, Pamela Gorman, Sam Crump, Vernon Parker (who has run for and then backed out of running for every conceivable office from governor and congress to State GOP Chairman), Jim Waring, Colette Rosati, Dean Martin, Barbara Leff, Betsey Bayless, Len Munsel, Carolyn Allen, the James Gang and the host of lesser-knowns who want our support and then vamoose when they lose. Real dedication from these folks, huh? They are only interested in themselves.

      • Steve Calabrese says:

        The EGC specifically made an announcement that the venue was limited, and that people were encouraged to send proxies instead.

        People running for office must be visible – but if they’re not running for office, they can send their proxy. I was working a credentials table at the meeting and noted that some public officials were sending proxies via their spouses or neighbors. There were lot of events going on yesterday, and some people just couldn’t make it. The important thing is that their proxies were there.

        Also, I think someone did some polling and realized Rob couldn’t lose, and therefore several people saw no value in attending.

        Since floor amendments and resolutions were prohibited, there didn’t seem to be anything that could be done at the meeting except socialize, if you had already made up your mind who to vote for. There were speeches, yes, and the calling of the memorial roll for those who passed in the past year, but there was no possibility of business actually being conducted. We could have just mailed in our ballots and the effect would have been the same.

      • Hunter says:

        I did see Jim Waring and Lisa James at the meeting yesterday. I know Vernon Parker had someone carrying his proxy. It was a big meeting, so it would be easy to miss seeing someone who was there.

      • BillyBob says:

        They have a narrow majority in LD-11, the McKyl playland, but only until we get the numbers back. The McLynch/McKyl mobsters will continue to spend their bucks to rebuild their personal playhouse and if they lose, they will work hard to tell all to keep their bucks away from the State GOP. We’ll just find more conservative business people on our own.

      • Lucy says:

        Lyle, Don’t forget to add Congressman Jeff Flake to the list. Sad but true most of the establishment republicans view many of the attendees of the meeting as a bunch of wackos. They really don’t want to be bothered with us. What do we know anyway?

    • Realist says:

      I guess the Lynch Mob (Ann – Jane – Bob their McKyl lackey Shiree Foster-Verdone and the rest of their ilk are saving their money for the next RINO’s for (pick the Democrat of your choice)camapign. Let’s hope they move their operation to helping another McKyl lacky Wes Gullett be elected Mayor of Phoenix. With their track record I suspect Wes will also go down in flames! To which I say, GOOD RIDDANCE!!!

      • Realist says:

        In my haste, I misspelled campaign. RINO’s do that to me…

      • BillyBob says:

        Well, Gullett is a ginger with a beard – hence we should call him redbeard, and like all pirates, he should be turned away with a blast at the ballot box.

  16. Another LD11 PC says:

    Congrats to Rob!

    • ED PARKER says:

      ANOTHER LD-11’er…. CONGRATULATIONS ROB! I have known Rob and Marney for many years, you won’t find a finer man or lady! YES! I voted for Rob! I wouldn’t vote for anyone associated with McCain and company!!

  17. Diogidog says:

    Wes Gullett, Shiree Verdone, Lisa James, and Jim Waring were all there at the back of the room avoiding eye contact with anybody they have screwed in the past, pleasantly passing air kisses and false smiles to the 25 people they recognized; all the while neverously darting their eyes around at the 1250 people in the crowd they they have never met before. It was hysterical to watch the Snottssdale social clique interact with the new Republican Proletariat!

  18. American Dad says:

    Steve Calabrese:
    No election is ever in the bag, allowing the voters to content themselves and just stay home. What are you smoking?

    Last election Sandy Doty lost by ONE VOTE. The Bush/Gore and recent close AZ congressional votes along with a Proposition or two on the November ballot remind us all how important each and every vote is and how they can never be taken for granted. How happy would you be if you were the candidate and you lost by a slim margin because your friends thought you had it in the bag and went golfing instead of voting?

    Why do you think McCain spent over $25 million dollars on lying ads telling us he was going to put troops on the border and “complete the dang fence” during his last election? He wanted to win at all costs and he was able to purchase confidence and thus, his reelection.

    Now he’s back to his old amnesty scheme.

  19. Joe says:

    Congrats Mr. Haney
    Before reading about you here, I did not know that your win was evidence of the second coming.

  20. Ricky Lujan says:

    Joe, No…not evidence of the second coming. Just a body slam to the mat for Sens. Kyl and McCain and all like minded coddlers of illegal aliens and bigger government Republicans.

    Will the RINOs drag our party through a state chairman’s “race” after this irrefutable proof Bruce Ash will win? Yes.

    • Radical American Patriot says:


      Joe is the personification of RINO!! When he/she ridicules others words as he does with his Alinsky like tactics, it reminds me of the characteristics of “RINOs”: Power-hungry unprincipled opportunists, who will tell you anything to con you into supporting or voting for them. They will claim to be conservative, which is true when it comes to spending THEIR money, otherwise they are not much different than other “Progressives”.

      There is another name for “Joe”; LOSER!!

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  22. Sam says:

    I am a conservative, but have not joined a district precinct. I attended one meeting and thought the lack of parliamentary law was obvious, especially allowing someone to speak that was not on the official program and only came to bad mouth a person that was running for a statewide seat. This left a very bad impression of how business is none in these political precincts.

    • LD 10 PC says:

      You don’t “join” a district precinct. You are elected as a precinct committeeman during the primary election every two years. You have a lot to learn and some ideas to revise. Find out who your precinct captain or district chairman is and get some information regarding the time and place of your district meetings. All are welcome, even those who haven’t been elected. I suspect you will be more inclined to get involved than you think. The bonus is you will meet your own district’s state legislators and most of the county and state elected officials as well as those who are running for public office. You’ll have the opportunity to ask them questions and become a much more informed voter. We welcome you.

    • theprecinctproject says:

      Take LD 10 PC’s advice. Learn a little and then come back to the meetings. Go to my little precinct committeeman recruitment blog:
      Go to the links for the Arizona GOP.

      It’s not hard to become a precinct committeeman. Go to the monthly meetings to meet the other folks and the ropes. If you are a believer in following Robert’s Rules of Order, volunteer to teach the current members.

      Even if all of your precinct’s allotted slots are currently filled, you can still be a PC helper in the mean time an then run for a slot in the 2012 primary election.

      For Liberty,

      Cold Warrior

      • East Valley PC says:

        You didn’t get Sam’s drift. He has nothing to “come back” to since he’s only attended a single meeting and has nothing but complaints about it. He’s never gotten involved due to a mindset that’s not based in fact. He’d be welcomed at any Republican group, but it’s a two way street. Complainers don’t magically turn into activists. Get involved. Bring your ideas. Join us in electing conservatives at the grassroots level. There is work to be done, Sam. Come join us. We are a team!

  23. Not Anonymous - Scott O'Connor says:

    Before reading this series of comments, I did not realize that “amnesty” has become the new litmus test for Republican correctness. What I don’t understand is what the alternative to amnesty is. Perhaps someone could explain it to me. Would it be the status quo, even after the border gets “secure?”