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.