Republican elected state committeemen gearing up for the Statutory Meeting this Saturday have been on a roller coaster of sorts.
The anticipated election of party officers took an odd turn earlier this week when Bruce Ash, the presumptive successor to state Chairman Randy Pullen suddenly withdrew, citing health issues. The remaining candidates are regarded as establishment devotees, not acceptable to conservatives and tea party committeemen casting ballots.
As the search for a reliable replacement began in earnest, former Distinct 20 Chairman and longtime precinct committeeman Tom Morrissey offered his services. Morrissey is a known quantity, possessing strong conservative credentials, exemplified by his support of, and fundraising for, the campaigns of respected candidates including U.S. Rep. David Schweikert, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and former Congressman J.D. Hayworth.
Tom Morrissey’s impressive resume and Constitution-based vision statement for the future of the Arizona Republican Party can be read here.
His notable career credentials include serving as Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal, District of Arizona and Chief of the Office of Special Investigations, Arizona Department of Economic Security.
Among those endorsing Tom Morrissey’s candidacy are recently reelected Maricopa County Republican Chairman Rob Haney, Sen. Russell Pearce, the executive board of the Pachyderm Coalition, including former Sen. Thayer Verschoor, Don Goldwater and Diane Douglas, Peoria School Board, Sal DiCiccio, Phoenix City Councilman, Marne Haney of the State Executive Committee and attorney Dan Schultz. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio also stands with Morrissey.
With the crucial 2012 election cycle fast approaching, it is imperative we have strong conservative leadership. A vote for Tom Morrissey will ensure we meet the challenges without compromising our values