Lone wolf district chair supports his Mom and left-leaning AZ Republic
Last night’s meeting of the Maricopa County Republican Executive Guidance Committee (EGC) was telling. The new chairman, Scott O’Connor, was the lone vote, 25 – 1, protesting the resolution containing these words:
RESOLUTION AGAINST OPEN ELECTIONS INITIATIVE
WHEREAS, the Open Elections Initiative would effectively abolish political parties in Arizona by prohibiting them from organizing and nominating candidates for virtually all public offices; and
WHEREAS, by preventing political parties from presenting their duly nominated candidates to the voters at election time, this initiative undermines freedom of choice for the voters and freedom of association for the people of Arizona; and
WHEREAS, the Republican Party does not agree with all the principles of minority parties such as the Libertarian and Green Parties, yet believes that their voices are important and if this initiative became law, minor party candidates would not finish in the top two positions and would clearly be cut out of the election process; and
WHEREAS, the Open Elections Initiative will make it more difficult to determine a candidate’s position because of the lack of party affiliation and is widely viewed as an incumbency protection act; and
WHEREAS, Open Elections in other states did not live up to their promises and, in fact, lowered voter turnout, and other feel-good initiatives such as the Independent Redistricting Commission in Arizona have not taken politics out of redistricting as promised, but vastly increased the political partisanship, gamesmanship and bureaucracy; and
WHEREAS, a general election with two candidates from the same faction with similarly held beliefs would diminish voter turnout through lack of interest; NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED:
1. The leadership of the Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC), by and through the Executive Guidance Committee (EGC), formally opposes the Open Elections Initiative and urges all voters to vote against it; and
2. The EGC hereby instructs officials of the MCRC to submit a summary of this resolution to the Secretary of State to be included in the Secretary of State’s Ballot Proposition Guide for the 2012 elections, these costs to be paid by the MCRC.
First, it should be noted that Scott O’Connor is the son of former swing-voting U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. She has become a steadfast proponent of gutting the very political parties that put her in her positions as an Arizona state legislator and Maricopa County Superior Court Judge — back in the day when judges actually ran for election — catching the eye of President Ronald Reagan, who appointed her to the High Court. It was not by accident that Democrat Gov. Bruce Babbitt named her to a seat on Arizona Court of Appeals preceding Reagan’s appointment.
Now she continues to side with liberals in neutering our elective process. The Arizona Republic is staffed by those who relentlessly promote the deceptively named initiative, Open Elections/Open Government. They’ve all taken their turn, from Mary Jo Pitzl, Linda Valdez, and E.J. Montini to Laurie Roberts — in columns, editorials, articles and Quick Hits. It’s their liberal career dying gasp unified as a full-fledged effort to remove party affiliations from our ballots as a means of resuscitating liberalism while turning back conservative gains.