Conservatives sweep AZ GOP intra-party posts
Arizona Republicans have a new party leader. Robert Graham brings boundless energy and vitality to lead the party. He has pledged to defend the principles of the Constitution while implementing a meaningful vision going forward, keeping Arizona’s top elected offices in Republican hands.
A dynamic speaker, businessman and author Graham won in a runaway against challenger Doug Little, taking almost 70% of the vote. Graham defeated Little by a vote of 1,000 to 430 votes (30.07%).
The Statutory Meeting of the Republican State Committee drew 1,512 elected delegates. There were 927 in person and 585 by proxy.
The election results confirmed that the pro-life and illegal immigration issues diminished by Doug Little were actually key considerations in the election — affirmed by the 2.33 – 1 vote. In casting their ballots, delegates were clear his positions were inconsistent with the principles of the Republican Platform and the Constitution.
Also elected were AZ GOP Party Secretary Linda White, over Lynne Breyer and Treasurer Timothy Lee — who ran unchallenged and was elected by acclamation.
The gathering was opened with a stirring presentation of the colors by the Buffalo Soldiers and invocation by Rev. C. T. Wright. Congressmen Trent Franks — who supported Robert Graham — David Schweikert and Paul Gosar addressed the crowd.
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, Treasurer Doug Ducey, Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal, Senate President Andy Biggs, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, County Attorney Bill Montgomery, and former state Senate President Russell Pearce were among those warmly received by the applauding crowd, often rising to give standing ovations.
Conspicuously absent? Senators John McCain, Jeff Flake and Gov. Jan Brewer. State House Speaker Andy Tobin didn’t show up, instead sending a self-glorifying video presentation titled “Leadership.” It started in his early days and slid past his blatant union allegiances and questionable practices that have made him unpopular in many quarters. Tobin’s legislative cohort Steve Pierce, recently ousted as Senate President, was also nowhere to be seen.
Former GOP chairman Tom Morrissey decided not to seek re-election.
Resolution Affirming the Second Amendment – overwhelmingly approved by voice vote
Members At Large:
CD1 –Bill Bridwell, Richard Mihalik, Sylvia Allen.
CD2 – Gail Griffin, Cynthia Coleman, Joshua Michael Townsend.
CD3 – Bob Westerman, Gene Chewning and Harold Hough.
CD4 –Don Ascoli, L.G. Mace, Patti Lewis.
CD5 –Daniel Grimm, Haydee Dawson, Mickie Niland.
CD6 – Jim O’Connor, John Strasser, Laddie Shane.
CD7 – Barry Wong, George Cuprak and Terry Rapp.
CD8 –Emily Sabo, Lyle Tuttle, Marcus Huey.
CD9 –Bill Baxter, Diane Ortiz-Parsons, Nancy Edwards.