McComish, Crandall, Driggs, Pierce, Reagan and Worsley subject of GOP scorn
Former state Senators, Republicans Frank Antenori and Ron Gould are united as foes of Gov. Brewer’s Medicaid expansion. In the event the controversial measure is approved in the legislature, the duo is pushing for a 2014 ballot measure that will send the issue to the voters, in hopes overburdened taxpayers will reject the proposal. The State of Arizona allows for referendums to reverse legislation not supported by the people.
The Executive Guidance Committee of the Maricopa County Republican Committee (EGC) met last night. The EGC overwhelmingly reasserted its opposition to this massive governmental expansion by a voice vote — with only a single dissenting vote out of 28 cast. Further, the resolution condemned the six Republican senators who voted in collusion with the unified senate Democrats: Republican Majority Leader John McComish (LD-18) shamefully jumped ship to join them. Other collaborators voting with the Dems are Rich Crandall (LD-16), Adam Driggs (LD-28), Steve Pierce (LD-1), Michele Reagan (LD-23) and Bob Worsley (LD-25).
Medicaid expansion has been the subject of previous EGC meetings, and has not fared well with Republican party leadership.
Christine Bauserman, Chair of United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives and Frank Antenori spoke at last night’s meeting. Bauserman is putting together an effort to gather the necessary 120,000 signatures needed to qualify this critical issue for the ballot. Time is short. Signatures must be collected within 90 days of the end of the session. Make a commitment to join this major endeavor. There will be no second chances.