The subscription only Yellow Sheet Report, published by the Arizona Capitol Times, has devoted several lengthy articles to Rob Haney’s “Never McCain” campaign. AZ GOP chairman Robert Graham, a McCain sycophant, slices and dices Haney’s exposure of McCain’s decades-long deception, as he cloaks himself as a maverick while colluding with Democrats. Churlishly referring to Haney as an “angry man who needs exercise and vitamin B,” Graham derides the two-term Maricopa County Chairman as engaging in efforts unbecoming an elected office holder. Later he noted that Haney is no longer a precinct committeeman. This is an area where Graham has more than passing knowledge, since vigorous efforts went into purging not only Haney and his wife Marne, both longtime GOP activists, but other conservative committeemen who don‘t march in lockstep with the McCain syndicate.
Purging of conservatives has been a hallmark of McCain and his operatives as we reported here. In 2012 former U.S. Sen. John Kyl sent out these postcards as he engaged in the same conservative cleansing These are the results of the most recent “overfilling” of precincts, replacing industrious PCs with McCain followers who are too disinterested or otherwise occupied to take on the duties associated with the position. They are needed for a single purpose, electing intra-party officers who will go along with the McProgram.
Make no mistake. These are not haphazard efforts, but calculated bloodbaths. In a letter dated September 8, 2006, political consultant Kyle Moyer wrote, “We’re working closely with Sen. McCain’s office to build the party in these crucial districts. This is a write-in precinct committeeman campaign in LD 11 and LD 8. We have about 40 targeted precincts and need a few more volunteers to cover them all.“ Moyer continued, “I have attached the schedule for Election Day. Included in that is a brief description of what the general “game plan” is, including volunteer, itinerary, and general information for Primary Election day, September 12. Our Election Day “War Room” is at Chaparral Suites. Meet at the War Room” at 5:00 a.m. for donuts, coffee and briefing. Lunch will be provided for volunteers between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.”
“All volunteers must report every ½ hour. When reporting, please include overall voter turnout, the number of cards you have handed out and affirmative exit polling numbers. Please report by text message in this format: name, precinct, turnout number, card number and positive exit number.”
When using the term “war,” Kyle Moyer wasn‘t kidding. Those in the gun sights were other Republicans, albeit of the conservative variety.
Prior to his first election as Maricopa County chairman, Haney served as LD 11 Chairman. He was challenged by former Gov. Fife Symington, a McCain cohort. Large donations poured in to defeat Haney and the deceptively named Grassroots Arizona PAC was formed — chaired by (unrelated) Ann Lynch and treasurer Jane Lynch. Donors included McCain allies Chuck Coughlin, Doug Cole, McCain’s former Chief of Staff Paul Hickman, Chad Willems, Betsey Bayless, Kathy Petsas, Mike Hellon, and San Francisco based Obama donors Greg and Lisa Wendt. Jane Lynch, you’ll remember, is the Graham-appointed presidential elector who says she won’t cast her own ballot for Trump.
Despite the efforts against him, Haney was victorious. Later, he easily won a second term as County Chair by a resounding 1281 to 575.
Longtime McCain supporter and political consultant, Chuck Coughlin, one of the many who donated $1,000 for a slick mailer campaign to defeat Rob Haney, is quoted as making this bizarre comparison, “Haney’s position [is akin] to the ideological underpinnings that fuel ISIS. We see these types of people with Islamic extremists….it’s the Taliban of the Republican Party.”
It’s a good bet Coughlin wrote the negative ads groundlessly linking Dr. Kelli Ward, McCain’s primary senate challenger, to ISIS. This is the new language of McCainiacs. It’s doubtful Coughlin would be inclined to describe the defecting McCain staffers who appeared on the infamous Republicans for Janet (Napolitano) list in such a inflammatory manner. The far left Democrat was running for governor against conservative Republican Len Munsil.