There is no question that Arizona Republican party chairman Jonathan Lines needs to be replaced. His failure to effectively lead the state GOP was clearly evidenced as the returns came in following the November 6 General Election. Lines, the hand-picked successor to slickster Robert Graham, appallingly fell down on the job which he was ill-equipped to hold. Couple his obvious inadequacies with the fact that Yuma resident Lines lives nearly 2 hours away from the office he’s supposed to be running in Phoenix and the recipe for disaster is exceedingly clear. This is an example of Lines’ deceptive work which resulted in Dems taking both LD 28 House seats.
Kelli Ward’s announcement answers the long held hope of the GOP grassroots party activists, as she declares, “It’s time to unite the Arizona Republican Party to win big in 2020.”
The red state of Arizona is now veering purple having lost a U.S. Senate seat, Secretary of State, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and one of the two seats on the utility rate-setting Corporation Commission. Greg Stanton, the leftwing former mayor of Phoenix won in Congressional District 9. Dems now hold five of Arizona’s nine CD seats.
Republicans Paul Gosar (CD-4), Andy Biggs (CD-5), David Schweikert (CD-6), and Debbie Lesko (CD-8) are currently the minority in the delegation.
Only Republicans Gov. Doug Ducey, Attorney General Mark Brnovich retained their state seats and first rate former state senator Kimberly Yee won as State Treasurer. But the state legislature is no longer a solid bastion as Dems made inroads in the AZ House and Senate led in large part by liberal unionist teachers, who were placated by Ducey when they abandoned their students for a week. Ducey added insult to injury with his recent appointment of a far left Dem to the Arizona Board of Regents. Could this be the final affront behind his longtime chief of staff taking a hike?
The state Republican Party clearly needs energized new leadership as this unprecedented seismic shift took place under Jonathan Lines. Amazingly, he is considering a second term as GOP chairman. Another name being floated is Frank Thorwald, whose padded resume doesn‘t address his lack of involvement in the state party. He works for Robert Graham providing Graham another puppet.
Conservative Kelli Ward is a former state senator. She traveled the state repeatedly as she waged two U.S. senate campaigns and developed national relationships necessary for this leadership post. She also has the much needed fundraising skills required for the job. Most importantly, Dr. Kelli Ward, an osteopathic physician, challenged the establishment. She is not part of it.
“The Party of Lincoln and Goldwater should be one that is led by the grassroots; unfortunately, over the last four years, the grassroots within the Republican Party have been silenced and disenfranchised both nationally and at the state level in Arizona.” Ward said in her announcement.
The Arizona Republican Party, which still has this page up touting a smiling John McCain — who died in August — as a “federal official,” will be holding its internal election in January.
Clearly, Jonathan Lines is over his head.