In the recent post, “Harsh truths underscore internecine AZ GOP battles,” we touched on the internal battle raging between the establishment and conservative wings for the heart and soul of Arizona’s Republican Party.
The battle has become a full-fledged war playing out in Republican Briefs, Frosty Taylor’s well respected political go-to site. Taylor is a retired newspaper reporter who worked in the profession when integrity mattered.
The escalation is epitomized by Bruce Ash, Arizona’s Republican National Committeeman since 2007 and conservatives, who are fed up with the weak GOP control that allowed our previously bright red state to veer purple under its less than watchful eye.
In District 28, the party actively participated in the takedown of a well-qualified conservative incumbent, who was replaced by a Democrat in the General Election after the irresponsible meddling. This past November also saw myriad previously Republican statewide offices won by Democrats and the loss of a U.S. Senate seat to a bonafide radical who magically transformed herself from a onetime Green party candidate to a Democrat, albeit one who never mentioned her affiliation during the race.
Jonathan Lines was chairman when we 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 left-wing former mayor of Phoenix won in Congressional District 9. Dems now hold five of Arizona’s nine CD seats.
Two former Maricopa County Chairmen Lyle Tuttle and Rob Haney, both conservatives, have addressed this debacle in letters to Ash. He has remained mute — never according either man the courtesy of a reply. Copies of their letters appear in Briefs and can be read by clicking on their names.
The Arizona Daily Independent weighed in with this Sunday comic and accompanying article, exposing the threats that typify the instability of Bruce Ash, who is not only inept but appears to be unhinged.
When the Arizona Republican Party is in dire need of resuscitation, we are receiving smoke rather than oxygen.
The intraparty reorganization county and state meetings are fast approaching. The Maricopa County meeting takes place Jan. 12. The statutory state meeting is Jan. 26. New officers to guide the party forward are desperately needed. Former state chairman Robert (Mc)Graham relishes his role as the puppeteer manipulating the strings of current chair Jonathan Lines, who is running for reelection despite having overseen an unprecedented statewide Republican fail. But Graham has a backup plan. Frank Thorwald, who works for the puppet master is waiting in the wings as ascendant of the Plan B strategy.
Dr. Kelli Ward, a former two-term state senator, is the conservative running for Arizona Republican Chairman. SRAZ supports her candidacy. Read about her and her unifying vision for the Arizona Republican Party moving forward to the 2020 elections.