The plea expressed fears of further business loss evoking
memories of the backlash in the wake of SB 1070. Open
Borders advocates will no doubt be encouraged by the woe
business leaders now admit resulted from the boycotts.
The second rationale behind the plea to stand down was
of course that our dependable Federal Government is stepping
up to handle the issue. The fact that very little was
ever done until Arizona took up the issue with SB 1070
was conveniently left out.
That the Chamber of Commerce can step into the Senate
with a weakly reasoned request, its strongest point being
the 61 signatures, and summarily over rule the needs of
tax paying constituents leaves the Party grass roots smarting.
Maricopa County GOP Chairman Rob Haney responds here.
Results of the 2011 Straw Poll from the MCRC Statutory Meeting
Rob Haney bids for another term
of the Maricopa County Republican Committee.
Dear Political Activists:
I have attached a letter and BIO in reference to my
reelection as Maricopa County Republican Committee Chairman
on January 8.
As I see it, the most significant difference between
my opponent and me is that I believe, as precinct committeemen
and officers in the Republican Party, that we not only
have the freedom to speak to policy issues but the responsibility
and obligation to do so. This is especially true when
we believe the policy would do serious harm to the Party
and Country. Witness what is going on in Congress right
Another significant difference between my opponent
and me is my time in service to the Party and experience
in Party leadership positions.
In his letter to PCs, my opponent urges us to stay away
from taking positions on policy. In essence, he repeats
the hierarchical position that our job is only to recruit
new members and candidates, stay in contact with and
energize the base, and inform the public. I disagree.
Representatives have an obligation to their constituency.
Support from the base to the representative is not a
one way street. When our representative sponsors legislation
which is favored by Democrats and opposed by the majority
of Republicans, who is left to represent the grassroots
and oppose the legislation? The only people left are
Republican activists who, in all probability, are PCs
or grassroots leaders in officer capacities.
I believe the Republican Party should be a grassroots-up
directed party, not a top-down directed Party. The hierarchy
and grassroots should function as a team to advance
legislation in support of the Constitution and Platform.
When legislation is sponsored by our representatives
in opposition to the Constitution and Platform and without
addressing the concerns of the base, the team concept
breaks down and disunity results.
Like most Constitutional conservatives, I am not accustomed
to favorable media reviews. However, it pleased me that
the AZ Capitol Times in Dec. 2008, referred to me as
the man seen as the leader of Arizona's Grassroots Republican
Movement. In order to continue this effort, I ask for
your vote on January 8.
Maricopa County Republican Committee
December 26, 2010
If you’re a newcomer to the ranks of Republican
Party Precinct Committeemen
you may or may not
have picked up yet on some of the political undercurrents
within the Party. For certain you will be hearing a lot
about “Unity” as the County and State Party
elections approach. The question to ask is: "Unify
behind what, or whom?" more...