Skip to comments.McCain's chosen candidate loses AZ State Party Election; Conservative Randy Pullen Wins
Posted on 01/27/2007 1:28:46 PM PST by Spiff
Conservatives in Arizona can have a little more hope now that their views will begin to be represented in the Arizona Republican Party. The AZ GOP State Convention was held today and, after a contentious and close race for the chairmanship, conservative Republican Randy Pullen won by a slim margin of 408 to 404. His opponent, Lisa James, was hand-picked by Sen. John McCain and represented the moderate, establishment Republican wing of the state party. Although she did pick up a handful of conservative supporters, for the most part her supporters were the liberals, moderates, and RINOs of the party.
Randy Pullen, who has well represented Republican conservatives in Arizona as National Committeeman since 2004, was one of the organizers of the successful Proposition 200. The proposition, which restricted public benefits to illegal aliens and enacted ID requirements for voters, passed overwhelmingly in 2004 despite opposition from the leaders of the state party and almost every member of Arizona's congressional delegation. Pullen was narrowly elected in 2004 in a heated battle against the incumbent national committeeman, RINO, pro-abortion, pro-amnesty Mike Hellon.
Pullen recently made news when he was one of the leaders in the Republican National Committee of a group of committeeman opposing the election of pro-amnesty Sen. Mel Martinez to a non-existant position of "General Chairman". Pullen has also been instrumental in retaining strong pro-life language in the Republican Party Platform as well as the addition of language calling for border security without amnesty.
Pullen's election is a slap in the face to McCain who has been repeatedly embarassed by state and county Republican organizations who have voted to censure him and declare that they will not support his run for the Presidency. In 2004, against McCain's strong opposition, the state party delegates passed a resolution endorsing Proposition 200. In 2005, the Maricopa County Republican Party (the largest in the state) as well as some other county Republican parties, voted to censure McCain for his liberal, anti-Republican views and votes. Earlier this month a Straw Poll was run in the Maricopa County Republican Party and McCain topped the list of undesirable candidates. McCain's hopes of turning his opposition around in his home state were dashed as his candidate for state party chairman was defeated. His strategy this time was to run a pro-life, semi-conservative candidate that he could control. Instead, the conservative who is a hero among the grassroots of the party, won the race.
The election of a conservative to the state party chairmanship comes as good news to southeastern Arizona Republicans who supported Randy Graf for Congress in District 8. During last year's Republican Primary in CD8, the well-financed, establishment RINO candidate, Steve Huffman, began a campaign of lies, smears, and distortions against frontrunner Randy Graf. The current state party chairman at that time, former Congressman Matt Salmon, did nothing to keep the race clean and allowed the lies and smears to continue unabated. This, despite a promise the year prior to Republicans in that district that he would not allow that kind of dirty campaigning to occur while he was chairman. Then, when the National Republican Congressional Committee unethically interfered in the primary election and donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Huffman, the establishment RINO candidate, in opposition to conservative Randy Graf, again Salmon did nothing.
Graf won the primary election but entered the general election severely damaged by the attacks. Graf was abandoned by the state and national party organizations in the general election. The Democrat candidate, not missing a beat, picked up on the same lies and smears and went on to beat Graf, flipping the district from Republican to Democrat representation in Congress. Conservatives in southeastern Arizona vowed to have Salmon's head for betraying southeastern Arizona Republicans. But Salmon, reading the writing on the wall, announced his resignation which opened up the chairmanship position.
Randy Pullen and Randy Graf worked together as primary organizers of the Proposition 200 effort. Pullen was also a strong supporter of the Graf campaign. Pullen's election is strong vindication for Graf and his supporters.
In the other race at the state convention, the race for Treasurer was won by Tim Lee against nudist Horst Kraus. Kraus owns the Shangri-La Ranch, a nudist colony, and even appears nude on the colony's website. He has invited past controversy for holding regular teen nudist camps in the summer. In 2004 a 13-year-old who was living with his mother at the nudist colony was molested in Kraus's pool by a child molester. Kraus found himself in even more trouble when he appeared as a character witness on behalf of the child molester and testified against the 13-year-old victim. The child molester was convicted and given a severe prison sentence. Kraus still stayed involved in Republican Politics and found wide support among RINOs in the party who quickly came to his defense. Horst Kraus and his wife Gigi were counted among Lisa James' public supporters, an endorsement she was not ashamed of and published on her campaign website.
Good report. It's a shame we have to fight anti-American RINOs to get in position to fight the anti-American liberals.
Kraus still stayed involved in Republican Politics and found wide support among RINOs in the party who quickly came to his defense. Horst Kraus and his wife Gigi were counted among Lisa James' public supporters, an endorsement she was not ashamed of and published on her campaign website.
There seems to be a big push among RINOs to support low life's lately.
This is good news indeed. A slap at McCain's Moderate politics might get him to wake the **** up.
Very good news bump :)
Excellent news! This (breaking the RINO oarty control) needs to be done here in Minnesota as well. For that matter, the GOP needs some restructuring, too.
I don't want McCain to wake up. I want him to LOSE. I hope that this defeat for McCain is announced far and wide as severe damage within his own home state. I hope that he does the math and figures that the Republicans in his own state don't support him and it is time to get out of the race. I'd like to see him announce his retirement soon after that.
His ego is far too large to allow that.
I guess it all averages out because McCain has been embarrassing conservatives for as long as I can remember. If he gets the nod as the Republican standard bearer in ought eight, the Democrats will control all branches of government in January of ought nine.
I think this needs to happen most everywhere..unfortunately..
I'd rather (granted I'm not from AZ) see McKerry defeated in the Republican Primary w/a True Republican Conservative!
No, a slap doesn't cure insanity.
McStain's choice loses to a true conservative; GOOD!
You can see that mindset on every RinoRudy, RinoMitt, and McNuts thread.
And, yet, only McCain can win the Presidency in '08. Or so the RINO sycophants claim. Explain, then, why he can't even hold the people in his state together. Unnoticed by the conventional wisdom, a rebellion has been occuring against McCain among the Republican leadership in his own state for quite awhile. Let along among the grassroots therein.
Nice ention of the history that led to Graf's chances being so severely damaged in the election. Being against amnesty did not doom him. Sabotage by Republican leadership doomed him.
Thanks for the report. I moved, so I couldn't be a state committeeman, so I went to work today instead of the state meeting. Congrats to Randy.
Our LD 26 meetings have been very eventful, dissecting the elections and what needs to be done in the future.
A lot of contentious but necessary debate.
Thanks for the ping! I am delighted to see Pullen won, narrow as it was it is still a win. It will be hard to remove the Napolitano grip on AZ with her liberal stable but leaving her in is not an option. I have hope now and am ready to go to work!
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