District 17 lost to the Democrats over $100.

lknaperek.jpgI just received a letter from Laura Knaperek in support of Lisa James. Laura spends very little time giving us a reason to vote for Lisa and quickly gets into the sad story of the Republican’s loss of district 17. As Laura would have you believe a $100 dollar donation by Randy Pullen from 9 years ago is the reason Democrats now control the district. That is a very contorted theory. I wonder how Laura explains the losses in Districts 24 and 26, especially since Randy had little to no involvement. Knaperek conveniently forgets to mention these other setbacks that the party experienced in 2006. I was surprised that she did not find a way to also blame Randy for the loss of the U.S. House and Senate. Laura fails to mention the $2,305 that Pullen has given to the Pima, Yavapai, and Maricopa County Republican Committees. Knaperek is listed on the Secretary of State’s web site as having given a whopping $100 to Maricopa and nothing to Pima or Yavapai. Gee, thanks Laura.

In the letter Laura mentions Harry Mitchell’s name 7 times. I thought for a second that I was getting a letter from the Democrats. Mitchell has done very well for himself in the political arena. And to think that it was all from a $100 donation back in the last century.

Of course Knaperek’s charge the Pullen is at fault is absurd on the face but it does illustrate the desperate tactics that some are willing to employ.

(This story has been slightly modified. Our intent was to expose Knaperek’s gutter tactics and not to impugn either of the candidates for chairman.)


Comments

  1. Sonoran Truth Squad says:

    Saw the same letter… What a farce. Knaperek tries to pretend that the same charges from two years ago when Pullen was running for National Committeeman are now “new” and “shocking”. The same Knaperek who wanted Dale Despain as a running mate because he was more moderate and that’s how they were going to win (they both got crushed of course). The same Laura Knaperek who is now being mentioned as a carpetbagger for the open LD20 seat since she’s got no chance of getting re-elected in the district she represented for 10 years. Its politics folks and dishonest politics at that…

    She would have us believe that $100 nine years ago resulted in Mitchell winning by 11 points? Please…

    In 1998 Randy Pullen wasn’t involved with the Repubican Party that I can see. I don’t even know if he was a PC. But since getting involved he has outworked and outgiven every one of the Laura Knapereks of this world.

    Check the scoreboard folks… Pullen is winning and all the last second hit pieces isn’t going to change that!

  2. Together we win- apart we have more of the same says:

    I beg all of my brothers and sisters to stop this. I happen to believe that Randy Pullen and Lisa James are both nice human beings. I am disgusted with the tenor of this race for State Party Chair. I think everyone needs to rent Westside Story and listen to what Maria (played by Natalie Wood) says to the thugs in the final scene of the movie…

    Shame on any Lisa supporters who, in the name of enthusiasm, commit character assasination on Randy Pullen thru the various methods availiable to them.

    Shame on anyone who in the name of supporting Randy, trys to trash Lisa and those she may have worked with in the past using the same “base” methods.

    I am surprised anyone would want to run for anything when all they get is vilified.

    “let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me” Come On and sing it with me.

  3. Together, 

    I agree with you and we were trying to tone it down. In fact I wrote a neutral piece on the treasurer’s race just to change the subject. Then Laura’s hit piece arrived in the mail with only days to go before the vote. We are just trying to hold Knaperek accountable for her last minute mud slinging.

  4. I agree with #2 above.

    Randy Pullen and Lisa James are both great Republicans and have done much for the party. For the record, I like both candidates and believe their credentials are impeccable. My biggest problem is with McCain and making sure that he does not control the Arizona party. This party is not bought and paid for by McCain and I really do not want to see him walk all over our party to propel himself into the Presidency.

  5. Sonoran Truth Squad says:

    Knaperek also fails to mention the more than $25,000 Pullen helped raise for Graf, the tens of thousands he helped raise for Matt Salmon, and the hundreds of thousands he has helped raise for the state party. Where was Laura? Oh that’s right, she was helping Rose Crutcher get demolished by Meg Burton Cahill…

    Running a nice polite race is everyone’s first choice, except the guys that are losing. When you’re losing, nice and polite won’t help you catch up, so they go negative like they have on Randy. Those who stick up for Randy aren’t the problem. Assault is a crime, self-defense isn’t. We cannot and should not judge these two actions or groups the same.

  6. Wait a minute here! Let’s not get all revisionist; there has been sufficient condemnation to go around. The fear of losing has nothing to do with anything. I have every confidence, as do many more than your poll would suggest, that Lisa will win. When this stuff started I gave valid positive points to Lisa’s abilities…but I keenly remember being quoted out of context in order to make less than positive remarks about her abilities and connections.

    The very need to say Knaperak failed to mention anything is case in point. The letter was in support of Lisa and made mention of something Laura obviously felt was important. What about all the things Lisa has done but seems to be pooh-poohed with every sort of far flung discounting anecdotal event possible?

    More than once I have said, it isn’t about one person being good and the other being bad, it is about who is best for the job at hand. This has been countered with so much anti-McCain venom that the real story can’t be told. Trying to associate her with all that is wrong with the GOP has not served any good purpose.

    So… in these final days how about this….we let it rest. If you have positive things to say, please let it be heard. But, if a brother/sister feels differently it is their opinion and they have that right. Certainly we must be bright enough to discern some things for our selves without being hit over the head. After all, we aren’t Democrats!

  7. Please pardon my ommission… all that I said about Lisa, the same should be said of Randy. Associating him with all that is bad is no more acceptable and should not continue, either. A person’s value should be sufficient without the need to demean another.

  8. Having served as both a precinct committeeman and state committeeman for many years, I have to say that I never have previously seen such a contentious and strident race for GOP state chairman.

    This race is full of rumor and innuendo, public endorsement lists, auto-dialers, negative emails, letters which amount to hit pieces, and bruising of long-time friendships. If Lisa James is intent on “bringing the party together,” as she states, she is doing a mighty strange job of it. James is singled out as the fomenter of the negative pieces, since they are being done on her behalf, by her surrogates–while she sits by in her blonde acquiescing silence. To his credit, no such hits have emanated from the Pullen camp.

    Men know better than to wage an attack against a woman–even when deserved. It is a no-win, with the guy looking oppressive.

    Any state committeeman worthy of the vote he or she will cast this Saturday at the state statutory meeting, knows this race actually reflects John McCain in myriad ways. He is the under-girding to this vitriolic campaign. It is John McCain who cannot afford to be further humiliated as he steps into the national spotlight as a presidential candidate. He suffered a monumental defeat within his home district, where he was censured by the elected committeemen who know him best. The Maricopa County Executive Guidance Committee acted similarly, as did the Mohave County Republicans. His overwhelming loss in the straw poll at the recent Maricopa County statutory meeting made the national press.

    Many of us have had our fill of losing candidates (Len Munsil, Laura Knaperek, John Allen) sending orchestrated hit pieces on Arizona’s National Committeeman, Randy Pullen. Some of us worked on, or donated to their campaigns, and regret that they are engaging in this unseemly negativism. Elected state committeemen are not fools, and taking our elephant mascot seriously, will not forget those who have needlessly thrust themselves into this rancorous and unsavory mess.

    It has been said that assurances are being made to former elected officials and losing candidates, that they will be remembered warmly if they hop upon the McCain express as it attempts to leave the station. They are being taken for a bigger ride than McCain’s so-called Straight Talk Express is capable of embarking upon.

  9. Ann,

    You are quite simply wrong. The letter was not in support of Lisa. Laura has two sentences in which she states that she is supporting Lisa and one sentence in which she actually says why. The rest of the letter, 6 paragraphs, is nothing but a slimy attack on Randy Pullen. Worse, her attack is based on a non-squinter: That $100 caused the loss of a district and a congressional seat. Knaperek comes off as angry and bitter, not what we need in the party at this time.

  10. Nightcrawler says:

    The real issue now is what happens after lunch on Saturday. Given the divisive rhetoric, there will be some long faces in the crowd. James may need to extend an olive branch to the disenfranchised Conservatives and Pullen will need to mend the fences with the moderates and the RNC. A tall order for both candidates. The fun starts in the afternoon and will last for two years,

  11. Smart Voter says:

    This miserable race for Republican State Chair will reverberate for longer than Republican activists anticipate. The unfortunate repercussions will do little more than widen rifts, and the fallout from the attack mailers will linger. I’m known as a mellow guy, but I am getting angrier each time I receive a vicious support letter or email. The effect is exactly the opposite of what the writer intended. I “play well with others,” but I’m getting to the point of wanting to take my marbles and go home. I sure don’t want to play with Knaperek anymore. She’s shown a mean streak PLUS illogical reasoning.

  12. Sonoran Truth Squad says:

    And the stupidity of it all is that all of these attacks are unlikely to change the outcome of the race. For all of the talk about Lisa’s support, her website makes it clear that she doesn’t have nearly enough of it. If you’re listed on Randy’s site, you get plenty of calls from folks trying to change your mind, but that’s not working. That is why Randy’s numbers keep increasing while Lisa doesn’t change hers at all.

    Simple logic dictates that if she had 200 more state committeemen supporting her than she had listed, she would list them, show strength, and let everyone know that there was a real race going on. That isn’t happening. Pullen is winning this thing by a large margin. So Lisa’s folks are getting nastier.

    This is essentially a repeat of the CD8 race where everyone knew that Graf was going to win the primary, but they went out of their way to spill so much blood that the Democrats were assured of victory. If their Republican couldn’t win, then no Republican would be allowed to win.

    They got what they wanted in CD8, but its up to all of us to not let them do that to our whole state party! Ignore the trash that is being mailed out and ignore the garbage that is clogging up our phone lines. It is the last dying gasp of a desperate establishment that knows its days are numbered.

    I almost dread what kind of gutter filth awaits us when we arrive at the State Convention. What will their Hail Mary pass be?

  13. Smart Voter says:

    STS got it right in likening this brutality to the CD8 race. It’s also reminiscent of the spouse who shoots the partner asking for a divorce, saying, ” If I can’t have him/her no one will!” In such a scenario, the children are left parentless. Arizona’s Republicans will be left leaderless if this continues, since the factions will be so far apart, there won’t be a bridge big enough to span them. Former candidates and elected officials stirring this pot will be remembered if they run for election again. Many of us will neither work nor vote for them.

    Who wins? The Democrats!

  14. My prediction: Pullen will win, by a comfortable margin.

    Knaperek will only damage herself with her last minute slimy missive.

    And after Pullen’s victory, the efforts to destabilize him or create an end run will continue. Contrary to the moderates’ claim that conservative always take their ball and go home, the mods will do just that.

  15. Sonoran Truth Squad says:

    Let’s not use the Arizona Republic’s language. Its not the mods who behave that way and refuse to support good Republicans like Pullen. They are liberals. Moderates, by their very nature, don’t hold any position with such passion that they can’t work with this person or that person. Their speciality is working with anyone ’cause getting along is more important than the issues.

    Its the lefties who put ideology before party and they are in the Republican party to cause trouble or to capture seats in Republican districts where they have to call themselves Republican to win. They oppose the party’s platform and those who support it.

    Recognizing mods from lefties makes a big difference. Ours is a conservative party, so conservatives are essentially middle-of-the-road Republicans. We’ve got some very conservative folks on our right and the moderates on our left and that center-right coalition is what makes us winners. The left serves no useful purpose in the party.

  16. Republican Conservative AZ says:

    I’ve been reading all of these back and forth comments, and I’m almost hesitant to write, because it seems that any alternating viewpoints get viciously criticized.

    But, I would like to point out that Congressman Trent Franks is a supporter of Lisa James, he and Josie were both wearing Lisa’s stickers at the Maricopa meeting.

    Congressman Franks is also not a big fan of John McCain, and he has already endorsed Duncan Hunter for President (Not John McCain).

    Being that Congressman Franks is a strong conservative and can most definately NOT be defined as a moderate or a liberal, one would have to conclude that Lisa James has a very broad and healthy support base.

    This is not about John McCain, as I believe both Randy and Lisa have pledged to stay neutral in the presidential primary. This is about who is best to lead our Arizona Republican Party, and help us re-capture back the seats that we lost to the Democrats.

    Laura Knaperek had every right to voice her concerns. When you write a check to a candidate, that is as about as big of an endorsement as you can make. You are helping that candidate and campaign contact more voters into helping you. Every little bit helps. 9 years ago, $100 could have bought you hundreds of postage stamps (I think it was $.24 back then)? Donating $5 to a Democrat running for Clean Elections or Donating $100 to a now-Democrat Congressman or donating $500 to a Democrat running against a pro-life Republican for Governor is INEXCUSEABLE. I don’t care what kind of spin is out there.

    Ultimately, we need to reflect and unite and work together once this Sat. passes. Hopefully, we will elect a Republican Party Chairman who supports Republicans, and who does not help contribute toward their defeat.

  17. Sonoran Truth Squad says:

    By your definition, someone with a conservate, a moderate, and a liberal State Committeeman supporting them has a broad and healthy base. I’d call that 3 votes…

    Franks’ big issue is life, and both candidates are pro-life. The fact that he did chose to go with the delegation on this issue is fine. There are several other conservatives supporting Lisa. She has more liberal supporters than Randy and Randy has more conservative supporters than Lisa. Randy also has more moderate supporters than Lisa. But that doesn’t mean that Randy is more moderate than Lisa while Lisa is more liberal than Randy. Much of this is simply the fact that Randy has alot more support than Lisa period, so by the time you divide his support by ideology, he ends up with lots more conservatives and moderates.

    I’ll support your logic so that you don’t feel bashed and so that you’ll contribute more to these conversations. And by your logic, Randy has a much broader and much healthier base than Lisa. So long live the party builders!

  18. In as much as my request to give it a rest has not been accepted and the rhetoric has continued….Sonoran Alliance has had 18 posts on the Chairman’s race. The onset being Nov. 22, “Len Munsil Seeking GOP Chair” where the very first response was so insulting it had to be moderated (removed) for the “cheap shot” taken but his support of Randy Pullen was promoted by 4 or 5, now down to about 3, continual bloggers using everything possible to illicit negative connotations of Lisa James.

    The duplicity of reasoning to continue this mindset, depending on the topic, is evidenced by the 1/10/07 originating story on the McCain/Romney competition “The concept of separation of church and state appears to have taken a back seat as Arizona’s senior senator hopes meetings with his rival’s faith-based community can influence the outcome of the upcoming election.” Lisa James is brought into the topic in paragraph 6 of the original story as being brought into the GOP race solely to insure a McCain victory and then the Jeff Flake is taken to task for his part. But, within a few days this post appeared: “Dobson says “No” to McCain”, where the correlation of the religious right and the conservative vote is made clear and also necessary for a victory. Hmmm….. Sounds like the goose and the gander to me!

    Moving on through the last month the attempts to distort, yes distort, in the name of information is appalling. The “My Kingdom for a Web Page”, of Jan. 1 included a very pointed reference from which the reader could draw the conclusion of possible complicity with Lisa James and the Grassroots PAC. While it was later referenced as tongue in cheek, it certainly did seem purposeful. It was not until the reality of the facts became known did that tactic take a backseat to the full-court press of demeaning not only Lisa, but her supporters.

    Jan. 14 post by Snart Voter with complaints of WISH list and pro-choice supporters being on Lisa’s site are to be considered negative; but a $1,000 donation by Mrs. Pullen to WISH list isn’t? And further more, those that would ask that question are accused of smearing his good name?!

    These are but a few of the many, many twists and turns the 3 or 4 supporters of Randy Pullen have taken through the last few weeks on this very public site. So, now tell me…..why it is wrong for a private citizen with a vested interest in this election to send a letter outlining her concerns to those who also share an interest?

    BTW… I did my own “straw poll” and by my count, the posters for Lisa outnumber the posters for Randy by 2:1. Scientific, no…. but from the looks of other such polls, as long as the results are what we want them to be, who cares!

  19. In as much as my request to give it a rest has not been accepted and the rhetoric has continued…Sonoran Alliance has had 18 posts on the Chairman’s race. The onset being Nov. 22, “Len Munsil Seeking GOP Chair” where the very first response had to be moderated (removed) for the “cheap shot” taken but his support of Randy Pullen was promoted by 4 or 5, now down to about 3, continual bloggers using everything possible to illicit negative connotations to Lisa James.

    The duplicity of reasoning to continue this mindset, depending on the topic, is evidenced by the 1/10/07 originating story on the McCain/Romney competition “The concept of separation of church and state appears to have taken a back seat as Arizona’s senior senator hopes meetings with his rival’s faith-based community can influence the outcome of the upcoming election.” Lisa James is brought into the topic in paragraph 6 of the original story as being brought into the GOP race solely to insure a McCain victory and then the Jeff Flake is taken to task for his part. But, within a few days this post appeared: “Dobson says “No” to McCain”, where the correlation of the religious right and the conservative vote is made clear and also necessary for a victory. Hmmm…. Sounds like the goose and the gander to me!

    Moving on through the last month the attempts to distort, yes distort, in the name of information is appalling. The “My Kingdom for a Web Page”, of Jan. 1 included a very pointed reference from which the reader could draw the conclusion of possible complicity with Lisa James and the Grassroots PAC. While it was later referenced as tongue in cheek, it certainly did seem purposeful. It was not until the reality of the facts became known did that tactic take a backseat to the full-court press of demeaning not only Lisa, but her supporters.

    Jan. 14 post by Snart Voter with complaints of WISH list and pro-choice supporters being on Lisa’s site are to be considered negative; but a $1,000 donation by Mrs. Pullen to WISH list isn’t? And further more, those that would ask that question are accused of smearing his good name?!

    These are but a few of the many, many twists and turns the 3 or 4 supporters of Randy Pullen have taken through the last few weeks. So, now tell me….why it is wrong for a private citizen with a vested interest in this election to send a letter outlining her concerns to those who also share an interest?

    BTW… I did my own “straw poll” and by my count, the posters for Lisa outnumber the posters for Randy by 2:1. Scientific, no…but from the looks of other such polls, as long as the results are what we want them to be, who cares!

  20. In as much as my request to give it a rest has not been accepted and the rhetoric has continued….Sonoran Alliance has had 18 posts on the Chairman’s race. The onset being Nov. 22, “Len Munsil Seeking GOP Chair” where the very first response had to be moderated (removed) for the “cheap shot” taken but his support of Randy Pullen was promoted by 4 or 5, now down to about 3, continual bloggers using everything possible to illicit negative connotations to Lisa James.

    The duplicity of reasoning to continue this mindset, depending on the topic, is evidenced by the 1/10/07 originating story on the McCain/Romney competition “The concept of separation of church and state appears to have taken a back seat as Arizona’s senior senator hopes meetings with his rival’s faith-based community can influence the outcome of the upcoming election.” Lisa James is brought into the topic in paragraph 6 of the original story as being brought into the GOP race solely to insure a McCain victory and then the Jeff Flake is taken to task for his part. But, within a few days this post appeared: “Dobson says “No” to McCain”, where the correlation of the religious right and the conservative vote is made clear and also necessary for a victory. Hmmm…. Sounds like the goose and the gander to me!

    Moving on through the last month the attempts to distort, yes distort, in the name of information is appalling. The “My Kingdom for a Web Page”, of Jan. 1 included a very pointed reference from which the reader could draw the conclusion of possible complicity with Lisa James and the Grassroots PAC. While it was later referenced as tongue in cheek, it certainly did seem purposeful. It was not until the reality of the facts became known did that tactic take a backseat to the full-court press of demeaning not only Lisa, but her supporters.

    Jan. 14 post by Snart Voter with complaints of WISH list and pro-choice supporters being on Lisa’s site are to be considered negative; but a $1,000 donation by Mrs. Pullen to WISH list isn’t? And further more, those that would ask that question are accused of smearing his good name?!

    These are but a few of the many, many twists and turns the 3 or 4 supporters of Randy Pullen have taken through the last few weeks. So, now tell me….why it is wrong for a private citizen with a vested interest in this election to send a letter outlining her concerns to those who also share an interest?

    BTW… I did my own “straw poll” and by my count, the posters for Lisa outnumber the posters for Randy by 2:1. Scientific, no…but from the looks of other such polls, as long as the results are what we want them to be, who cares!

  21. In as much as my request to give it a rest has not been accepted and the rhetoric has continued…Sonoran Alliance has had 18 posts on the Chairman’s race. The onset being Nov. 22, “Len Munsil Seeking GOP Chair” where the very first response had to be moderated (removed) for the “cheap shot” taken but his support of Randy Pullen was promoted by 4 or 5, now down to about 3, continual bloggers using everything possible to illicit negative connotations to Lisa James.

    The duplicity of reasoning to continue this mindset, depending on the topic, is evidenced by the 1/10/07 originating story on the McCain/Romney competition “The concept of separation of church and state appears to have taken a back seat as Arizona’s senior senator hopes meetings with his rival’s faith-based community can influence the outcome of the upcoming election.” Lisa James is brought into the topic in paragraph 6 of the original story as being brought into the GOP race solely to insure a McCain victory and then the Jeff Flake is taken to task for his part. But, within a few days this post appeared: “Dobson says “No” to McCain”, where the correlation of the religious right and the conservative vote is made clear and also necessary for a victory. Hmmm…. Sounds like the goose and the gander to me!

    Moving on through the last month the attempts to distort, yes distort, in the name of information is appalling. The “My Kingdom for a Web Page”, of Jan. 1 included a very pointed reference from which the reader could draw the conclusion of possible complicity with Lisa James and the Grassroots PAC. While it was later referenced as tongue in cheek, it certainly did seem purposeful. It was not until the reality of the facts became known did that tactic take a backseat to the full-court press of demeaning not only Lisa, but her supporters.

    Jan. 14 post by Snart Voter with complaints of WISH list and pro-choice supporters being on Lisa’s site are to be considered negative; but a $1,000 donation by Mrs. Pullen to WISH list isn’t? And further more, those that would ask that question are accused of smearing his good name?!

    These are but a few of the many, many twists and turns the 3 or 4 supporters of Randy Pullen have taken through the last few weeks. So, now tell me…..why it is wrong for a private citizen with a vested interest in this election to send a letter outlining her concerns to those who also share an interest?

    BTW…. I did my own “straw poll” and by my count, the posters for Lisa outnumber the posters for Randy by 2:1. Scientific, no…but from the looks of other such polls, as long as the results are what we want them to be, who cares!

  22. I just received a series of emails exchanged between political consultant Nathan Sproul and Randy Pullen. The Lisa James contingent is going to blast the living daylights out of us with their vitriol and mean-spiritedness.

    It doesn’t matter if we are weary of these assaults, they will keep hammering. So far, I have received an email from John Allen, and posted letters from Laura Knaperek, Nathan Sproul and Len Munsil, in which they denounce Randy Pullen in his campaign for GOP state chairman. Of course, their candidate, Lisa James apparently “hung the moon.’ Could anyone be more wonderful than James and more unsavory than Pullen?

    While we state committeemen are all chatting here about singing Kum Ba Ya and putting things in perspective. the James’ surrogates are continuing to stir the pot. If the flame gets low, they stoke it. Has it dawned on anyone why this race is so critical to them? Regardless of their protestations to the contrary, IT IS McCAIN!! That is clearer with each hit piece.

    I hope this all comes back to haunt them. Their nasty, vicious onslaughts are turning me into a mean guy myself. I pledged today that I will never again support any of those who are engaging in this bitter and counterproductive campaign.

    If these are the Lisa James supporters, I’ll take Randy Pullen any day! If these are the people surrounding her, they can keep her and she can have them. I’ve had my fill of these smarmy hits against a man who is running for a VOLUNTEER position–in hopes of organizing the state party for the upcoming election cycle.

    I wouldn’t vote for Lisa James and her buddies if she promised me a new truck and a Rolex!

  23. Smart Voter says:

    http://www.espressopundit.com has posted interviews with the two candidates for GOP state chairman–Lisa James and Randy Pullen.

    If you need a good laugh, read the part where Lisa James talks about practicing Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment. She actually says, ” I want the Party to be a place where we practice Reagan’s 11th Commandment and welcome Republicans to enthusiastically support their candidates”

    I’d call this hypocrisy. Or, maybe she doesn’t know all the folks who are beating her opponent and his supporters over the head with a club.

  24. Enuff, I did get Munsil’s support letter. Didn’t mind that one because it was a positive letter about what they know about Lisa. I have not seen Sproul’s letter. Also have not received any phone calls. Of course I may be on some people’s “do not call” list.

    Smart Voter, Since Knaperek’s photo is at the top of Lisa’s endorsement page I would be surprised if there was not just a little bit of coordination.

  25. Sonoran Truth Squad says:

    I haven’t gotten anything from John Allen yet. Someone post that so we can read what he has to say…

  26. Grassroots Girl says:

    With all the talk of Lisa James being McCain’s hand-picked candidate, no one has offered any proof what-so-ever. Given McCain’s vindictive nature of gunning his critics (see his attempt to unseat Rob Haney in LD 11) Lisa would clearly be in the cross-hairs for working against his presidential ambitions in 2000 as she ran the Arizona campaign for Bush.

    I have concluded that the Pullen campaign is going to roll out an endorsement from McCain at the last minute. It is the perfect strategy – tie Lisa James to McCain at every opportunity and then, whala! McCain is supporting Pullen! Proof of how Pullen is a uniter, not a divider! It’s brilliant… and it would not surprise me in the least if it in fact happens.

  27. Call me naive, but I really don’t understand why it’s so bad that Lisa James has endorsements from people like Trent Franks, Laura Knaperek, John Allen, or Len Munsil. If I were running for State Chair, I’d be thrilled to have those endorsements.

    You know, AZ Gnat, just a year ago, you’d probably be singing Knaperek’s praises for her steadfast conservatism in legislature. I hope you’re happy with Meg (UGH!) Burton Cahill and the Dumb and Dumber Duo.

  28. STS, I found the John Allen letter at espressopundit. Here it is:

    Dear Greg,

    The Arizona Republican party is facing its greatest challenge. How do we reestablish the pride of ownership that comes from calling oneself a Republican? I know personally how painful this last election was to good Republicans. Greg, two political junkies like us could spend weeks assigning blame, but that does not answer the question and certainly does not move us forward.

    To that point, we have a very important decision to make, who will be the new State Republican Party Chairman? Randy Pullen and Lisa James have thrown their hats in the ring and I would like to share my thoughts on this matter.

    Over the past few years, Randy Pullen has been a good political friend to me in our home District 11. He is one of the few people that increased their commitment to party activity after his unsuccessful bid for mayor. His accomplishments on Prop 200 have made him one of the standard bearers on immigration issues. Before the 2006 election, I believed him to be the logical choice for Chairman, and I told him so.

    Lisa James is a familiar face in Arizona Republican circles, but I only came to know her better this past year. Lisa, like many others, worked very hard in the last election and was a fixture at party headquarters, living off Diet Coke and phone calls, giving a great deal of her time in a difficult cycle. I discovered that we both attend Scottsdale Bible Church. She also worked for the state legislature in Illinois and in 2000 she took the bold step of supporting then Governor Bush over our home town Senator McCain in the Republican primary. She later joined the Bush-for-President Advisory Board. On the issues, she is as good as they come: pro-life, school choice, low taxes, etc., all in line with the party’s platform and also my personal views.

    Both are good candidates, but I want to tell you why I now believe that Lisa James is the right person for the job.

    First, somewhere along the way, the party chairman fight got mixed up with the John McCain v Rob Haney fight from District 11. I am an unabashed Rob Haney supporter and I think it is great that the maverick McCain has to endure the maverick Haney. However, to extrapolate that fight to the state party will only finish what this election started, a complete rout.

    Next, we need to find synergy between the State and Local elected officials and the congressional delegation. We have not unified our efforts against the democrats the way we should. Lisa has worked closely with both types of officials and can better interpret what would be meaningful.

    Also, money—Lisa will have the confidence of more people who write big checks. If you do not think money is important, then you did not see the last election. Lisa is right on the issues and in good standing with the congressional delegation and funding will follow her.

    Additionally, she is a woman. We have a female governor and it sometimes is hard for the public to see only men attacking her political views. Lisa is smart and articulate and can level criticism at our Governor without being seen as mean.

    Greg I don’t know your thoughts on this matter, but I assume that like me you are giving it much consideration. Randy is a good man and he has earned my respect, but he is not the right person for this job at this time. The voters told us clearly in November, “We do not believe you.” We need leadership to reestablish the public trust before the voters will once again say, “We’re with you.”

    Thank you,

    John Allen

    Former State Representative, District 11

  29. Sonoran Truth Squad says:

    Oh yeah, that old one… Sorry, I thought there was something more recent. I didn’t judge this one so badly. He says nice things about both and then declares Lisa a better choice. I disagree with some of his logic and ultimately his opinion, but I’m cool with how he said it. If there were more dignified letters like that on these blogs, well, frankly they’d be a lot less fun!

    Thanks for posting it!

  30. The harping about the James supporters being so vitriolic and horrid is just too much! For the record; this site has had 18 posts about this race. From November when Len Munsil was brought up as a possible challenger to Randy Pullen… the first reply had to be moderated and removed it was so ugly and it just kept going from there. It wouldn’t matter who was running against Randy, you 3 or 4 have a real liking for this guy and nothing will change your minds.

    However, you also think it is OK to write whatever you please, regardless of the validity or connotation, in order to promote Pullen. Jan 1st, the whole web page scandal that wasn’t and the inference of a possible relationship with grassroots PAC. No truth but enough twisting of the story to put doubt in the minds of some… Call it tongue in cheek as an after the fact clarification, but the originating post seemed all too serious. Then on Jan. 10 in a post about the McCain/Romney race and the Mormon factor a question was raised about the “senior Senator” understanding the separation of church and state, it was not a pleasant point. In paragraph 6 of that post Lisa is brought in and a connection made where there really was none. But always ready to make whatever happens fit your need… just 4 days later you posted “Dobson says “No” to McCain”, and went on to write about the need to have the religious right if you want to win.

    The multiple posts of pro-choice, WISH list donors, moderates, etc. making Lisa somehow connected in the most absurd twists and turns but never holding Pullen accountable for his own donations or those of his wife. The pro-life/pro-choice issue isn’t the point; it is about the need to keep everyone inside the same box unless it serves the purpose of those you like.

    When it is your team making the unfounded charges or character assessments, it is OK…but let the other side have a turn and suddenly you cry foul!

  31. Sonoran Truth Squad says:

    wow… umm, okay… everyone go to bed now and get some sleep… yeah… sleep… that would probably be best for everyone involved… wow…

  32. Evan, It is great that Lisa is endorsed by Trent, John, and Len. And yes Laura has a pretty conservative voting record. But her letter was a last minute hit, period. Unlike other endorsement it said almost nothing positive about Lisa. Laura’s logic is also flawed beyond belief. At that point in the race and given his margin of victory, $100 would have had almost no effect on Harry’s victory.

    No I am not happy with Meg or for that matter with Nancy Pelosi but the Republican losses in November, suffered nationwide, are not the fault of Pullen.

    Ann, You are right we have been a little edgy. That is why we toned it down and moved on to the treasurer’s race. Then we simply reacted to Laura’s illogical attack letter. Can we no longer respond to attack letters? I do not care about any supposed James / McCain connection so you can get over that as far as I am concerned.

    Yes the WISH list moderates do love Lisa but I think the biggest split now is between the establishment conservatives and the grassroots conservatives. When you have Senator Kyl signing a letter 40% paid for by Democrats to get rid of Rob Haney you have a bad situation.

    You are wrong about my view of Randy. I have thought very seriously about this race. I have listened to Lisa several times and read other stories about her. She is part of the establishment and does not listen to the grassroots as much as Randy. Whoever wins is fine with me. I wish them luck because they will preside over a deeply fractured party.

  33. Nightcrawler says:

    Therein lies the rub. A three way fracture…

    Grassroots Conservatives
    Establishment Conservatives
    Moderates

    In attempt to stay neutral and not pigeon hole myself in any one of the three camps, I can tell by looking at this situation with fresh eyes it is the grassroot conservatives who do most of the heavy lifting in terms of hitting the streets and organization.
    Their concerns must be acknowledged and respected in order for our party to succeed in the future. The moderates are very vocal but disorganized. The establishment types are field generals looking for good enlisted men, but unwilling to get their own hands dirty.

    Frankly, once the issue is settled Saturday, we as a Party need to swipe the slate clean and start over.

  34. az gnat,

    “I wish them luck because they will preside over a deeply fractured party.” Which is exactly why, before the hoopla all started, I knew I was supporting Lisa. The fracture happened long before this race began. What we are seeing now is the inability to walk or “run” because of the brokenness of our structure. I appreciate your admission of “edgy” and the treasurer story has brought some distraction, thank you. But after weeks of that type of “edgy” do you not see it as reasonable that “the other side” would finally say enough already and be pretty ticked when they do? You, OVD, STS, are not Randy Pullen. Your posts and threads, the words on the Munsil post that had to be removed, they were not Randy Pullen’s words. They are the emotional and reactive thoughts of people who feel deeply that there is something to be protected or promoted, something that belongs to them, a part of their identity.

    Please hear me out on this as it is a difficult point for me to make without sounding mean-spirited, which is NOT my intent. For a few years there has been a slow but pervasive attitude growing among some leaders of the party; the attitude of arrogance, with the tolerance of some for a moment if necessary, but a real plan for final control. This is based on their idea of whom and what counts and who doesn’t, which sounds a lot like what you perceive Lisa as being. This is funny that as a Maricopa GOP person, that is how I see Randy. My personal experiences and belief is; you either love him or…..you don’t. He has been a part of the leadership that got us to where we are today.

    Lisa has not worked for the Arizona GOP as an organization. Her work in Arizona has always been in a campaign specific or RNC position. Her grassroots efforts in those situations amounted to building strong coalitions, organizing multiple events around the state, raising millions of dollars, and gaining a voter lead of thousands. So, the perception that she “doesn’t listen” to the grassroots as much as Randy may be from her positions and not her lack of interest, potential, or desire. No one has ever said Lisa James is not about people or the party; and when the party is made up of people….she knows how to listen and she will take it as more than the necessary workings of the job. You will find her very much a grassroots person and one that can heal the break and do it with grace and dignity.

  35. Ann,

    It’s amazing how much time you spend pimping for Lisa James on the various websites. But let’s get the facts straight. If Lisa James has done so much for the party – why don’t you give us specifics. I just want to know what major race in the last 5 years that she has played a role in that was won by the party. I know you want to say Kyl in ’06 or Bush in ’04, but come on, incumbent two term senator in a GOP state and Presidential re-elect in a state not even contested by the Dems after September. Those are the ones you are supposed to win.

    The reality is that you can’t have it both ways. Either Lisa played a large role in the relative failures of the party over the last 5 years, or she really hasn’t done much. Which is it?

  36. together we win divided we get more of the same says:

    Tit for Tat isn’t everyone sick of that ?

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