Maricopa GOP to address disloyal PC’s.

Republican PC’s who cross over to publicly support Democrat candidates are the subject of proposed changes to the Maricopa County Republican Committee by-laws. The amendments were proposed at the recent Executive Committee meeting for a vote at the county wide election to be held on January 13 th, 2007 at Sunnyslope High School.

Party loyalists were concerned with recent actions by some PC’s whose names were publicly listed as Republicans for Janet on the Janet 2006 web site. One of the crossover PC’s, Wes Gullett, is now heading up the McCain for President Exploratory Committee.


  1. This is absolutely necessary. State law states:

    E. The minimum duties of a precinct committeeman shall be to assist his political party in voter registration and to assist the voters of his political party to vote on election days. Additional duties shall be as provided for in the state committee bylaws of the party of which he is a member. (ARS 16-822 E.)

    RINO’s like Wes Gullett be disciplined strongly. If we continue to see these so-called “Republicans” behave like this, conservatives should consider throwing any election in which the nominee is a RINO. It may be nearing the time where conservatives form a Conservative Party.

  2. Sonoran Truth Squad says

    A third party means uninterrupted Democrat rule for the next 50 years… Why would we leave a party we dominate? Because its not absolutely 100%? Big deal… The left isn’t 100% of the Dems, but you don’t see them wanting to break up the party and put Republicans in control for the next half-century…

    Let’s just stay focused on the job at hand. We’re winning right now, and that’s why they’re nervous and behaving so badly!

  3. I agree. A loyal opposition of conservatives will ensure that liberals – Republicans and Democrats – don’t get a free ride and take the country in the direction of a culturally imploding Europe.

  4. Mike Triggs says

    So much for the BIG TENT!

    It seems like the GOP’s “pup tent” keeps getting smaller and smaller.

    At the rate we are going, in four years our GOP candidate for Governor might be able pull 20% of the vote!

    DSW – Feel free to form your “Christian Conservative Party” any time.

    Mike Triggs

  5. Allowing GOP elected officials to support the oppositing isn’t a Big Tent theory…

    …it’s allowing the clowns inside the tent to shoot the elephants.

  6. What’s the point of having a political party if the party members are not going to support the party candidates???

  7. Sonoran Truth Squad says

    Every Republican doesn’t have to vote Republican, but if you run for an elected office whose express purpose is to support and elect Republicans ONLY, then it is not wrong to ask you to do the job you ran to do or at least have the decency and honesty to resign your position so that you can go campaign for Democrats.

  8. Nightcrawler says

    There are two separate issues at play here.

    First, It is true the elected officials from a particular party have an obligation to perform the job they were elected to do without selling out the very people that voted them in. It is a conflict, no question.

    Second, the real issue is that we as a Party failed to present to the voting public candidates which appeal to the majority of voters. Instead we offered up candidates to appease a few self-righteous cronies who run local district fifedoms like crochet circles, ripe with idle gossip and ill will towards friend and foe alike. Big frogs in small ponds. It is time to face the truth. The demographics are changing in this state. Unless we as a party close ranks and fight as one, not each other, this state will turn blue. This last election cycle was a wake up call. Why are so many of you still asleep ?

  9. Oro Valley Dad says


    As someone once pointed out in another comment section, Republican candidates are chosen during the primary by Republican and unaffiliated voters. They are not selected by district officers.

    I do not know what district fiefdoms of which you are speaking but in LD 26 a conservative was elected in the GOP primary and then lost in the general. Does that make the district officers self-righteous cronies?

  10. Freakonomics says

    “What’s the point of having a political party if the party members are not going to support the party candidates??? ”

    You could ask Rob Haney the same thing.

  11. Sonoran Truth Squad says

    Nightcrawler misses the mark on who lost… A conservative like Al Melvin lost in LD26 while a much more liberal Republican like Russ Jones lost in LD24. A conservative like Hesselbrock lost in a fairly conservative district like LD11 while a moderate like Quelland lost in a toss up district like LD10. A center-right Knaperek and a center-left Despain both lost in a toss up district like LD17.

    In every case and across the state, Independent voters voted Democrat because of frustration they felt with the national party much more than anything. It wasn’t that these candidates lost because they were too conservative, too moderate, or too liberal. They lost because they were Republican.

    Too many of these close races were also lost because of Republicans who jumped ship and those of them who were elected PCs and had a duty to do, broke their pledge to do their job.

    Lastly, before anyone thinks that there was some tremendous realignment in 2006, a political consultant at the GOP Christmas party pointed out to me that the GOP lost 2 State Senate seats and 3 State House seats here in Arizona by a combined total of less than 1,500 votes. I haven’t checked to see which races he was talking about, but if that is true, then the failure was a campaign failure on the part of the State GOP Party, rather than one of message or ideology.

  12. Nightcrawler says

    For full disclosure, I consider myself to be quite conservative on most issues and libertarian on a few social issues. I voted the straight GOP ticket without hesitation and volunteered to campaign for Conservative Republicans in the heat of battle. We are a team and win and lose as such. We won’t always see eye to eye on every issue, that is to be expected and is healthy for the party.

    If you look closely around the districts you will find that most of the hard working volunteers are near or over 50 years of age. There are some terrific kids (16-18) in the TARS program who are fine Republicans. Kids under 16 are mere stage props. The 25-49 year old crowd is under-represented. This group is now coming into its own in terms of power and treasure. It is that group that we as a party have failed to attract at our peril.

    The point of my last post is quite simply this. Even in districts where Republicans held a large voter registration advantage, we still lost. Either our base stayed home, crossed over or simply were out numbered by the surge in independents. The argument the voters rejected the Republican party as a whole is flawed. Jon Kyl is proof of that.

    I have the upmost respect for all of our candidates who stood up to the task of running for office. They are all decent, good people who are willing to sacrifice their time and fortune to passionately promote ideals that matter to them.

    To use a football analogy, we need to field the team that has the best chance to win for the good of the party, be they conservative or moderate.

    The alternative is Hillary Clinton. Think about.

  13. Elected pcs should never openly support a RAT, especially a leftie like El Napo.

  14. GOP Loyalist says

    FYI… The meeting is January 27th.

  15. roderick parker says

    Isn’t it funny how the so-called “conservatives” are the first to criticize PC’s who choose to support the candidate of another party, but are also the first to heap praise on any Dem who breaks with their party and votes with Republicans on any issue. I’m sure they would be the first to jump to the defense of any elected Democrat who chooses to vote for an anti-abortion bill and is then disciplined by his or her own party.

    By the logic of their arguments, these same conservatives should go back and praise the Democrats for the refusal to let former PA Governor Bob Casey speak at the ’92 Democratic Convention. His pro-life stance was clearly opposed to that party’s platform and he obviously deserved to be punished!

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