The Arizona Republican Party Executive Committee meeting went well. As reported earlier Bruce Ash won the election for Republican National Committeeman.
At the dinner the night before the conservatives were bemoaning the fact that Goldwater was not one of the nominees for committeeman. They did not have a clear favorite between Ash and Bridwell. Bridwell gave an excellent speech and Ash delivered a well-prepared statement. Despite Ash’s rumored status as the favorite one insider speculated early Saturday morning that the vote would be closer than previously assumed. That turned not to be the case.
The meeting went smoothly except a few moments of discussion on how the nominating committee was selected. The treasurer’s report was eye opening. The current chairman faced, after bills due, a negative bank balance upon taking office. There is also a fine due to the FEC because of a late filing from 2006. Current fundraising and the bank balance are strong. The chairman stated that the party should soon have a balance of $200,000. The chairman also mentioned more than once that they are being careful how they spend state party funds and are working to get the highest return for each expenditure.
After the election of Ash each county gave a report. One county chairman after another stood up and said they were receiving excellent support from the chairman and staff of the state party. Several outlying counties mentioned the willingness of state party officials to attend their events. The support for Chairman Pullen was quite strong.