Speaker of the House Kirk Adams and Senate President Bob Burns have each established Leadership PACs to enable them to raise money to support candidate in the 2010 elections. The committees are called House Victory Committee and Senate Victory Committee and, according to coverage in the Arizona Capitol Times, they are supposed to work “Separate from but in concert with” the Arizona Republican Party’s efforts.
Looking from the most positive perspective, some caucus members believe that the more committees raising money for GOP candidates, the better. Others are more cautious, pointing out that the Arizona GOP had already established legislative campaign committees for the 2008 cycle that gave each caucus a direct role in fundraising and control over the expenditures as well. Yet Adams and Burns, who each supported State GOP Chairman Randy Pullen’s opponent, never named their representatives to those committees, instead opting to go it alone. One Capitol hallway walker pointed out that “They had members who were willing to serve, but they refused to elect them to the campaign committees that were already set up.”
Only time will tell if this is a case of “the more, the merrier” or if the legislative leaders have an agenda that conflicts with that of the State GOP.