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wardd
01-12-2011, 02:57 PM
Local GOP party official in Arizona resigns because of fears for his family's safety after threats from apparent Tea Party adherents. Says: "I love the Republican Party but I don't want to take a bullet for anyone."

seanz
01-12-2011, 03:01 PM
A link would be nice........

oznabrag
01-12-2011, 03:04 PM
Local GOP party official in Arizona resigns because of fears for his family's safety after threats from apparent Tea Party adherents. Says: "I love the Republican Party but I don't want to take a bullet for anyone."

And so the terrorist Tea Party wins.

Bruce Hooke
01-12-2011, 03:08 PM
A link would be nice........

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2011/01/tucson-shooting-prompts-local.html

Curtism
01-12-2011, 03:11 PM
A link would be nice........

Here's one story I found:
http://thinkprogress.org/2011/01/12/az-republicans-resig/

And he didn't go alone . . .


The newly-elected Dist. 20 Republican secretary, Sophia Johnson of Ahwatukee, first vice chairman Roger Dickinson of Tempe and Jeff Kolb, the former district spokesman from Ahwatukee, also quit. “This singular focus on ‘getting’ Anthony (Miller) was one of the main reasons I chose to resign,” Kolb said in an e-mail to another party activist. Kolb confirmed the contents of the e-mail to the Republic.

Bruce Hooke
01-12-2011, 03:13 PM
This story has more details than the first link I posted:

http://www.ahwatukee.com/news/article_b8b25924-1e76-11e0-a837-001cc4c03286.html

seanz
01-12-2011, 03:22 PM
Miller, the first and only African-American to hold the party's precinct chairmanship, said he had been called "McCain's boy," and that, during a speech, a member of the audience made the symbol of a gun with his hand and pointed it at him. "I wasn't going to resign but decided to quit after what happened Saturday," Miller said. "I love the Republican Party but I don't want to take a bullet for anyone."
Miller is not alone. The newly-elected Dist. 20 Republican secretary, Sophia Johnson, first vice chairman Roger Dickinson, and former district spokesman Jeff Kolb, also quit.
"This singular focus on 'getting' Anthony [Miller] was one of the main reasons I chose to resign," Kolb said in an e-mail to another party activist.
"It's too bad," said Sen. John McComish. "He didn't deserve to be hounded out of office."
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2011/01/tucson-shooting-prompts-local.html

That's probably enough information......:(

That Arizona sheriff (Dupnik) is looking smarter every day.

ishmael
01-12-2011, 03:36 PM
I'm reminded of Teddy Roosevelt. He'd split from the Republicans and formed his own party, the Bull Moose part in the venacular.

Anyway, he's standing giving a speech, undoubtably both corporarate and populist, when a guy takes a shot at him. Square in the chest, though he wasn't badly wounded.

He stood back up and said,"It takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose." Then he went on with his speech.

If people are so namby pamby as to run from what happened in Tucson, fine. Let them go.

Chris Coose
01-12-2011, 03:43 PM
Ever take one through the left hemisphere of the brain Ish?
Magine the bride takes one to the squash through the kitchen sink window?

skuthorp
01-12-2011, 03:45 PM
Namby pamby? Don't be so crass. So to stand for office you have to be preparted to be shot at? So the terrorists win again Ish?

Unless I misread you black homour of course

Uncle Duke
01-12-2011, 03:55 PM
I'm reminded of Teddy Roosevelt. He'd split from the Republicans and formed his own party, the Bull Moose part in the venacular.

Anyway, he's standing giving a speech, undoubtably both corporarate and populist, when a guy takes a shot at him. Square in the chest, though he wasn't badly wounded.

He stood back up and said,"It takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose." Then he went on with his speech.

If people are so namby pamby as to run from what happened in Tucson, fine. Let them go.

Just to add some completeness:

the bullet lodged in his chest only after penetrating his steel eyeglass case and passing through a thick (50 pages) single-folded copy of the speech he was carrying in his jacket.Not quite the same.
edited to add: also, he had not started the speech yet (backstage) and he wasn't knocked down.

BETTY-B
01-12-2011, 04:32 PM
Holy crap! Afraid of his own party no less! And my what a scary and confused party it is.

John of Phoenix
01-12-2011, 04:42 PM
District 20 is generally considered a very moderate pocket in the Metro Phoenix area. Chandler is an old farming community that has transitioned to a modern city thanks to the tech boom - lots of engineers and scientists working for Motorola, Intel, Orbital Sciences, etc. Tempe is home to AZ State Univ and generally very laid back. Ahwatukee is a middle class bedroom community that sprang up several years ago to take the overflow growth from Chandler, Tempe and Phoenix. When I was flying in the AZ Guard, we used the area that is now Ahwatukee as a low level training area. It literally popped up from nowhere in a very short time.

A little intimidation goes a long way, it seems. It will be interesting to see what, if anything, rep leadership does with this.

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AZ Republic article:

A nasty battle between factions of Legislative District 20 Republicans and fears that it could turn violent in the wake of what happened in Tucson on Saturday prompted District Chairman Anthony Miller and several others to resign.

Miller, a 43-year-old Ahwatukee Foothills resident and former campaign worker for U.S. Sen. John McCain, was re-elected to a second one-year term last month. He said constant verbal attacks after that election and Internet blog posts by some local members with Tea Party ties made him worry about his family's safety.

In an e-mail sent a few hours after Saturday's massacre in Tucson that killed six and injured 13, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Miller told state Republican Party Chairman Randy Pullen he was quitting: "Today my wife of 20 yrs ask (sic) me do I think that my PCs (Precinct Committee members) will shoot at our home? So with this being said I am stepping down from LD20GOP Chairman...I will make a full statement on Monday."

Pullen was in Washington, D.C. and not available for comment, an employee in his office said. State party spokesman Matt Roberts said he could not discuss details of the district's disputes but, "Anthony has been a good Republican and was really involved in LD20."

The newly-elected Dist. 20 Republican secretary, Sophia Johnson of Ahwatukee, first vice chairman Roger Dickinson of Tempe and Jeff Kolb, the former district spokesman from Ahwatukee, also quit. "This singular focus on 'getting' Anthony (Miller) was one of the main reasons I chose to resign," Kolb said in an e-mail to another party activist. Kolb confirmed the contents of the e-mail to the Republic.

District 20 includes parts of Chandler, south Tempe and Ahwatukee Foothills. Republican state Rep. Bob Robson of Chandler and Sen. John McComish of Ahwatukee said they had supported Miller as chairman and were sorry to see him go. "It's too bad," McComish said. "He didn't deserve to be hounded out of office."

A longtime Republican activist, McComish said contentious battles for local party leadership posts are nothing new, but this one appears to be more extreme, especially since there are no partisan elections in 2011 and by next year district boundaries will change.
Kolb said the Tea Party and associated conservative groups ran their slate of candidates for seven Dist. 20 leadership positions, winning three -- the treasurer's post and two vice-chairmanships. However, Miller beat challenger Thomas Morrissey for the top post after Sheriff Joe Arpaio made a personal appearance for Morrissey. Phone messages left for Morrissey were not returned.

After the election and around the December holiday season, some of Miller's detractors made an issue of the residency of Dickinson, the first vice-chairman. Dickinson, who did not return phone messages, was a supporter of Miller's and allegedly moved to a different precinct within Dist. 20 last year, making him ineligible for the leadership post. Miller said he told the critics he would handle the matter after the holidays. In the meantime, a series of accusatory e-mails was exchanged among party members. Some blasted Miller's support of McCain, called him a "McCainiac with a penchant for violating the rules" and a "McCain hack."

Members of the Ahwatukee Tea Party group did not respond to e-mails seeking comment.

Miller said when he was a member of McCain's campaign staff last year has been criticized by the more conservative party members who supported Republican opponent J.D. Hayworth. The first and only African-American to hold the party's precinct chairmanship, Miller said he has been called "McCain's boy," and during the campaign saw a critic form his hand in the shape of a gun and point it at him.

"I wasn't going to resign but decided to quit after what happened Saturday," Miller said. "I love the Republican Party but I don't want to take a bullet for anyone."


Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/community/ahwatukee/articles/2011/01/11/20110111gabrielle-giffords-arizona-shooting-resignations.html#ixzz1ArG9Kq6p