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Update on Arizona Republican Party state chair race

Continuing my quest to give Arizona’s Republican Party equal time, here’s an update on my story from yesterday on the race for Republican Party state chair.

You’ll remember I complained yesterday that the Republican Party’s website does not list the candidates, I couldn’t find them in a Google search, and so far, they haven’t responded to my e-mail request for information. (I’m not holding my breath.)

In today’s Arizona Daily Star there was a tiny story on page 7 with the names of two  candidates.

New GOP leadership
The Pima County candidate for the state GOP chairmanship has backed out of the race to replace outgoing chairman Randy Pullen.

Bruce Ash, a Republican national committeeman from Tucson, said he has decided to focus on personal health issues. “I need to focus on my own health and not get overloaded,” Ash said.

That leaves in the running Ron Carmichael of Phoenix, who has the support of Sens. McCain and Jon Kyl, and Marty Hermanson of Pinal County, who is carrying the support of that county’s Sheriff Paul Babeu.

Tom Morrissey, a tea party leader active in a Phoenix legislative district, also is interested in the job. Morrissey, in a vision statement, turned his attention to city elections a few months away.

“In 2010, the wind was at our backs and the Democrats didn’t see us coming. We can’t count on the general political atmosphere to be so favorable two years from now,” he wrote, saying it will take a statewide effort to achieve greater success.

In his interview yesterday on the John C. Scott Show (The JOLT, 1331 am), Ash listed other contenders, but they are not in the Star article.

Ironically, this Republican match-up kinda looks like the Democratic match-up, since in each race there is one candidate backed by the party machine vs one outsider.

One comment on “Update on Arizona Republican Party state chair race

  1. tiponeill
    January 20, 2011

    I’m sure they have a wide range of straight white christian males to select from.


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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela J. Powers

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals–not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election.

My platform focused on economic reforms to grow Arizona’s economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, grow local small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs.

In the Arizona House, I was a strong voice for fiscal responsibility a moratorium on corporate tax breaks until the schools were fully funded, increased cash assistance to the poor, expansion of maternal healthcare benefits, equal rights, choice, unions, education at all levels and protecting our water supply.

After three terms, I retired from the Arizona Legislature in January 2023 but will continue to blog and produce my podcast “A View from the Left Side.”

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