“Is the Swamp Alive and Well in AZ”
I do not take any pleasure at having to write this. However, I’m a firm believer in laying everything out on the table and letting the chips fall as they may. Something very curious happened on the night of December 18, 2019. It all began with a very nice email I had received in November from AZ Republican Party Chairman, Kelli Ward. The letter stated that I had been chosen to serve on the AZ Republican “Resolutions Committee”. The job of this committee is to vote on “resolutions” which would then be forwarded to the State GOP Committee which meets on January 25, 2020. That Committee would consider and adopt those resolutions submitted to them which would then set the political platform and goals of the State Republican Party for 2020.
I imagine that the job of the AZ Republican Party Chairman in seeking a balance between the varying political whims can be tumultuous at times. However, a line had been crossed in my opinion when a more “politically correct” stance was taken at the expense of Conservative principles. Read on and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
With that said, I was excited to jump on board and be a part of the process; especially in light of the fact that former State Senate President Russell Pearce had been appointed as Chairman of this committee. I had always admired the work ethic, resolve and dedication of this true American Patriot.
Okay, so let’s fast forward to December 18, 2019 when the Resolutions Committee meets to vote upon the resolutions as set forth in the committee agenda. There were approximately 25 resolutions submitted by Precinct Committeemen across the State that were to be voted upon by the 20 PC’s assigned to the committee. Some were fundamental Conservative resolutions that Ward was apparently in disagreement with. This is where the “curious” part to all of this comes into play. While the committee was in the process of voting upon the Resolutions at hand Ward was busy texting certain members of the committee to vote down many of the Conservative Resolutions proposed. Among those Resolutions Ward was asking PC’s to “table” were:
1. Resolution to recognize the fact that there are only two sexes.
2. Resolution to comply with State Law recognizing English as AZ’s Official Language.
3. Resolution condemning the Arizona Board of Regents for a decision made in granting “a special category” of discounted tuition to Illegal Aliens at AZ State Colleges and Universities.
4. Resolution to condemn any Legislative or Executive effort to establish “Red Flag” gun laws in AZ.
5. Resolutions to affirm that parental approval must be given before any medical procedure (vaccinations) are administered to children as a requirement for school enrollment or attendance.
When Ward’s attempt at “tabling” these particular Resolutions failed, she then contacts Pearce and notified him that his services were no longer needed as Resolutions Committee Chair. Other unnamed committee members were supposedly “dismissed” as well. Another Resolutions Committee would be formed with a new Chairman to ensure that “the relationship between the Party and the Governor would be strengthened, not torn down”. Are you kidding me??? None of the above-mentioned resolutions could be considered divisive if you truly had both feet firmly planted in hallowed Conservative ground.
The question remains…did Kelli buckle under pressures from Governor Ducey (who is renowned for his support of DACA and Red Flag laws) or was she acting unilaterally? Regardless, I have always supported Kelli Ward as being “one of us”, an individual immune from the pressures of political correctness; a staunch Conservative. It is with a heavy heart that I find myself having to be the purveyor of such news. Had Ward finally “succumbed” to the pressures of political expediency over fidelity to Conservative principles? Did she miss a golden opportunity in championing the Conservative platform by resisting “politically correct” directives? I leave this for the reader to decide.
Until there is a satisfactory explanation and clarification in this episode of AZ Republican politics, I imagine that speculation concerning intent and motive will continue to run rampant.
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Vince Ansel from Phoenix, Arizona joined RidersUSA in 2010. He is Politically Conservative, a Military Combat Vet, Husband, Father and Grandpa. Being relentless in preserving traditional values and our God given Constitutional Rights is core to his values. He accepts life's many challenges with grace, dignity and determination. Rides a 2005 Harley Davidson Fatboy.