Russell Pearce's Mad Elf Rob Haney: Sued on Christmas Eve
Why is all this backstabbing and cutthroat competition among local GOPers of importance, you may ask?
Well, because the Rs are still the majority party here in Sand Land. And what happens in their ranks affects reality.
Here's a nice summation from the lawsuit, which describes the division in LD 25. It's a split that exists throughout the state among the tuskers, which I generally refer to as the split between the crazies and the non-crazies.
As a general matter," the suit reads, at one point, "for several years the board of officers and State Committeemen elections in LD25 have been dominated by two political factions.
One faction is comprised of PCs aligned with Russell Pearce, a PC in LD25. Pearce, formerly the President of the Arizona State Senate and an outspoken supporter of anti-immigration laws, was recalled from office in 2011 and decisively lost a reelection bid in the 2012 Republican primary election.
The other faction is not aligned with Pearce, and generally supports candidates who, although conservative, place greater emphasis on economic policy and "big tent" Republican principles and less emphasis on social "wedge" issues. As a general matter, the Plaintiffs fall in the latter category.
Which of those factions prevails is important to all Arizonans who care about the kind of political discourse we have in this state.
More than that, the outcome of the LD 25 donnybrook will help determine the outcome of the January 26 GOP state committee meeting, where the state party's new leadership will be chosen.
If Pearce is not elected or otherwise appointed to be on the state committee, he cannot be nominated from the floor to be chair of the Arizona Republican Party and possibly trump GOP businessman Robert Graham, whom many expect to become chairman, otherwise.
Some Dems I talk with tell me that they'd like for Pearce to be the head of the Rs in this state, believing his extremism will make his party less relevant in coming years.
I disagree. Allowing Pearce any smidgen of legitimacy threatens Arizona's body politic with a dangerous parasite, a right-wing tapeworm we've expended a lot of effort to yank out of Sand Land's stomach.
Plus, seeing Pearce and Haney crushed would be a lovely beginning to the new year. I can't think of two nudniks more deserving.