Russell Pearce's "Wee Man" Rob Haney Crushed Like a Bug

"Personally, you are of the view that anyone who submits a Candidacy Declaration Form...should be listed on the State Committeeman ballot on January 2nd--but if the LD25 PCs raise a point of order on January 2nd and vote that, under LD25 bylaws, the deadline for the submission of such forms was November 29th for write-in candidates (and earlier for candidates whose names were to be printed on the ballot), you will accept that decision and the results of a State Committeeman election conducted under the LD25 PCs' interpretation."

In a terse admission of defeat tantamount to the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri in 1945, Haney replied to Langhofer:

"I agree to your four points of stipulation."

And what if the power-mad midget pitches a fit and reneges on the agreement?

Then the lawsuit is back on. Indeed, in a notice to the U.S. District Court, Langhofer asked to withdraw his request for a temporary restraining order, for now.

But if the two sides "cannot resolve their disagreements...between today's date and the election of a Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party," then "the plaintiffs may return to this Court to seek a judicial declaration of their rights."

And that, ladies and gents, is how you deal with a bully: With an overwhelming show of force.

See, it's expensive to go into federal court, especially when the other side has you dead to rights. That's money the county GOP simply does not have to piss away.

In a letter e-mailed to LD 25 precinct committee persons today, Haney sounded the retreat, blaming others as he hightailed it to safety, noting that, "[I]t would be unwise to use precious donor resources on this type of a law suit."

Heh. That may be the smartest thing you've said in recent memory, Rob.

And what about Pearce, Rob Haney's lord and master? Like Haney, he'd rather point the finger at others.

In a comment to the Arizona Capitol Times, Pearce blamed the imbroglio on "a couple of attorneys that have been very moderate, left leaning for a longtime," who are "using this as a soapbox to try and bully their way into this district."

Um, not really, Russ. Langhofer ain't doing this one for free, according to my sources. He's being paid to crush you and Haney, and I'd say those who are paying him are getting their money's worth.

Moreover, Langhofer represents the LD 25 officers whom Haney disenfranchised following their November 29 wins.

People have simply gotten tired of your shenanigans, RP. This sort of move to invalidate an LD election on your behalf worked when Haney did it in LD 18 two years ago.

But that was 2010. The pettiness and mean-spiritedness you represent is no longer quite as popular in GOP ranks as it once was.

In fact, in deeply red LD 25, the balance of power has shifted.

And that's a good thing for Arizona and a happy augur for the coming year. Now if the sane folks in LD 25 can prevail over the nutjobs on January 2, then I would say the rout, locally at least, is near-complete.

The state committee meeting on January 26 is not totally without peril. If Pearce can get himself appointed to the state committee somehow, he may be able to get his name tossed into the ring.

But the winds are against ol' Russ. He's yesterday's man. The bigotry he and Haney represent is finally being tramped down by people in their own party, and oh what fun it is to watch.

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This was a complete slap-down delivered to the nutjobs by the normal Republicans who are sick of the antics of the crazies.

wherewasi topcommenter

Well, well, well!  Unless I've seriously misinerpreted what is going on here, it does appear that the Republicans are finally waking up and deciding to fight to take their party back from the bat-shit-crazy Tea Baggers.

About time!


No matter how this winds up affecting Haney or Pearce, you can hardly consider this as a "victory for Arizona." This district is still infested by the malignancies who elected and re-elected Pearce.


Ol' RP, and I do mean old, doesn't like being un-educated, un-skilled, and un-employed. Just go away. peace

WhoKnows topcommenter

Can they now show that Haney has severe mental issues, and have our famous Clown Sheriff remove all guns and ammo from his trailer?

Then the Joke can go after Russ Pearce for the same reason.


Ah yes, this is an interesting outcome. The days of the local Repubs making their own law to fit their needs and ideals seems to be slowing with each lawsuit.

Interestingly, no public funds were available in this case so they had to drop the civil action. This has to be a new experience for the disgraced former state senate president. Appropriate, finally.



Unfortunately we already know Bozo Joe doesn't go after his own kind.


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