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Guest Opinion: The truth behind the malicious hit pieces on Robert Graham & Rob Haney

Posted: January 18, 2013 at 2:35 pm   /   by

The gloves have officially come off in the AZGOP Chairman’s race.  Today, Maricopa County GOP Chairman Rob Haney released the following statement regarding recent attacks by supporters of candidate Doug Little:

The truth behind the malicious hit pieces on Robert Graham & Rob Haney

“Now we have rumors that Haney has been with the RINOs all this time. Talking bad about McCain so we in the Tea Party movement would accept him as a conservative,” claimed Art Olivas.

Hit pieces such as this began after Marne and I vetted Robert Graham as a State Party Chairman candidate by reviewing opposition news articles about him and interviewing him with our 25 vetting questions. His grade was 100%.  It was clear there was nothing more to the articles than that to which we have become accustomed in the case of biased attacks against Sheriff Arpaio, Sen. Pearce and Andrew Thomas.   Based upon our review, we encouraged Graham to run for AZ GOP Chairman, and we committed to support his candidacy.

Blogger Lynne Breyer read the same hit pieces, believed them unconditionally and did not accept Robert’s responses.  She informed me that she was going to seek another candidate and have that candidate urge outgoing AZ GOP chairman Tom Morrissey to withdraw from the race in favor of her selection.  She and Jim O’Connor both of LD 23, recruited Doug Little, LD 23 Chairman, to run and Morrissey withdrew as Lynne planned.

Then the attacks on Graham from Lynne and her allies began with a fury uncharacteristic even against Democrats.  The thrust of these hit pieces, despite the fact that Graham has raised $10-15 million to defeat union propositions in California, and the tax increase and top-two ballot propositions in Arizona, is the specter of negative publicity from lawsuits threatened by liberal opposition.

Adding fuel to these attacks is the guilt by association demagoguery. Graham has suffered accusations that he is a covert McCain establishment candidate, merely because of some political donations he and his supporters made to Republicans in the past.  Evidence to the contrary is that Graham and I worked together on JD Hayworth’s senate campaign to defeat McCain.   Clearly, neither Graham nor I can be viewed as McCain supporters.

Let me give you an example of how this guilt by association works:

Lynne Breyer was an avid supporter of Jimmy Lee Deakin for US Senator in 2008.  Everyone knows that Deakin was just a stalking horse for John McCain and Deakin’s candidacy helped McCain immensely.  Therefore, it logically follows that Lynne Breyer was really a supporter of John McCain because keeping Deakin in the race would only hurt JD Hayworth and Deakin was needed to split the conservative vote.   Using the guilt by association argument, now everyone should go out and destroy Lynne’s candidacy for State Party Secretary because she is really a McCain supporter.  Being a Tea Party conservative is only a facade.

Similarly, Jim O’Connor is a near fanatical supporter of the Get Out Of Our House (GOOOH) political system for selecting US Congressmen.  It is abundantly clear that this would only split Republican conservative efforts, resulting in a massive Democrat victory.  Using the guilt by association argument, it therefore follows that Jim is really about destroying the Republican Party despite what he has been saying to the contrary.  Why would we support Jim O’Connor’s candidate when Jim is bent on destroying the Republican Party?

Remember when Nathan Sproul used this same scheme of attack on Randy Pullen?  He denigrated Pullen’s participation in getting Prop. 200 before the voters to require an applicant to show proof of citizenship before registering to vote.  The fact is if it weren’t for Randy raising the money and paying for petition signature gatherers, the proposition would have never been voted into law.  ENOUGH OF THIS NONSENSE!

I believe we are blessed to have a candidate with the qualifications Robert Graham possesses to step forward to lead the state in these troubled times.   The following GOP Platform conservative endorsers also concur that Robert Graham should be elected as our next State Chairman:  Congressman Trent Franks, Honorable JD Hayworth, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Honorable Russell Pearce, AZ Senate President Andy Biggs, Honorable Lori Klein, Sen. Al Melvin and many more.

They urge you to support Robert Graham as your next State GOP Chairman on January 26.  Visit his website at

Rob Haney
Immediate Past Chairman
Maricopa County Republican Committee

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Guest Opinion: The truth behind the malicious hit pieces on Robert Graham & Rob Haney