by Jim Nintzel
Unless you're a political junkie, you're probably wondering: "Who wants to replace who?" Republican National Committeeman Bruce Ash of Tucson wants the job of outgoing Arizona Republican Party Chairman Randy Pullen.
Pullen's reign has been marked by ongoing battles with the congressional delegation—particularly Kyl and McCain, who declined to raise funds for the party. It's also been marked by financial difficulties—which had a lot to do with McCain and Kyl's refusal to raise said funds.
We don't imagine that Bruce is, at the moment, the choice of the delegation, but we'll see how that plays out. Other names in the mix recently: Former Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker, Pinal County chairman Marty Hermanson and former Yavapai County GOP chair Malcolm Barrett.
Here's Ash's press release:
Arizona’s Republican State Committeemen will gather in Phoenix to elect a new Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. With the future of Arizona on the line, Republican National Committeeman Bruce Ash has decided to seek election as Chairman of the AZGOP.
"The the past few weeks, there has been an overwhelming amount of people urging me to run for Chairman," said Ash. "Their requests are humbling and I am deeply moved by their thoughts and concerns about the future of the Republican Party. After discussing it with my family and friends, I have decided to run for AZGOP Chairman."
"Over the past 3 and a half years, it has been a distinct honor and privilege to serve as Arizona's Republican National Committeeman," Ash continued. As State Party Chairman, I feel that my experience and in-depth understanding of state and national politics can build on the success we've had and ensure our hard work will not be in vain."
"In my view, the State Republican Party must be a professional organization whose mission is to win elections while promoting the conservative political philosophy of the grassroots," Ash said. "Providing the leadership that will guide the AZGOP through the election in 2012 will be a full-time job, and I strongly feel that I have the experience and ability necessary to get the winning results that we’ve all worked so hard to achieve.”
"The success of the Arizona Republican Party has only emboldened our opponents to work harder than they have ever before, and we must be prepared for that challenge in 2012," said Ash. "We can be sure that President Obama and supporters of his liberal agenda will stop at nothing to regain power at every level of government. While Republicans have restored balance in congress, we must understand that our fight has only just begun. Here in the Grand Canyon State, that means protecting the gains we've made at every level of government including congress and the state legislature. Plus, with the creation of Arizona’s new Congressional District 9, we can expect Democrats to expend a vast amount of resources in an effort to secure an open seat. With so much at stake, the AZGOP cannot afford a Chairman who isn’t prepared for battle. I have great respect for those who have also thrown their hat in the ring, but during such a critical period for Arizona, I believe that I offer Republicans the best choice to move the Party forward.”