Friday, November 7, 2008

Uniting the Republican Party?

Nathan Sproul, the guy behind mudslinging so heinous that Janet Napolitano defended Russell Pearce against it, is now looking for people to help him unite the Republican Party. Here is a copy of the email from Sonoran Alliance:

From: Nathan Sproul
Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2008 12:07 PM
To: ‘Tim J. Casey’; ‘Hugh Hallman’; ‘Sean Noble’; ‘Mike Haller’; ‘Kirk Adams’; ‘Lisa James’; ‘Andrew C. Pacheco’; ‘Jose Esparza’; ‘Jason LeVecke‘; ‘Cathi Herrod’; ‘Steve Voeller’; ‘Kevin Demenna
Subject: Party Leadership


I have spoken to or emailed many of you privately about my concerns for the future of our Party. Specifically, how does our Party in Arizona become a party that unites fiscal and social conservatives to put forward an agenda that moves Arizona in the right direction.

One of the most important aspects of this is electing a State Party Chairman who unites all factions of the Republican Party. I know this is extremely late notice, but I would like to invite each of you to join me for lunch at Monti’s on the corner of Rio Salado and Mill to discuss the future of our Party. I am paying for lunch, but as they say, there is no such thing as a free lunch.

Please let me know if your schedule permits you to attend. Thank you.

Nathan Sproul

Lincoln Strategy Group
80 East Rio Salado Parkway, Suite 814
Tempe, Arizona 85281

Republican Party Chairman Randy Pullen's term is about to expire. After the very open and public chairman race that split the party last time around, it makes sense that Republicans would like to bring people together to try to make a smoother transition. However, its interesting that this effort would be driven by the people who did some of the nastiest attacks on fellow Republicans. Also, it should be noted, that his rump group doesn't include any of the people in the base who elected Pullen last time around. Here is the breakdown of the email list:

Tim J. Casey - Lawyer
Hugh Hallman - Mayor of Tempe
Sean Noble - Shadegg's Chief of Staff
Mike Haller - Flake Staffer
Kirk Adams - Speaker of the House
Lisa James - PR person and candidate for Chair in 2006
Andrew C. Pacheco - Lawyer, former AG candidate who lost to Thomas
Jose Esparza - Southwest Gas, Arizona Latino Republican Association
Jason LeVecke - Fast Food Franchiser, Patron of several of Sproul's failed initiatives
Cathi Herrod - Center for Arizona Policy
Steve Voeller - Arizona Free Enterprise Club
Kevin Demenna - Lobbyist

We understand that it is an open invitation to these people, but we do wonder if this is a group that has met before or if its a collection of like minded people. With Sproul's name being mud in the immigration debates, it would be interesting to see if Adams, Hallman, Shadegg or Flake are going to publicly support his efforts.

With a potential open Governor's seat in 2010, both parties want to be ready for a heated battle. The questions some Republicans are asking is if Sproul is the one who should lead the charge.

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