Pima County GOP To Boot Chairman Brian Miller for Criticizing the Jose Guerena Raid

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

This press release from the Pima County GOP just showed up in my inbox:

The role of the Republican Party is clear: to elect candidates and support those candidates once elected. The recent statements and actions of Chairman Brian Miller have not served to further those goals, but rather the opposite. Mr. Miller’s statements regarding the SWAT raid have created serious problems for our elected officials, money raising efforts and have divided the Party.  Mr. Miller was given repeated opportunities to either mend these fences or resign his position, and has chosen to do neither.  Instead, he has continued to make controversial statements to the press.

As is the case with any organized governing body, no elected officer should be off in their own direction.  This is especially important for the Chairman position.  When the leader of an organization speaks for himself instead of the body that he was elected to, then division and chaos are the result.  That is an unacceptable position for any organized body to be in and yet that is where the Pima GOP finds itself today.

Furthermore, in recent days serious questions have been raised as to the use of Party funds under Mr. Miller’s leadership. Mr. Miller has contracted for thousands of dollars of spending without proper Executive Committee oversight or approval which is in violation of the Committee bylaws.

In light of these concerns, the Pima GOP Executive Committee has chosen to strip Mr. Miller of his authority as Chairman.  The Precinct Committeemen of Pima County have called a special meeting and we will be convening as soon as possible to vote on a bylaws change.  If that passes the PCs will decide whether they wish to remove Mr. Miller from the board.

This is the first I’ve heard of  the improper “use of Party funds” allegation. That it’s essentially an afterthought in this press release likely indicates the seriousness of the accusation.

Note the prioritization of principles on display, here. Miller has said the raid indicates that it’s time to have a public discussion about the use of SWAT teams, and has refused to back down from that. The press release doesn’t give reasons why Miller was wrong to say that. It doesn’t even say that he’s wrong. It doesn’t defend the widespread use of SWAT teams, or the tactics used in the Guerena raid. Instead, it states that the Republican Party’s primary principle is electing and supporting Republicans, all else be damned. And Miller’s comments are apparently hurting that cause.

Put another way, speaking up for a veteran who was gunned down in his own home while defending his family from what he thought were armed intruders is apparently an act that Republican Party voters find repulsive. Which I think tells us all we need to know about the Republican Party.

Pima County GOP website here.

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47 Responses to “Pima County GOP To Boot Chairman Brian Miller for Criticizing the Jose Guerena Raid”

  1. #1 |  Aresen | 

    So, cop fellation is now mandatory for Republicans?

  2. #2 |  DarkEFang | 

    Not just Republicans, but all politicians. Being seen as a critic of police is the kiss of death in politics.

  3. #3 |  Thane Eichenauer | 

    To me the whole thing is Republican Party PC politics at work. You can’t criticise the police when they do wrong unless it is a “rogue cop”. I am sure that Brian Miller will find a better way to spend his time than giving it away for free to support generic Republicans. One might even wonder if he might make another run for Congress in AZ CD 8 come November 2012 (or maybe a special election when Arizona gets tired of Gifford being on indefinite medical leave).

  4. #4 |  freedomfan | 

    I generally agree that it seems like the local Pima GOP is staking out a position here that doesn’t have much to do with advancing its cause. I propose a slight revision in the wording of your final paragraph:

    Put another way, speaking up for a veteran who was gunned down in his own home while defending his family from what he thought were armed intruders is apparently an act that Republican Party voters find repulsive.

    Actually, it’s probably more fair to say that speaking up for that veteran is something that the Pima GOP Executive Committee finds offensive. We don’t know what the broader GOP or Republican voters think about this incident, though I suspect it would be disappointing.

  5. #5 |  Mattocracy | 

    That they support government agencies over the rights of citizens, even veterans. But ya know, they believe in the constitution and liberals don’t.

  6. #6 |  Ninth Stage | 

    How do you get from the despicable actions of the Pima County GOP establishment to what Republican voters do or don’t find repulsive?

  7. #7 |  Pablo | 

    Translation:

    He’s not kissing the cops’ asses and that will interefere with getting our folks elected.

    Oh by the way we went over everything he did with a fine-toothed comb and found some accounting errors.

  8. #8 |  smurfy | 

    “As is the case with any organized governing body, no elected officer should be off in their own direction.” Except the sheriff.

  9. #9 |  joshgeek | 

    So, what I’m reading from this is that the police are allowed to operate any damn way they please as long as it’s an election year. The Pima Co. GOP is dangerously stupid.

  10. #10 |  JS | 

    Republicans adore the military. As long as they’re overseas.

  11. #11 |  Aresen | 

    Police dog dies after being left in a Police Car:

    http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2011/07/01/north-texas-police-k9-dies-after-being-left-in-hot-car/

    There will, of course, be lots of public mourning and praise, as well as “bereavement counselling” for the dog handler.

  12. #12 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    “The role of the Republican Party is clear: ”

    To cheer on the growing police state apparatus in the United States of America while continuing to support aggression against foreign (read: inferior) countries around the world. For your protection, of course.

  13. #13 |  JdL | 

    That they support government agencies over the rights of citizens, even veterans. But ya know, they believe in the constitution and liberals don’t.

    Your second sentence completely contradicts your first sentence. It it not possible to believe in the constitution and also support rogue government thugs going around murdering people.

  14. #14 |  Aresen | 

    @ JdL | July 5th, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    It’s called sarcasm.

  15. #15 |  Highway | 

    Police dog dies after being left in a Police Car:

    http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2011/07/01/north-texas-police-k9-dies-after-being-left-in-hot-car/

    There will, of course, be lots of public mourning and praise, as well as “bereavement counselling” for the dog handler.

    Where’s the murder charge for this? Aren’t police dogs the same as officers when little people attack or kill them? Aren’t other folks prosecuted for animal cruelty or even child cruelty when they leave their children in cars accidentally? What’s going to teach other police officers not to leave police dogs shut in cars in the sun if we don’t throw the book at this thoughtless jerk?

  16. #16 |  Mannie | 

    Unfortunately, the Republicrats and the Demublicans are in the same boat most of the time.

  17. #17 |  Mannie | 

    #15 | Highway | July 5th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Where’s the murder charge for this? Aren’t police dogs the same as officers when little people attack or kill them?

    They don’t actually charge Citizens with murder for that, but the cop should be criminally charged just as if he were a Citizen defending himself against a police dog attack. (AKA assaulting a police dog) He should also be barred from police work and from owning so much as a fruit fly, forever.

    But he won’t be. The Blue Gang will protect him, and we’ll buy him a new and expensive dog.

  18. #18 |  magic scroll | 

    @JDL “It it not possible to believe in the constitution and also support rogue government thugs going around murdering people.”

    The Constitution(under any interpretation) has either authorized such behavior or it as been powerless to stop it. Either way we’re screwed.

  19. #19 |  Stephen | 

    I ran into trouble with that “governing body” comment. Are they really a “governing body” or do they just think so?

  20. #20 |  Highway | 

    Mannie, I know they don’t charge the normal folks with murder usually for leaving their kids in their car to die, but they do amp it up and charge normal folks with murder for the death of a police dog where any other dog would be animal cruelty. That’s why I’m (pretty facetiously) asking why not a murder charge instead of animal cruelty for this situation.

  21. #21 |  Mannie | 

    #20 | Highway | July 5th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Mannie, I know they don’t charge the normal folks with murder usually for leaving their kids in their car to die, but they do amp it up and charge normal folks with murder for the death of a police dog

    Cite me a case, please.

  22. #22 |  NY Cynic | 

    Sad but not surprising. Conservatives love government gang bangers (granted the left does too although they pretend they dont). I wish Mr. Miller well for actually standing up for the right thing

  23. #23 |  paranoiastrksdp | 

    They do realize Sheriff Dupnik is a democrat, right?

    I guess liberty bashing is a truly bipartisan effort.

  24. #24 |  Michael Ejercito | 

    This was the same sheriff who blamed the shooting of Giffords and Roll and Sarah Palin and Tea Partiers.

  25. #25 |  Highway | 

    Mannie, I was thinking of cases like this one where it was part of the internet discussion:

    http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/should-killers-of-police-dog-be-prosecuted-as-killers-of-cop.html

    As I said above, it was pretty facetiously stated. But there are folks who do think that people who kill police dogs should be charged with the death of a police officer.

  26. #26 |  IgotBupkis, President, United Anarchist Society | 

    >> Put another way, speaking up for a veteran who was gunned down in his own home while defending his family from what he thought were armed intruders is apparently an act that Republican Party voters find repulsive. Which I think tells us all we need to know about the Republican Party.

    Put a much better way, it tells us all we need to know about the leadership of the GOP in Pima county.

    Don’t confuse Republicans with their party leaders these days. That’s far less an actual connection than it has any business not being.

    Anyone connected with the idea that this is not a travesty of justice on all levels has no business claiming association with the GOP.

    The increasing militarization of the rightly paramilitary organization we call “police” is anathema to everything that the GOP historically has stood for, and is a violation of everything that the party base believes in.

    The cops are far more about “crowd control” these days than they are about Truth, Justice and The American Way.

  27. #27 |  John Q. Galt | 

    Here’s a chance for some anti-drugwarz, anti-copstate Democrat-voting veterans to rile up the Repukians.

  28. #28 |  Comrade Dread | 

    How do you get from the despicable actions of the Pima County GOP establishment to what Republican voters do or don’t find repulsive?

    Because if Republican voters gave a damn, they’d stop voting for the GOP candidates that support these policies and outcomes.

  29. #29 |  Z | 

    “he has continued to make controversial statements to the press.”

    No decent, God-fearing freedom-loving Republican can do that!

  30. #30 |  Nick T. | 

    Radley, are press releases usually this poorly written?

  31. #31 |  Mannie | 

    #25 | Highway | July 6th, 2011 at 12:22 am

    But there are folks who do think that people who kill police dogs should be charged with the death of a police officer.

    Oh, there’s always a bunch of nutcases promoting anything.

    I used to breed German Shepherd Dogs, and would defend my animal over your life. (Nothing personal, mate) But that is just crazy.

  32. #32 |  Radley Balko | 

    Radley, are press releases usually this poorly written?

    Yes!

  33. #33 |  albatross | 

    It would be interesting to get access to the ground truth here, instead of the statements of low-level party functionaries. Are there any polls that bear on the question?

  34. #34 |  Charlie O | 

    I don’t think this a Republican or Democratic thing. It’s just an example of politicians fellating police. No politician, regardless of party, will take on law enforcement. That’s why we’re in the position we are in. That’s why cops get to kill people and their pets with abandon and no repercussions.

  35. #35 |  BobG | 

    “Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right.”
    – H. L. Mencken

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    If you disagree with this BS … come join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/?tid=10150686735255142&sk=messages#!/home.php?sk=group_215684591806716&ap=1

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  39. #39 |  Splat | 

    Pre 9/11 – “Fuck the police!”
    Post 9/11 – “Suck the police!”

  40. #40 |  TonysTake | 

    Sure sounds like the Pima County central committee is in need of more members aligned with the Tea Party.

  41. #41 |  Historian | 

    here is (with minor edits) what I sent to the Pima County Repukelikan Partei-

    “To whom it may concern:

    Pima County Repukelikans may not want to address the issues raised by the murder of a former Marine under color of authority committed recently by the Pima County Sherriff’s office. You may not have wanted your efforts to remove Brian Miller for attempting to speak the truth regarding this outrageous abuse of power to be noticed, either. Unfortunately for you, your desperate efforts to sweep both these matters under the rug have failed.

    Marines all over the country *are* watching how this murder has been addressed, and Americans all over the country are aware of how the Arizona Repukelikan Partei’s bootlicking, fawning attitude completely fails to even attempt to protect our rights and liberties from this sort of outrageous abuse. As Jefferson said, the function of government is to protect individual rights. First among those is LIFE. If any Repukelikans aspire to represent “We, the people” you’ll need to learn that.

    The saying goes “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.” From where I sit, a couple of thousand miles away, not only have you made yourselves part of the problem, but you have made a lot of current and former combat veteran Marines aware that you are part of the problem. Not only have you made Hispanics and Marines, not to mention Americans, highly unlikely to do anything more than spit at the mention of the word “Republican”, but each of the members of the Pima County Repukelikan Partei have aligned themselves with the murderers of Marines.

    Good luck with that. I’m not a Marine, but I do know that the Corps is more than their formal command structure, and the Corps does not forget. Ever. See, they take their oath to “Preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” pretty seriously. Many of them have risked death for that oath. If I were in your position, I’d change my name and move. To Massachusetts, or maybe New York. You know, someplace that likes bootlicking apologists for tyranny. Your sort might even have a chance for the NY Congressional seat that recently opened up; just don’t forget to leave your I-phone camera permanently switched off. And don’t let anybody take your picture.

    You may think this is a bit harsh, or even extreme. Allow me to quote another Arizonan, one with some actual backbone, testicles, and ethics- “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!” I suggest, if you are interested in listening, that you actually read the Constitution, and the Declaration, and try seeking justice, instead of seeking office.

    I wish you all the success you deserve in your future endeavours.”

  42. #42 |  Amanda Keller | 

    How many blue republicans do we have to register in Pima county in order to take it over? In most counties of that size all you need is 100 or so people to show up at the meetings and the party is yours for the taking.

    In 1998 Aaron Russo registered a few hundred libertarian-populist republicans and took over the Nevada and Clark County parties. Sue Lowden had to dissolve the assembly in order to stop it.

    In 2008 Ron Paul republicans infiltrated the Nevada State Convention and had the votes to elect nearly all the delegates to the national convention before Bob Beers dissolved the assembly in order to stop it.

    Let’s register a few hundred blue republicans in Pima and force them to dissolve the assembly again:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robin-koerner/blue-republican_b_886650.html?page=1

  43. #43 |  Del Dawley | 

    If you want to hear why we consider Jim Kelley and Walt Stephenson untruthful to the PC’s of their Districts … check out this video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUKVQVwKOrc&feature=player_embedded

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  46. #46 |  Deleeuw | 

    The PC (“politically correct”?) GOP, instead of defending the reason why Brian would have made such comments about the actions of the SWAT team, i.e. stating that such polic-state tactics, if they were in fact used, are not accetable, ignored his First Amendment right to criticize the government and basically railroaded him.

    Maybe it’s because the GOP leadership is a bunch gutless RINOs and Judases!!

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