The sole black Republican district chairman in Arizona resigned just hours after the assassination attempt on Gabrielle Giffords citing threats from Tea Party members and fear for his family’s safety.
Citing “constant verbal attacks” and other forms of intimidation District Chairman Anthony Miller resigned, along with several others active in the local party.
We have all been hearing about how the language of the Republicans and Tea Baggers isn’t really threatening…
That doesn’t hold much water when lifelong Republicans, afraid for their lives, are being blackmailed and threatened out of office.
Gabrielle Giffords’ Arizona shooting prompts resignations
Miller, a 43-year-old Ahwatukee Foothills resident and former campaign worker for U.S. Sen. John McCain, was re-elected to a second one-year term last month. He said constant verbal attacks after that election and Internet blog posts by some local members with Tea Party ties made him worry about his family’s safety.
In an e-mail sent a few hours after Saturday’s massacre in Tucson that killed six and injured 13, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Miller told state Republican Party Chairman Randy Pullen he was quitting: “Today my wife of 20 yrs ask (sic) me do I think that my PCs (Precinct Committee members) will shoot at our home? So with this being said I am stepping down from LD20GOP Chairman…I will make a full statement on Monday.”
Pullen was in Washington, D.C. and not available for comment, an employee in his office said. State party spokesman Matt Roberts said he could not discuss details of the district’s disputes but, “Anthony has been a good Republican and was really involved in LD20.”
The newly-elected Dist. 20 Republican secretary, Sophia Johnson of Ahwatukee, first vice chairman Roger Dickinson of Tempe and Jeff Kolb, the former district spokesman from Ahwatukee, also quit. “This singular focus on ‘getting’ Anthony (Miller) was one of the main reasons I chose to resign,” Kolb said in an e-mail to another party activist. Kolb confirmed the contents of the e-mail to the Republic…
Miller said when he was a member of McCain’s campaign staff last year has been criticized by the more conservative party members who supported Republican opponent J.D. Hayworth. The first and only African-American to hold the party’s precinct chairmanship, Miller said he has been called “McCain’s boy,” and during the campaign saw a critic form his hand in the shape of a gun and point it at him.
“I wasn’t going to resign but decided to quit after what happened Saturday,” Miller said. “I love the Republican Party but I don’t want to take a bullet for anyone.”
January 13, 2011 at 8:41 AM
boy – not good for the GOP one bit
January 13, 2011 at 9:22 AM
Papa Nana – is this or any Democratic party victory PROVABLY GOOD FOR THE BLACK COMMUNITY?
Shouldn’t this be the focus of your question?
As I listened to the local “fight the power” radio station and noted that 70% of the calls were about PALIN. Then when this news about the Black GOP was announced – the host played an audio of Chicken George – it was clear to me that with so much attention played to the GOP and Slave Imagery this was NOTHING MORE than an “Ideological Unity” bonding session.
I struggle to determine how the Black community was advanced one bit. IF you believe that IDEOLOGICAL Unity = Advancement of our cause or merely CONSENSUAL SILENCE about what ails us then maybe so.
January 13, 2011 at 12:24 PM
What is good for any community of black folks is to live and tweak the choices they make; those I know try not to take politics into their homes. You are just a very weak cover for Authoritarian concepts, but you may get a chance to join a real movement soon, at the breaking of my heart, but not my will. Please find a rich mentor.
January 13, 2011 at 1:02 PM
Nana – I think Porch’s gig is up.
Black folks did not force a black Republican to quit his job in Arizona in fear of his life.
There has never been an incident of a black Republican shot by black folks because of their political opinions.
The boy is running on fumes.
January 13, 2011 at 3:48 PM
Sounds to me like too many of these ‘neo-k3’ rethuglicans are getting a little too big for their britches. Maybe it’s time for Mama Grizzled to cuff them.
January 13, 2011 at 4:54 PM
elementalwolfess: Maybe it’s time for Mama Grizzled to cuff them
That would mean Palin would have to take responsibility and that’s not in Republican DNA. LOL