Report: McCain targets local party officers to purge conservatives in Arizona

Report: McCain targets local party officers to purge conservatives in Arizona

McCain’s political team is reportedly “engaging in an aggressive and systematic campaign to reshape the state GOP apparatus by ridding it of conservative firebrands and replacing them with steadfast allies.”
According to a Politico report, after Arizona Republicans censured McCain in January, his team sought to target and “unseat conservative activists who hold obscure, but influential, local party offices”:
Under the byzantine rules of Arizona Republican Party politics, these elected officials, known as precinct committeemen, vote for local party chairmen. The chairmen, in turn, determine how state and local GOP funds are spent, which candidates are promoted in an election year, and which political issues are highlighted — all matters of central concern for McCain heading into 2016, when the threat of a primary looms.
Prior to Aug. 26, when the races for the party offices were held, the vast majority of the 3,925 precinct slots were filled by people McCain’s team considered opponents. Now, after an influx of candidates were recruited by the senator’s allies, around 40 percent of those offices — 1,531 to be exact — will be held by people McCain’s team regards as friendly. They will have the power to vote down hostile Republican chairmen in each of their respective localities.
 McCain’s team targeted and ousted Timothy Schwartz, “the man who authored the McCain censure resolution,” from his district chairmanship, and conservatives are accusing McCain of waging all-out war against them.


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