Only Black Arizona GOP Official Resigns Because of Threats

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    Jan 15, 2011 6:32 AM GMT
    An Arizona Republican Party District Chairman resigned shortly after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and 18 others on Saturday. According to The Arizona Republic, Anthony Miller had been subject to verbal attacks and internet postings by apparent Tea Party members, and said he feared for his safety.

    "I wasn't going to resign but decided to quit after what happened Saturday," Miller told the Republic. "I love the Republican Party but I don't want to take a bullet for anyone."

    Miller, 43, had recently been re-elected for a second one-year term as Chairman of the Legislative District 20 Republicans. He was the first African-American to hold the position. According to the Republic, Miller worked for Sen. John McCain's re-election campaign last year, and came under pressure from conservatives who supported McCain's Tea Party-backed primary challenger, J.D. Hayworth. Miller said he'd been called "McCain's boy," and the Republic obtained emails circulated among party members calling him a "McCainiac with a penchant for violating the rules" and a "McCain hack." One detractor allegedly formed the shape of a gun with his hand and pointed it at Miller.

    Just a few hours after the shooting in Tucson, Miller sent an email to state Republican Party Chairman Randy Pullen.

    "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," Miller wrote.

    Along with Miller, the newly-elected District Secretary Sophia Johnson, First Vice Chairman Roger Dickinson and former District spokesman Jeff Kolb also quit.

    "This singular focus on 'getting' Anthony [Miller] was one of the main reasons I chose to resign," Kolb said in an email obtained by the Republic.

    After November's election, Miller's opponents had made an issue out of Dickinson's residency, apparently saying he'd moved to the district too recently to serve as First Vice Chairman.
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    Jan 15, 2011 6:37 AM GMT
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    Personally I am not surprised that emotions have been running high within the Republican party. I also think that in the aftermath of what we know about Loughner, the resignations now seem premature but politics is not for everyone. It's unfortunate that some would leave if is because they fear for their safety but at the same time, many of these people were also about to be voted out.
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    Jan 15, 2011 12:36 PM GMT
    riddler78 saidAdditional discussion here:
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    Personally I am not surprised that emotions have been running high within the Republican party. I also think that in the aftermath of what we know about Loughner, the resignations now seem premature but politics is not for everyone. It's unfortunate that some would leave if is because they fear for their safety but at the same time, many of these people were also about to be voted out.


    That's the most ridiculous rationalization you've ever made.
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    Jan 15, 2011 1:00 PM GMT
    No sympathy for black republicans.
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    Jan 15, 2011 1:19 PM GMT
    The Black Arizona GOP is keeping it real.
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    riddler78 saidAdditional discussion here:
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    Personally I am not surprised that emotions have been running high within the Republican party. I also think that in the aftermath of what we know about Loughner, the resignations now seem premature but politics is not for everyone. It's unfortunate that some would leave if is because they fear for their safety but at the same time, many of these people were also about to be voted out.


    Now how does that work, that many politicians being threatened are going to be voted out? Is that how we know they are going to be voted out? If they are threatened?

    O.o

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    Jan 15, 2011 5:01 PM GMT
    Balljunkie saidAn Arizona Republican Party District Chairman resigned shortly after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and 18 others on Saturday. According to The Arizona Republic, Anthony Miller had been subject to verbal attacks and internet postings by apparent Tea Party members, and said he feared for his safety.



    Gosh, one can only imagine how Sarah Palin must feel with all the verbal attacks, internet postings, and threats to her safety.
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    Balljunkie saidAn Arizona Republican Party District Chairman resigned shortly after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and 18 others on Saturday. According to The Arizona Republic, Anthony Miller had been subject to verbal attacks and internet postings by apparent Tea Party members, and said he feared for his safety.



    Gosh, one can only imagine how Sarah Palin must feel with all the verbal attacks, internet postings, and threats to her safety.



    Well I don't wish ill on anyone, but honestly !! Ms Palin's put out the same things she's getting back, just like her Tbaggers. However the Black man didn't as far as we know, nor did the Congresswoman, but Ms Palin hangs with Tbaggers of her own ilk, they seem a bit religioun oriented and have that same, think like us or your wrong and going to hell, god is on our side so any methods we use to win is A-OK.

    you know what they say, live by the sword, die by the sword. Its in the Tbagger bible !!!!
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    Jan 15, 2011 6:14 PM GMT
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    CuriousJockAZ said
    Balljunkie saidAn Arizona Republican Party District Chairman resigned shortly after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and 18 others on Saturday. According to The Arizona Republic, Anthony Miller had been subject to verbal attacks and internet postings by apparent Tea Party members, and said he feared for his safety.

    Gosh, one can only imagine how Sarah Palin must feel with all the verbal attacks, internet postings, and threats to her safety.

    Well I don't wish ill on anyone, but honestly !! Ms Palin's put out the same things she's getting back, just like her Tbaggers. However the Black man didn't as far as we know, nor did the Congresswoman, but Ms Palin hangs with Tbaggers of her own ilk, they seem a bit religioun oriented and have that same, think like us or your wrong and going to hell, god is on our side so any methods we use to win is A-OK.

    you know what they say, live by the sword, die by the sword. Its in the Tbagger bible !!!!

    I know you love talking about Sarah Palin and using the terms "Tbagger" and "Teabagger". Even though it was first used by a few members themselves, and Obama initially used the term, most people realize it is a coarse, profane term. Many liberal RJ members do not use this term. Those who continue to use the term, and enthusiastically as you, really speak volumes about yourselves. That is one of the reasons I generally ignore your posts.
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    Jan 15, 2011 6:27 PM GMT
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    socalfitness saidI know you love talking about Sarah Palin and using the terms "Tbagger" and "Teabagger". Even though it was first used by a few members themselves, and Obama initially used the term, most people realize it is a coarse, profane term. Many liberal RJ members do not use this term. Those who continue to use the term, and enthusiastically as you, really speak volumes about yourselves. That is one of the reasons I generally ignore your posts.

    I assume then that your sense of decorum prevents you from using the term "Democrat Party"? This is considered an insult, doncha know.
    I think I have always used the term Democratic Party, or maybe Dem Party for short, same way I might type Rep Party, mostly when using my iPad. If I ever used the term Democrat Party, it was unintentional. I realize it is baiting. Sometimes I found myself typing "their" instead of "they're" - generally catch myself, so it is possible I could have made a similar mistake, but certainly not intentional if it ever occurred.
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    Jan 15, 2011 6:32 PM GMT
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    socalfitness said
    jprichva said
    socalfitness saidI know you love talking about Sarah Palin and using the terms "Tbagger" and "Teabagger". Even though it was first used by a few members themselves, and Obama initially used the term, most people realize it is a coarse, profane term. Many liberal RJ members do not use this term. Those who continue to use the term, and enthusiastically as you, really speak volumes about yourselves. That is one of the reasons I generally ignore your posts.

    I assume then that your sense of decorum prevents you from using the term "Democrat Party"? This is considered an insult, doncha know.
    I think I have always used the term Democratic Party, or maybe Dem Party for short, same way I might type Rep Party, mostly when using my iPad. If I ever used the term Democrat Party, it was unintentional. I realize it is baiting. Sometimes I found myself typing "their" instead of "they're" - generally catch myself, so it is possible I could have made a similar mistake, but certainly not intentional if it ever occurred.

    No, I don't recall you using the term. My comment was more general, regarding persons who take high-horse umbrage at "teabagger" but use "Democrat Party" indiscriminately.

    Agree. While there are exceptions when a normally polite, logical person of any political persuasion might resort to some rhetoric if provoked, generally the more profane a member is, the less quality material their messages tend to have.

    Just one other point - If people are really concerned about the political tone, versus just trying to score points, they will start with the tone of their own messages, and how they respond to others.
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    Jan 15, 2011 6:37 PM GMT
    realifedad said

    Well I don't wish ill on anyone, but honestly !! Ms Palin's put out the same things she's getting back, just like her Tbaggers.



    Not true -- not even close
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    Jan 15, 2011 6:56 PM GMT
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    Balljunkie saidAn Arizona Republican Party District Chairman resigned shortly after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and 18 others on Saturday. According to The Arizona Republic, Anthony Miller had been subject to verbal attacks and internet postings by apparent Tea Party members, and said he feared for his safety.



    Gosh, one can only imagine how Sarah Palin must feel with all the verbal attacks, internet postings, and threats to her safety.


    I'm probably going to say that she isn't too worried about her safety. I'm sure that Sarah Palin has quite a few bodyguards. Her security team is probably on par with 50 Cent's security team.