Black GOP Official Resigns, Citing Arizona Tea Party Threats

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    The sole black Republican Party district chairman in Arizona resigned from his post in the wake of Saturday's shooting, citing threats from the Tea Party faction and concerns for his family's safety.

    District Chairman Anthony Miller and several others resigned.

    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.

    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."

    His resignation comes in the wake of the attempted assassination of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Tucson), and the killing of several others, including a federal judge, at a political rally over the weekend. Although there have been no links discovered between the shooter, Jared Loughner, and the Tea Party, political opponents have blamed the movement and one of its major figures, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, for creating an atmosphere that encourages violence.

    Last month, Miller was re-elected to his second term as district chairman following the November general election, which saw Democratic incumbents like U.S. Rep. Harry Mitchell (D-Ariz.) and state Rep. Rae Waters (D-Ahwatukee Foothills) unseated in favor of Republican candidates.

    Miller said the recent party election involved infighting between Miller and his allies and a "radical" local Tea Party faction calling itself the "New Vision" slate.

    "There's trouble within the Republican Party," he said. "I'm seeing this new faction, the Sarah Palin type of Republicans."

    The Arizona Republic

    Ahwatukee Foothills News


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    Oh brother, HERE WE GO with this shit.

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    He's an idiot. The shooting had no connection to the TEA Parties. I dare say the GOP is better off without cowardly, irrational representatives.
     
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    If someone had pulled their tie over their head in noose fashion, he would have had a reason to fear. XXXXXXX-Edited

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    Another McCain malcontent. He needs to hitch his wagon to a national figure who isn't a loser.
     
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    Yea, what a fucking coward. Can you imagine this wuss taking it personally when he is called 'boy' and someone forms their hand in the shape of a gun and pulls the trigger?

    Just a cowardly, irrational wuss...
     
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    All the McCain losers should get the hell out of politics.
     
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    If he's not a coward he should name names and persue the persons who attacked him. But to make accusations without the facts to back it up is just more of the same political hackery.
     
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    oh I'll def. bookmark this.
     

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