|Arizona Republicans rally for a 2012 fight|
|Written by Greg Ruland|
|Saturday, 18 June 2011 00:00|
Arizona Republican Party Chief Tom Morrissey told 70 members of the Mingus Mountain Republican Club on Tuesday, June 14, he is itching for a fight to throw Democrats out of office in 2012, especially President Barack Obama.
“I’m their worst nightmare, I’m telling you,” Morrissey said.
Repeatedly referring to the president with his full name Barack Hussein Obama, Morrissey said Obama hates the United States and is on a mission to “tear the country down.”
“He will take this country down if we are not successful in 2012,” he said.
According to Morrissey, Donald Trump forced the president to produce his original birth certificate by getting “in his face” and refusing to back down.
Harboring his own “suspicions” about the authenticity of the certificate, Morrissey said the president “caved” and the state Republican Party should adopt Trump’s approach to campaigning, which he called “Trumpism.”
“I am going to stay in their faces. There’s no reason for us to give them an opening to hit us. If they do hit us one time, we hit them back three times,” Morrissey said, extending his right arm, his hand in the shape of a fist.
Referring to Democrats, he said, “The state is their god, not our God. That is the thing that’s going to make us victorious.”
“I don’t need to be a gentleman; I’m a patriot and so are all of you,” he said.
Morrissey’s fighting words were proceeded by an appeal for party unity, the lack of which explained the party’s losses in 2008, he said.
“Why do we disagree?” he asked. “We disagree because we are principled people with the strength to be reasonable and arrive at clear decisions. But we agree on way more than we disagree.”
“There’s nothing wrong with disagreement, but we need to arrive at a common place and get on with the business of saving our country,” Morrissey said.
He also appealed for donations to the party through its new website, www.azgop.org, arguing the Democratic Party is operated behind the scenes by Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros, who is known for his generous support of liberal causes and politicians.
A former member of the 1960s rock group Ohio Express who helped write the hit song, “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy, I’ve Got Love in My Tummy,” Morrissey said he penned several songs for a recently released fundraising CD.
The recording features a song in honor of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, “The Ballad of Sheriff Joe.” All proceeds from the sale of the CD go to the Arizona Republican Party, he said.
Morrissey, now retired, said he got to know Arpaio during his 20 years as a federal law enforcement official with jurisdiction over the state of Arizona.
Mingus Mountain Republican Club Executive Committee member Richard Sperry called Morrissey’s speech inspiring because he is “a very conservative Republican and everything he says is true. The country is at a critical point.”
“This is like a breath of fresh air, what we’re hearing today,” club member Les Thompson said.