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Fearing tea party violence, four Arizona Republicans resign

District Republican chairman: 'I don't want to take a bullet for anyone'
By David Edwards
Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Fearing violence from tea party activists, Arizona Legislative District 20 Republican Chairman Anthony Miller and several others tendered their resignation this week following mass shootings that left six dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in critical condition.

Miller, a 43-year-old former campaign worker for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), said that verbal attacks and blog posts from members of the tea party had him fearing for the safety of his family, according to a report in The Arizona Republic.

"Today my wife of 20 yrs ask (sic) me do I think that my PCs (Precinct Committee members) will shoot at our home?" he wrote in an e-mail following the shootings. "So with this being said I am stepping down from LD20GOP Chairman...I will make a full statement on Monday."

Tea party members supporting J.D. Hayworth for senator in the midterm elections accused Miller, an African American, of being a "McCain's boy." One detractor had even made his hand into the shape of a gun and pointed it at Miller.

"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."

District 20 Republican Secretary Sophia Johnson, first vice chairman Roger Dickinson, former district spokesman Jeff Kolb also followed Miller's lead and quit.

"This singular focus on 'getting' Anthony (Miller) was one of the main reasons I chose to resign," Kolb reportedly wrote to another party activist.

Arizona state Sen. John McComish, who had supported Miller as chairman, told the paper that this battle for local party leadership is more extreme than others he'd seen.

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clueless news above, so look this up 12.Jan.2011 20:28

me

This has nothing to do with any "tea party." Loughner was a Jewish, atheist/agnostic liberal interested in the occult, mentally unstable, and prone to violence. He may have been a MKultra.

His family attended the small Reform Synagogue as the dead representative since the 1970s.

Nothing "right wing" about him.

Not so clueless 12.Jan.2011 22:14

Ghost

"Tea party members supporting J.D. Hayworth for senator in the midterm elections accused Miller, an African American, of being a "McCain's boy." One detractor had even made his hand into the shape of a gun and pointed it at Miller." And there was more.

I can see how Miller could have confused Loughner's acts for those of a crazed, gun toting Tea Party lunatic. Either way I am glad he and the others quit. GTFO Republican oppressors!!

still no connection between Loughner and 'tea party' 13.Jan.2011 01:10

me

Nothing lunatic about gun toting. It's legal. According to Framer James Madison, citizen guns are a formal check and balance against the most dangerous of governmental monopolies--the monopoly of armed force.

Thus guns are the main check and balance of the U.S. government to keep it from tyranny to have an armed citizenry.

What is lunatic and illegal is the so called left wing government of Obama carrying on the imperialist wars of the Bush administration and attempting to take away our freedoms in a so called left wing government.

Fascists left or right in the USA is all that is left of the federal governmental power.