Patriot Groups throughout Arizona
The Arizona Constitution currently mandates a "Direct Primary" method of selecting candidates for office instead of a "Party Caucus", and that puts the selection of candidates in the hands of the public instead of the Political Parties.
Is that a good way? Maybe not, since the public is heavily swayed by political advertising and name recognition, instead of political philosophy.
Democrats about a year ago put forth the idea of an "Open Direct Primary" but it was narrowly defeated in referendum. This method would have radically changed our current method of separate party primaries to a single open primary thus eliminating party distinction as a factor in selecting candidates. This would have had the effect of making our primary election a run-off election based entirely upon public popularity.
Currently Republicans close their Direct Primary Election to Democrats, but it remains open to Independents and unqualified Third Party Members. But less than 40% of these "invited guests" to the Republican Primary vote Conservatively. So the current method results in Republican Candidates that are Constitutionally Moderate or even Subversive, instead of being Constitutionally Conservative.
Many Republicans believe it would be better have the Republican Party nominate Republican Candidates instead of having them selected by the public. Then politically informed Republican Party Grass Roots Workers (Republican Precinct Committeemen), would vet and select Republican Candidates based upon their conservative ideology, instead of having the public select them based upon name recognition and their ability to raise money to “buy votes” with political advertising.
Last night at the monthly meeting of the Republican Party Committee for Arizona Legislative District 20, this issue was brought to the floor by Committeemen Duane Engdahl and Wes Walker and it was discussed extensively. Then by unanimous resolution it was decided to form a subcommittee study the merit and mechanics of converting from a Republican Primary to a Republican Caucus, and LD-20 Representative Carl Seel volunteered to Chair the Subcommittee. .
"This would probably require amendment to Article 7-10 of the Arizona Constitution, which will be no small challenge; but in the meantime maybe we could implement an Endorsement Method which might accomplish at least some of what needs to be done before the next election cycle." said Engdahl and he continued. "The amendment would have to be worded for bi-partisan support to have any chance of passing but that could be done simply by saying something like...
"Article 7, Section 10, of the Arizona Constitution should be amended so that each qualified political party can choose its preferred method of nominating candidates to elected office, either by “direct primary election” or by “party caucus”. That way Democrats can do what they want and even have an “open direct primary” if they wish, and Republicans can do what they want too."
Caucus. But the R party is trying to do away with them in other states--'Cause the establishment had their butts handed to them.
What about Utah, where a Rino was replaced with a Conservative because of going from a Primary method to a Caucus method?
Sounds like a great idea to me.