The Bird Documents Randy Pullen’s Smear of Lisa James and Hobnobs with Democrats and Republicans


One of the weirdest moments of the recent Arizona Republican Party reorganization meeting came when a little old lady rose to address her fellow GOPers from a mic on the floor of the Camelback High School auditorium. On the agenda was a resolution on school vouchers, an issue that seemingly had nothing to do with the issue of immigration.

"We ought to do something about school vouchers not going to illegal aliens," croaked the blue-hair, noting that Catholic parochial schools were the biggest sinners in her eyes. "I know that a lot of money [from vouchers] has gone to illegal alien children."

Above: Paul Eckerstrom, the AZ Dems' new chairman. Below: Randy Pullen scores a second term as the state's top GOPer.
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Above: Paul Eckerstrom, the AZ Dems' new chairman. Below: Randy Pullen scores a second term as the state's top GOPer.

In the confusion that followed during the debate on the voucher resolution, Grandma Moses' suggestion was forgotten, seen as a non sequitur, even by those in agreement. The more progressive tuskers rolled their eyes at her comments. But such moderates — a dirty word among the Republican faithful — were generally in the minority.

Indeed, the rank and file of the Arizona branch of Abraham Lincoln's party remains firmly in the grip of a pathological fear of Mexicans. That's one of the main reasons Randy Pullen beat back challenger Lisa James, despite her stack of endorsements from party leaders like state House Speaker Kirk Adams, state Senate President Bob Burns, state Treasurer Dean Martin, and Congressman Jeff Flake.

Young and smart, with a proven track record as a fundraiser and organizer, particularly in her role as executive director of President George Bush's 2004 Arizona re-election effort, James seemed poised to take the mantle from Pullen, whose tenure has been filled with missteps, ideological preening, and a lack of serious fundraising.

In fact, the largest campaign contribution of the most-recent election cycle — $105K from MCSO Captain Joel Fox — is still the subject of controversy and investigation. Many believe, despite Pullen's repeated denials, that the money was illegally earmarked for a slimy campaign ad against Sheriff Joe Arpaio's 2008 rival, Dan Saban, one that charged Saban with masturbating while on duty.

At the meeting, many GOPers — Treasurer Martin, for instance — seemed disgusted by the mere mention of the ad. When this wacky warbler asked Martin early on why he was supporting James over Pullen, Martin let fly.

"Let's just say the party will be much better off when I don't have to turn off the TV or the radio because there's a GOP ad with sexually explicit language in it," he said.

Ice-cold as an undertaker, Pullen later defended the ad to this clucker, claiming it was the turning point in the Saban-Arpaio match-up.

"I spent $65,000 on an ad that ended Saban's run for sheriff," crowed Pullen. "It was like a nuclear bomb and destroyed any chance Saban had."

As for the ongoing fallout from the Fox contribution, Pullen insisted that "nothing will come of it." After all, he gave back the money, so what's the big deal?

But neither the Saban ad nor the Fox scandal ended up as deciding factors in the race for chairman. Rather, it was Pullen's proud nativism and his deft smear of James as being pro-amnesty. Where James preached party unity and inclusiveness, Pullen had no problem breaking Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment by speaking ill of another pachyderm.

"When our U.S. Senate Republican leadership decided it was time to pass a comprehensive immigration bill, hereby giving amnesty to 15 or 20 million illegal aliens in our country," he reminded during his re-election speech, "I said: 'No.'

"I stood up and was counted," said Pullen, later asking, "Where was my opponent? She was praising our congressional leadership for supporting amnesty."

The crowd booed, a sign that what former Republican County Attorney Rick Romley has termed "the new McCarthyism," regarding immigration, is still in full force.

Not surprisingly, after breaking into smaller groups, GOPers then cast their ballots in favor of Pullen, 521 to 474. That's a substantial margin, compared to the last time James and Pullen went toe-to-toe, when Pullen eked out a victory by a mere four votes.

After her defeat, James acknowledged that Pullen had effectively torpedoed her in his address.

"We have some very divided folks in our party on how they feel about [immigration]," she observed. "They're going to have to find some common ground because, unfortunately, the folks that are going to be deciding that now are in charge at the federal level."

Pullen's side also employed some classic Richard Nixon-esque rat-fucking techniques, such as adding an insert to each Republican's packet stating that James had been "endorsed" by New Times, even though that was patently false.

Though this cardinal's colleague Sarah Fenske interviewed James for a blog item, and The Bird's online doppelganger, Feathered Bastard, labeled Pullen (accurately) as being from "the wacky hillbilly wing of the party," New Times didn't endorse either candidate. New Times almost never endorses candidates, giving us the freedom to ream 'em all at a later date.

Wing-nutty GOP activist (and friend to The Bird) Bob Haran approached this avian as the meeting was breaking up and said, "You know what this means? This means the Arizona Republican Party cannot be bought."

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Karmas a bitch. Pullen and his crowd are riding high now. But theyre doing so with an appeal to fear and bigotry. Long term theyre bound to lose.

Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

Welcome Eckerstrom, Good ridence Bivens and shame on the Republicans and Napolitano!

The Az GOP will do to Arizona what the Bush Administration did to our Nation: Cut taxes on the wealthy, govern in a partisan exclusive fashion, destroy the economy and hand it over to the Dem's in 2006 to clean up.

They already chose to ignore the voices of school teachers, ministers, community organizers, students and fiscally conservative Republicans. Instead, this GOP caters to gun touting Nativist extremists following Joe Arpaio and Russell Pearce like the cult followers of Jim Jones. The only differance is they already drank the Koolaid. It must shock National politico's when our State GOP looks at Kyle and McCain as not conservative enough for their own party. Is it any wonder why Huffington Post and the New York Times are linking to Phoenix New Times Articles in their Editorials?

Just what is the GOP's vision for the future of Arizona? A military State where anyone can be harassed because of the color of their skin, jailed for opposing the County Attorney or Sheriff? Excuse me. We are already there. ( MCSA 8, New Times Editors and ACLU Lawyers all have been arrested for nothing more then exercising their 4th Amendment rights). This is indeed the new age of McCarthyism for any moderate and sensible republican that continues to support this party.

They've already promised money to fund more Mexican Hunting Sweeps for Arpaio and his thugs while cutting education, jobs and needed Health programs. Napolitano didn't just desert us, she is selling our failed immigration policies to the Nation. Since our Employer Sanctions Law went into effect over a year ago, not one employer has been convicted. Is that really a model for the Nation? 287 (g) has been a moral failure and has not made us safer or reduced crime. It is nothing more then an attack on the poor and has created a situation where we have 1000's of U.S. born children watch as mom or dad are taken away. It has legalized racial profiling and our Sheriff encourages every one to join in by promoting his Mexican Hunting Hot-Line on our County Vans. Communities are being destroyed. Families live in fear. They may have one family member unable to become a citizen due to the unfair process which targets the poor. Mexico's poor are the one's that have suffered most due to NAFTA. Many had little choice but to migrate or starve. They built this city and are a major reason for its beauty and culture we've all enjoyed. Our years of economic growth would not have been possible without them. Now we show our thanks by promoting Apartheid in Maricopa County. History will look down on this dark period. Without humanity, justice and dignity for all, economic recovery will never happen. True recovery requires balance.

Real immigration solutions require Amnesty. It's not a 4 letter word. We've tried the police state model and it has only helped destroy our economic and moral fiber. We need to stop listening to the fear mongering of racist Nativists that have the ear of the GOP. When all are allowed (and required) to come out from the shadows without retribution, we can solve this issue in a humane manor Martin Luther King and Barry Goldwater would both be proud of. This is the only sensable way to eliminate possable criminals hiding here and will stop victimizing good people trying to share in the American dream. But human rights are no longer important to a political system that caters to Joe Arpaio and Russell Pearce or the Arizona State Legislature. Unfortunately, they are of no concern to Janet Napolitano either.

Are they a concern to Obama? Only if we can make him listen to someone other then Janet Napolitano.


The racist comments here speak for themselves. Guess these are the rank and file of the Republicracker Party. Wake up, white people. Its the age Obama. Your era is over.

Johnny Newton
Johnny Newton

What a bunch of liberal hooey. Randy Pullen is a man of principle, a man with the intestinal fortitude to oppose our traitorous U.S. Senators, both of whom would sell us out to the Mexican government, and allow the armies of unbathed, disease-carrying illegals to continue to invade our sovereign soil. Because men like Pullen, Arpaio and Thomas are at work, the brown menace is ebbing, flowing back to its source like the tide. God bless all three of them. They just may be the saviors of the Republic.

Dave Sullen
Dave Sullen

Randy Pullen as chief GOP strategist and fundraiser?!!! Enjoy your 2 years in control tards. You guys lucked out this time cause the Dems wussed out. 2010 will be different and if all you guys got is hating Messicans and cutting education spending, the state GOP is DOOMED!

Former Republican
Former Republican

Pullen represents the worst of the Republican party in AZ and why Arizona regressed, while the nation moved for change going forward. The party is split and as long as the Pullen mentality reigns it does not bode well for AZ, a state sinking into a deeper hole by the day.


Big Bird, you have flown into one too many windows trying to get out of the heat.

I always enjoy a good conversation about masturbating...not sure what all the big deal is. How come the republicans don't want it on tv? Must be trying to protect something.

But the problem with Saban, dumbass, is that he couldn't wait 4 hours to be done with his shift before he ran home to shake hands with Mr. Johnson. Good heavens...was it [i]that[/i] urgent?

Maybe he was just excited to be in uniform. But I don't think he has to turn it in at the end of the shift, so maybe he could've just waited until the weekend?

What do you suppose would happen if a compadre called for urgent backup? Would the energetic Mr. Saban stop mid stroke and run out the door with a pup tent in his pants?

Then's probably small enough you wouldn't notice.

Nuthin wrong with a little self pleasure now and again...I'm sure you are quite well versed in a variety of techniques...but I'll bet you never stopped in the middle of the day to take a long lunch and rough up the usual suspect.

Nobody in the world would ever care if the guy spent every single day off from 13 years old until now in 20 hour marathon wanking sessions and then bragged about his blisters, but the guy gets so in touch with himself that he can't even wait until the end of his shift has a problem, big bird...a real problem.


Little balls... said Randy, "I have nothing more than little balls. Lisa, of course, has none, but she does have ethics, morals, and intestinal fortitude, of which I have none".

Randy Pullen is proud of himself for his crap ad on Dan Saban, huh? Dan Saban is a very good person and would have done a great job as Sheriff.

Randy Pullen can't take pride in his part to get arpaio re-elected. Time will heal this wound and Pullen will be the festered infection that is eradicated along with arpaio.

You so-called Republicans who voted for him should certainly be ashamed of yourselves.

Juan Mendacity
Juan Mendacity

The problem is that Americans get paid too much. That's why them Messicans come over here. We ought to get rid of the minimum wage law and have a maximum wage law instead. (Business owners and managers will be exempt, because they lead by excellence and need to be motivated.) Don't you folks know that the more you get paid, the higher the price of the goods you buy? Employers just add your wages to the cost of what they sell. So, instead of asking for a raise, everybody should ask for a wage cut. This will be a boon for the American consumer because then they'll be able to afford more crap from Wal-Mart at even cheaper prices. Is there a logical flaw with this argument? I don't think so. Whatever you do, don't even think of joining a union. They're pure evil. If you MUST ask for a raise, just say "pretty please" and hope for the best. If you don't have any luck, quit your job and run around to each of your employer's competitors in turn, saying pretty please to each one. Just remember that as a new employee you'll be starting out at the bottom of the ladder. Sucker.

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