ASU's College Republicans Send Insulting Letter to State's Democratic Lawmakers
Arizona's Democratic lawmakers received a bizarre e-mail from the College Republicans at Arizona State University at 2:58 a.m. Monday morning.
The purpose of the e-mail from College Republicans VP James Malone isn't really clear, but it's generally insulting and seems to be asking for money for the club to attend a conference in Maryland.
"To help pay for the costs of the trip, we have sent letters asking your wonderful Republican colleagues for donations and support," part of the letter says. "Just to be clear, although we would be happy to accept money from Arizona's House and Senate Democrats, the purpose of this letter is just to let your caucus know that conservatives do not utilize the public treasury for our political causes (unlike many of you, see: Medicaid-Funded Abortion; Public Union Release Time; and Andres Serrano's Piss Christ)."
The letter mentions things like "we still sleep all the better knowing that we helped make sure there are less of you in power," and, "We hope that you learn that if College Kids can solicit citizens to donate to their causes, that maybe you can give freedom a try."
In the "P.S." of the letter, the Democratic lawmakers are invited to join them at the Republican conference, allowing them to sleep on the floor.
New Times attempted to get in contact with Malone to get an explanation of the letter's purpose, but he didn't respond to an e-mail sent Wednesday.
You'll have to read the full letter (reprinted below) to get the full effect, because it's generally confusing.
"The first reaction was that this couldn't possibly be real," Zach Josephson, president of ASU's Young Democrats, tells New Times. He added, "We didn't know what to make of it originally."
Here's the full text of the letter:
Subject: The Education of the ASU College Republicans
Dear Democrat Office Holder,
My name is James Malone, and I am the Vice President of the Arizona State University College Republicans. I would like to thank you for your service to the people of Arizona. Although I am sure we disagree on several issues, I know that both you and your family have made great sacrifices so that you could do what you think is best for our people.
However, in the last election, the ASU College Republicans were active in making sure that you and your colleagues had a difficult time staying in power. We knocked on thousands of doors, and made thousands of more phone calls, all to alert the public of your policies that will increase the public debt, whilst still demanding families pay even more in taxes. I know that I speak for all College Republicans in Arizona when I say that we were thrilled with the results of the past election--while many of our dreams remain set to the tune of those i360 melodies, we still sleep all the better knowing that we helped make sure there are less of you in power.
Right now, to aid our civic prospects, ASU College Republicans are gearing up to attend the Conservative Political Action Convention this spring in National Harbor, Maryland. It costs roughly $600 a person to attend the conference. This is quite a large expense to undertake for students, particularly in light of the 50 percent higher tuition we already have to pay due to the legacy of Fred DuVal (pronounced: duh-vale). To help pay for the costs of the trip, we have sent letters asking your wonderful Republican colleagues for donations and support.
Just to be clear, although we would be happy to accept money from Arizona's House and Senate Democrats, the purpose of this letter is just to let your caucus know that conservatives do not utilize the public treasury for our political causes (unlike many of you, see: Medicaid-Funded Abortion; Public Union Release Time; and Andres Serrano's Piss Christ). We ask citizens of this country to choose of their own prerogative to support us--we believe in choice. We hope that you learn that if College Kids can solicit citizens to donate to their causes, that maybe you can give freedom a try.
James Malone, ASU College Republicans, Vice President.
If you want to learn more about freedom, don't worry: you can come to CPAC with us. Although we ask that you pay for your own plane ticket, among other costs, until you switch party registration, we are still more than glad to have you join us; in fact, I think we can even squeeze your lot on the empty spaces on the hotel floor--so bring your own bed mattress. Also, appropriate toiletry gear.
Attached are hard copies of the letters sent to both political party on the hill.
If being funny was the intent, the Democrats certainly didn't find the humor.
Democratic Senator Martin Quezada blasted the letter on Twitter, calling it "inappropriate" and "disappointing." Another Dem lawmaker we talked to was just generally confused by the letter.
Josephson told us, "It puts all of the political organizations on campus in a bad light."
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