Mark Spinks, Former Congressional Candidate/Neighborhood Nudist, to Be Axed From "Consulting" Post at Arizona GOP, Sources Say
Former Congressional candidate Mark Spinks is a big fan of state Republican Party Chairman Tom Morrissey. In fact, he recently sent a scathing e-mail to those looking to get the chairman booted from his post (we got a copy of it, which you can see below). However, sources tell New Times Morrissey's not returning the love and plans to ax Spinks from his "consulting" position with the party.
Morrissey, as we pointed out yesterday, is under fire from several factions within the party. A recall effort is set to begin Sunday, during which, sources tell New Times, "A lot of the dirty laundry in the GOP will be thrown out in the front yard come Monday morning."
In an e-mail to the chairman's haters, Spinks -- who pleaded no contest in 2005 to charges that he stared down one of his neighbors while standing completely naked in his open Awhatukee garage -- stands by his man Morrissey and calls those who oppose his leader "pathetic and pitiful children."
New Times was forwarded a copy of the e-mail. Check it out below.
From: Mark Spinks
Date: April 27, 2011 4:55:00 PM MST
Subject: Requesting Your Resignation
It's great to see the overwhelming support for the Chairman and team at the AZGOP in response to this latest attack. I also want to thank everyone that has sent Tom, Brett, Teresa, Thayer, myself personal emails and calls of support. It is sad that our party has to deal with the pathetic and pitiful children that act this way.
They sneak around believing they are anonymous because they know what they are doing is pathetic but everyone knows who they are. Their emails get forwarded to us from their "loyal" backers, their phone calls recorded and shared as well. So why are they doing this? Is it really because they disapprove of the performance?
Are they truly against the AZGOP this year out fundraising 3 of the last 4 years YTD?
Are they truly against the AZGOP bringing in the top Republican Fundraiser and possible Presidential candidate to help us out?
Are they truly against the AZGOP having a flood of volunteers wishing to be part of the team for the first time in forever?
The truth is the AZGOP has been able to succeed in spite of your best attempts to derail and destroy it. They are succeeding in spite of you attacks and distractions. Just think how far along they would be if they didn't have to stop and deal with this every day?
No, the real issue is power, control, and greed. Everything we are fighting to purge from our government we also need to rid ourselves of in our own party.
Yes, cowards, there is a problem. YOU.
You are a cancer and virus that has been infecting this party for years. Your bitterness, anger, and hatred towards anyone and everyone that doesn't give you 100% of what you want is childish at best. You use the word Honor in your letter? Where is the honor in cowardly anonymous blog attacks and emails? Where is the honor in not even being adult enough to even sit down with Tom, Brett, or myself to discuss concerns you may have about any of us. You are pathetic, not honorable. At least we have the strength and courage to stand, in public, and fight for what we believe in regardless of your attempts to distort, trash, and slander us.
You play the victim card at every turn. One of you in an especially pitiful display even played the race card and used the shooting in Tucson to garner some sympathy and take your attempts to destroy this party to the media for your 15 minutes of fame. You guys go around and tell everyone to stop donating, to boycott Arizona-GOP. Now who does that remind me of? Oh yes, Grijalva. He turned on his own state because he disagreed with ONE stance it took and instead of being an adult and leader and sitting down to discuss his disagreement, he chose to be a child throwing a temper tantrum. You cowards are now those children. We have our own pathetic Raul Grijalva Republicans. Rahm Emanuel would be proud of you guys.
The real reason some donors are hesitant to give isn't the team at the AZGOP, it's the childish behavior of this team of cowards. People want to see return on investment. They want to see professionalism, and when they see this childish pathetic behavior from a handful in our own party, some in board positions even, then they want to avoid it. They move their money elsewhere so it can be managed by adults.
So should there be a recall? Absolutely, on each of you. Any elected member of this party that openly and directly tells others to stop supporting, to stop giving, to boycott Arizona-GOP, should be removed from office. It is time we stand up to the bulling, threats, and intimidation from this small group of nasty people.
Our country is in the nightmare it is in because we choose to appease everyone and everything out of fear of what they will do to us. Instead of having the spine to stand strong we constantly cower from them. We are doing the same with these idiots in our own party. It's time we stand united against this cancer in the party.
There is already a movement to form a new conservative party in this state. If we split the party over a handful of useless individuals then we risk losing big in 2012. The Democrats are loving this. They will use Anthony Miller's pathetic display after he stepped down in LD20 against us, and they will use this pathetic display as well. So those of you who say Boycott and Remove the Chairman, congrats on being the strongest machine the Democrats have in Arizona right now. You are far more effective than Move On and Organizing for America combined. The handful of you are causing more harm to the party than everyone else combined.
With that said, the sooner we can purge ourselves of these people the faster we can move on to the real task of Victory in 2012.
To kick off, we are hosting a Republican's United for Victory Rally on May 21st.
Please hold the date and plan on showing up in support of the Party, Principles, and Community we believe in. Bring your signs, and banners and show support for YOUR AZGOP, YOUR COUNTY, YOUR DISTRICT & YOUR LOCAL TEA PARTY. We will be sending out the time and location later this week but please hold the date now.
(This is an event for grown-ups, but just in case you little Grijalva children do want to attend, we will set up a daycare area on site to entertain you with crayons, games, and face painting)
Let's stand together moving forward, address our issues with one another in private, and exit the room in support of the bigger picture. Together we can succeed but if we let this small group infect the whole, we will fail in 2012. We owe it to our elected officials, our PC's, our registered Republicans, and our community to do this.
Please join us May 21st for the Republican's United for Victory Rally. Let's turn this pathetic attack into one of our biggest successes and achievements and show the Democrats that we are united in the fight to remove Obama in 2012!
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GOPers don't like Morrissey for a lot of reasons, one of which being money -- as we noted yesterday, the fact that the air conditioner at state GOP headquarters is broken, has been broken, and doesn't appear to be getting fixed anytime soon has certain Republicans worried that if the Party can't even afford to fix an air conditioner, it's going to be hard pressed to organize political campaigns (see state GOP Executive Director Brett Mecum's explanation for the busted air conditioner here).
One way to pay for the AC unit is to cut some dead weight. That dead weight, we're told, is Spinks.
In March alone, Spinks was paid about $3,000 for "consulting fees" and was reimbursed by the party an additional $572 for "office supplies." That's a lot of paper clips.
Our sources say Morrissey will announce that the Party no longer needs Spinks' "services."
Neither Spinks or Mecum immediately responded to New Times request for comment. We'll let you know if they get back to us.
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