Brett Mecum, the now-former executive director of the Arizona Republican Party, has been given the ax by the state GOP, multiple sources within the Party confirm to New Times.
Frankly, we're shocked. Not that Mecum got canned, but that it took as long as it did given his long list of questionable extracurricular activities while serving as a Republican Party big-whig.
For anyone in the dark about Mecum's alleged misdeeds, they involve a simulated superhero blowjob, being "creepy around women," allegedly selling political endorsements, and apparently disregarding posted speed limits on a Valley highway (we'll get into all that later).
The grounds for Mecum's firing are unclear -- neither he nor Arizona Republican Party spokesman Thayer Verschoor responded to New Times' multiple requests for comment.
Despite a lengthy pattern of immaturity, Mecum recently was selected as one of the Phoenix Business Journal's "40 Under 40" for being one of "the best young leaders in the Phoenix metro market" (the PBJ did not comment when we asked for details on criteria for such an honor).
Now for all the dirt on Mecum:
Mecum got popped in 2009 for driving his blue 2008 Shelby GT 500 Ford Mustang 109 miles per hour down Loop 101 at 12:30 in the morning. The posted speed limit is 65 m.p.h.
In December 2009, Mecum was described as "creepy around women" in a stalking complaint filed against him after he showed up at a woman's house uninvited for a party.
The woman says she never gave Mecum her address, nor did she think he even knew where she lived.
When she asked him how he found her address, she claims Mecum told her he had a staffer look it up on Voter Vault, a state voter-registration list. Using a state voter-registration list to access someone's personal information is a class-six felony.
A mutual female acquaintance of Mecum's, and ours, later confirmed that the assessment that he's "creepy around women" is spot on.
Just last month, Mecum was accused of telling a former Goodyear City Council candidate that she could get the endorsement of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, but there was a catch: She had to pay $2,000 to right-wing political consultant Constantin Querard.
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Read more about Mecum's most-recent mess here.
And then there's the oral sex -- or simulated oral sex of a man dressed in a super hero costume. That man: one of Phoenix's "best young leaders" and now-former executive director of the Arizona Republican Party, Mr. Conservative himself, Brett Mecum (see photo above).
Check back later to see if Mecum, or the GOP, offer an explanation for his dismissal.
UPDATE: July 2011 -- Mecum takes plea in 2009 speeding case.