Rob Haney, Head Honcho of Maricopa County GOP, Gushing Over Gay-Fearing Congressman Trent Franks

Last weekend, GOP Congressman Trent Franks spouted off about how President Barack Obama's decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act was an impeachable offense -- and that's apparently all it takes to win the heart of nut-job Maricopa County GOP Chairman Rob Haney.

Just hours after we posted our story about Franks' fear of fagalas tying the knot (gasp!), Haney sent an e-mail to supporters asking they contact the congressman and urge him to run for the Senate seat being vacated by Senator Jon Kyl.

Check out the email below:

Dear Family, Friends, PCs and TEA Patriots,

Marne and I want to encourage you to contact Congressman Trent Frank's local
office to let him know of the tremendous grassroot support he would have if
he tosses his hat in the ring for our Senate seat. He is seriously
considering doing so and our encouragement can only help him realize what a
strong, viable candidate he will be for AZ conservatives.

If you agree with us, please send a personal note to his local office at:

7121 W. Bell Rd, #200,  Glendale, AZ  85308.

On the envelope, please write "Attn: Shari Farrington".  Shari is a PC also
and is Cong. Franks' District Office Executive Assistant and Field
Representative.  Many of you have met Shari. She is a familiar face at
District, Pachyderm and TEA Party meetings.

 A poll to vote for the candidate you would prefer is being conducted at the
site below.


Rob & Marne

The poll Haney mentions at the end of his gushing advocation of Franks is interesting in its own right.

If you take a look at the results of the uber-unscientific poll (which we've linked here) -- despite Haney actively campaigning against Congressman Jeff Flake's candidacy (peep the articles linked under the poll) -- Flake is leading the pack of eight potential candidates, including former TV pitchman J.D. Hayworth, and brown-bashing, neo-Nazi-hugging state Senate President Russell Pearce, with 35 percent of the vote.

Flake, too, voted (in 2006) to define marriage as an institution shared between a man and a woman, but he hasn't come out saying failure to enforce such a law is an impeachable offense -- probably because he realizes that, these days, Congress has more important things to worry about than nitpicking over whether gay people should be allowed to exchange rings.   

Haney, as you may know, deployed similar tactics against Senator John McCain in 2008 because he wasn't a fan of "the Maverick's" position on amnesty for illegal immigrants. As we've chronicled, "the Mav's" position on the matter has since changed -- but only to appease kooks like Haney so he could stay politically afloat.

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