Saturday, July 2, 2011

County GOP officials trying to oust party chairman over raid comments

County GOP officials trying to oust party chairman over raid comments

Pima County Republican Party leaders voted late Thursday to take away party chairman Brian Miller's keys to the GOP headquarters and called a special meeting to try to remove him from his post.

Miller has been under fire from party stalwarts for the past month, with meetings called in recent weeks after he criticized a SWAT raid in May that resulted in the shooting death of a man law enforcement officers suspected of involvement in drug trafficking.

Several elected officials and party leaders have complained his comments pitted the party against law enforcement at a time when city elections are looming and candidates are gearing up for bigger 2012 races.

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