AmericaPack and EZAZ, two of the main conservative grassroots organizations in Arizona, are pairing up to “flip Arizona solid red.” EZAZ’s Merissa Hamilton spoke to a large group of AmericaPack supporters Friday evening about the “Arizona Rescue Mission” the groups have crafted to get more voters voting Republican and running for office. State Representative Alex Kolodin (R-Scottsdale) and State Representative Joseph Chaplik (R-Scottsdale) provided updates on the Arizona Legislature, and a Phoenix Police Department (PPD) sergeant talked about the lack of patrol officers within the PPD.
Hamilton told the attendees about the new grassroots project, “[This is] so that we have the infrastructure built so that when the election cycle comes around next time, not only will this room be filled, but it will be filled with new faces with people that have not been as involved … and it will be because of us.”
Hamilton said the project is modeled after a successful effort in Florida to turn Miami red. She said there are some things the grassroots does better than the Republican Party, such as building infrastructure.
She said the left has been creating its own grassroots infrastructure in Arizona in recent years, beginning in 2009, which can be seen at One Arizona. Hamilton said there are 29 organizations listed on the site that are working together to turn Arizona blue, and the number is actually closer to 90 organizations. They are funded with at least $500,000 each, she said. Hamilton said working through grassroots groups like them, instead of through the Democratic Party, is how the left turned Colorado blue. She recommended the book The Blueprint: How the Democrats Won Colorado (and Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care).
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