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1/15/2013 10:00:00 PM
Yavapai Republicans pick new leader
Joanna Dodder Nellans
The Daily Courier

The Yavapai County Republican Party had a bit of a shakeup this weekend when a majority of elected precinct committee members chose Baptist pastor Jim Dutton over incumbent Mal Barrett Jr., who has been active in the local party for many years.

The vote Saturday was 83 to 57 in Prescott, Barrett said, and the county party had 195 eligible voters.

"The elected precinct committeemen at the meeting wanted a different course, and I wish them the best," Barrett said. He defended his efforts to help the county party, however, saying it had the best registration numbers and general election turnout in its history last year.

Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin of Paulden agreed. "It's hard to point fingers at a chair with that much success," Tobin said.

Barrett and Tobin said they don't know much about Dutton because he hasn't been active in the county party. Tobin said it was unusual that Dutton did not contact elected officials who represent Yavapai County in the Legislature to discuss his desire to run the county party.

"That sends me the message you're opposed to the people who were just elected," Tobin said, adding, "Clearly the Republicans in the county support me." Tobin easily won re-election in November.

Dutton backed out of a Daily Courier interview Tuesday shortly before the county party's new First Vice Chair Jim Manning, another relative newcomer to county politics, emailed a short news release: "We will work with all our fellow Republicans to strengthen our party, support good candidates and promote a winning Republican platform."

Manning later said Dutton was unavailable because a friend was injured. Manning then refused to talk about his background or reasons for running for a county party position.

Frances Barwood, a leader in the conservative Highway 69 Republicans group and former Phoenix City Council member, said she voted for Dutton because he's a friendly person and she wants a more vocal spokesman for Constitutional beliefs.

"Hopefully it will trickle up," Barwood said. "A lot of people feel like once people are in office, they don't really follow through on promises in campaigns."

Barwood was a vocal supporter of Sen. Lori Klein of Anthem in her attempt to win one of the District 1 seats over Tobin and Rep. Karen Fann of Prescott. Klein said she was the most conservative candidate.

The website for the Bible Baptist Church in the Chino Valley area states that Dutton moved to Chino Valley in 1998 and is in his mid-50s. It states he was "saved" in 1982 "from a life wrecked by drug abuse and scarred by sin."

Dutton's comments on the Arizona Tea Party Network website indicate he supported Ron Paul for president and has issues with Sen. John McCain and newly retired Sen. Jon Kyl. He supported Bradley Beauchamp for the 4th Congressional District over winner Paul Gosar.

His Tea Party comments also indicate he'd like to get rid of several federal agencies including the IRS, EPA, Drug Enforcement Agency and Department of Education, and he'd like to repeal gun control laws.

Barwood said she and others who voted for Dutton are concerned about the economy and about discussions at the federal level to restrict gun rights. "Jim Dutton has very strong core beliefs," Barwood said. "His moral values are very high."

Dutton expressed some of his moral beliefs on the Arizona Tea Party Network website: "Our country cannot continue on its present anti-God, anti-Bible, anti-Christian course while accepting the murder of the unborn, the presence of sodomites and the promotion of things which God views as abominations and expect his blessings and protection."


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013
Article comment by: Media Mike

I don't care if the candidate is a former Pope, or a Muslim, Buddhist, or Atheist. What matters is if he adheres to the Supreme Law of the land. The litmus test for any legislation MUST be the complete Constitution (especially Amendment X).

If the candidate isn't a PAULitician, he doesn't get my support.


Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Steele's revisionist history

It is very disturbing to hear that Tom Steele is employed as a substitute teacher in the Prescott school system. I wonder if any school administrators read Tom's entries here. His barrage of misinformation, revisionist history, and outright lies are hopefully ignored by young minds. I trust that the longstanding tradition of students regarding substitute teachers as a lower life form still is observed today, as Tom Steele is not to be regarded as a serious source of truthful information. Kind of like the reliable sources that you find on the internet.

Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Article comment by: The End Is Near!

For The Republican Party! Keep up the good work, Tom! You and the Tea Party are doing what the Democrats never could!

Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Article comment by: Chuck Roberts

Good for you Amy Barrett.

Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Article comment by: Joyce Rudy

I'm an Independent but am curious about some of the comments stating if the Democrats would run more reasonable candidates they would do well here. What is the criteria for "reasonable"?

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: @ Lyle Logan

Lyle, you've made 3 entries here regarding the "smear" tactics of the writer of this article. What, are you going to keep yammering until someone acknowledges you, little man? OK, we hear you. Find something else to obsess on, would you? If you are an example of the local Republican leadership, they are indeed in trouble. Grow up.

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: Lyle P Logan

Great job by Jim D. at last evening's Pachyderm Coalition gathering, refuting Ms. Dodder-Nellans' libelous "Dutton backed out of a Daily Courier interview" cheap-shot.

Congratulations, "journalist." You've hit the quinella... libel AND slander, all in one poison-pen article!!


Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: just the facts, ma'am

The "separation of Church and State" part of our Founding Documents is commonly grossly misinterpreted...

All it prohibits is the government establishing a STATE religion. It absolutely does NOT prohibit any Pastor, Priest, Imam, or Rabbi from involvement in politics or even holding an elected Office.

Now, if there were some kind of law against LAWYERS being in Office (rather than prison where most of our current "leaders" belong) well then, hmmmm....


Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Article comment by: Paul Collins

Religion and politics are seldom a good mix.

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Article comment by: LESLIE BRIGGS

Those of us that have stepped up to be Precinct, State Committeeman and Leadership of this County, are volunteering our time to better our country. This was not a want to situation but a need to situation. I don't believe that any of us want to spend what little free time we have fighting with "the politics". We are just very tired of the direction that our leadership of this country has taken us over many years and we want to make a difference. There are many of us from all steps of life that have vowed to protect our great Country's Constitution that brings us all freedom. Thank you Jim and JoAnn Dutton and all of the hard working people who have and will continue to sacrifice for the sake of freedom.

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Article comment by: comments for Pastor Jim Dutton

Just went and changed my party affiliation from Republican to Independent. Although I have no opinion regarding the previous leadership of Mr. Barrett, I am very certain that I cannot remain a Yavapai County Republican with your election.

Locally there are significant followers of minority religious traditions which you choose to label with the pejorative term "CULT" because their beliefs differ from yours. After viewing your church's website and following the link to print material it appears quite apparent what your views are. I respect your beliefs--but honestly question if "love thy neighbor" is one of them.

I'll be an observer waiting to see if you're simply another Robert Jeffress (Dallas-based Baptist minister who famously used the term cult in describing Mr. Romney's religion in 2011) or someone who can be respectful of all of God's sons and daughters. Given your occupation I'm not too optimistic. Good luck in your endeavor.


Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Article comment by: What should be the point?

A man agrees to volunteer for his party and lead the way. The majority of PCs choose him to lead them. It is sad that the rejected volunteer could not have more class and be gracious in the face of defeat. If this really is the case. Politics is tough and rejection is painful. But the bigger issue may be that Mr. Tobin may believe that he should dictate who the chairman is rather than understand that he too works at the behest of the people not the other way around.

Perhaps some of our Republican incumbents have gotten a little big for the britches.

The religious inferences of the article are rough, but Mr. Barrett too is a religious man and you could hit his religious convictions as well, I dont believe this should be the point.


Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Article comment by: Andy Anderson

"Tolerance" and "Coexist" liberals...isn't that what you bumper stickers read? If you don't believe in it, take the sticker off. If the guy worshiped Buddha, you would be all over him.

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Article comment by: Tom's Nemesis

Mr Steele you have zero credibility considering who you supported in the last local election!! You chose the candidate who was bought and paid for by the elite!!

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: a bc

I found this on the pastor's Babtist church website. The following is listed as one of their doctrines or Articles of Faith -
"19. SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
We believe in the authority of the local church and its separation from political and state entanglements that the local church is taught to be a self-governing autonomous body, separate from the state and ecclesiastical interference through religio-political bosses. (Acts 5:27-29, 6:1-7, Romans 13:1-7, Matthew 22:21).
Very interesting that is.

And this from the about the pastor's page from the same website, "...settled down in the town of Chino Valley, AZ. It was here that the Lord impressed upon Pastor Dutton to start a church that would take a stand on the pure word of God, the KJV 1611."
It's good to know that God told him that the KJV 1611 is the bible that is the one and only genuwine "pure word of God". Really, that's good to know. Lots of us were kinda curious about that.

Lots of other great and interesting things on that site. Anyway good luck with that whole "sodomites" and "abominations" dark ages talk, that'll really fill the tent.


Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Tom, Tom it's getting too easy!

The majority of "American Churches" did NOT support the American Revolution. The majority of AMERICANS didn't support the revolution.

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Sharon Scanlan

The Republican party continues to alienate moderate intelligent inclusive members with this kind of prejudiced and ignorant leadership. I'm surprised he didn't insult minorities and women, too. Christians don't live or expouse this kind of vitriolic rhetoric. The local Tea Party and Republican Party should be embarassed!T7EJ7J

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: George Winston

"Barrett and Tobin said they don't know much about Dutton because he hasn't been active in the county party."

If you "don't know much" about the person who was overwhelmingly elected in your district then you deserve to be voted out of office for incompetence.


Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Amy Barrett

Those of you who have shown support for Mr. Dutton, I commend you for your positivity and for being a role model. Those of you who have been malicious and have questioned Malcolm Barrett Jr's character, you may need to take a hard look at your own character.

Mr. Barrett is a passionate, hardworking conservative who acts only to make this country a better place. I know firsthand because, for the last 27 years, he has instilled those same qualities in me. I am more than PROUD to call him dad.

So, before you hide behind your "clever" little anonymous submission names, ask yourself how is your negativity accomplishing anything but spreading bitterness?

Congratulations Chairman Dutton. Good luck.


Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Steele

As an area director for the precinct committeemen in the Yavapai County Republican Committee, I am proud to be working under Mr. Dutton. Yes, he is not a part of the "good ole boy" network that has been responsible for all the local politics and not so interested in whats best for our county, or our state or country. Our local leaders have been controlling politics and at the cost to out state and school system. I am a Constitutional Conservative Christian Republican and damn proud of it. I resent Malcom Barrett Jr. sending me an e mail telling me I should resign my position because I questioned Andy Tobin's alleged actions in Phoenix. I do not support an elected Republican just because he or she is a Republican. It is important you support the constitution you swore to support and you hold your position with unwavering integrity. And all the cowards who attack Republicans and ignore the Founding Fathers brilliant work are below contempt. We ALL need to see that our Revolution was first supported in our Christian churches in the colonies. And until we install the true history of America from the 1600's to 1912 in our schools we will be doomed to the Communist influence of the 1960's in our country. That influence brought us Barrack Hussein Obama and we can see the results of a politically ignorant population today.

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Lawrence Boyer

I'm really upset that Mr. Jim Dutton will make one less attendee at the Bohemian Grove, this year. I hope the Arizona Republicans can make due without him. There is always next election cycle for the Trotskyite Republicans to oust Mr. Dutton, and therefore retain their statist power center.

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Politiks Oneohone

Attention Republicans: To win national elections, you need Independents. The party which doesn't alienate reasonable, tolerant, responsible, Independent voters...wins.

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Democratic Voter

I'd just like to say thanks. My vote has largely been lost in a sea of red for the last two decades but now I can look forward to getting some Democratic candidates elected. Keep going Republicans, you guys are my new best friends.

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Moderate GOPers: an endangered species

How are you moderate Republicans feeling about your party about now? Don't you find it odd that you are more respected by Independents and Democrats than you are by those who now control your Party? In case you don't know it, you aren't even 'moderates' anymore --you are RINOs and you are to be pushed out of your own Party. Your mere presence spoils the purity of the conservative movement! And unless you are in favor of returning to the days of Joe McCarthy, or better yet, Confederate President Jeff Davis, you don't belong in the GOP anymore. It all began with a gentle turn to the right. But the answer to every bit of turbulence has been to turn the Party's wheel a bit further to the right. And now it is just a matter of riding the death spiral to the inevitable conclusion.

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Cancel Your Cable! Yavapai GOP Clown Show Starts

What a beginning! One day in power and they call the Arizona Republican House Majority Leader, Rep. Tobin and a RINO---not "pure" enough for these yahoos--- and they include Rep. Gosar and, apparently, every elected Republican in the county. I'm sure they intend to do a Stalinesque purge of everybody in the GOP. They have "problems" with McCain and Kyle---wow! They would hate Barry Goldwater!
You can not satisfy these FEW people. McCain kissed their posteriors in his primary, and they still hate him. Meanwhile, this Hennesey II guy instantly calls what sane people think of as a right-wing newspaper, The Daily Courier, "the Liberal Left Wing Courier". Nice start---choosing to ignore Mark Twain's advice I never quarrel with a man who buys ink by the barrel."
The Yavapai GOP now being led by a former drug addict turned primitive bible-thumping preacher is an inevitable result of the GOP's constant appealing to the most poorly educated and fearful element of America's voters.
That Republican "Big Tent" has one very narrow entrance and many exits. I think those exits will be used. Meanwhile, for me, it will be a great clown show.
/s/ Rich Hope



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