Outrage on the surface, quiet calculating underneath.
The Arizona Republican Party headquarters has been overwhelmed with calls from irate Republican activists complaining about chairman Matt Salmon's phone calls supporting Steve Huffman. Salmon's calls were made with party money, on party time and with party equipment. Staffers say the calls were necessary to ensure there were no misunderstandings resulting from the DCCC ads against Huffman. Callers see it differently and want a pound of flesh.
Southern Arizonans don't seem to care about Salmon's twisted justification now that they know Salmon is on the Click payroll as his lobbyist. Party officials aren't talking publicly, but privately reveal that Click pressured Salmon into making the calls. Can anyone say "conflict of interest?" "Payoff?" "Corruption?"
Party activists now want Salmon's head. They are mounting a quiet campaign calling for the resignation of Salmon and any party leader that supported the decision to join Huffman.
It probably doesn't matter if the campaign succeeds. Salmon is up for re-election soon and the result will be the same.