The local Republican Party tiff has gone national. Here's the coverage in the New York Times via Drudge.
PHOENIX, May 23 — Here in Arizona, where fighting over immigration comes as naturally as the desert heat, the Senate bill to overhaul immigration laws has ignited a particularly ardent round of fire breathing.
In the past week alone, the chairman of the state Republican Party rebuked the two United States senators from his own party, John McCain and Jon Kyl, for their support and lobbying for the bill. The chairman, Randy Pullen, part of a vocal band of conservatives, said Mr. Kyl in particular had betrayed conservatives with his sudden support for granting legal status to some of the millions of illegal workers in the country.
Mr. Kyl rode such sentiments to victory in a re-election campaign last year and so he has endured the scorn. His advocacy for the Senate bill has prompted once solid supporters to denounce him, as did State Senator Jack Harper when he joined other lawmakers to announce an effort to unite state legislatures across the country to enact anti-illegal-immigrant measures.
“Jon Kyl is a friend, but this bill has destroyed the Republican base,” Mr. Harper said. “Precinct captains are grumbling about people changing parties because they feel betrayed.”
Those last two paragraphs got Jack Harper's attention and he immediately sent out this statement.
In no way was I denouncing Jon Kyl. I just pointed out that the bill is destroying the party's volunteer base.