Pima County GOP chair under fire for SWAT shooting comments

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The controversial case involving Jose Guerena led to some controversial comments by the Pima County GOP chair.  Those comments have Brian Miller under fire.

Republican Brian Miller is in the hot seat for comments he made after Guerena was shot more than 70 times by SWAT members.

"I think it was inappropriate to go out and make a policy statement on GOP letterhead," said Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik.

The first statement reads, "We are all Jose Guerena."  And used harsh rhetoric accusing, 'militarized local police of invading private homes.'

That was just the beginning. As more information on the case came out Miller spoke out more on social media and local talk shows.

All of this has led to growing pressure from party leaders behind the scenes that want Miller to resign.

"It's going to be very difficult for him to be the local leader of the party," said Miller.

Republicans like State Senator Frank Antenori say Miller made a mistake, but most don't want to talk about it on camera.

"I like the man on a personal level but he's overstepped his bounds and I think it's best if he resigns," said Kozachik.

It's not clear if Miller plans to resign.  In his last statement he apologized to law enforcement for using the word "murder." But he did not back down for questioning the policies that led to Guerena's death.

"I find it human and excusable, but most wont excuse it.  They think it was out of line," said Kozachik.

Hundreds on Facebook have stood up in support of Miller, but its unclear if that will be enough.

The investigation into the death of Jose Guerena is still ongoing And republicans don't want that to be the focus as local elections approach.

"It's a huge distraction.  The party has candidates trying to raise money and it's just not productive," said Kozachik.