Saturday, December 20, 2014

12-20-14 MCRC Briefs

MCRC Briefs

Briefs Editor   Frosty Taylor

Web Master   John Strasser


December 20, 2014


·       The Irish Cultural Center Will Hold Its’ Solstice Celebration Sun., Dec 21 at 1106 N. Central Ave., Phx. – marking the longest night of the year as the Sun is at its lowest elevation in the sky. Ribbons are placed on the Ribbon Tree, to unite us with those no longer here. . A parade from the hunger memorial on site to the bonfire where the Grove of the Rising Phoenix shares their ritual traditions. This year, the customary special Irish dinner of Shepherd’s Pie will be served from 4-5 pm and again at 6:30 pm. Food reservations required - 602-258-0109. Celtica will perform Christmas Carols outside the Cottage from 4:30 -5 pm. Outside ceremonies start at sunset (5pm)  Inside the Great Hall there will be traditional Irish Music with De Mairt Ceol following the ceremonies at 6:30 pm. Gates open at 4 pm. $5 for presentations only. $10 for dinner.  Hot dogs, hot apple cider and hot chocolate available for $1 per item. Contact: (602) 258-0109 or check


·       To Those With Questions Regarding The “Negative Cash On Hand” of $576,425 on the AZGOP Nov 24, 2014 FEC report.  Briefs asked AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham and Treasurer Timothy Lee for an explanation.


Beginning Cash On Hand


Ending Cash On Hand


Net Contributions


Net Operating Expenditures


ü  Grahams Response As Of This Morning (Sat. Dec 20): “There are errors on the post general report filed two weeks ago reflecting either missing contributions or duplicate expenditures that have been corrected after the filing date. At least some of this is due to an error by our campaign finance software vendor. A single amendment to the current report is forthcoming in the next few days and the summary will be updated. It will correctly show a positive balance for cash on hand. Please encourage anyone to call if they have questions.”  –Robert Graham


·       Do You Have Questions For The County And State Candidates who are running for election in January?  Send them to . EX:  Why are you running for xxx position?  What qualifies you to be the chair, vice chair, secretary or treasure?  Briefs will post the candidate responses under the “What the Candidates Are Saying” section.


·       Voice Of Veterans Announces The Availability Of  Coffee Corner,” a place where you can grab that cup of coffee, sit back, and listen to a variety of commentators talk about what is happening in America and across the World.  Commentators who have various backgrounds and opinions, which will enable you to hear comments about today’s issues that are designed to bring facts to light, express opinions, that often are hidden or not even mentioned by most media outlets. Your participation will always be welcome. , think about the issue, and send us your comments, your thoughts, and even your disagreements with the commentator and we will take as many emails and share with everyone during another show.  VOV Radio Show archives   - Vernon Bagley, President & CEO Veterans Broadcasting Network of America, Inc.


·       Vera Anderson of the Daisy Mountain Tea Party Patriots reports that the group’s annual food drive was a big success this year. They collected 275 pounds of food for the Foothills Food Bank in Carefree.


·       The Annual ‘PC Day At The Capitol’ is scheduled for Jan 15, according to the MCRC Chairman A J LaFaro. He urges PCs to RVSP to for lunch reservations.  The schedule:

ü  9 am-11:03 am - Meet with your legislators

ü  11:30 -1 pm – Rally and lunch in the Rose Garden (W of House Bldg) Reservations/tickets  required. Reservations at  Tickets:

ü  1 pm – House Gallery – Introduced by the Speaker

ü  1:30 pm -  Senate Gallery – Introduced by the President

ü  1 pm – group meetings with legislators

ü  All day – Sign up on ALIS request to speak – House/Senate lobbyists.

Co-sponsored by the Maricopa County Republican Committee and the Arizona Republican Assembly.  Activities:  See 


·       The Arizona Republican Party Statutory Meeting is scheduled Sat., Jan 24, 2015 at the Grace Community Church, 1200 E. Southern Blvd., Tempe.


·       Sun Lakes Republican Club Members are selling tickets for the raffle of  Glock, Model 19, 9 mm handgun raffle. Tickets are $10 each. When all 120 tickets are sold a winner will be drawn and notified to pick up their prize at Guns’ Etc. in Chandler. A carrying case, one magazine and a firearms safety course is included in the prize. Tickets are available through Michael Tennant at 480-802-0178, or mail a check, made out to the Sun Lakes Republican Club,  for $10 per ticket and send with a self-addressed stamped envelope to Tennant at 26621 S. Lakewood Drive, Sun Lakes Az. 85248. He will send you a stub for the raffle.  Members of the SLRC Executive Board are not eligible for the drawing. Contact: Club Chr Michael Tennant at 480-802-0178.


·       The Fountain Hills Republican Club is accepting donations towards its goal of $500 to help support adding two new presidential sculptures to the town's "Fount Rushmore" that currently displays Presidents Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan.  The new sculptures will be George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Check should be labeled “sculptures,”  made out to the Fountain Hills Republican Club and mailed  to Tait D. Elkie, President, Fountain Hills Republican Club, P.O. Box 17814, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 by Jan 1, 2015.  Contacts: (480) 766-1231 or or see web site

·       LD22 PC Shirley Richards can use your prayers as she moves toward a second round of chemo treatments Dec 22 at the Scottsdale Naturopathic Center.  Send a note to  or call (623) 572-8630  before you stop by to see if she up to having company.


·       Gosar Explains His Water Rights Settlement Bill   Protecting Private Property Rights: The Facts of My Water Rights Settlement Bill

·       Reince Priebus, Chairman, Republican National Committee To Cinema Executives: I’m writing regarding the recent cancellation of the release of The Interview. Like many Americans, I’m deeply concerned that we would allow a foreign regime to dictate the movies we can and cannot watch. As you know, the Republican Party and Hollywood have at times been at odds. But we can all agree that the current situation regarding the release of The Interview goes far beyond politics. It is about freedom and free enterprise. Giving in to threats from the North Korean dictatorship is ceding our freedom to the whims of a totalitarian regime. We are setting a troubling example and a terrible precedent. Today, we’re talking about the movie industry. Tomorrow, we could be talking about energy, manufacturing, publishing, or even small businesses. While the president has sent mixed messages on this issue, I want to speak clearly on behalf of the Republican Party: I urge you to show the movie. As a sign of my commitment, if you agree to show this movie, I will send a note to the Republican Party’s millions of donors and supporters urging them to buy a ticket—not to support one movie or Hollywood, but to show North Korea we cannot be bullied into giving up our freedom. Because this is now bigger than one movie, I would suggest to you and to Sony Pictures that a share of the profits be donated to the USO or the Yellow Ribbon Fund. Entertainment is one of America’s great exports and a major part of our domestic economy. Like you, I want to continue to see the industry thrive for the sake of economic growth, job creation, and freedom of expression. - Reince Priebus, Chairman, Republican National Committee


·       The Washington Times Has Launched Operation Seasons Greetings  an interactive portal that empowers Americans to thank our armed forces who are serving abroad. The Times and its partners — the Washington Redskins and the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes — have built a special portal allowing you to send your personalized thanks and to meet some of our bravest fighting men and women on video. Click here to begin your holiday mission. From the portal you can:

ü  Sign an interactive greeting card thanking all service members, while leaving behind a special message

ü  Watch videos of more than a dozen enlisted Navy sailors and airmen explain why they volunteered to serve their country

ü  Nominate a service member to win on Christmas Eve a brand new Lenovo laptop emblazoned with The Washington Redskins official logo

ü  Watch videos of Washington Redskins players and cheerleaders describe their own personal thanks for our armed services members.

If you know of a worth military family, send their name in today to win the laptop. Watch a few videos of our service members or Redskins saluting them and sign the greeting card to thank all of our fighting men and women for their service. - The Washington Times


·       Congressman Trent Franks, a Member of the Armed Forces Committee, including the Strategic Forces Subcommittee and the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats, and Capabilities, released the following statement Wednesday: "As has become a custom under the Harry Reid-led Senate, many must-pass bills are being considered at the very last minute, while crucial legislation, like the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, is being thrown to the wayside.  On Monday, multiple federal buildings including the White House and State Department experienced a short electricity failure due to a transformer explosion.  And while terrorist activities and foul play were ruled out, that was not the case for the entire country of Yemen and the Metcalf substation attack in San Jose, CA where terrorist activities and foul play were respectively both used to target the electric grid.  The fact remains that our electric grid is a key target to exploit not only for its inherent vulnerability, but because we are so vitally dependent upon it. Last week, the Department of Homeland Security stated that millions of Americans face catastrophic loss of electrical power during a future magnetic space storm that could disrupt the electric grid and cause cascading infrastructure failures. The Senate should not drag its feet in passing the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act.  This legislation, which will allow us to better understand the grid's vulnerability and help protect it, is a product of bipartisan negotiations and was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives.  I call upon the Senate to take up this bill before it recesses this week.”


·       Rev Clyde Bowen, Chairman of the AAARC, is asking for donations to help fund the third Emancipation Proclamation Observance Day of Thanksgiving Event scheduled at noon, Jan 1, 2015 at East Lake Park, 16th St. and Jefferson St. Phoenix. Contact Bowen: or 602 274-5439.


·       AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham reports that the following chairmanships have been appointed for the Jan 24, 2014 State GOP meeting. They are:

o   Resolutions and Memorials Committee  - Ray Sweeney

o   Nominations – Chris Campbell

o   Bylaws – Linda White

o   Credentials - Helen Purcell and Dan Grimm
     Executive Board members wishing to serve on a committee for the meeting should contact Tim Sifert at or Chad Heywood at


·       Dec 31 Is The Deadline To Register For The Arizona Federation Of Republican Women’s April 17-19, 2015 trip to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Tour in Simi Valley, California.  For information contact Reagan Presidential Library Trip Coordinator  Susan Kay Schultz  at  or 480-945 1490.  All reservations and monies will again flow through AZ Trails Travel | Roxanne and Hank Boryczki, 16650 E. Palisades Blvd. #106, Fountain Hills, AZ   85268.  480- 837-8665.


·       Maricopa County Republican Candidates for the Jan 10, 2015 Mandatory Meeting (All elected PCs eligible to vote. Additional candidates can also be nominated from the floor that day). 

ü  Candidates Running Solo:

o   Chairman – Tom Morrissey    (LD18)

o   2nd Vice Chair – Aaron Borders   (LD29)

o   2nd Vice Chair – Art Olivas, Jr.  (LD27)

o   Secretary   - Matt Eberle  (LD17)

o   Treasurer- David Ludwig   (LD24)

ü  Conservative Team Candidate Slate consisting of:

o   Chairman - Tyler Bowyer  (LD17)

o   1st Vice Chairman- April Riggins (LD23)

o   2nd Vice Chairman - Andrew Costanzo  (LD27)

o   Secretary- Pat Oldroyd   (LD25)

ü  Candidate Slate consisting of:

o   Chairman - Lisa Gray   (LD21)

o   1st Vice Chairman - Jeni White   (LD18)


·       Candidates for the January 24, 2015 AZGOP Mandatory Meeting. (State Committeemen only eligible to vote. Nomination can be made from the floor.)

ü  Candidate Slate consisting of :

o   Chairman – Lori Urban

o   1st Vice Chairman - A. J. LaFaro 

o   2nd Vice Chairman- Gabby Saucedo-Mercer

o   Secretary – Lynne Breyer

ü  Candidate running solo:

o   Chairman - Robert Graham


·       The Former West Valley Republican ‘Victory’ Office is open at its new location - 10050 W Bell Road, Suite 50, Sun City AZ 85351. Group discussion meetings will resume at 9:30 am, Tuesdays, according to managers Phyllis and Peter Lee. Office hours will be from 9 am-5 pm, Mon – Fri, and from 9 am-1 pm on Saturday.  Office phone 623-977-4532.



·       The Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) Statutory Meeting will be held Sat., Jan 10, 2015 at the Grace Community Church, 1200 East Southern Ave., Tempe, Arizona  85282.

o   Registration begins at 7:30 am.

o   Meeting Call to Order at 9 am. 

o   Arizona State Teenage Republicans (TARS) will be accepting donations in exchange for refreshments.

o   Congressman David Schweikert will provide hot Coffee, Chocolate, or Tea.

o   Attendees to sign in at the Credentials/Tally area.

o   VIPs should check in at the VIP Check-In or notify First Vice Chairman April Riggins upon arrival.

o   Candidate Banners/Signs inside/outside the Sanctuary: Congressional banners - $200, Statewide Candidates - $100, all others $50.  Up to three campaign signs may be placed outside the sanctuary for $40.  Drop off the banner [4’ X 8” max size] and mail your check payable to MCRC to Lori Urban.  First come; first serve.  Banners must be hung by Grace Community staff – placement location is assigned on a request basis only.  (Banners MUST be delivered to AZ GOP Headquarters by Noon, Thurs, Jan 8, 2015).

o   Candidate / Vendor Tables:  First come / first confirmed basis.  Table location selection upon payment of $75, including one 6-foot table with 2 chairs.  Candidates/Vendors may have a sign at/on/behind your table as possible.

o   Candidate Flyers & Promotional Pieces: Pages may be placed in the PC Packets - $75 per flyer (Max size: 8 ½ x 11, stuffing will be done by

o   MCRC volunteers.)  Flyers MUST be submitted to Chairman A J LaFaro for approval by 12/15/14, and 3,000 flyers must be delivered to AZGOP Headquarters by 12/29/14.  NO flyers will be allowed in the Worship Center.

o   Contact Lori Urban 480-221-9633 or to confirm your banner/signs/tables/flyers. For additional information, contact Daniel Grimm (480) 570-8570 or

o   All signs/banners/flyers/informational pieces/sales/table materials must be approved by the MCRC by 12/15/14. Flyers may not be distributed in the church, except for in the packets. To reserve your space and for more information, contact - Lori Urban  480-221-9633



·       Cochise, Greenlee, Graham and Pima County LD14 PCs have passed a resolution limiting PCs to carrying “no more than four proxies,” according to Chairman Tom Crosby. This prevents individual PCs from “stacking the deck” by carrying numerous proxies.


·       Christmas Song:  If You Don't See Merry Christmas In The Window...  





·        Protestors-March-Outside-Sen-McCains-Office    Disapproval Of The Southeast Arizona Land Exchange Act.

·        State Dept. Warns US Travelers To Be Extra Careful

·        Sony CEO Rebuffs Obama: We Didn’t Make A Mistake, We Tried To Get Help From White House

·        Gilbert School Board Steps Away From Text Redaction

·        Valley Residents Split On Obama’s Cuba Decision

·        Enjoy This Wonderful Christmas Lights Display Honoring The Men And Women In Uniform Who Have Served So We Can All Celebrate The Season Of Love And Sharing. More Videos Here: Andrews christmas.Com/

·        Holiday-Lights-So-Bright-You-Can-See-Them-From-Space

·        Acting-Phoenix-Police-Chief: We'll-Have-A-Safe-Successful-And-Secure-Super-Bowl

·        As-GCU-Expansion-Revitalizes-Area-Some-Small-Businesses-Shrinking

·        Chrysler-To-Recall-About-288K-Ram-Pickup-Trucks

·        McCain: A-10 Will Live On; Fort Huachuca Will Grow

·        Castro’s Daughter: ‘US Is Dreaming If They Think Cuba Will Return To Capitalism’

·        Walmart-Cancels-Layaway-Orders-Days-Before Christmas

·        Immigrants Build Document Trails To Remain In US

·        Operation Nets 197 Arrests Of Fugitives In Arizona

·        Grand Canyon Awards Temporary Services Contract

·        PCH, Mayo Clinic Perform Special Surgery On Patients From Across US

·        Young Immigrants Allowed To Get Driver's Licenses

·        1st Pima County Pediatric Flu Death Since 2009

·        Bill Whittle's Top 5 Conservative Principles  

·        AFA Refutes Graham's Claims Of Accomplishments At AZGOP HQ  

·        Russell Pearce's Immigration Law Led To Boycotts Of Arizona And Ended His Career. He's Not Sorry.

·        McCain Ranks "F" With Ranking Poll

·        Public Ranks Mitch McConnell With A "D"

·        The-Biggest-Pinocchios-Of-2014

·        It’s-Ok-To-Say-Merry-Christmas




·        LD 7 Rep. Albert Hale: Awphusor Iz Jus A Lil Bita Gin

·        Bush 3? Conservatives Will Take A Pass On Dynasty

·        Newly Licensed Illegals To Be Driving AZ Streets

·        McCain Spaniel Jeff Flake Colludes With Dems On Cuba

·        Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia Ousted

·        Republican McSally Upsets Barber In AZ CD 2:


·        Martha McSally Announces Transition Team

·        Michele Reagan Announces Leadership Team

·        Uncivil-War: McCain-Purging-Conservatives-From-AZGOP


·        McCain Compares The CIA Techniques To The Spanish Inquisition


·        Mrs. Obama's Tall Tales Of Racialized Victimhood


·        Obama-Oversteps-Everywhere;Is-Destroying-Balance-Of-Power

·        Krauthammer On Cuba – Is There No Tyrant Obama Won't Appease For Nothing In Return?

·       Charles Krauthammer Nails Tyrant-Appeasing Obama On Cuba Deal


·        Overwhelming-Majority-Of-Republicans-Violated-Their-Oath-Of-Office


·        Allen West: Cuba Prisoner Swap As Fishy As Bergdahl Trade


·        Graham's Questionable 'Announcement' For Re-Election



·       Maricopa County Republican Committee ByLaws   2014


·        AZGOP financial reports filed/ AZ Sec of State 

·        FEC filing   

·       Arizona_Republican_Party_Bylaws


·        Texas Ebola Hospital Losing Medicare Reimbursements


·        Bergdahl Was A Deserter!

·        New Bergdahl Bombshell Could Bring Obama Down, And He’s Doing His Best To Hide It


·        Out Of The Washington Fog: Focused Committee Vows The Truth On Benghazi Scandal


·        Illegal Immigration Up, Deportations Down In 2014: DHS

·        Census: 30% Of U.S. Population Growth Will Be Immigrants, 78 Million By 2060

·        Remember 1986

·        AZ Border Defenders     Updated Daily

·        Need2No    Border News Watch  


·        Complete Repudiation: Pro-Gun Candidate Wins Gabby Giffords’ Former House Seat

·        New Texas Restaurant Requires Patrons To Open Carry

·        Washington Officials Will Not ‘Trap’ Citizens Into Obeying New Gun Control Law


·        Attorney-Wants-High-Court-To-Rule-On-CA-T-Shirt-Case


·        Sony-CEO-Responds-To-Obama: The-President,The-Press-And-The-Public-Are-Mistaken-About-What-Happened

·        US-Asks-China-To-Help-Rein-In-Korean-Hackers


·        US Troops Fight ISIS In Western Iraq


·        DOJ: Employers-Cant-Discriminate-Against-Transgendered

·        Eric Holder Implies Minorities Should Fear Police


·        Rand Paul Implies ‘Jeb Bush Is NO Ronald Reagan’


·        Two Pa. Legislators Indicted For Voter ID Bribes In A Case The State AG Refused To Prosecute


·        Democrat Corruptocrats Look Out For One Another

·        Senate Dem.: Obama Has ‘Vindicated The Brutal Behavior Of The Cuban Government’


·        NBC-Continues-Shrug-Off Criticism-Of Obama's-Move-Cuba; -Frets-Theyll-Keep-Door-'Shut'

·        CBS Brings On Obama Supporter Colin Powell To Endorse New Cuba Policy

·        ABC Offers Little Criticism For Obama's Cuba Move: It 'Helped Thaw A Cold War'


·        Ben-Carson-Pledges-Support-For-Israel

·        Ben-Carson-Blames-Obama-For-Palestinian-Aggression


·        How Harry Reid’s Last Act As Majority Leader Directly Benefited His State


·        AP-Reporter: We're-Not-Sure-Why-Hillary-Is-Running

·        Hillary Loves Castro: Hillary Was The Main Architect For The New Cuba Foreign Policy

·        Hillary Behind The Deal With Castro ?


·        IRS Warns It May Have To Shut Down


·        Thanks To PC Western Leaders, It’s Happy Hunting For The Terrorists


·        Evidence-Mounts-In-Fired-For-Being-Christian-Case   Attorneys Argue Officials Canceled Doctor's Hiring 'Because Of The Sermons He Preached'


·        ‘I Can Breathe - Thanks To The NYPD’ Shirts Flood Pro-Police NYC Rally


·        Emperor Obama: ‘I’ll Improve Race Relations Through Executive Order’

·        Jessica Chambers: Teen Murdered Immediately After Local Blacks Called For Rape & Burning Of White Women

·        Watch: Rosie Claimed To Know What Racism Is, And Whoopi Almost Fell Out Of Her Seat


·        GOP Senators Slam Obama's Cuba Moves

·        Has America Finally Begun To Despise BOTH Parties?

·        Senators Cruz And Menendez On Obama’s Cuba Mistake

·        Cuban Dissidents Beg America Not To Bow To The Castro Regime

·        Congressional Funding Allows Partial Roll-Out Of Calif. Seismic Early Warning System

·        Conservatives Lambaste 20 GOP Senators Who Voted For Amnesty

·        Rand Paul Vs. Marco Rubin On Opening Relations With Cuba

·        Pelosi’s Lame-Duck Comeback

·        Last House Seat Finally Decided: GOP Wins Seat Of Former Dem. Giffords


·        Here’s How Rick Perry’s Texas Just Gave The Rest Of The Country A Huge Lesson In Economics


·        Obama-Claims-Keystone-Pipeline-Of-No-Benefit

·        Obama Continues His War On Energy!


·        65 Percent Of Children Live In Households On Federal Aid Programs


·        Socialist Medicine Fails In Vermont

·        Forced Alzheimer’s Tests At Medicare Paid ‘Wellness Visits’

·        Head Of Medicaid To Exit

·        The Obamacare Abyss: Why Can’t Millions Of Americans Afford Coverage?


·        EPA Coal Ash Standards A Setback For Environmental Groups


·        Mom-Says-She-Uncovered-Very-Shocking-Content-When-She-Decided-To-Look-Over-Her-Childs-Vocabulary-Lesson

·        High School: Islamic Vocabulary Lesson Part Of Common Core Standards

·        School Punishment: Take Away Blind Boy’s Cane

·        Schools-Bribe-Students-Eat-Michelle-Obama-Approved-Lunches

·        University Of Michigan Professor: I Hate Republicans

·        Harvard Law Professor: No One Wants to Study Rape Law!

·        Michael Brown in the Classroom: The Schools Where Truth Doesn't Matter


·        Unions Want Minimum Wage Increases - As Long As They Are Exempt!

·        Obama’s Boy: High-Priced SEIU Union Rep Protester Charged With Attacking Cop


·        High School: Islamic Vocabulary Lesson Part Of Common Core Standards


·        DHS On Certain Illegals: ‘Not Going To Be Deported Because They’ve Been Here A Long Time’

·        Illegal Immigration Up, Deportations Down In 2014: DHS


·        Racism: Michelle Obama Asked For Help At Target

·         Politico Story Confirms Michelle Obama Was Lying About Racist Incident At Target


·        Obama Charged With Throwing Sony Under Bus, Failing To Lead On Terrorist Threat

·        White House Denies Advising On Move To Pull 'The Interview'

·        America Under Dictatorship

·        Saving Comrade Castro

·        White-House-Rejects-North-Korea-Offer To Help Probe-Of-Sony-Hack

·        Obama Caves To Castro: Cuban Communist Leader Lectures Obama For 30 Minutes

·        Watch: Sony Exec Fires Back At President Obama

·        After Turbulent Year, Obama Aims For Quiet Hawaii Getaway

·        White House Says Courts Have No Power To Review Obama’s Decision-Making

·        Obama Defends Actions On Cuba And Promises Some Compromise With Congress

·        Obama Gives Federal Workers A 2015 Pay Raise

·        Is Obama "Urging Black Americans To Continue To See Themselves As Victims"

·        Obama Makes 30 Million Acres Of Alaskan Waters Off Limits To Drilling

·        A Day In Infamy - Barack Obama’s Cuban Pact

·        Is Obama 'Throwing The Bird' To Everyone In Washington?

·        White House Needs A Taller Fence, But The Border Doesn't!

·        ‘I’m Not Done': Obama Swaggers His Way Into 2015

·        Sony-CEO-Says-Obama-Lied-About-Not-Being-Contacted-By-Studio-Before-Folding-To-Norks

·        Roland Trujillo Was Swapped For Three Cuban Spies Held In The U.S., But Officials Are Mum On His Location, And His Family Says They've Yet To Hear From Him.