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Thursday, January 19, 2017

1-19-17 Briefs

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Editor Frosty Taylor  repcomm@cox.net       Web Master John Strasser

 

The Chart Below Was Prepared By Arizona Freedom Alliance: See Proxy Harvesting - What to Expect if They GO! to read the entire article: 

MCRC Statutory Meeting January 14, 2017 Stats

Red = More proxies than people.    Blue – about 1/2 proxies, 1/2 peopke

Legislative District

Total PCs in District

Number of Pcs Attending In Person

% of Total PCs Attending in Person

Number of Pcs AttendingBy Proxy

% of Total PCs Attending by Proxy

Number of PCs Attending in person or by Proxy

% Attending in person or by Proxy

% of Attendees by Proxy

Avg no of proxies carried by person

No of Precincts with NO PCs

1

98

27

27.55%

48

48.98%

75

76.53%

64.00%

1.78

1

4

17

12

70.59%

1

5.88%

13

76.47%

7.69%

0.08

13

12

267

70

26.22%

99

37.08%

169

63.30%

58.58%

1.41

1

13

115

23

20.00%

52

45.22%

75

65.22%

69.33%

2.26

15

15

163

48

29.45%

28

17.18%

76

46.63%

36.84%

0.58

11

16

81

26

32.10%

16

19.75%

42

51.85%

38.10%

0.62

4

17

254

60

23.62%

113

44.49%

173

68.11%

65.32%

1.88

9

18

186

71

38.17%

59

31.72%

130

69.89%

45.38%

0.83

2

19

33

11

33.33%

15

45.45%

26

78.79%

57.69%

1.36

20

20

97

41

42.27%

20

20.62%

61

62.89%

32.79%

0.49

20

21

80

29

36.25%

26

32.50%

55

68.75%

47.27%

0.90

16

22

143

56

39.16%

28

19.58%

84

58.74%

33.33%

0.50

12

23

356

141

39.61%

113

31.74%

254

71.35%

44.49%

0.80

10

24

86

32

37.21%

19

22.09%

51

59.30%

37.25%

0.59

12

25

237

74

31.22%

45

18.99%

119

50.21%

37.82%

0.61

8

26

55

24

43.64%

16

29.09%

40

72.73%

40.00%

0.67

14

27

27

13

48.15%

3

11.11%

16

59.26%

18.75%

0.23

25

28

321

75

23.36%

139

43.30%

214

66.67%

64.95%

1.85

7

29

28

15

53.57%

1

3.57%

16

57.14%

6.25%

0.07

18

30

74

38

51.35%

27

36.49%

65

87.84%

41.54%

0.71

9

Total

2718

886

32.60%

868

31.94%

1754

64.53%

49.49%

0.98

227

CONCLUSION: At this meeting, 304 PCs present in person carried 493 proxies. This is ONLY among those seven districts that had more proxies than people in person. 189 votes were cast on behalf of ghosts in those seven districts where the predominance of votes were by proxy.... not by the actual PCs who didn't even show up. There were 868 total votes by proxies, many of them ghost proxies*. Is that right, by any measure? Remember, two candidates were elected by 54 and 45 votes. You see how proxies elected these two board members. Is that right? If YOU were there, you got only ONE vote but for those who carried proxies, some got as many as nine or ten votes but the average was 1.62 votes for those in person.

Editor’s Note: For over a month, Precinct Committeemen/State Committee have watched the Graham vs LD23 Saga unfold, wondering whether 119 LD23 delegates would be credentialed at the Jan 28 State Convention. Due to the conflicting stories, Briefs is posting Graham’s entire letter so there is no misunderstandings as to what AZGOP Robert Graham’s wrote in his 5:58 pm, Wed., Jan 18 e-mail to Executive Members. Also see LD23 Tim Horn Gives The LD23 Side Of The Story and LD23 Chairman Nancy Ordowski’s Timeline 2017_01_11_archive on this issue.  

UPDATE: American Freedom Alliance has posted a rebuttal to Graham’s letter that drips of red ink where AFA points out errors of omission and alleged misleading statements. See Robert Graham's Last Stand (The AFA Team shreds Graham’s letter to Exec Board) - ft

AZGOP Robert Graham to Members of the AZGOP Executive Committee: LD23 Election and Nomination Issues Letter to LD 23 PCs

   The purpose of this letter is to assure that every Republican precinct committeeman within the State of Arizona has a clear understanding surrounding the ongoing discussions with respect to LD 23 and the nomination of their state committeemen.

   The discussions do NOT regard the call letter, how it was sent, or the Attorney General’s opinion defining “mail” and “electric communication.” Further, the discussions do NOT and need not address LD 23’s election of new leadership. State committeemen, once elected, have the awesome responsibility to represent their district and/or county in a material way each year. Every precinct committeeman has the right to a fair and well-defined nomination process to assure that everyone has the option to pursue their interest of becoming a state committeeman.

   Like any club, organization, or business, it is normal to find new members who have little working experience or knowledge to apply to their newfound responsibilities. This reality adds additional responsibilities to leadership to assure everyone -- in this case newly elected precinct committeemen -- are included and are completely aware of the nomination process of becoming a state committeeman.

   The Complaint:

      The AZGOP was made aware by many new precinct committeemen and later confirmed by Nancy Ordowski, the new Chairman of LD 23, that there were over 28 precinct committeemen that were never made aware of the nomination process to become a state committeemen.

      The LD 23 leadership worked to acquire email addresses and any electronic means of communicating with the new precinct committeemen. Not all precinct committeemen responded to the requests. By not responding, leadership within all counties and district leadership must recognize the obligation to communicate with all elected precinct committeemen and the nomination process to run for state committeeman. If leadership does not have everyone’s email addresses or social media handle, USPS (mail) is the last resort to assure everyone is included. LD 23 did this with their call letters but not the nomination process for state committeeman. Herein lies the problem: to assure that everyone that would have wanted to be a state committeeman has a fair and equal opportunity to become a statecommitteemen.

     Many have complained this was a bad process, one that alienated conservative stalwarts who are important to the party and its success. Congressman David Schweikert and his wife's proxies were not permitted. There was arbitrary enforcement of proxy rules.

     C.T. Wright, a black leader in our party whom many of you know from his stirring invocations at our state party functions, was left alienated.

     Conservative attorney Mike Liburdi, an active volunteer in the Republican Lawyers Association in the past, gave notice to Chairman O'Connor that he could not attend the meeting and was not allowed to run for state committeeman. He was not given notice of the deadline for making the ballot, gave advance notice of his desire to run in writing, and had a proxy at the meeting but was denied the ability to run.

     Based on these examples and other similar complaints, AZGOP simply asked LD 23 to improve its process and hold a new election. They instead decided to hire lawyers and spent at least $5,000 fighting this. One is left wondering: what do you have to fear? Details are below, but the AZGOP simply offered to directly appoint Jim O'Connor as a state committeemen, allaying any fears that he would be prevented from campaigning for higher office in the party.

     In any case, after reviewing the complaints and having multiple meetings with leadership from LD 23 and their legal counsel, it is clear that there was neither bad behavior nor the intent to disenfranchise the new precinct committeemen of LD 23. The challenge lies with the outcome of the 119 nominated state committeemen and the question “would the results be different if the 28 plus precinct committeemen were notified properly and included in the election for the state committee both as voters or candidates for state committeeman.”

What has the AZGOP Offered as a Resolution?

   1) New Election: The AZGOP has offered to pay for a new election that would include ALL elected precinct committeemen from LD 23. This offer included paying for facilities, printing and postage. This offer was made weeks prior to the Maricopa County January 14th meeting and would assure compliance to all bylaws and Arizona Revised Statutes. A new election would have put forth best efforts to help assure that no one would have been left out of the process. Leadership in LD 23 said NO to this offer.

   2) Lottery: Next was a lottery system to randomly draw precinct committeemen names from a “hat.” All names of the precinct committeemen would be included in the drawing. Once a name was picked they would be contacted to confirm or deny their interest to becoming a state committeeman. If confirmed the AZGOP, under advice and consent of the LD 23 Chairman and Maricopa County Chairman, we would appoint that person. If the person denied interest in becoming a state committeemen, then a new name would be drawn. This process would be followed until all 119 names were confirmed and appointed. Further, there was an additional offer. There has been some suggestion that the AZGOP was attempting to block Jim O’Connor from being eligible for running for state chairman by not allowing his district to be credentialed at the State Meeting. This is false. LD 23 was offered, if they chose the lottery process, that the AZGOP would hold out Jim O’Connor as an automatic appointment to be a state committeeman. He had the top number of votes in his district and the AZGOP thought this was only fair to assure that we did not interrupt or interfere with his statewide campaign. Leadership in LD 23 saidNO to this offer.

   3) Letter to the District: Lastly, in an another effort to make sure that LD 23 had full state committeemen representation to the State Statutory Meeting on January 28, 2017, the AZGOP suggested that a letter come from the immediate past Chairman, Jim O’Connor, who presided over the LD 23 Reorganization and State Committeemen Nomination process, stating “there was NO intent of LD 23 leadership to disenfranchise or not include the block of precinct committeemen that were not included in the state committeeman nomination process. The mistake was a clear oversight and because of the complaints we have received from the LD 23 committee members we have worked with the AZGOP to define and develop uniform guidelines to help assure there will never be confusion in the future. This process would also help assure that everyone would be included or have the option to be included in the state committee nomination process in the future. Uniform guidelines that would be helpful for committees statewide.”

   The AZ GOP has offered/proposed this simple statement as another way to assure that all currently nominated 119 State Committeemen would be credentialed at the upcoming State Statutory meeting with NO changes. Chairman Nancy Ordowski of LD 23 declined this offer too, stating their attorney said a statement of this nature would be an admission of guilt.

   At this point, the AZGOP has offered at least three solutions that would assure LD 23 full representation at the State Statutory Meeting on January 28, 2017.

   Given the reasonable solutions that have been offered, and the continued “no deal” response, it feels as if the intent to “credential LD 23” at the state meeting is not the top priority of previous and current leadership of LD 23. It also feels as if the accusatory “disenfranchisement” narrative being leveled by some is politically motivated.

   As Chairman of the AZGOP I have the responsibility to give surety that all precinct committeemen statewide, within every county and district, have a fair and equitable opportunity to represent the Republican Party as a state committeeman. I am making every attempt to address the concerns brought forward by new and active precinct committeemen of LD 23 and I am continuing to work toward a solution. All precinct committeemen deserve and have the right to confidence in the process. Legitimacy should only be claimed once a fair and equitable resolution has been made.

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The Current Tentative List of 1,235 state committeemen, including nominees not yet formally elected:  http://az.gop/arizona-republican-state-meeting-2017-committeemen/

Editor’s Note: Announcements or statements are limited to 300 words. If longer, they will be edited to conform to policy.

Attention Republican Group Leaders: If your event announcement is not posted within 24 hours from the time you submitted it - Briefs did NOT receive it. Please resend it to either frostytaylor@cox.net or repcomm@cox.net. – Editor Frosty Taylor

LD25 will meet at 7 pm., Thur., Jan 19 at the Charles K. Lester Building--640 N. Mesa Dr. Mesa, AZ to hear AZGOP Chairman candidate Jim O’Connor discuss the AZGOP. Contact Karen Gevaert irisheyes3@cox.net

LD23 PC Joe Romack: Attached are the FEC filings of Jim O'Connor that I believe reveal where his true loyalties lie.  As they say, "Follow the Money" or in this case, lack thereof. Link to verify: http://tinyurl.com/jrnqlnc

Briefs Offered AZGOP Chairman Jim O’Connor the same opportunity to respond as we did to candidate Jonathan Lines regarding his donations 1-18-17-briefs . O’Connor: I retired to Arizona close to the time I sold my business in 2001. I had amassed a few dollars of savings to carry me and my family through sending our youngest son through college and allow me to spend my senior years contributing my time and my talents to my church, my community in pro bono service. For the past 11 years, much of that time and talent had been in the capacity of a Precinct Committeemen working in my district in many capacities, most recently including District Chairman. Over my lifetime I contributed over $50,000.00 to Republican candidates; but I have been retired full time for the past six years and live on a budget as do other seniors. So instead of giving money, I generously give my time. I chose not to put a price tag on the value of that time, as to me it is priceless. And that is the way I feel about every patriot giving themselves to the great cause of “keeping our Republic”. That is why as Chairman, I will hear your voice and honor your contributions of time, talent and treasure whether large or small.

Arizona GOP Candidates for the January 28 Statutory Meeting election of officers (two year terms).  Candidates are:

·         Chairman – Jim O’Connor, Jim O'Connor  & jimoconnorazgop.com/  (Slate:  Sec Gabby Saucedo-Mercer and Treasurer Bob Lettieri.)

·         Jonathan Lines  Jonathan-Lines  (Slate - Sec: Cindy Coleman and Treasurer Eric Morgan.)

·         Frank Thorwald  Frank-Thorwald- (no slate)

·         Secretary Gabby Mercer   Gabriela_Saucedo_Mercer , Cindy Coleman cindyc22@msn.com  and Marla Festenese.

·         Treasurer – Bob Lettieri rlett5484@aol.com   Wes Harris wwharris@msn.com  Bill Beard wglbeard@hotmail.com and Eric Morgan.

In honor of President Donald J Trump’s Fri, Jan 20 inauguration Panther TEK’s IT company is running a discount for computer repair and trouble shooting services, according to owner Nohl Rosen of Wickenburg. Contact: www.panthertekit.com or 480-980-8541.

LD18 meet last night at the Mountain View Lutheran Church with newly elected officers:

·         Chairperson Jennifer Szatkowski

·         1st Vice Chair Ed Pellegrino

·         2nd Vice Chair Connie Sunday

·         3rd  Vice Chair Sharon Rihs

·         4th Vice Chair Mike Noble

·         Secretary Pam Derks

·         Treasurer Reid Pixler

Briefs Sent Identical Questions to the three AZGOP Chairman candidates. Their answers will be posted every day, in the order in which they came in, until the Jan 28 Mandatory Meeting election. Question #16: Since Sen John McCain is getting a lot of heat over the questionable file he turned over to the FBI regarding allegations against President-elect Donald J Trump, would you back State Committeemen/PCs if they support a resolution asking McCain to step down or the recall of McCain (if it can be done legally via state law)?

JIM O’CONNOR: My personal feeling regarding both of our US Senators lack of support of our Republican President Donald J. Trump is a great disappointment. These men are looked to as leaders of our Arizona Republican Party. They have set a very bad role model. After researching our ability as Arizona Voters to recall a Federally Elected Official, it was reported to me that we are out of luck, Only state and local elected government officials may be removed from office through a “recall” mechanism in our state. Senator McCain was elected to his next six year term and that is our reality. Although I will honor the wishes of the majority of our statewide PCs with respect to “resolutions” they bring forward from time to time, I will be encouraging them to focus their time, talent and treasure on winnable battles. The last few years have proven beyond a doubt that our party has wasted resources on picking the wrong battles to fight. I see it as part of my job to redirect those energies to more productive uses.

JONATHAN LINES: Like most Republicans, I’ve been outraged by the leaks and lies told about our President-elect and his key appointees. The radical left will stop at nothing in an attempt to delegitimize our 45th President, and it is shameful. As for Senator McCain, it would be inappropriate for me as both a County GOP Chair and as a candidate for State GOP chair to publicly attack or demean the Senator. I have often disagreed with a position that the Senator has taken, and have certainly