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Sharon Altenhoff has withdrawn her name as a candidate for MCRC Secretary effective yesterday, according to MCRC Nominating Committee Chairman Raymond Jones.
Meet Robert ‘Bob’ Lettieri candidate for AZGOP Treasurer: Success in my career has required accountability at the highest level. Being responsible to shareholders and employees has been the standard which began after receiving a BS degree in accounting from Saint John’s University. I was recruited by the international CPA firm of Deloitte & Touche (D&T) in New York City, where I received exposure and insights into the information systems and progressed into system implementation and analysis of merger and acquisitions. Hired away from D&T, I began my progression from Director of Internal Audit to Controller and then Chief Financial Officer in a variety of companies in varying industries. I have been in my current CFO role with the same company for 10 years.
· Raising over $100 million in the capital markets which generated many high paying jobs
· Participated in the sale of the Healthcare Group of Revlon, an International transaction.
· Filing of an S1 Registration for an IPO together with all subsequent SEC filings.
· Developed an infrastructure that supported global growth and SEC compliance for a publicly held company.
One factor that ran through my career was the need for accurate information and integrity of the decision maker. Those skills developed a focus on facts and elimination of bias and special interests which I believe are essential for good decision making in business and government. I have accumulated valuable capital markets experience and have guided the capital formation of early stage technology companies through many rounds of funding from top tier Venture Capitalist’s and Private Equity groups; this will translate into solid stewardship for the party’s fund raising requirements. Along with my C-Level experience I served on several Boards of Directors with committee chairman responsibility. I earned an MBA at Arizona State University and was an Adjunct faculty member at University of Phoenix. Lettieri, who running on AZGOP Chairman candidate Jim O’Connor’s slate, is a LD23 PC and State Committeemen, and a member of the District Audit Committee. email@example.com
Meet Bill Beard, candidate for Arizona GOP Treasurer: “I ask all elected Republican State Committeemen for your vote at the Arizona State Republican Party statutory meeting on Sat, Jan 28, 2017. I'm a native of Southern Arizona and believe that additional representation from Pima County is crucial for carrying many State-wide elections. In 2012, I took on a 20-year Democrat incumbent to run for the office of Pima County Recorder and was the first Republican to do so since the entrenched incumbent’s first election.
I served as the 2014-16 chairman of the Pima County Republican Party and was able during my tenure to reduce the County Party’s overhead expenses by more than 60%. I will bring that same fiscal responsibility to the State Party. During my Chairmanship we flipped the Democrats’ decades-long hold on the office of Pima County Sheriff, no small feat considering the enormous registration deficit that Republicans have in Pima County. Like the Pima leadership in this last cycle I want to keep the statewide efforts focused on the task at hand in the next…electing Republicans in the General Election. As your Treasurer I will keep the resources of the state party focused on that end each day. In joining the new Executive Committee I will help raise the funds to meet those needs.
I bring over 30 years of business ownership and management experience to the table. I have managed multimillion-dollar budgets that required lengthy research and attention to detail to differentiate between local, state and federal reporting requirements. I serve as a current member of the Pima County Election Integrity Commission. I ask for your vote.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet MCRC Chairman candidate Chris Herring: During the year plus Republican Presidential Primary I was privileged to meet many of our 17 candidates. Early on I thought Scott Walker, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, or Marco Rubio may become the front runner and did all I could to get to know more about them. I was able to meet most of them personally at events. Eventually I ended up working alongside Ted Cruz's campaign. He was a solid conservative I felt good to support. When Cruz dropped out I backed our nominee with all my energy and got to work convincing "never Trump" Republicans to do the same. Some days I spent over 8 hours organizing phone banks and walks in the west valley, work that earned me the support of Trump's AZ Campaign Director. At times the presidential candidates did things I did not approve of, and I was openly critical. As a candidate for MCRC Chairman this is a quality I would hope you value. Being critical of those in power is crucial to make our party strong and hold our elected to our platform. So when any candidate, Cruz, Trump or otherwise was doing things I thought un-Republican in the primary, I said so. And I'm proud of that.
Briefs Sent Identical Questions to the three AZGOP Chairman candidates. Their answers will be posted every day until the Jan 28 Mandatory Meeting election. Question #2: How will you improve the atmosphere at AZGOP Headquarters to make it more PC friendly?
Jim O’Connor: At the AZGOP, like any business, place of worship, or political institution, the “atmosphere” is created not by paint color or air conditioning, but by leadership. The current leadership must be removed if the atmosphere for AZ Republicans can be improved. It is not for empowerment of ordinary people in our Party. Our party leadership at the State level is not about the majority of us, it is about money and power; who is owed and what must be paid. That is and what has been controlling our AZGOP leadership, and now is driving its struggle to keep its control. Our AZGOP leadership is acting in ways that most find disgusting and inexcusable. Some examples:
At the Republican State Convention the AZGOP leadership was given a slate to copy and return. Overnight the leadership changed many to match their desires. This was discovered at the very last moment. No one with integrity can condone this. It’s happening again.
(1) They have tried to take the ability to vote from my own district where THERE IS NO WRONGDOING;
(2) threatened to NULLIFY our duly elected SCs, making me ineligible;
(3) claimed dozens of complaints but have not produced matching evidence;
(4) caused us NEEDLESS legal expense;
(5) began to INTIMIDATE MCRC. These people are not leaders; they are misleaders and creators of an atmosphere hostile to ordinary Republicans. Similar to the Washington establishment which has “Never Trump” people, the Arizona swamp has “Never O'Connor” people.
Together we will beat them here just like in D.C. I want every SC TO PHYSICALLY ATTEND the January 28th meeting and stand with me for the new era of Republican politics: that begins with integrity, continues with the truth, and wins because of the people we are and the ideals we hold dear.
Frank Thorwald: Working with the PCs in the AZGOP office is only a small portion of what needs to be done. We need to work with the LD and county PCs more effectively with tailored solutions to their needs. I would create a kitchen cabinet with multiple representatives of each of the factions of the party including all rural areas, so that they can have an ongoing place to present their ideas, recommendations and voice their opinions prior to decisions being made that affect the party. The purpose of this not only gives everybody a voice in the direction the party takes, but also strengthens and expands the party when getting Republicans elected to office. This should also reduce the public bickering between factions of the party, so that we can effectively raise the capital necessary to defeat Democrats and elect Republicans to office.
I would work with the PC’s in the county and LDs to understand their local area, so we may jointly develop a plan that is tailored to their specific needs utilizing the backbone of the party - the PCs. Establish regular training in a variety of areas tailored to local needs. Establish ongoing rapid response to questions and news media reports as well as social media. Training on issues, personal communications, among other things.
Johnathan Lines: In my experience, the AZGOP Headquarters is already very PC friendly. I have seen PCs work at the Party every day during Victory operations, seen the phone banks, attended outreach coalitions and have even seen PCs come in just to grab refreshments and talk with Chairman Graham and Ed Avinash. I do plan on having a space dedicated to data and targeting requests for PC’s. There are Republican clubs and District 24 meetings at headquarters and all of our nominees were welcome to bring their materials to headquarters. However, if there are PCs who did not feel welcome before, I formally invite them to come visit me if I am elected as the State Party Chair. I want to be a conservative who unites us and in that spirit, here is my personal cell phone number for those feel they have not been welcome. (928) 580-0349.
LD20 PC Wes Harris: I cannot adequately express my utter disappointment in the actions of our current state party chairman Robert Graham. I have counted Robert as a personal d since meeting him at a breakfast when he asked for my support for his first run for this office. I have supported him ever since and have ignored many of the things he has done that I personally did not agree with, focusing instead on the many things he did that I did support. I cannot now ignore this arrogant move to unseat the duly elected State Committeeman from L.D. 23. This appears to be aimed, as the following cartoon depicts, at past L..D. 23 chair Jim O'Connor. I have known and worked with Jim since 2009 and find him to be one of the finest men I have ever known and I am on record supporting his run for the Chairmanship of our party. I hope you will all help put this quest of Robert's to deny us Jim's service to our party where it belongs...file 13!friend since meeting him at a breakfast when he asked for my support for his first run for this office. I have supported him ever since and have ignored many of the things he has done that I personally did not agree with, focusing instead on the many things he did that I did support. I cannot now ignore this arrogant move to unseat the duly elected State Committeeman from LD 23. This appears to be aimed, as the following cartoon depicts, at past LD 23 chair Jim O'Connor. I have known and worked with Jim since 2009 and find him to be one of the finest men I have ever known and I am on record supporting his run for the Chairmanship of our party. I hope you will all help put this quest of Robert's to deny us Jim's service to our party where it belongs...file 13!
Stop-O’Connor! Sunday’s-Comic AZDI Harpoons McCain and Graham
New-AZ-House-Speaker-Looks-Forward-To-Obamacare-Repeal Mesnard won’t bring up national popular vote bill this session
Official Call to MCRC Statutory Organizational Meeting scheduled Jan 14, 2017 at El Zaribah Shriner’s Auditorium, 552 N 40 th St., Phoenix, AZ 85008.
Stuart McDaniel, Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Director, will address the “Conservative Friends” luncheon at noon Wed., Jan 4 at The Place, 21 S Milton Road regarding the attempt to amend Flagstaff’s $15 minimum wage.
Coconino County Republican Committee Chairman Jeff Oravits speak to the Mingus Mountain Republicans Club at 11 am., Tues., Jan 10. All Verde Valley Republicans are welcome to attend. Contact: http://mm-gop.org/monthlymeeting.html.
During the Yavapai County Trump Campaign Christmas/Victory Party in Prescott, Shiree Verdone, the Arizona Trump Victory Fundraiser Chair, presented to Brenda Dickinson, Chair of the Yavapai County Trump Campaign and her volunteers, a letter from Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, that reads: Dear Yavapai County Republicans, “I write to thank you for all your hard work and dedication to grow and build our Party in the great state of Arizona. On behalf of the Republican National Committee, I want to congratulate the Republican Party of Yavapai County and all the Republicans in Yavapai on an extraordinary campaign and historic Republican turnout. Your efforts helped reelect Senator McCain, Republicans up and down the ticket, and Mr. Donald Trump as the next President of the United States, keeping Arizona a Red State in the process. I urge you to continue supporting the Arizona State Republican Party as they continue to build the necessary infrastructure for continued success in the coming years. I thank you for all that you have done and will continue to do for our party. With a positive, forward-looking message and strong partners like the Republican Party of Yavapai County, we will claim victory in the elections ahead.” - Reince Priebus, Chairman, Republican National Committee
The Sonoita-Elgin Tea Party urges residents to attend the 30 minute US Fish & Wildlife Service documentary “Wolves in Government Clothing” between 2-4 pm., Sat., Jan 21 in the Pioneer Hall at the Sonoita Fairgrounds. The documentary revolves around USFWS plans to expand the wolf reintroduction area from I-10 south to the US/Mexican border. Also see “Living with Wolves” presented by Wink Crigler, Owner X Diamond Cattle Ranch from Greer, AZ who was Named Society of Range Management's Top Range Manager 2011; along with Cindy Coping, Chair of Pima Natural Resources Conservation District; Mary Darling, former Appeals & Litigation Coordinator, U.S. Forest Service; and Emcee Dean Fish: Manager of the Santa Fe Ranch, Nogales, AZ. Open to the public – free of charge. Complimentary beverages and snacks. Sponsored by the Bowman and Stradling History Center. Contact: Sonoita/Elgin Tea Party Website
The Sun City West Republican Club will meet with AZGOP Chairman candidate Jim O’Connor on “Building GOP legislative Districts” and his campaign for chairmanship of the Arizona Republican Party at 8:30 am, Sat., Jan 7 in the Quail Room of the SCW Foundation Bldg. Social hour – 8 am coffee/donuts. $2 admission to help defray room rental costs. O’Connor is the immediate past LD23 Chairman and is currently the 2nd Vice President of the Arizona Republican Assembly. Club membership dues are $10. Contact: www.GOP.scwclubs.com
Hawaii-Still-Hasnt-Verified-Obamas-Birth-Certificate Arpaio and his Cold Case Posse team have been diligent in investigating the fraudulent documents of the usurper-in-chief, Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah. Now, it’s been confirmed that Hawaii never verified the validity of the birth certificate on the White House website.
MCRC candidates announced for the Jan 14 Mandatory meeting election of officers, according to MCRC Nominating Committee Chairman Raymond Jones:
· 1st Vice Chairman: Aaron Flannery email@example.com.
· 2nd Vice Chairman: Yvonne Cahill firstname.lastname@example.org
· Secretary: Cindy Casaus
· Treasurer: Wesley W. Harris email@example.com
Arizona GOP Candidates announced for the January 28 Statutory Meeting election of officers (two year terms). Candidates are:
· Secretary Gabby Mercer Gabriela_Saucedo_Mercer
Briefs Has Requested That All Candidates running for AZGOP office and Maricopa County Republican Committee office during the January 2017 Mandatory meetings submit their candidate announcement or a resume to help PCs get acquainted with the candidates they will vote on: See candidates responses (below) in the order in which they came in:
2018 US Senate Candidate Kelli Ward’s campaign team needs volunteers are needed for to gather petitions signatures between 9-12 pm, noon – 3 pm, and 3-5 or 6 pm., January 13, 14, 15 at the Lake Havasu Balloon Fest at The Island Golf Club at the Nautical Beachfront Resort, 1040 McCulloch Blvd. North, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403. RSVP to Carolyn Leff firstname.lastname@example.org 1-928-230-0633.
Editor’s Note: Candidate 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. – Editor Frosty Taylor
Rustin Pearce's Speech: Integrity In PC Elections LD25 PC elections. Pearce wants your stories about fraud, proxy abuse, ghost PCs and those being blocked. Send stories to Pearce at integrityinPCelections@gmail.com He wants specifics, including identification/names of those involved.
A Tribute Honoring long-time Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his wife Ava is scheduled at 6 pm., Jan 13 at the Fountain Hills Community Center, 13001 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 with Master of Ceremonies KFYI radio personality Mike Broomhead. Extended Hands Food Bank is organizing the event with profits going the Extended Hands Food Bank. Speakers line-up and entertainment arranged by the Fountain Hills Republican Club. Tickets $50 each. http://www.HonorSheriffJoe.com Tickets. Advance tickets only, no sales at the door. Contact : The Reverend David Iverson, 480-837-0303 or email@example.com. Reservations: http://www.HonorSheriffJoe.com To sit with specific others, after making reservations, send text to Iverson at 480-200-0115.More info: tribute-dinner-for-sheriff-joe-arpaio-and-ava or arpaio-tribute-dinner
Call The White House 202-456-1111 Comments. Switchboard: 202-456-1414. Contact Senate https://www.senate.gov/ or Representatives http://www.house.gov/ Let them know how you feel. Hold their feet to the fire. They wanted these positions so badly, hold them accountable. Arizona delegation phone numbers:
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The Surprise Tea Party Patriots will meet at 6:30 pm., Tues., Jan 3 in the Grand Canyon Room of the SCW Foundation, 14465 R.H. Johnson Blvd. Forster Morgan, the youngest elector in the US to vote for Donald J Trump, will speak about his experience as an elector and how to encourage young people to become involved in the political system. Morgan is the son of immediate past LD22 Chairman Eric Morgan and his wife Heather. Contact: Contact: John Madeira firstname.lastname@example.org
The Coconino County Republican Committee will meet at noon, Jan 4 with Conservative friends for a discussion on “unintended consequences” of Prop 414, Flagstaff’s $15 minimum wage. Contact: Chairman Jeff Oravits
Grassroots Patriots Will Be Meeting at the IHOP Restaurant, 6601 W Peoria Ave in Glendale instead of Denny’s restaurant starting Jan 4, 2017. Order food at 6 pm., mtg at 6:30 pm. Grassroots Tea Party Activists email@example.com Scheduled speakers:
- Jan 4 – AZGOP Chairman candidate Jim O’Connor.
- Jan 11 - Southwestern Regional Coordinator Heritage for America Nathan Duel.
- Jan 18 - Activist Nohl Rosen speaking on helping Police officers.
- Jan 25 – LD13 Rep Darin Mitchell addressing new plans for Arizona.
The Central Republican Women Of Phoenix will meet with Maricopa County Treasurer elect Royce Flora on Jan 5 to discuss property taxes and county financial issues at the Hilton Phoenix Suites, 10 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix. The Social begins at 5:30, and dinner/meeting at 6:15 p.m. Reservations required. $30 each includes dinner and program. RSVP by Jan. 1 to Jan Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact: Kathy Hedges email@example.com If you made reservations to an errant prior listed reservations link, please make them again.
Mesa Republican Women meet between 11:30 am-1 pm, Jan 5 – (the first Thursday of each month, except August). January speakers are Senate President Steve Yarborough and Speaker of the House J.D. Mesnard. Lunch is $10/members, $12 visitors & guests. Memberships are Jan-Dec: $25 Member and $15 Associate Member. Associate memberships are for men or women who are full members of another AzFRW club. Visitors/guests are allowed two meetings before being asked to pay membership fees. They have a 50/50 pot each month and lots of door prizes. We also sell patriot jewelry and other items to help cover club costs. RSVP deadline is Sun, Jan 1 to President Sherry Pierce at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (480) 615-0524) or 1900 E. University Drive, Suite 11, Mesa 85213. (Northwest corner of University Drive and Gilbert Road; Riviera Plaza).
AZGOP Chairman candidate Jonathan Lines will address the Colorado River Tea Party at 6 pm., Thur., Jan 5 at the Community Christian Church, 6480 E Hwy 95, Yuma, AZ.
A Trump Victory Celebration, hosted by Daisy Mountain Patriots, starts at 5 pm., Jan 6 at the Roadrunner Restaurant, 47801 North Black Canyon Highway New River, AZ 85087. There will be a AR-15 Raffle, Trump Gear and Gift Raffle, a "Special" Trump Sandwich, a band for entertainment & more, according to Patriots chairman Vera Anderson. Contact Anderson at (602) 821-4675 or email@example.com
AZGOP Chairman Candidates Jim O’Connor And Frank Thorwald will appear before the Paradise Republican Women Sat., Jan 7 at Gainey Golf Club, 7600 E Gainey Club Drive in Scottsdale. 9 am – social, 10 am - mtg, 11 am – brunch. Tickets: $28 per Person. reservations here
The Sun City West Republican Club will meet at 8:30 am., Sat., Jan 7 in the Quail Room of the SCW Foundation, 14465 R.H. Johnson Blvd. Coffee and donuts at 8am. $2 donation requested to help with room rental. LD23 past Chairman Jim O’Connor, a AZGOP chairman candidate will address building legislative district Republican organizations. O'Connor is the 2nd Vice-President of AZ Republican Assembly and has been contributing to Republican successes since 2006. Contact: Jean Goncalves www.scwrepublicans.com 623-214-8010.
The Yavapai County Republican Committee’s Statutory Organizational Meeting to elect officers is scheduled Sat., Jan 7, 2017.
The Annual Capitol Prayer Walk is scheduled at 7 am., Mon. Jan 9 – the opening day of the 2017 legislative session, at the Arizona state Ca[otp;.700 W Washington St. in Phoenix. Participants will meet at the Capitol flagpole. Dress warm, wear comfortable shoes and bring your Bible. Click here information.
The Lincoln Republican Women’s Club Dinner Meeting is scheduled at 6:20 pm., Mon., Jan 9 at the Millennium Resort Scottsdale-McCormick Ranch, 7401 N Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ, 85253-3548. 5:30 pm – meet & greet, 6 pm meeting; 7pm program with Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery address county updates. AZFRW President Elaine Pellegrino will install newly elected officers. $35 per plate. Reservations/checks to Patricia Kaufman, 7436 E. Tuckey Lane, Scottsdale, AZ 85250. Contact Kaufman at 480-368-2777 or firstname.lastname@example.org
LD 29 Republican Committee will meet at 6:30 pm., Jan 9 at Grifols Academy-Plasmapheresis, 5242 W Camelback Rd #101 Glendale AZ 85301. AZGOP chairman candidate Frank Thorwald, and MCRC Chairman candidates Tristan Manos and Chris Herring will address the group. Contact LD Chr Alan Gaugert at email@example.com 623-330-3622.
The Arizona Project will meet on Mon., Jan 9, since Jan 2 is a legal holiday, according to Chairman Ron Ludders. Gov Doug Ducey's State of the State will be the topic of discussion. They will also vote on “who is the Worst Ever President of the United States "POTUS" and why.” AP meets at 3375 E Shea Blvd #2 in Phoenix. Contact Ludders at 602.677.1496
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Sal DiCiccio -Phoenix City Council District 6: We wish you a safe, happy and prosperous year. Thank you to our police, fire and military personnel who work tirelessly to ensure our safety and protect our freedoms. Every holiday, we take a moment to thank those that sacrifice spending the holiday with their families to protect ours. Thank you also to everyone who has supported us this year as I continue our work at the City of Phoenix. In this New Year, I remain committed to protecting your tax dollars and preserving the high quality of life in our community.
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