Democratic State Senator Carlyle Begay Joins Republican Party

Begay Leaves Democratic Party Citing Better Opportunities for District’s Education, Infrastructure, Employment Issues as Member of GOPPHOENIX – This morning Chairman Robert Graham of the Arizona Republican Party enthusiastically welcomed Senator Carlyle Begay, who was elected as a Democrat to represent Arizona’s Legislative District 7 but today switched his party registration to Republican. He also joined the GOP caucus in the Arizona Senate, at an event held today at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix. District 7 is the nation’s largest state legislative district by area and includes most of Northeastern Arizona including eight different tribal lands.

“My relationship with Senator Begay has grown over the years and I am so proud to see him join with our party so he can better serve the people of his district,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “Republicans have proven to have a much more successful approach on the issues important to not just his district but all of Arizona, like education and economic prosperity, and I’m looking forward to working with him to improve opportunities for his community.”

Begay was appointed to the Arizona Senate in 2013 and was reelected in 2014. He released a brief video documenting his upbringing as a Navajo (or Diné) and his lifelong political journey and strong desire to better serve the constituents of his district.

Gov. Ducey’s Republican Education Plan Earns Support of AZ Democratic Party Leader

Ducey Plan Solves One of Arizona’s Oldest and Most Politically Controversial Issues: Education Funding
PHOENIX – This morning Chairman Robert Graham of the Arizona Republican Party congratulated his counterpart, Arizona Democratic Party Chairwoman Alexis Tameron, on her announcement yesterday of her support of Gov. Doug Ducey’s Education Funding Plan. The measure, Proposition 123, will be on the ballot in May of 2016. If approved by voters it will increase K-12 funding by $3.5 billion over the next ten years.
“Governor Ducey is a true leader, and he’s put together a plan to address one of Arizona’s most difficult and controversial issues without putting more pressure on hardworking taxpayers,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “Even the Democrat leadership knows a great leader with a great idea when they see one, and we’re happy to see more and more Democrat Party leaders acknowledge the hard work of our Republican legislature and Governor Ducey, and saying publicly they’re voting for it.”
“I want to thank the Chairwoman for publicly announcing her support,” Graham added.
Governor Ducey’s plan highlights are here:
Governor Ducey’s remarks upon signing the legislation to refer the plan to the ballot are here:
Arizona Democratic Party Chairwoman Alexis Cameron’s remarks, broadcast on 12 News’ “Sunday Square Off” on November 8th, will be available here:

Major Rallies Scheduled Tomorrow Across Arizona Against Planned Parenthood


Tomorrow morning I’ll be speaking at a rally against Planned Parenthood. Like many of you, I have been sickened by the videos showing a behind the scenes view of the abortion industry.

We’ll start at 10 am across the street from the Planned Parenthood headquarters at 4751 N 15th Street (map) in Phoenix.

Congressman David Schweikert and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery will also be speaking, along with members of the community and medical professions.

This is a great chance to show the state that our party is the party of life, and an opportunity to gain additional attention from the media to help spread the word about the horrors shown on the videos. In addition to the Phoenix event, there are five other demonstrations throughout the state:

Planned Parenthood, 610 N Alma School Road (map) 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Planned Parenthood, 2500 S Woodlands Village Boulevard (map) 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Planned Parenthood, 5771 W Eugie (map) 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Planned Parenthood, 1250 E Apache Boulevard (map) 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Meet at 2120 N Beverly Avenue (map) 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

I hope to see you Saturday morning!

Robert Graham
Chairman, Arizona Republican Party

Aaron Borders Reveals How He Nearly Pulled Off Upset in Democrat-Dominated District


PHOENIX – Let’s meet former Arizona House candidate, Aaron Borders, who ran in Legislative District 29 in Phoenix’s West Valley. After nearly two years of campaigning in an uphill battle, Aaron came surprisingly close to winning in an area where he was not supposed to even come close. Zeyna Aouad, the AZGOP’s Voter Data Director, interviewed Aaron to learn more about how he managed to persuade so many voters in a predominately Democrat area to vote for a Republican.

Aaron’s district is located on the west side of Phoenix, one which has consistently elected Democrats to the House. On November 4th, the election results showed that Democrats would keep the two seats; however, the race this time was much closer than expected. This should be very concerning to Democrats, and it signals they’re losing their traditional stronghold there. In this district with only 20 percent of the voters registered as Republican, Aaron earned 30 percent of the vote. That means he not only had the expected Republican support but was tremendously appealing to independent voters. Unfortunately, he was bested by the next highest vote getter, the Democrat who received 34 percent of the vote even though Democrats make up 38 percent of the electorate in the district.

So not only did the Democrat underperform miserably, Aaron overperformed by a 50 percent margin. Were it not for such a lopsided district, Aaron’s efforts would have rewarded him with a seat in the Arizona House of Representatives.

Aaron said his strategy was simple: he started early. “We started this race exactly two years ago on January 17, 2013 — we went to PTA’s in the district, to non-political community events, met the leaders in the community and got deeper involved in basic community activities.” He also mentioned that“apolitical” people in the community were used to politicians talking their ears off with false promises. “What we did was different,” he said. “We showed up with volunteers and went to work with them, whether it was painting over vandalism or helping out at charitable events. It opened up dialogs about my candidacy across all parties, religions, and ethnic groups. It gave me a special platform most candidates never have.”

For Aaron, his ability to appeal to independent voters and ethnic groups won him many votes. “We spent a lot of time in the first 6-8 months polling and finding out what the issues were. Then we picked the top 3 and came up with solutions. We then stayed away from jumping into and interjecting our opinions in every hot-button day-to-day topic and stayed focused on the 3 main issues and 3 solutions.” He also credits a strong social media presence for engaging different types of voters.

During his campaign, his team was able to knock on tens of thousands of doors. When asked what he was most proud of this election cycle, he said he was most proud of his team. “They looked past the political numbers and busted their tail and in the end in a Democrat district that has twice as many Democrats as Republicans, we lost by only a small margin. None of that could have happened without the support of the grassroots team that believed in the strategy.

Voters have not heard the last from Aaron: he’s just been elected to a two year term as 2nd Vice Chair of the Maricopa County Republican Committee, and now shares leadership responsibility for Maricopa County’s nearly 700,000 Republican voters.

An Open Letter Responding to Accusations of Fraud in the LD16 Leadership Election

From Deborrah Miller, Assistant Secretary of the Arizona Republican Party

“There is an old saying that if you say a lie long enough and often enough people will start to believe it is true.”

For the past few days I’ve seen attacks on my character and allegations made and assumed that people would know they were bogus. Unfortunately, I’m finding that some folks will lie and malign without regard to facts or due process if it means holding on to a little power, and in a large state and county, people aren’t sure what the facts were. You have only read one side of the story, and it is factually incorrect and offensively defamatory.

For new PCs who may not know me, I am a grassroots conservative who’s been involved in the party for two decades. I’ve given my life to this party. You have elected me as your assistant secretary of the state party twice unopposed. I served under Tom Morrissey, was actively involved in the party under Randy Pullen, and have served the past few years under Chairman Graham. I have been there counting petitions on controversial issues like the McCain censure. At all times I’ve acted with integrity.

Some other names you may not know — Sharon Giese is our elected National Committeewoman and has served in that capacity with Randy Pullen, Tom Morrissey, and Chairman Graham. She has also served as the RNC’s elected Parliamentarian. Chad Heywood is the Executive Director of the Arizona Republican party. George Khalaf is the Political Director of the Arizona Republican party.

Jerry Clingman, the chairman of LD 16, did not attend his own meeting to stand for re-election. Jerry was in Wisconsin on a hunting vacation, and he’s still there now! That he speaks as if he were a witness to events at the election is a joke. Here are the facts of what happened at the LD 16 meeting, as will be attested by myself, Sharon Giese, Chad Heywood, George Khalaf, and MANY LD 16 PCs who were eye witnesses to the entire process.

Jerry Clingman asked 1st Vice Chairman Mara Benson, a candidate for re-election, to chair the meeting in his absence. Mara asked me for assistance because she knows my background and integrity with the elections process.

Jerry had failed in his duty to appoint a Credentials committee before he left on vacation. Seemingly at the last minute, he asked his live-in partner, Kay Reardon, a candidate for Corresponding Secretary, to manage credentials. It soon became clear to Mara and me, and many other members present, that Kay was in no way prepared for this duty.

1.      Kay had asked volunteers who were not Precinct Committeemen to help with credentials. This is against LD 16 by-laws. I informed Kay that this could not be allowed.
2.      Kay had no plan to validate proxies on signing in or to determine the right amount of ballots for each PC based on proxies carried.
3.      Kay did not bring a ballot box. It makes you wonder if she even realized we were having an election.

Kay’s lack of basic preparation put Mara in a bind as the presiding officer. In order to ensure a smooth and fair election, she asked me to observe and help with the process. Chad Heywood and George Khalaf from the state party were also there to observe. Maricopa County had sent no representation.

Credentials and Proxies

Neither Chad nor George checked anyone in at credentials. Chad simply gave his perspective when asked about disputes.

Jerry Clingman claims that his proxy was rejected. It was not. I questioned Jerry’s proxy initially because it was a fax, not an original. I consulted with Chad Heywood and Sharon Giese; on their recommendation, I approved the proxy and ensure that his assignee, Kay Reardon, received a ballot for him. Apparently AJ LaFaro’s main witness and information source doesn’t even know whether or not he cast a vote at the meeting! (Hint, Jerry: You did.)

Nobody disputed the credential process. There was a motion from the floor to accept the credentials report, and it was passed without questions. Nobody was turned away. Credentials were approved by the body at the meeting and NOT ONE PERSON AT THE MEETING QUESTIONED IT. Not even Kay Reardon.

Kay sought to invalidate two proxy forms because they did not provide the witnesses’ phone numbers. Her argument was that if you don’t have a witnesses number you can’t verify them so they should be thrown out. Take a look at the official proxy forms in the MCRC and AZGOP bylaws, and you’ll see that there isn’t even a place on the forms for a witness phone number.

I concluded and communicated that a proxy form is valid if it includes the correct information and signatures. You can’t throw out a proxy because a witness who is not a voter in this election doesn’t have a phone number. Not even voter registration requires a phone number! Just as the affidavit for becoming a PC asks for email and phone number, but does not require it. The legal counsel to the state Republican party who has served in 3 different chairmen’s administrations agrees with me on this. Mara as the presiding officer accepted the proxies.

Two proxies were thrown out because they did not include the name of the person who was carrying the proxy. Senator Dave Farnsworth was carrying them. Dave understood it was an effort to play by the rules and respected the judgment whole-heartedly. He is a good man.

AT ALL TIMES KAY WAS PART OF THE PROCESS and JERRY CLINGMAN THE ACCUSER WAS NOT IN ATTENDANCE! Michelle Ives who was in attendance sat at the proxy table and viewed what was done. I understand that there can be differences of interpretation, but when that is the case, the chair of the meeting makes the final judgment and the chair of the meeting was Mara Benson.

Ballot Box

Brian Orner grabbed an open crate at the school to be used for a ballot box because Kay did not bring one. Chad Heywood asked Spencer Pearce, a candidate for 2nd Vice Chair and a nephew of Russell Pearce, to observe the box as ballots were cast because he knew that Spencer was a friend of Kay and Jerry and Spencer’s integrity was without question. George Khalaf from the state party also viewed the ballot box to make sure it was observed at all times.

Ballot Counting

Chad Heywood invited Representative Kelly Townsend to observe the vote counting as an act of transparency. Kelly had endorsed and spoken for Jerry Clingman who was not there for his own meeting. I believe that Chad invited her to observe so that Jerry’s supporters would feel confident in the fairness of the process. In the room counting votes were Spencer Pearce, Chad Heywood, myself, Michelle Ives, and another PC whom Jerry and Kay had asked to help with the process.

The state committeeman nomination process began, and voting began for the state committee. Mara the chair then read the results of the officer election.

The results were:

Of the 108 eligible PC’s, 33 attended by proxy and 52 were present for a total of 85 voters. 79% turnout!

Trevor Hansen 52 votes
Jerry Clingman 33 votes

1st Vice Chair
Brian Orner 31 votes
Mara Benson 54 votes

2nd Vice Chair
Spencer Pearce unopposed

Thomas Jones 48 votes
Cindy 37 votes

Recording Secretary
Deborrah Miller 59 votes
Geneva 26 votes

Corresponding Secretary
Kay Reardon

Even with the disputed two proxy forms the results were very clear and nobody was in the margin of error.

Chairman AJ Lafaro is also out of town on vacation and DID NOT ATTEND THE MEETING NOR HAVE A REPRESENTATIVE PRESENT. He unilaterally invalidated our election based on an email of accusations made by Jerry Clingman who was ALSO NOT IN ATTENDANCE. AJ Lafaro
·        has not reviewed our proxy forms.
·        has not asked for the vote count.
·        didn’t have the decency to call me, Chad, Mara, or any of the PC’s to weigh the evidence.

AJ has appointed himself judge, jury, and prosecutor in this matter and still has not given a clear reason of evidence for why he is trying to invalidate and discredit an election that had 79% PC turnout without even consulting or notifying his board and the executive guidance committee. I’m not sure what his motivations are, but I’m more than disappointed — I’m disgusted that he would spread accusations without even making the smallest effort to get more than one side of the story.

Do Chairman LaFaro and Jerry Clingman really think that Sharon Giese, the national parliamentarian, is lying and part of a rigged Legislative District election? That she would approve invalid proxies for two votes in a landslide election?

As a lifelong conservative I would appreciate a public apology from Jerry Clingman and AJ LaFaro for slandering me and the work I did to serve the party at this meeting. I also would like the briefs to apologize for spreading accusations as fact.


Deborrah Miller, Assistant Secretary of the Arizona Republican Party
PC LD 16 Maricopa County

Less Than Three Weeks Before Election Day Voters Take to Social Media to Stop Fred DuVal

Not the First, Won’t Be the Last, But Today Was An Especially Bad Day for Fred DuVal 
PHOENIX – This afternoon Chairman Robert Graham of the Arizona Republican Party issued the following statement:
“Fred DuVal awoke this morning to news that a national environmental group’s poll showed him losing to Doug Ducey by eight percent.  Then voters heard from DuVal, in his own words, that he doesn’t support parents knowing about their children’s abortions, believing government should have more say than parents.  Needless to say, voters didn’t like it.  Next, DuVal was reminded of something haunting from his past: in 1999 DuVal chaired a government committee that made recommendations to give clemency to a terrorist group.  This afternoon, an ad was launched featuring the son of one of the victims killed by the group DuVal was a part of giving clemency to.  We can only imagine how DuVal felt knowing he was a part of giving clemency to despicable people. 
“It’s clear that voters are turning away from Fred DuVal.  Is it any wonder that the Democratic Governors Association and Arizona Democrat Party are also running from Fred DuVal?”
Social media analytics from today showed the following sentiment about Fred DuVal. 82 percent of voters’ discussions about him were negative.  Unfortunately for Fred DuVal, parents still like to have say in their children’s decisions, and people don’t elect to leadership lobbyists and insiders that give clemency to terrorists.

Parental Warning: DuVal Wants Your 14 Year Old Daughter to Have An Abortion All By Herself

Fred DuVal Denies Rights of Parents 

Candidate for Governor Would Deny Rights of Parents to Counsel Their 14 Year-old Child — An Expectant Mother — About Abortion
PHOENIX – This morning Arizona voters learned more about candidate Fred DuVal’s disregard for parental roles in the raising of their own children when he admitted in this video that even 14 year olds should have unrestricted access to abortion without the knowledge or even consent of either parent.  DuVal is a Democrat and candidate for governor of Arizona and the video was released by the Republican Governors Association.
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“Fred DuVal is denying the role parents have in raising and loving their own children.” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “Fred DuVal is a candidate who has an incredible disregard for family life as we know it.  Forget everyday political issues like taxes and budgets and tuition costs — Fred DuVal is the worst thing that could happen to families in Arizona.”

“Mr. DuVal’s position to remove parents from a decision of life and death is completely reckless,” said Pastor Jose Gonzales Q, of Harvest Bible Church.  “Regardless of your position on abortion, we cannot possibly leave these types of decisions to developing minds.  We are entering an age where parental involvement is increasingly important, but to even suggest that a minor – much less a 14 year-old – can intelligently comprehend the long-term impact of such an action is absurd.”

Graham pointed voters to a video of Fred DuVal at a public forum here.

Tone-Deaf Arizona Democrats Now Rely on Washington, DC Liberals to Shore Up State Campaigns

AZGOPBannerAfter Preventing Competition in Primary Election, AZ Democrats Suddenly Interested in Voters?

PHOENIX - Today Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham reminded Arizona voters that state Democrat leaders unilaterally chose their nominees, deliberately avoiding providing meaningful choices for voters in the August primary election.  Graham said no amount of participation from national Democrat leaders now can overcome the resulting weakened state of the Democrat candidates in Arizona.

“Bringing in a figure as controversial as Debbie Wasserman Schultz only serves to show how tone-deaf Arizona Democrats are about the role of voters in their own elections,” said Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. “You’d think lobbyist Fred DuVal, who is trying to reposition himself and shed his well-deserved liberal image — that he would join his fellow party insiders and stay away from her hyperpartisanship as leader of the Democratic National Committee.”

While the nation today is celebrating National Voter Registration Day, Democrats still face an uphill battle.  In Maricopa County, which contains more than 60% of the state’s voters, Republican voters outnumber Democrat voters by 12 percent.  And low registration numbers are only part of the Democrats’ problems: Republican turnout in the last month’s primary election was also 12 percent higher than that of the Democrats.

“It’s no surprise that Fred DuVal would campaign with Debbie Wasserman Schultz considering she is a fellow Washington, DC liberal who supports increasing taxes, more regulations on employers and amnesty for illegal immigrants,” said Jordan Rose, founder and president of Rose Law Group, Arizona’s largest female-owned law firm.  “Wasserman Schultz’s record of advocating for policies that hurt hardworking families is a perfect fit for DuVal, a lobbyist, who intends to run up the debt, explode the size of government and pass the bill on to taxpayers.”


POLITICO recently reported that many of Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s fellow Democrats “have lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson at a time when they need her most.”  But Fred DuVal and other Arizona Democrats apparently can’t wait to rally with her in Phoenix.

Arizona voters have the chance to hear from the DNC Chair who:

  • Can’t Even Get Along With A Democrat President. “Obama and Wasserman Schultz have rarely even talked since 2011.  They don’t meet about strategy or messaging.  They don’t talk much on the phone … The DNC chair … isn’t involved in the strategy talks with the president.  They don’t want her there.” (Edward-Isaac Dovere, “Democrats Turn On Debbie Wasserman Schultz,” POLITICO, 9/17/14)
  • Is Called “Completely Unprofessional And Rude” By Her Fellow Democrats. “When [White House aide Valerie] Jarrett found out that Wasserman Schultz had had her daughter sit in on the interview with Wicks at the end of July 2013, she called to register her dismay, describing Wasserman Schultz’s behavior, according to people familiar with the conversation, as ‘completely unprofessional and rude.’” (Edward-Isaac Dovere, “Democrats Turn On Debbie Wasserman Schultz,” POLITICO, 9/17/14)
  • Suggested That Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker And Tea Party Members Beat Women. “In Milwaukee earlier this month for a women’s roundtable, Wasserman Schultz said that Gov. Scott Walker has given the ‘back of his hand’ to women.  ‘I know that is stark.  I know that is direct.  But that is reality,’ she said.  ‘What Republican tea party extremists like Scott Walker are doing is they are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back’ … [Walker’s] Democratic opponent, Mary Burke (who wasn’t at the event), quickly distanced herself from Wasserman Schultz’s remarks … [P]eople people say Wasserman Schultz would only be a liability if she returned.  ‘Her ineptitude during her last visit makes it impossible to go back before the election,’ said a person familiar with the Burke campaign.”(Edward-Isaac Dovere, “Democrats Turn On Debbie Wasserman Schultz,” POLITICO, 9/17/14)
  • Received A Taxpayer Score Of “F” From The National Taxpayers Union. “The Taxpayer Score measures the strength of support for reducing spending and regulation and opposing higher taxes … A score significantly below average qualifies for a grade of ‘F.’  This failing grade places the Member into the ‘Big Spender’ category.” (“NTU Rates Congress, 113th Congress, First Session [2013], National Taxpayers Union, 9/16/14)
  • Supports President Obama’s Unilateral Action On Immigration. “Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said President Barack Obama should use his executive power to grant work permits to millions of immigrants in the U.S. illegally.  ‘The irresponsible thing to do is to do nothing,’ the Florida congresswoman said today at a Bloomberg Government breakfast in Washington.  ‘The president should do within the boundaries of his executive authority what he can do if Congress refuses to act.’” (Lisa Lerer, “Wasserman Schultz Backs Broad Obama Action On Immigration,” Bloomberg, 7/30/14)

AZGOP to Fred DuVal: ‘What Were You Thinking?’


AZGOP Chairman: Pay for Play Lobbying Scandal Involved Democrat Lobbyist Now Running for Arizona Governor

Robert Graham to Democrat Candidate: What Were You Thinking?

PHOENIX – Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, Robert Graham, today sent a fourth letter to the Democrat nominee for governor of Arizona asking for more information about the nominee’s career as a lobbyist, specifically about his involvement in a “pay-for-play” scandal involving lucrative government contracts in exchange for massive political campaign contributions in New Mexico.

“Your deep involvement in New Mexico politics – engaged with an incumbent governor who can best be described as “ethically challenged” – raises serious doubts about your judgment,” asked Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. “Is that the way you’ll do business in Arizona? Would a DuVal administration be another feeding frenzy for the politically-connected lobbying class, as it was in New Mexico?”

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New GOP Victory Office Opens in West Phoenix


July 2, 2014
Contact: Tim Sifert

New GOP Victory Office Opens in West Phoenix

Ground Game Expanding Rapidly, Activists Flock to Volunteer at West Valley GOP Victory Headquarters

PHOENIX – After opening GOP Victory Offices in Tucson and Casa Grande earlier this year, Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham announced a third office opening this week on Phoenix’s west side.  The address is 10050 W. Bell Rd, Suite 26, in Sun City.

The grand opening celebration will be July 12th from 10am to 1 pm and will feature refreshments and remarks from Chairman Graham. The AZGOP staff will be on hand to answer questions, provide information to precinct committeemen and other volunteers, and help prepare Republicans for victory in November.

“We have a tremendous number of volunteers who are coming in and offering to help in so many ways, and we need more space for them to work when they’re not out in the field,” said Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party.  “The more convenient it is for our volunteers and party workers, the more phone calls and door knocking can get done — and that’s the best way for our party to get each and every voter engaged in supporting our Republican candidates.”

In April, Graham held the grand opening of Victory Offices in Pima and Pinal County, and the West Valley GOP Victory Office promises to be an excellent complement to the AZGOP Headquarters located in Central Phoenix.

“I’ve spent the last eighteen months as Chairman building up the resources our Republican party needs to mobilize to win, and this is just another example of success breeding success,” Graham added.

Victory Offices serve the Republican Party’s goals of providing work space for volunteers and party officials, as well as a place for candidates to distribute information. Republican Precinct Committeemen, who are locally elected by voters in precincts throughout the state, are being joined by other volunteers and staff at these offices to implement Graham’s Victory 2014 plan to mobilize voters and encourage support for Republican candidates in the general election in November.


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