By “Justice Portend”
Plain white envelope, bulk postage, P.O. Box return address…it looked like junk mail. I caught a glimpse of the name in the return address corner and stopped just short of tossing it in the garbage.
Then I opened it.
What the heck…It took a couple of reads to get the entire picture. The closer I looked the more I found. It didn’t take long for the stench to grow. This non-descript envelope contained a pile of hot, steamy bull manure!
I’ve been a PC in Maricopa County for many, many years and have attended enough of these meetings to know how things should be done. This is not it, folks. A blatant disregard for truth and decency is on every page, the bylaws are completely ignored over and over, and the motives of whoever is behind this cannot be fueled by the best interests of the party!
First, the Bylaws are very clear in describing what should be in the call:
C. Notice – The Secretary or designee shall deposit in the mail at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting notice of the meeting, addressed to each member. Copies of proposed Bylaws changes and the reasons of support, new resolutions, if any, and a proxy form must also be included.
A link to a web site does not meet the bylaws requirement, not even close! Every PC in Maricopa County has the right to see what they will vote on and the bylaws declare a copy of every proposed change, and the rationale for each, to be included in the call. This rule is in place for us, the PC’s. There is no leeway or discretion! The Chairman is obligated to make sure that happens – he didn’t. He ordered the official call letter to be mailed in violation of the clearly stated Bylaw put in place to insure we -the PC’s – are informed.
Corruption: dishonest or illegal behavior especially by powerful people
The whole thing smacks of corruption and disrespect toward the duly elected and appointed PC’s, the real grassroots. We’ve walked, knocked, written checks, attended meetings and made phone calls and we did it to build our party, to get Republicans elected not to be dismissed as unimportant, simple minded morons that would never question the chairman! We must demand the bylaws be followed – this type of disrespect should make every PC beyond angry!
Then comes the “Special Meeting”. Where to start… what possible good can come from this? We are in the middle of an election year and this guy thinks calling a special meeting to “recall” leadership is smart? What is the real purpose of this destructive meeting?
Is he willing to sacrifice what is best for the party to get revenge? Bowyer barely survived a no confidence motion by one vote in November – his vote. Minus Bowyer, it was a split 14-14 vote, meaning half the LD Chairman and Executive Committee members in the county voted for “no confidence” and the Bowyer faction is after payback. Here’s what is missing in the picture – he is targeting the two members he feels led the charge but what about the rest of the EGC, the 50% who clearly voted against him? Is this a warning shot, a flexing of his political muscle? Rather than show some leadership and move on, this chairman would rather embarrass the entire party so he can attempt to get his pound of flesh.
We’ve seen some pretty outlandish things out of the MCRC, but this chairman beats them all!
Now comes some more information that is beyond the pale. All the newly appointed PC’s who are absolutely eligible to vote in this “special meeting”, didn’t get a call letter. That’s right, PC’s were deliberately not given notice of the meeting and pending election. Remember, this is not a normal election, the only way to know is if you get the letter and proxy.
Disenfranchise: to prevent (a person or group of people) from having the right to vote
Why? Go back to that plain, white bulk-rate envelope. That may hold the answer to many things.
If the bylaw changes had been printed, it would have likely been a larger mailing and higher postage. So, it looks like Bowyer opted to skip our right to see the proposed bylaw changes in order to have room for his ridiculous special meeting call.
But why not notice the new PC’s?
The rules of bulk rate are that all the letters must contain the same information. The new PC’s aren’t eligible to vote in the Mandatory Meeting, if there were envelopes containing only the special meeting notice, they would hold significantly fewer pages and would have been noticed at the post office. Those letters would have to go first class mail which is a higher rate. Oh well, those folks don’t matter – do they?
This also explains why they can credential both meetings at the same time. Just leave the new PC’s out and then you only need one list. When, if ever, has there been an official meeting with credentialing completed 6 or more hours BEFORE the meeting begins?
So, what we’ve got folks are a couple of things.
- A Mandatory Meeting with a call letter that is in blatant violation of the Bylaws, to the detriment of PC’s. What is in those Bylaw revisions that they are trying to hide? Why were mandatory, well-known rules not followed? What authority allowed for such a decision – this smacks of Obama Executive Order politics. It’s what the chairman wants, who needs rules. At a minimum, the Bylaw revision vote should be cancelled.
- A ridiculous, damaging “Special Meeting” where a portion of the electorate was deliberately denied notice and proxy provisions. Why were they intentionally denied their right to participate? How can that be tolerated?
How far will we, the PC’s, allow this corruption, abuse of power and abandonment of principles to go? The rule of law and individual responsibility should matter.
Then here’s something to think about… This chairman openly trains members of a different political party to be activists. He openly uses the MCRC office to run a non-GOP 501 (c)3. His actions have shown he has a complete disdain for PC’s, no respect or intent to follow the bylaws, and is acting in opposition to the best interest of the party. Could it be his plan is to be a “disruptor” and we’ve been played? It sure looks that way
- to cause disorder or turmoil
- to destroy, usually temporarily, the normal continuance or unity
- to break apart
- to radically change
- broken apart; disrupted.