I was not in attendance at tonight’s Maricopa County Republican Executive Guidance Committee meeting but it is being reported that the committee was threatened with a lawsuit if it stripped party voting privileges from 11 Republican precinct committeemen who publicly supported and advocated for the election of several Democrats during the General Election.
Who threatened to sue?
None other than the racist and loud-mouthed Barbara Espinosa.
Espinosa, a local loose-cannon, supported Fred DuVal over Doug Ducey in the General Election. She even referred to now Governor-elect Ducey as a member of a drug cartel.
She was joined by several other elected Republican precinct committeemen who also threatened to sue if their political party voting privileges were removed.
Many longstanding precinct committeeman believe that these politically traitorous precinct committeemen lost those privileges when they failed to perform their duties in accordance with Arizona Revised Statute 16-822 E and the 2014 Continuing Bylaws of the Maricopa County Republican Committee, Article VI, Section 5(B) – “Endorsement of Non-Republican Candidates (link).
Removing voting privileges applies only to party process and NOT to Constitutionally-protected voting rights. (They are not the same). In addition, only party officials have jurisdiction over how these privileges are defined and enforced. It is NOT a government matter and state law does not override a private party matter.
Unfortunately, with the bravado of a lawsuit threat on the table, the EGC quickly buckled and decided to take a pass on stripping these rogue PC’s of their voting privileges.
Now any elected Republican precinct committeeman can actively and publicly help a Democrat candidate to get elected without any ramification(s).
In other news from the EGC meeting, current Maricopa County Chairman AJ LaFaro decided not to seek another term. This means the seat will be open for any Maricopa County Republican Precinct Committeeman to seek in January, 2015.