The Resolution That No Other Maricopa County Republican Website Will Post

Here is the resolution offered at the last Maricopa County Republican Executive Guidance Committee meeting that was offered by 2nd Vice Chairman Aaron Borders.

This is the resolution has been at the center of controversy. Read it and you’ll see why.

When asked if any other Republican or conservative blogs have published the resolution, Mr Borders responded that the resolution was offered to several Republican blogs and email lists but the information was declined for publication.

During the vote for this resolution, Sonoran Alliance has learned that it would have likely passed if one of the legislative district chairman had remained at the meeting. That chairman’s ballot was collected prior to his departure but his vote was scrapped during a disagreement over the procedure. During the official vote, it was not counted.

Three other LD chairmen did not vote for the resolution because of a rule in their districts requiring a vote by all precinct committeemen in their district before the chairman can vote for the LD’s proxy at the EGC meeting.

The final vote led to a tie 14-14 which was broke by the Chairmen himself.

Here is the resolution that was offered at that meeting:

Resolution for Vote of No Confidence with Call for Independent Audit

The Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) is permitted by Statutory  provision, ARS 16-821, and exists due to the political authority of the Arizona Republican Party. As organizational documents,  the MCRC has established bylaws, voted and passed by the statutorily defined membership. The ARS, State, and County bylaws govern the actions and purpose of the MCRC. As Republicans, we uphold the written law and believe the concept of a representative Republic to be necessary, we reject governance by Executive Order, individual interpretation, or deliberate rejection for individual gain.

Whereas, the MCRC bylaws hold the purpose of, and guidelines for, the MCRC and elected officials therein and;

Whereas the existence of the MCRC bylaws with specific duties thereby defines that no elected official  may, of their own accord, knowingly and purposely violate said bylaws for personal gain, interest, or for the determined detriment of the Republican Part and;

Whereas the trust and confidence of the MCRC membership is necessary for the full objectives to be complete and the Party to further advance the Republican Party platform and elect Republicans to office and;

Whereas the best interest of the Republican Party and the objectives of the MCRC should be reflected in all actions and;

Whereas the MCRC bylaws identify the duties of the MCRC Chairman, among others, to be:

  • Represent the MCRC in an official capacity,
  • Be the recognized leader of the Republican Party in Maricopa County and coordinate the countywide activities of the Republican Party,
  • Prepare a budget for the calendar year and submit such budget to the EGC for adoption,
  • Furnish a monthly Itemized statement to the EGC for reimbursement of reasonable out of pocket expenses in the performance of duties as Chairman (set forth in the annual budget). Any Expense in excess of the amount budgeted shall be subject to the approval of the EGC, and;

Whereas in regard to the bylaws and the delineated duties, the objectives of the MCRC should be reflected in all actions of  the Chairman in his representation of such in the “official capacity” and within the countywide activities, a budget is a necessary tool for both transparency and ethical actions, and any funds expended must be within the budgeted amount and for the sole purpose of approve budgetary items and;

Whereas the MCRC funds are not a personal account to be used without discretion or discipline and only within the strict guidelines of the approved budget and;

Whereas Chairman Bowyer has:

  • Shown remarkable disregard to the bylaws through repeated press releases, public statements, and personal actions detrimental to the Republican Party for self-aggrandizement and promotion without knowledge or consent of the EGC,
  • Displayed ongoing unethical financial behavior, violating the bylaws with misuse of funds through repeated use of the MCRC debit card without receipts provided and in excess of budgeted amounts, without permission of the EGC as evidenced by an amended budget or vote of the EGC,
  • Caused MCRC checks to be returned by the bank, leaving the vendor unpaid, as consequence of his failure to act in a timely manner on required bank paperwork that had been initiated at his personal direction,
  • Abused MCRC funds and violated Federal Election Law by using the Tempe office as a coordination point, collateral storage site, and day to day office for his paid position with a non-GOP 501(c) 3 political entity, putting the MCRC in serious exposure and using the work of GOP volunteers for that entity;
  • Failed to meet his self-imposed fundraising goals and budgeted, approved, and expected outcomes;
  • Failed to act in the best interest of the MCRC in relation to the lawsuit pending, leaving the entity without insurance and at high risk,
  • Deliberately misrepresented the MCRC involvement and exposure in said lawsuit,
  • Exhibited blatant dishonesty in both internal and external communications as to amount of funds in budget, fundraising activity, votes casts, and status of lawsuit,
  • Violated FEC rules on multiple occasions by promoting specific candidates on the MCRC Facebook page and his Chairman’s Facebook page, through paid boosted post, and modified official campaign material to present the false appearance Chairman Bowyer holds positions of influence with those campaigns.
  • Committed the MCRC to events, with financial and political consequences, without EGC approval or basic knowledge of such events,
  • Engaged in fundraising ventures, without prior approval of the EGC, requiring individual payments by elected membership to gain information.
  • Demonstrated chronic and worsening disrespect to the elected membership, as evidenced by his failure to respond to requests for information in a timely manner, his abrupt changes to meeting times and location with less than 48 hours’ notice, and his failure to observe such basic courtesies as providing an agenda prior to regularly scheduled meetings of the EGC,
  • Failed to coordinate and cooperate with AZGOP leadership as recently evidenced by his lack of response regarding severe technical issue, with national repercussions, created by his incorrect application of AZGOP-supplied voter data tools;
  • Misrepresented the recent elections on School Board Overrides and bonds, and the nature of the EGC’s decision regarding those elections, both in writing and on multiple television appearances, without consent or prior knowledge of the elected membership,
  • Demonstrated chronic duplicity and deceptiveness in word and deed as evidenced by the recent actions surrounding the school district elections in his published statement of providing “factoids” only to say a week later, when questioned about the lack thereof, that each LD was able to speak to their own PCs – fully aware that there were no meetings to be held in any district that would allow for such communication,
  • Established committees of appointed individuals, not elected, to circumvent the LD Chairmen and elected officers of the EGC;
  • Has on multiple occasions been untruthful and duplicitous in his communications,
  • Violated FEC filings and Arizona election laws on multiple occasions, placing the MCRC at serious risk of FEC and AZ legal action. Continued to be unresponsive to requests for transparency in finances and function, failed to meet the standards of behavior and duties of the Chair, and;

Whereas the MCRC is currently in total disarray with no permanent meeting location, finances left unaudited per the bylaws, and with a Chairman who has spoken in opposition to the will of the EGC and bylaws, acting as a rogue chairman insistent on his own personal agenda, and:

Whereas based on these specific charges, and others, Chairman Tyler Bowyer has failed in the capacity of Chairman to meet the objectives and duties of the elected position he holds,

We hereby submit this resolution, to be voted by ballot at this current meeting of the EGC, and passed as a vote of ” No Confidence” in Chairman Tyler Bowyer with an immediate independent audit of the EGC, of both financial records and physical offices; and

We hereby direct that the independent audit committee be established per MCRC bylaws; however, due to “No Confidence” in Chairman Bowyer, That the committee consist of EGC members appointed by AZGOP Compliance Director Timothy Lee or his designee; and

We hereby direct, due to “No Confidence” in his fiscal responsibility, that Chairman Tyler Bowyer immediately cease and desist using the MCRC debit card and relinquish any and all MCRC credit/debit cards or physical checks in his possession as well as all outstanding receipts for expenditures made during his term of office; and,

We hereby direct Chairman Tyler Bowyer and his appointees to cease and desist from all further public communications on behalf of the MCRC, the EGC, the Executive Board, the Republican Part, unless such communications, word for word, have been duly raised and voted on by this body in a properly noticed meeting of the EGC or MCRC.

I hereby move, with privilege, for immediate approval of this resolution by ballot with votes to be tallied by the Secretary and observed by three LD chairs.

Sunday Square Off Appearance Brought Maricopa County GOP Fight To Head

What brought last week’s Maricopa County Republican Executive Guidance Committee intra-party fight to a head was the negative public relations generated when Chairman Tyler Bowyer made an appearance on Sunday Square Off three weeks ago. During that interview with Brahm Resnik, things got heated – more heated than normal between Resnik and his typical guests.

This led to the largest response by viewers of any Sunday Square Off show this year. During the following week’s show, a response by Aaron Borders, 2nd Vice Chairman for the Maricopa County GOP, took direct aim at Chairman Bowyer.

That public joust most likely led to last week’s fight during the monthly EGC meeting when Borders offered a resolution for a “no confidence vote” by the committee. (Sonoran Alliance will publish that resolution in another post.)

Here are the video clips from each Sunday Square Off show:

http://www.12news.com/videos/news/politics/sunday-square-off/2015/10/25/74595374/

http://www.12news.com/videos/news/politics/sunday-square-off/2015/11/06/reaction-heated-to-bowyer-interview/75306384/

 

 

Aaron Borders Asks for Clergy Rights Bill in Next Arizona Legislative Session

Aaron Borders, Second Vice Chair of the Republican Party of Maricopa County, is asking Arizona legislators to consider a Ministers & Clergy Rights Bill in the upcoming 2016 legislative session.

Borders is not so interested in rehashing the controversy surrounding 2013’s SB 1062 bill as much as affirming right of conscience protections.

In a recent interview, Borders said, “this is a completely separate issue. Now that it’s legal in Arizona to have same sex marriage, it is not my business to interfere. There are clergy in Arizona who will happily perform same sex marriage ceremonies. However, many who have chosen to stand behind their constitutional right to practice and uphold their religion by not performing these marriages feel threatened with lawsuits against them and their congregations and frankly, that requires legal protection. Such a law as a Ministers & Clergy Rights Bill would protect the rights of Arizona ministers and pastors from costly, frivolous and unconstitutional lawsuits that would bring undue hardship on local congregations who are simply excising their religious beliefs in their place of worship.”

Borders is referring to a 2008 account of a lesbian couple in New Jersey seeking use of a beach side pavilion operated by a Christian organization as well as the recent US Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges as reported in Christianity Today.

Aaron Borders is not new to standing up for the First Amendment’s religious freedom. He has been an outspoken Christian activist participating in his local church since he was a boy.

Nearly 15 years ago he and his older brother and one of his sisters recorded a Southern Gospel Record when he was barely 15 years old. He recently performed with his siblings in a ‘reunion of voices’ at the church he grew up in during a visit to Ohio.

Ken Bennet isn’t the only Republican politico who has a love and proclivity for music.

Borders is currently serves as one of the music directors at his local Church in Phoenix. It is a small, but growing congregation in the valley. He also serves as the project manager and building fund raiser for the church.

Aaron Borders stated, “Our congregation is growing and we need to do a solid remodel to make better use of our building to accommodate the growth God has blessed us with.”

Borders also periodically fills in for his 90-year old World War II veteran pastor and bringing sermons before his congregation.

Borders believes that Ministers & Clergy Rights legislation will especially help smaller churches continue to operate without fear of legal threats and lawsuits.

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

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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.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Endorses Aaron Borders for Maricopa GOP 2nd Vice Chair

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(Phoenix) – Today, Aaron Borders announced the coveted endorsement of Sheriff Joe Arpaio in his run for 2nd Vice Chair of the Maricopa County Republican Committee. Sheriff Arpaio, known nationally for his stubborn commitment to enforce immigration laws against growing odds, is a highly respected voice amongst conservatives in the Republican Party.

Sheriff Arpaio said, “Aaron Borders will be a welcome addition to the MCRC leadership team, and I highly endorse him for the position of 2nd Vice Chair. His work ethic and conservative principles are needed in our Party in order to win elections in the 2016 cycle. I look forward to seeing what Aaron can bring to the MCRC in the months ahead, and I hope that you will join me in supporting Aaron Borders for 2nd Vice Chair of the Maricopa County Republican Committee.”

“I am so humbled and encouraged by Sheriff Arpaio’s endorsement,” Borders stated. “His conservative leadership in the face of Obama’s lawless administration is admirable and the main reason I pushed to earn his endorsement. The road to Party leadership in Arizona usually goes through the toughest Sheriff in America, and I am blessed to have his support as I move forward to the MCRC elections.”

Aaron Borders is married to Shelly Borders, a fourth-generation Arizonan. They have four young children. Aaron is a business owner, a board member of the West Valley Youth Sports Commission, and a licensed financial specialist. In his limited free time, Aaron enjoys serving at his church, spending time with his family and coaching his sons in football. In addition to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Aaron has been endorsed by Arizona House Majority Leader-elect Steve Montenegro, Arizona House Majority Whip-elect David Livingston, Representative Darin Mitchell, Senator Don Shooter, Maricopa Community College At-Large-elect Tracy Livingston, former LD 16 Chairman Constantin Querard and many other active Maricopa County Precinct Committeemen.

LD-13 Legislators Endorse Aaron Borders for Maricopa GOP 2nd Vice Chair

(Phoenix) – Today, Aaron Borders announced the endorsements of Arizona House Majority Leader-elect Steve Montenegro, Representative Darin Mitchell and Senator Don Shooter. Montenegro, Mitchell and Shooter represent Legislative District 13 in the west valley

Montenegro said: “It is with great confidence that I endorse Aaron Borders for Second Vice Chair of the Maricopa County Republican Committee. Aaron is a committed conservative, who works extremely hard to advance the principles we so strongly believe. Aaron will work well with the MCRC, the legislative districts in Maricopa County, and with the Arizona Republican Party to ensure future Republican victories in 2016 and beyond. Please join me in supporting Aaron Borders for Second Vice Chair of the MCRC.”

Mitchell said: “I can think of no other person more qualified for the job of Second Vice Chair of the MCRC than Aaron Borders. When he ran for the state house in a Democratic stronghold this past cycle, Aaron proved to Republicans in Maricopa County that he would out-work anyone around him and that he would not compromise the platform of the Republican Party in order to gain a few extra votes. Being the 2nd Vice Chair of the MCRC is a thankless job and requires an individual who is committed to putting his head down and accomplishing the tasks ahead of him. Aaron Borders will do the work that is necessary for Republican victories in Maricopa County, and I hope that precinct committeemen will join me in supporting him for 2nd vice chair.”

Shooter said: “Aaron Borders is a young, up-and-coming talent in the Arizona Republican Party, and a true conservative at that. Most people would be burned out after losing a close race, but not Aaron; he is ready again to answer the call to serve his party. We need Aaron Borders as the MCRC’s next 2nd Vice Chair”

“I am so encouraged by the trust that these three worthy leaders of Arizona have placed in me,” stated Borders. “LD 13 is so fortunate to have some of the premier conservatives in Arizona, and their leadership going forward will do great things for future generations. I look forward to working with these men – and LD 13 – should I be privileged to serve as the 2nd Vice Chair of the MCRC.”
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Aaron Borders is married to Shelly Borders, a fourth-generation Arizonan. They have four young children. Aaron is a business owner, a board member of the West Valley Youth Sports Commission, and a licensed financial specialist. In his limited free time, Aaron enjoys serving at his church, spending time with his family and coaching his sons in football. Aaron has been endorsed by Arizona House Majority Leader-elect Steve Montenegro, Representative Darin Mitchell, and Senator Don Shooter.

Aaron Borders announces bid for 2nd Vice Chair of Maricopa County GOP

Phoenix – Today, Aaron Borders announced his candidacy for 2nd Vice Chair of the Maricopa County Republican Committee. Formerly, Aaron was the Republican candidate for Arizona House of Representatives in LD 29 this past election cycle.

Upon announcing his candidacy for this position, Borders said: “One of the job responsibilities of the 2nd Vice Chair is to be the liaison between the MCRC, Republican clubs and legislative districts. With my organizational skills, I believe I am uniquely qualified to run for this position. Along with being involved in my legislative district, some of my experience includes founding and building the West Valley Youth Sports Commission, and being a former Recruiting Chair for NAIFA West Valley.

“Unlike many of the individuals running for MCRC positions, I am running independent of a slate. I feel that it could compromise my effectiveness to serve should I run as a part of a slate and should I later win the opportunity to serve the MCRC. My mission as 2nd Vice Chair will be to discover the best practices of each Republican group and legislative district in order to share it with others. I commit to you that I will work extremely hard to maintain successes within the party, that I will do what it takes to get out the vote in 2016, and that I will help recruit independent conservatives back to the party.

“All of these election metrics mean absolutely nothing without Republicans holding strong to the principles and values that our party has held for decades. I am a rule-of-law conservative. I am a social conservative, and I am a fiscal conservative. As 2nd Vice Chair of the MCRC, I will not compromise what I – nor what this party – believes in on any issue.

“Recently, I ran for the legislature in LD29, which has been long been a Democrat stronghold. Although I lost, the results were much better than many expected. My hard work in that district shows that I am unafraid to take on challenges and that I can exceed expectations for the benefit of the Republican Party. I want to thank the outgoing 2nd Vice Chairman Jose Borrajero for his service to the party. Jose was one of my biggest supporters as I ran for the LD29 House seat and I was very grateful for his support.

“The MCRC election is Saturday, January 10, 2015. I ask for your support and vote.”

Aaron Borders is married to Shelly Borders, a fourth-generation Arizonan. They have four young children. Aaron is a business owner, a board member of the West Valley Youth Sports Commission, and a licensed financial specialist. In his limited free time, Aaron enjoys serving at his church, spending time with his family and coaching his sons in football. Learn about www.AaronBorders.us

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Ceci Velasquez Exposed as Not Ready For Elected Office

This from the Aaron Borders campaign. Watch as Ceci Velasquez explains why she is the most unqualified candidate running in LD-29.

The Democrat Party should be ashamed of itself for putting her up as a candidate without any grooming or training. They have embarrassed her and themselves.

Aaron Borders, The Most Informed Candidate in the Room

Watch this video from a recent town hall in LD-29.

Aaron Borders, the only Republican who appeared in this town hall panel, blew the Democrat candidates away with his responses on issues.

Let’s hope the voters single-shot Aaron Borders in the General Election so he can take a seat in the Arizona Legislature in 2015.

Growing Number of Arizona Republican Leadership and Grassroots Support Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

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Growing Number of Arizona Republican Leadership and Grassroots Support Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

“We are building a ground game and an army of dedicated supporters and volunteers who are going to ensure we win the Republican primary this August. I can’t thank everyone enough for their support.” – Mark Brnovich

Today, Republican candidate for Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced another list of support by Republican grassroots leaders and party leadership from across Arizona. The second round of supporters includes:

  • Teresa Wright – Legislative District 21 1st Vice Chair
  • Nathan Brown – ASU College Republican Treasurer
  • Shirley Dye – LD 6 Republican Activist
  • Vince Manfredi – City of Maricopa GOP Chair
  • Susan Cohen – Prescott Republican Activist
  • Pam Miller – Prescott Republican Activist
  • Bill Feldmeier – Yavapai County Republican Activist
  • Richard Mihalik – Congressional District 1 Member-at-Large
  • Sean McClusky – LD 10 Republican Precinct Committeeman
  • Lori Oien – LD 10 Republican Precinct Committeeman
  • Anita Christy – Gilbert and Payson Republican Activist
  • Aaron Borders – LD 29 Republican Activist

To date, more than 35 Republican activists, district leaders, county leaders, and state leaders have endorsed Mark Brnovich for Attorney General in the Republican primary. They join former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, Congressman Trent Franks and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery in supporting Mark Brnovich over his opponent.

ABOUT MARK BRNOVICH

Mark Brnovich is a Republican candidate for Attorney General. He is challenging Tom Horne in the August Republican primary. Raised in Arizona, Mark Brnovich is a graduate of Arizona State University. Mark is an experienced federal and state prosecutor. To follow the campaign, please visit https://www.facebook.com/Mark4AZ

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