‘CRUZ MISSILE’ DERAILS ‘TRUMP TRAIN’ AT AZGOP CONVENTION

The Arizona GOP held their quadrennial meeting yesterday to vote on delegates for the GOP convention to be held in Cleveland in late July.  And much like the Ron Paul campaigns in the past, the social media presence for Trump failed to yield results in real life.

According to our math, the pro-Planned Parenthood Trump camp was only able to win 16 of the 58 delegate slots available with Team Cruz winning at least 32 of the remaining 42 delegates.  We’re not sure if the remaining delegates are Kasich delegates, or just undeclared activists intent on upholding and shaping the GOP platform come late July.

The Birther/Bircher dominated Trump camp won many of the Congressional District delegations slots (14 including Gov Ducey who is not on record being a Trump delegate), but the well-organized conservatives of the Cruz Camp destroyed Team Trump in the ‘Delegate At-Large’ election by winning 26 of 28 delegate slots.  As the Trump camp continues to whine about being ‘cheated’ (as usual), they did have a significant victory in electing Lori Klein as AZ’s new RNC Committeewoman.

After a long day and a long fight, it was a great day for Liberty and the #NeverTrump camp in Arizona.  If Trump doesn’t sweep in Indiana and California, the election yesterday will have a YUGE impact if pro-amnesty Donald Trump fails to win 1237 votes on the 1st vote.

Update on AZ01 GOP Candidate Earn vs Burn Rates

In an earlier post, we provided an analysis of the campaign finance reports of Arizona’s CD-1 candidates. At the time, no information was available from the Shawn Redd campaign because the reports were filed manually with the Federal Elections Commission. Those reports are now available.

We also need to correct a number on another candidate campaign in which a typo occurred on the spreadsheet. That candidate’s financial health actually improved significantly with the correction. Read our updated analysis below.

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An analysis of Federal Election Commission reports by CD-1 candidates shows some interesting financial trends taking place.

Looking exclusively at the first quarter period of time, we calculated daily earn and burn rates for each of the campaigns effective March 31st. There were 91 days in 1Q.

These rates have been adjusted based on the number of days the campaign has been operating for the 1st quarter period of time. In addition, we calculated the burn rate for each candidate to the Primary Election date. There are 152 days until the Primary Election from March 31st. This is the amount of money the campaign has left to spend on a daily basis to get to August 30th leaving no money left in the bank.

For this assessment, all reports are now available and are pro-rated accordingly to the days a candidate has been in the race. For example, Wendy Rogers has been in the race for 78 days and Carlyle Begay has only been in the race 22 days. The earn and burn rates are adjusted accordingly.

Here are the updated/corrected numbers:

Candidate Campaign Raised 1Q Days in 1Q Daily Earn Rate 1Q Spent    1Q Daily Burn Rate 1Q Daily Earn vs Burn Gap Cash on Hand 1Q Days to Primary Daily Burn Rate to Primary Election
Babeu $157,734 91 $1,733 $148,157 $1,628 $105 $259,351 152 $1,706
Begay $39,905 22 $1,814 $513 $23 $1,791 $39,392 152 $259
Bennett $80,027 91 $879 $55,633 $611 $268 $195,691 152 $1,287
Gowan $169,390 91 $1,861 $70,978 $780 $1,081 $238,468 152 $1,569
Kiehne $48,980 91 $538 $113,933 $1,252 -$714 $513,615 152 $3,379
Redd $1,800 91 $20 $7,615 $84 -$64 $1,785 152 $12
Rogers $144,209 79 $1,825 $51,809 $656 $1,170 $100,765 152 $663

 

As a prior post pointed out, Paul Babeu has the highest burn rate followed by Gary Kiehne. Excluding Begay’s campaign due to the short period of time, both Wendy Rogers and Ken Bennett have the lowest burn rates.

For the entire quarter, Wendy Rogers was the most financially disciplined candidate while Paul Babeu was the biggest spender and Gary Kienhe ran the largest deficit.

We corrected the amount raised for Wendy Rogers which resulted in a significant boost to her daily earn rate. That still resulted in David Gowan barely remaining at the top of the list with a daily earn rate of $1,861 but moved Wendy Rogers into second place at a daily earn rate of $1,825. Paul Babeu trailed at a daily earn rate of $1,733 but if we include Carlyle Begay given the short amount of time he has been in the race, Babeu drops to 4th place.

One thing to note about fundraising for these candidates is the ease of access to PAC and lobbyist money. As Speaker of the House David Gowan has tremendous influence over the outcome of legislation. Many lobbyists have bills making their way through the Arizona House and that means a high level of interaction and access with the Speaker. A review of Gowan’s report reveals that many lobbyists have contributed to his campaign. It also shows that he has received $16,250 in PAC contributions – the top recipient of all the candidates. Carlyle Begay placed 2nd in PAC contributions at $12,000 while Babeu ran 3rd with $5,000. Ken Bennett bottomed the list with $1,000 in PAC contributions. Gary Kiehne, Shawn Redd and Wendy Rogers received no money from PAC’s

Looking at available money, Gary Kiehne has the highest amount available to spend on a daily basis heading into the August 30th Primary Election. It should be noted that Kiehne has loaned his campaign the most money out of all the other campaigns with $50,000 being fronted to the campaign during the 1st quarter and $678,072 being loaned during the election cycle to date.

Candidates with a larger gap between earn and burn rates this early in a campaign are more likely to be in better financial shape heading into an election. Obviously, candidates should be raising more money then they are spending to avoid draining their resources or running a deficit. Here’s an UPDATED graph of those rates showing the daily gap between each candidate’s earn and burn rates:

AZ01 Candidate Daily Earn & Burn Rates

 

In this graph, Gary Kiehne has an inverted burn to earn gap of -$714. Shawn Redd’s gap is now included in this analysis and shows he spent more money than he took in during IQ with a daily gap of -$64. Paul Babeu’s campaign is barely staying ahead of his burn rate at $105/day. Ken Bennett may have a lower burn rate but his earn rate is also very low giving him a gap of $268. That leaves Wendy Rogers and David Gowan with the healthiest gaps. Gowan’s gap amounts to $1,081 but after a correction in the data, Rogers’ gap grows to $1,170 making her the candidate with the healthiest daily earn-to-burn rate. (Carlyle Begay was excluded from this 1Q analysis because the campaign had only been in the race for 22 days which is below a 30-day billing cycle for spending money.)

  • Paul Babeu spent $0.94 for every dollar he raised
  • Ken Bennett spent $0.70 for every dollar he raised
  • David Gowan spent $0.42 for every dollar he raised
  • Gary Kiehne spent $2.33 for every dollar he raised
  • Wendy Rogers spent $0.36 for every dollar she raised

Our conclusion: David Gowan raised the most money although much of it was from lobbyists and PAC’s. Paul Babeu spent the most amount of money and his daily earning rate is barely keeping ahead of his daily spending rate. Gary Kiehne ran the largest deficit spending for the quarter having raised the least amount of money but loaning the campaign the most amount of money. Ken Bennett raised the least amount of money for 1Q and spends nearly 70% of what he raises. Carlyle Begay has not been in the race long enough to derive an accurate assessment. Shawn Redd’s financial reports eliminate him from the analysis as an outlier. While Wendy Rogers placed 3rd in fundraising, she has the healthiest daily earn vs. burn rate showing her to be the most financially disciplined candidate in the race for CD-1.

Here are links to each candidate’s campaign finance reports on the FEC:

Paul Babeu
Carlyle Begay
Ken Bennett
David Gowan

Gary Kiehne
Shawn Redd
Wendy Rogers

I Am The Establishment But I Am NOT The Elite

OK, I’ll admit it. I’m part of the “establishment.” That’s right, I should come out of the political closet and confess that I am part of this vast right-wing conspiracy called the Republican Party.

Ever since 1990, when I registered as a Republican and ran for an elected position called precinct committeeman, I’ve been working hard to elect conservative Republicans to office. Did I mention its a volunteer job in which you spend countless hours walking your neighborhood, distributing handouts, making phone calls and attending meetings? It’s how some of us have spent decades helping to elect good, conservative, platform-abiding Republicans to office.

There are many of us who have been doing the same thankless volunteer work year after year and because we’ve sacrificed our time, talent and treasure, we are proud to be part of the GOP “establishment.”

We’ve given a lot to keep the party conservative by fighting for the platform, electing conservatives to office and standing up to anyone who wants to stray from those guiding principles.

It’s one of the reasons why I cannot remain quiet during this Republican nomination process.

I’ve been at this long enough to detect an impostor, infiltrator, poser, autocrat and authoritarian. That detector has been alarming ever since Donald Trump entered the race for President.

You see, I may be part of the establishment but I am not part of the elite.

Like many of my fellow Republican grassroots workers, we are working hard to stop a hostile takeover of our party.

Yes, we are angry with those who made promises before they were elected only to see them break those promises. We feel used, abused and furious. And we usually take it out on them in the next election.

But we are also angry when an elitist of celebrity persuasion with no conservative credentials or history takes the stage and makes outrageous promises he never intends to keep.

We refuse to allow our anger and emotions govern our decision making process. After all, we claim to be the party of logic and reason.

We refuse to throw all the years of hard work away when some authoritarian demagogue comes calling.

The GOP has a long history of standing up for average hard-working Americans. Republicans are the party of the people, by the people and for the people. Those of us who have sacrificed to keep it that way are not going away without a fight because we believe in Republican principles.

We are the GOP establishment but we are not the elite – and we’ll doing everything in our power to stop the elite from stealing our Grand Old Party.

Ballot Harvesting Tactics Illegal: New Law Will Eliminate Opportunity for Election Tampering

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Practice of Ballot Harvesting — Where Campaign Workers Personally Collect Ballots from Voters During Elections — to Be Banned by New Legislation
 
PHOENIX – This afternoon Chairman Robert Graham of the Arizona Republican Party thanked the members of the Arizona State House of Representatives and the Arizona Senate for passing a bill to ban ballot harvesting. Ballot harvesting is a tactic used by some campaigns to send people door-to-door and neighborhood-by-neighborhood to collect ballots from unwitting voters.
 
Once in the hands of campaign staff, the ballots are vulnerable to tampering, or even being discarded if they are opened and found to be supporting an opposing candidate.
“We’ve stopped ballot harvesting and that’s great news for all voters and the public,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “I’ve worked hard as Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party to come up with a solution to a problem that has the potential to destroy our election system and ruin the faith that we have in a democracy where every vote counts. We worked diligently and respectfully with legislators on both sides of the aisle, and both sides of the issue, and I especially thank Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita for putting the bill together, and greatly appreciate her colleagues in the House and Senate for supporting the integrity of our election process.”
 
All Arizona voters are entitled by law to vote in person or by a mailed-in ballot that comes with a postage-paid envelope. Ballots are mailed to voters about a month before each election, which previously gave campaigns ample opportunity to canvass neighborhoods and attempt to collected vote or unvoted ballots from individuals. The bill, HB2023, makes this practice a criminal act, but exempts caregivers or those delivering ballots for family members or roommates.
“This legislation reforms our election laws in a way that restores the public’s respect for a process that had potentially dangerous implications and provided too much opportunity for fraud and tampering with an election. It’s fitting to ensure that those who commit a crime by tampering with any ballot, or defrauding a voter to get them to give up their ballot, will be punished,” Graham added. “Voting in an election is considered a sacred process and one that must have integrity, security and legitimacy.”

AZGOP Chairman Defends Rights of Precinct Committeemen to Vote in Election of Convention Delegates

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Robert Graham Countering Efforts of Former Local Party Official Seeking to Disenfranchise Precinct Committeemen
 
PHOENIX – This afternoon Chairman Robert Graham of the Arizona Republican Party expressed outrage today at the ongoing efforts by a former local Republican party leader, A. J. La Faro, who is trying to prevent thousands of Republican Precinct Committeemen from voting in upcoming party elections.
 
“Our local Republican activists are the most precious resource our party has, and it’s just sad to see someone try to keep them from voting in the election of our delegates to the Republican State Convention,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “Every one of our Republican Precinct Committeeman has the right to cast a vote for the delegates of their choice, and no one should disenfranchise our PC’s. As the twice-elected leader of the Arizona Republican Party, I am outraged and taking action to work with every local party chairman to ensure that every Precinct Committeeman is able to participate and cast a vote in these elections, and I absolutely will not let anyone take that right away from them.”
 
Republican Precinct Committeemen (PCs) are elected by Republican voters in each of Arizona’s nearly 1,500 voting precincts statewide. PCs gather each month to conduct party business, and state law permits them to vote by proxy if  unable to attend a particular meeting. PCs can provide a signed, witnessed (or notarized) proxy form to a trusted Republican from their precinct who is attending the meeting, and who may cast their vote for them. The practice assures each and every PC can vote on party business, even if unable to physically attend the meeting.
 
In typical party meetings about half the votes are cast by proxy. At the recent meeting of Maricopa County Republican PC’s chaired by Tyler Bowyer, for example, there were 1,006 present at the meeting and an additional 989 who voted by a proxy given to another member.
 
With significant meetings in the coming months being called throughout Arizona to elect delegates to the Republican State Convention, the right to vote by proxy is especially important.
 
“Our party is all about expanding activists participation, and we trust the chairmen of our local district and county parties to conduct these meetings as they always do and follow our standard party procedures, and I’ll help them do that,” Graham added. “There is no excuse for La Faro’s misinformation campaign and attempt to stop proxy voting, and no one should tolerate his outrageous attempts to stifle the voting rights of our PCs and interfere with our party’s elections process.”
 
The Republican Party State Convention, to be held on April 30, 2016 at the Mesa Convention Center, is where the state delegates elected by the PCs assemble to elect 55 delegates to be sent to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July, where the Republican Nominee for President is selected.

Tyler Bowyer and AJ LaFaro: The Democrats Secret Weapon

A shout out to our friends at PoliticsArizona.com for this post!

Tyler Bowyer ran for MCRC Chairman promising unity and a stop to the disease of divisiveness that plagued the party under AJ LaFaro. Bowyer promised to turn the page.

Bowyer lied. And in doing so, stabbed his former friend Robert Graham squarely between the shoulder blades. Here’s hoping Chairman Graham won’t forget.

On Saturday, Bowyer flat out went after Graham, the popular Arizona GOP Chairman, conspiring with LaFaro to bring a doomed “censure” of the Chairman to the floor.

While publicly he pretends to support unifying the party…

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…Bowyer is clearly working as a pawn in LaFaro’s plot to divide the party. In a video exclusively obtained by Politics Arizona, Bowyer is seen huddling with LaFaro as their efforts to “censure” Chairman Graham go down in flames.

The next time Tyler Bowyer pats you on the back, be sure to get checked out for stab wounds.

Our take on what’s happening with the Arizona Republican Party in 2016?

Delegate stacking!

There is an effort to put delegates committed to Donald Trump into state delegate positions before the Republican State Convention on April 30th. Those elections of delegates will take place from March 26 – April 9th.

State law states that delegates of the parties shall “make their best effort” to support the winner of the presidential preference election. That Presidential Preference Election will take place on March 22, 2016. Arizona is called a “Winner Take All” state.

If Donald Trump wins the Presidential Preference Election on March 22nd AND, the delegates elected to the Arizona State Convention on April 30th are committed to Trump, there will not be a conflict.

But, if Ted Cruz wins the PPE, AND delegates elected to the Arizona State Convention have pledged to Donald Trump, there will be a massive party fight.

Thus, the theory is  that individuals like AJ LaFaro and Rob Haney ferociously recruited Trump-committed precinct committeemen in 2015 so that Tyler Bowyer would appoint these individuals to elect the delegates to the national convention.

KJZZ: Constantin Querard and Shane Wikfors discuss the schism in the Maricopa GOP

Steve Goldstein with the Phoenix NPR affiliate, KJZZ, interviewed Republican consultants Constantin Querard and Shane Wikfors today on his show Here and Now.

ConstantinQuerardQuerard and Wikfors who are both conservative Republicans, discussed the ongoing intra-party battle taking place at the Maricopa County GOP level for several years.

Shane WikforsAt the center of the battle is Arizona senior Senator John McCain and a handful of Republican precinct committeemen.

Listen as Querard details how this fight began, how it has affected the rank-and-file Republican activists and how it continues to play out in GOP in-fighting.
Wikfors, who is resigning his position as a Republican precinct committeeman, describes how the in-fighting is affecting the GOP brand and party’s ability to grow and raise money.

SOS Michele Reagan Refers AZGOP Complaint to AG Mark Brnovich

Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan has pushed forward a complaint to the Attorney General Mark Brnovich regarding a complaint filed by the Arizona Republican Party related to a political committee headed by former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson. The complaint alleges that Johnson’s political committee, “Open Nonpartisan Elections” or ONE, violated reporting requirements when it failed to report a $10,000 political contribution from Jeff Covill.

Secretary Reagan also did not find reasonable cause regarding other political contributions and expenditures received and made by a parallel 501(c)4 organization registered under the same name. That complaint alleged that the non-profit organization was involved in electioneering when it received a $100,000 donation from Open Primaries and hired the Phoenix-based political firm HighGround. Donations and expenditures $10,000 or greater are required to be reported within 24 hours of receipt.

The matter now proceeds to the Attorney General’s Office where it will be litigated.

To read Secretary of State Michele Reagan’s letter of reasonable cause, click here.

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.

Maricopa County Republicans Continue Intra-Party Fighting

Time to air some dirty laundry! These latest reports from several Republicans in Maricopa County. After reading these accounts, we wonder why anyone in their right mind would want to participate as an elected Republican party official?

We will post additional perspectives as we receive them.

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I don’t normally get involved in the AZ Republican Party food fights but what happened at the EGC meeting last week is over the top. I feel everyone should know what is happening behind the scenes whether you are a PC or not.

Many of us who volunteer in politics are not in it seek attention to boost ourselves. Instead we realize the country under Barack Obama is deteriorating quickly. Our battle is all about America and electing candidates who will fight for conservative principles and get America back on track. We must continue to fight the good fight for our country and keep our eye on the big picture and the ultimate goal. However, we also should be aware of what others are doing to put obstacles in our way. This is the reason I need to share the recent chain of events.
Sandi B.

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And from Frosty Taylor’s MCRC Briefs:

Chins Are Still Wagging about Wednesday night’s Maricopa County Republican Committee’s Executive Guidance Committee (MCRC EGC) Donnybrook. The agenda didn’t list screaming, hollering, shouting matches, nor a failed attempt to pass a vote of no confidence resolution against chairman Tyler Bowyer– but that’s what EGC members endured. “It was just awful… just awful,” confided one attendee. Emotions ran high during nearly an hour of chaos that ended in a ‘vote of confidence resolution’ tally that favored Chairman Tyler Bowyer by 15-14…one vote. See 11-4-15-briefs Witnesses say EGC Board Second Vice Chairman Aaron Borders lead the charge against Bowyer, backed by First Vice Chairman Jeni White. Rumors have sprouted that Borders and White might be asked to resign at the December EGC meeting. Borders presented a two page, single-spaced resolution listing some 19 complaint allegations regarding Bowyer’s leadership/ management techniques ranging from lack of communication with the EGC members to misrepresentation of the EGC. Some says Bowyers opponents arrived with prepared ballots before the lengthy resolution was brought to the floor. Reports had circulated Wednesday morning that Bowyers opponents wanted a ballot vote because some thought a voice or hand vote would fail. Others say Bowyers opponents lost votes because of unprofessional behavior. Regardless of whose version you chose to believe, the whole episode is an embarrassment to the party. It’s apparent that Bowyer needs to knock off with some of his shenanigans, start communicating better with his members, improve his management skills and that a parliamentarian, a Sgt at Arms and a security officer need to be in attendance in December. Those prone to screaming and yelling need to try a calm, professional manner. Bully tactics turn off your fellow Republicans. Dems must be laughing their heads off.

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And from former AZGOP Chairman Tom Morrissey:

MCRC Chairman Tyler Bowyer beat back another underhanded attempt by the establishment to take control of the party and stop the conservative momentum which is gaining ground thanks to the efforts of grassroots groups like the Tea Party and AzRA and as a result, now within our party. This was very reminiscent of the moves made against me when I was State Chair by the same contingent. The only difference this time was that they are more open as to who is doing what. But it is the same old, same old. The establishment believes that they and they alone have all the answers and the right to control the GOP. Fact is, that is not an absolute and the ground is moving under their feet and it’s not moving in their direction. They should take a close look at what just happened in Kentucky and Virginia (again). Their champions are going down because conservatism is no longer contained within the boundaries of a party it is now awake and has become the movement it must be, to turn this country around. We ALL make mistakes and Tyler is no exception, but his heart and principles are solid as he does the very difficult job of chairman. I made mistakes as well but in the end WE were extremely successful in the elections of 2012 despite the attacks on us by the establishment. Go Tyler! And Trump, Carson and Cruz!

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And from the Arizona Freedom Alliance:

[Editor:  To understand what is going on, you first need to know that the Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee has a less than cooperative Board.  The Chairman is a conservative but three of the Board members are McCainiacs.  It makes for very unhappy political bedfellows and a lack of political maturity.  The inevitable food fight broke out at their last meeting. The following report is one attendee’s take on the events.  From other reports, it appears this report is an accurate accounting of the evenings failed attempt at sabotage.  The conservative Republicans have a lot of work to do and this nonsense is just a time-waster!  No doubt the goal of the saboteurs.] 

Guest Columnist:

So, at the November 4, 2015 meeting of the Maricopa County Republican Committee (“MCRC”) Executive Guidance Committee (“EGC”) meeting, some members of the EGC brought a silly, out of order, motion to pass a silly resolution, which shall be deemed the “Great Silly Nothingburger Resolution of the Malcontents.”  (Hint:  To figure out the identities of these malcontents, follow the money – find out who are beholden to government, are allied with the “reach across the aisle” elected Republicans, or profit from government contracts.)  These malcontents said in their proposed resolution, “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 . . . .”

Agreed.  The same applies to the rest of the EGC members.  

Let’s look at their duties.

MCRC First Vice-Chairman:  (Jeni White)

The duties of the MCRC First Vice-Chairman shall be to:

  1. Perform duties assigned by the MCRC Chairman or by the Bylaws of the MCRC,
  2. Perform the duties of the MCRC Chairman during an absence of the MCRC Chairman or in the event of a vacancy until the vacancy is filled.

See anything there about a duty to bring a motion for a resolution for a “Vote of No Confidence with Call for Independent Audit”?  

Neither did I.  

And while we are discussing “duties,” keep in mind that NONE of these “duties,” both those of the MCRC Chairman or the “lowly” precinct committeeman, are in any way forced by statute.  Our Arizona Republican Party is entirely made up of unpaid volunteers.  The AZ GOP Chairman can try all he might to “order” a “lowly” precinct committeeman to do this or that.  Good luck with that.  Because an elected or appointed PC is a voluntary participant in our AZ GOP and can do as much, or as little, as he likes with respect to the Party.  He is only beholden to the Republicans in his precinct.  Who can decide to not re-elect him (or, in the case of appointed PCs, elect him in the next primary).

This is not rocket science.  

Moving on to the duties of MCRC Second Vice-Chairman:  (Aaron Borders)

The duties of the MCRC Second Vice-Chairman shall be to:

  1. Perform duties as may be assigned by the MCRC Chairman or the Bylaws of the MCRC,
  2. Perform the duties of the MCRC Chairman during as [sic] absence of the MCRC Chairman and the First Vice- Chairman, and 
  3. Be the liaison officer for the MCRC to the various Republican Clubs in Maricopa County.

See anything there about a duty to bring a motion for a resolution for a “Vote of No Confidence with Call for Independent Audit”?  

Neither did I.

Nor do the duties of the Secretary include a duty to bring a motion for a resolution for a “Vote of No Confidence with Call for Independent Audit.”

The LD Chairs and Members At Large?  They have no duties that would allow for the bringing of the Great Silly Nothingburger Resolution of the Malcontents.  But the LD Chairs are to “Cooperate with the MCRC Chairman.”  And all EGC members are to support the objectives of the Committee.

The Bylaws say the Duties of the EGC members include “Act[ing] collectively as an advisory and guidance group to the MCRC Chairman” and “Assist[ing] the MCRC Chairman with the specific responsibilities designated for each member of the MCRC Chairman.”  And as to all of the above, besides the MCRC Chairman and the Treasurer, all of the rest of the members of the EGC “have, essentially, NO power to tell either the MCRC Chairman or the Treasurer what to do.  Oh, they can ask, cajole, hint, “demand,” “direct,” or throw a temper tantrum and stamp their feet or hold their breath, but the real power lies in the hands of the Chairman and the Treasurer.  Yet there they were, wasting everyone’s time, when they could have just emailed their “demands” to the Chairman.  Silly.  

Political party committees are not public bodies.  They are not corporations.  They are private voluntary associations of like-minded (in theory, based on the concept of having party platforms define a party’s values and objectives) persons.  The elected and appointed members, precinct committeeman, are volunteers.  Governed by bylaws.  

Earth to the members of the EGC who supported this silly motion:  The bylaws of political party committees, including those of the Arizona Republican Party, must give the Chairman and the Treasurer essentially dictatorial powers because, otherwise, without such powers, nothing will get accomplished.  

As was reflected by the 60 or so man hours of time wasted by the EGC members on the silly motion.

Please, former tea partiers, please, newcomers, please, people with common sense:  Think about this long and hard.  And then think some more.  

This is taught in 7th Grade Civics.  I had such a course in public school.  Perhaps some of the people supporting the Great Silly Nothingburger Resolution of the Malcontents did not have this advantage.  Or, if they did, forgot what they learned.  Regardless, it’s all just common sense.  

If the Chairman and Treasurer of any given political party committee did not have such dictatorial power, virtually every action of the committees would be “committee-ed to death.”  As was on display at the November 4, 2015 meeting of the MCRC EGC meeting.  Let’s assume it took 2 hours to deal with the silly motion for the silly resolution.  That means that 60 man hours (there are 30 voting members of the EGC) were spent on a silly motion and silly resolution rather than being expended on achieving these objectives:   

The objective of the MCRC is to uphold the principles and policies as set forth in the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Republican Party Platform. We will promote the political education of all Republican Party workers and loyalty to the Republican Party platform. We will also support the election of our party candidates who uphold the principles and policies as set forth in the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Republican Party Platform. 

(MCRC Bylaws, Article I – Object, Section 1 – Objective.)

From those pesky Continuing Bylaws of the Maricopa County Republican Committee that some members of the MCRC EGC apparently cannot quite seem to bring themselves to read and study.  

And let us assume that, in addition to the 30 voting members in attendance in person or by proxy, an additional 20 Republicans attended the November 4, 2015 meeting.  That’s 100 man hours lost to silliness.  Who, exactly, is the leader of the proponents of the Great Silly Nothingburger Resolution of the Malcontents?  Please come forward to receive the accolades you deserve as the prime mover behind the Great Silly Nothingburger Resolution of the Malcontents!

Yes, complaining about the Chairman who has violated no Bylaws provision, through a time-wasting motion for a baseless and substance-less resolution containing no facts but only allegations, and which has no binding effect on anyone, is such a great, great use of the time of the MCRC EGC members.  (Um, that’s sarcasm, just in case you have not caught my drift.)

The MCRC PCs who brought the silly motion and voted for it apparently can’t quite grasp the duties of the members of the MCRC, as set forth in the Bylaws. (But then, how many of them have actually read the Bylaws, or had a copy with them at the meeting?  Based on the silly motion they brought forward, I think I know the answer.): 

The duties of PCs shall include, but not be limited to:

  1. Voting, in person or by proxy, at each and every district and county party election when qualified to do so,
  2. Assisting the Republican Party in voter registration,
  3. Assisting and encouraging Republican voters to vote on election days,
  4. Attending all District meetings,
  5. Working within the precinct from which elected,
  6. Creating enthusiasm and support for the Republican Party,
  7. Helping elect worthy Republican candidates,
  8. Recruiting and training leaders of the Republican Party, and
  9. Fostering loyalty to the Republican Party and promote its ideals.
  10. The PC shall provide the district, county, and state party offices with an email address, if they have one. District, county and state party offices may not allow email addresses to be used for any purpose other than internal party communications and shall not distribute an email address to anyone, including other PCs without the express consent of the affected precinct committeeman. 

(I am going to make it hard – look this up.)

How did the bringing of the Great Silly Nothingburger Resolution of the Malcontents (the “Nothingburger”) “encourage[e] Republican voters to vote on election days . . . ?”

How did the bringing off the Nothingburger encourage MCRC EGC members to “Attend[] all District meetings . . . .?”  Several MCRC EGC members left the meeting early in disgust over the bickering of the proponents of the Nothingburger.

Smart people.

How did the bringing of the Nothingburger “creat[e] enthusiasm and support for the Republican Party . . . ?”

How did the bringing of the Nothingburger further the MCRC EGC PCs’ goal of “Helping elect worthy Republican candidates . . . ?”

How did the bringing of the Nothingburger further the MCRC EGC PCs’ goal of “Recruiting and training leaders of the Republican Party . . . ?”

How did the bringing of the Nothingburger further the MCRC EGC PCs’ goal of “Fostering loyalty to the Republican Party and promote its ideals . . . ?”

How did the bringing of the Nothingburger further the EGC’s duty to “Act collectively as an advisory and guidance group to the MCRC Chairman?”

How did the bringing of the Nothingburger further the EGC’s duty to “Assist the MCRC Chairman with the specific responsibilities designated for each member by the MCRC Chairman?”  

To ask these questions is to answer them.  This silly, out of order, proposed resolution was brought by people who apparently can’t quite grasp that our Arizona Republican Party is comprised of volunteer precinct committeemen who are to work together, voluntarily.  It is not “public.”  It is not government.  It is a voluntary association of, ostensibly, like-minded citizens who have registered to vote as a Republican and who want to work together to further the goals of the AZ GOP and, in the case of those in Maricopa County, the MCRC.  

A motion that does not further the goals of the organization is out of order.  Even if it had passed, the Great Silly Nothingburger Resolution of the Malcontents would be null and void.  

Thank you.