AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham’s Sacrifice Means Victory

By Daniel Stefanski

A hearty thanks to AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham for working through another executive board meeting! Today, it sounds like the board voted against funding a lawsuit for closing Republican primaries. As it should have been, Robert allowed the motion to be voted on, and the representatives of the precinct and state committeemen did what they felt was in the best interest of the Arizona Republican Party and election victories in 2015 and 2016.

And for all the heartache by a select few over the closed meeting today, it was not closed to those who were duly elected in previous elections. Want to sit in and participate in future state party executive meetings that may be closed to observers? Run for election for one of those positions next time around. The process isn’t being obstructed. It’s being followed to the letter of the law.

Robert Graham voluntarily signed up for a non-paid job with round-the-clock hours, but he did not sign up for a job that featured lies, distortion and people from his own party working against future Republican victories to serve their own self interests. Before this meeting, Robert did not fight against the resolution to close our primary. Rather, he expressed his opinions and waited for the process to carry itself out. While false allegations that Robert was carrying out other interested party’s wishes swirled around prior to today’s meeting, it is now a fact that the AZGOP executive committee voted within their rights and responsibilities to table the closed primary funding proposal.

Though one will never come, I think Robert Graham is owed an apology for the way he has been treated and maligned by people who claim to be in the same party as him.

And to make up for an apology that will never come, I think Robert deserves thanks and encouragement by all those who appreciate the 2014 victories he was very instrumental in helping to achieve. We who were involved in the 2014 campaigns know how hard the State Party worked throughout the entire cycle.

Robert and the Arizona Republican Party have pledged to stay neutral in primaries, and they have remained faithful to that promise. The AZGOP has also always upheld the party platform during Robert’s tenure as chair. Those who claim that Robert is attempting to pave a path for any individual primary contender are doing so without any factual basis. Robert is not going to pull any favors for any candidate in a contested primary election, and he’s not going to lead the AZGOP towards an ideological potion that does not adhere to the entirety of our platform. Activists may “want” him to do their work for them in a contested primary election, but he’s just not going to do play favorites. So to save everyone’s time, let’s support our primary candidates and await the time when the AZGOP will be waiting for the Democrats with guns a-blazin’ after the winning Republicans make it past their primaries.

Thanks as well to everyone who sacrifices their time to serve at the AZGOP and on the executive committee!

Let’s work for some more GOP victories in 2015 and 2016! Who’s with me?!

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.

Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio Endorses Lisa Gray and Jeni White for Maricopa County Republican Party Leadership

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Phoenix, AZ – Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio – a conservative known for leading the charge for fiscal accountability, exposing public union malfeasance, and promoting positive job-friendly solutions to Phoenix problems – has endorsed Lisa Gray and Jeni White for Maricopa County Republican Party Leadership.

“I am thrilled that Lisa is running for Chairman and Jeni as First Vice Chair. You couldn’t ask for a better conservative ticket to lead and represent Maricopa County Republicans than these two. They bring core conservative credentials and have been crucial to the success of the Republican Party in Arizona.  Both are highly effective at building bridges in the party, getting out votes in elections, raising funds for GOTV efforts, and promoting the party and its platform through events and social media – and they’ve probably recruited and mobilized more grassroots Republican PCs than anyone I can remember. They’re a phenomenal team to prepare Maricopa County for the 2016 Presidential election,” said DiCiccio.

 

Lisa Gray and Jeni White have been deeply involved in grassroots politics for years.  Both have a long list of concrete accomplishments and leadership positions held, including serving as Legislative District Chairmen, and a proven track record of working together. Election will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Grace Community Church in Tempe. www.TeamRed.GOP

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‘MAILER’ UPDATE: AZGOP Stands With Diane

Yesterday roughly 30,000 Republicans in Arizona received  an AZGOP mailer promoting the GOP slate but many activists quickly noticed that the mailer did not include Jeff Dewit (who is running unopposed) and pro-local control of schools candidate Diane Douglas.  After the Chamber of Commerce’s declaration of war against the Tea Party plus the local chamber’s endorsement her pro-Common Core opponent, many interpreted this as an intentional slight of Diane Douglas by an AZGOP hijacked by ‘The Chamber’ — however we are happy to report that is not the case.

AZGOP Executive Director Chad Haywood tells ArizonaInformer that the AZGOP is 100% behind the Republican candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas.  In fact, AZGOP has sent out ‘slate’ mailers which feature Diane Douglas along with Tom Forese, and Doug Little (see below) and has consistently made calls promoting Diane’s candidacy since August’s Primary. Diane is also scheduled to appear alongside other candidates on the GOP slate, including Republican gubernatorial Doug Ducey in the run-up to Election Day.

A recent AZGOP featuring Diane Douglas for Superintendent

A recent AZGOP featuring Diane Douglas for Superintendent

The explanation for the sans Douglas mailer is that the AZGOP is one of logistic instead of opposition, corruption, or malice.  By law, the AZGOP must send out ‘slate’ mailers with a minimum of 3 candidates (Arizona has seven candidates on the slate)  and often there is not enough space due to pictures and text to place the entire slate fit onto one mailer.  Thus, the slate mailers is often broken up into two to make room for messaging and picture and the ‘splitting’ of the mailer allows for strategic targeting of certain voting districts.   This ‘splitting’ was the source of the confusion for yesterday’s mailer.

The AZGOP attempted to assist Diane’s campaign in addition to the mailers and robocalls but are hampered by ‘Clean elections’ regulations in what they can and cannot do but are putting their full weight behind every candidate.

“We would love to be able to respond by mail to attacks on Diane. She is a great candidate. Unfortunately we are not allowed to do a piece about 1 candidate because of slate laws and clean elections. Clean elections also prohibits us from donating directly to her campaign. She is at the top of our slate calls and will be included in all of our pieces disseminated to election day voters this weekend.” ~ AZGOP, Executive Director Chad Heywood

Heywood states the AZGOP is looking forward to a clean sweep on Tuesday and after a lengthy discussion with him, we at ArizonaInformer find him to be sincere and have no reason to doubt him or the AZGOP’s efforts to ensure Diane Douglas becomes our next Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Now that we’ve had this question asked and answered, there are only 2 more things that need to be done:
1. Defeat the Democrat Ticket Tuesday
2. Recharge for 2016
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Less Than Three Weeks Before Election Day Voters Take to Social Media to Stop Fred DuVal

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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.
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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.

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

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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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Pro-Business Group Endorses Jeff DeWit for State Treasurer

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HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL ARIZONA ENDORSES
JEFF DEWIT FOR STATE TREASURER


I’m honored to have the endorsement of the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona (HBACA) which has been representing residential building professionals, suppliers, contractors, and affiliated industry professionals throughout the Valley for over 60 years. Today the HBACA represents more than 500 companies with thousands of employees, and serves as the “Voice of the Residential Construction Industry.”

“As I say frequently, Arizona needs leaders who will promote a thriving business community, as I will.  The path to success for our State involves growing our economy and bringing in jobs, and I will be very supportive of our future Governor in making that happen,” said DeWit.

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About Jeff DeWit: Jeff is a successful CEO/Investment Professional with over 21 years of experience. For more information about Jeff DeWit and his campaign for State Treasurer, please visit www.JeffDeWit.com. You can also follow campaign updates on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JeffDeWitAZ or on Twitter at @JeffDeWitAZ.  

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Arizona State Representatives Phil Lovas and David Livingston Endorse Jeff DeWit for State Treasurer

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Phoenix – Jeff DeWit, CEO/Investment Professional and Arizona State Treasurer candidate, announced today that Arizona State Representatives Phil Lovas and David Livingston have endorsed his candidacy.

“Jeff would make an outstanding State Treasurer. He is the most conservative candidate, has a record of financial management and is the only candidate against expanding Obamacare in Arizona. I wholeheartedly endorse Jeff for Treasurer,” said Lovas.

Livingston added, “As a professional financial advisor, I know how important it is to have a knowledgeable expert overseeing our state’s $13 Billion investments. As a CEO and Investment professional Jeff has the private sector experience that should be required for our State Treasurer. On top of having the experience, Jeff is a proven conservative and will represent our state well. I’m proud to endorse Jeff DeWit for Arizona State Treasurer.”

“I’m honored to have both Representative Lovas and Livingston endorse my campaign. What’s even more special about this endorsement is that they are my state representatives,” said DeWit. “I’m proud of the work they both do at our State Capitol. Legislative District 22 is represented well by strong conservatives.”

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About Jeff DeWit: Jeff is a successful CEO/Investment Professional with over 21 years of experience. For more information about Jeff DeWit and his campaign for State Treasurer, please visit www.JeffDeWit.com. You can also follow campaign updates on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JeffDeWitAZ or on Twitter at @JeffDeWitAZ.  

 

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ARIZONA STATE TREASURER CANDIDATE JEFF DEWIT RESPONSE
TO AZGOP CHAIRMAN ROBERT GRAHAM ASKING CAMPAIGNS FOR POSITIVE MESSAGING

 

August 20, 2014 – Phoenix - Recently AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham issued a statement asking candidates for positive messaging that builds the Republican Party.

In response, Jeff DeWit, CEO/Investment Professional and Arizona State Treasurer candidate, has introduced his family friendly, upbeat, positive campaign video titled “Go and Vote” which can be found on Jeff DeWit’s YouTube Channel here – http://youtu.be/ToUE8zT8Tno – or through the News section on JeffDeWit.com.

“Too many negative messages are flooding the airwaves,” said DeWit.  “I hope this sets an example of a different way to encourage Arizonans to vote.  Our goal is that this will bring smiles and goodwill to Arizona voters, while showing that there is a better way to get our message out.”

Jeff’s wife, Marina stated, “Anyone who knows Jeff knows that he is very serious about being Arizona’s next State Treasurer and understands the responsibilities of the office. But what many don’t know about him is his great sense of humor, love for his family, friends and the Great State of Arizona. We hope all who view this video will enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it.”

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About Jeff DeWit: Jeff is a successful CEO/Investment Professional with over 21 years of financial experience. For more information about Jeff DeWit or his campaign for State Treasurer, please visit www.JeffDeWit.com. You can also follow campaign updates on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JeffDeWitAZ or on Twitter at @JeffDeWitAZ.