Team O’Connor and Religious Bigotry Didn’t Begin on Facebook

Following Gabby Mercer’s attack on LDS members of the GOP, more religiously biased behavior was revealed from several who have witnessed it first hand – from Jim O’Connor directly. Multiple reports from those in attendance at the MCRC Bylaws meeting this fall recall O’Connor attempting his own “purge” of voices within the party. Voices that don’t fit his idea of worthy.

After months of work by committee members, O’Connor showed up on the last day for the committee to meet and refer their approved changes to the EGC for the vote of the body at the January meeting. Jim came prepared with his “No Proxies, No Way, No How” proposal.

As a part of discussion on the merits of the proposed bylaw change that would have completely eliminated the use of proxies in any way possible, there were several points made about possible unintended consequences, according to those in attendance. Among them, he was reminded that there are many who have religious reasons for not attending on a Saturday, specifically hard-working PC’s who are observant Jews who cannot attend on the Sabbath, that this is a sacred religious obligation that cannot be broken. His direct reply to this specific situation, “Maybe they should rethink being a PC.” When asked directly if he was saying Jews had no place in the GOP as PC’s, he shrugged and failed to walk back the statement. Apparently, in the rules according to Jim O’Connor, observant Jews need not apply to the GOP grassroots. His statement was met with open mouths, audible gasps and obvious looks of astonishment. His proposal was handily defeated and his efforts rejected.

Gabby Mercer attacking the LDS, claiming cronyism with extremely flawed, and untrue, examples; her thread reading like a 1950’s profile in reasons to keep segregation alive. Replace LDS and insert black, would we think it appropriate? Would it be called racist and bigoted?

Jim O’Connor insensitive to the religious obligations of another specific group, stating that observant Jews who cannot attend meetings on their Sabbath should “reconsider” being a PC. What other group should reconsider? Seventh Day Adventist? What about the EGC meetings, if they are on Wednesday as they have been for the past year or so, should Baptists, Church of God and other evangelical churches with Wednesday services resign immediately? Or – is it just Jews, Jim?

The concept that this man would be so discriminatory in his perception of the right of all to participate in the GOP should send chills down the spine of everyone. Such deeply flawed beliefs have no place in 2017 America. Nothing ever said or claimed about Jim O’Connor should be as frightening as this.

These two have no place in GOP leadership


Comments

  1. Gabby Mercer did not attack LDS members on Facebook. She only pointed out that is was curious how so many LDS members are in the GOP leadership. I however did attack LDS members on her Facebook post, because I used to be an LDS member and when I discovered that they teach that Jesus and satan are brothers… I knew their Jesus was not the Jesus I wanted to follow. The GOP would be well served by having meetings on non Sabbath days so Jews can attend. Mormons aren’t evil people, they are typically the most conservative people out there, but they have been lied to by demonic spirits so they are just misguided. A majority of FBI agents are Mormons because of their loyalty and trustworthiness. When they become Christians (and they aren’t… I was taught that in my Ward), they can discover that Jesus doesn’t need them to perform works to be accepted, His Blood took care of the insufficiency of our actions before a Holy Yah.

  2. Make Arizona Great Again! says:

    This isn’t the kind of behavior that will help Republicans win. Reject O’Connor.

    • Marianne Ferrari says:

      You could not be more wrong. Clearly a bunch of people have ganged up to place a bunch of hit pieces against Jim O’Connor on this site. How coincidental that they are doing this on the eve of the statutory meeting.

      A more honorable person than Jim O’Connor doesn’t exist. I’ve observed him for 8 years, and I know him to be a man of great humility, generosity of spirit, truthfulness, and–above all–fairness. These hit pieces against Jim remind me of all the hit pieces we recently saw against Trump.

      We have entered the Trump era, now. It’s an era that calls for the Republican Party, as well as the nation, itself, will be cleansed by people who have sought office because they want to help the country, NOT because they seek power and money. Jim is like Trump, in that he is a man of great spirit and knowledge and skills. He wants to work full time, as chairman, to make the AZ Republican Party an effective force for good. Listen to his speech, tomorrow. He has plenty of great ideas, such as tapping the expertise of the great people on the executive committee. He wants to recruit and support more honorable people to run for elected office in our state. He wants to use his proven fundraising skills to expand our donor base substantially. By contrast, his opponents merely want to hold tightly to the powers and perks to which they have become so accustomed.

      For the sake of the people of Arizona…for God’s sake, let’s end this era of horrible chaos and strife, which seems to coincide with the presence of Robert Graham, and his ilk, in our midst. Things could be so positive and productive with a genuine person, at the helm. We are members of a party that is hemorrhaging PCs. It is losing voter registrations. Even the Democrats added more voters last year. How is that possible, in the year of Trump? Something has gone terribly wrong with the leadership of the AZGOP. Like Obama, they really need to GO. The last thing we need is a Graham-picked successor to Graham.

      Bottom line: To me, the clearest indication that someone should be elected to an office is when his opposition goes berserk with hit pieces trying to get rid of him. Just on that score, alone, Jim O’Connor should be the recipient of every state committeeman’s vote, tomorrow.

  3. Republican MOT says:

    There have been far too many instances of deception and bigotry coming from Jim O’Connor to confirm in my mind that’s he unfit to be Chairman.

    I hope my fellow State Committeemen do the right thing on Saturday.

  4. Daniel J. Schultz says:

    Love the anonymous smears by the writer of this “Guest Opinion” and then the anonymous commenters from the peanut gallery. To this anonymous piece and as to the other anonymous comments to other articles here that anonymously try to smear Jim O’Connor.

    The anonymous “Guest Opinion” writer says,

    “Multiple reports from those in attendance at the MCRC Bylaws meeting this fall recall O’Connor attempting his own “purge” of voices within the party. Voices that don’t fit his idea of worthy.

    “After months of work by committee members, O’Connor showed up on the last day for the committee to meet and refer their approved changes to the EGC for the vote of the body at the January meeting. Jim came prepared with his “No Proxies, No Way, No How” proposal.

    “As a part of discussion on the merits of the proposed bylaw change that would have completely eliminated the use of proxies in any way possible, there were several points made about possible unintended consequences, according to those in attendance.”

    I volunteered, when asked by Chairman Tyler Bowyer, to again serve as the Bylaws Committee Chairman. (I was asked to volunteer in 2015, too.) I chaired the meeting.

    I received from Jim O’Connor his proposed amendment to the bylaws. I don’t have a real good recollection as to what all he said about it, but after reading his submission, it not being in the form it needed to be in per the Bylaws, I ruled it out of order and stopped discussion of its merits at that point.

    If you are going to accuse someone of religious bigotry, why not state EXACTLY the words you heard and say who you are?

    Instead of being an anonymous smear merchant.

    Sincerely,
    Dan Schultz

  5. I will not be attending the meeting on Saturday; however, I do feel as though information has been blown out of proportion. Gabby Mercer did not attack the LDS on Facebook. Her words were taken out of context. None of what was said, should make anyone change their minds about Jim O’Connor. This is childish & when I hear that people are going to parked their cars in a church lot in the AM in order to not allow others to park-“Let the O’Connor people walk.” I cannot help but think that I am listening to some children who need to grow up & get a life. Despite what your choice may be, I would hope that people will think twice before they get into these childish conversations. It certainly does not make the state of Arizona look good to others.

  6. Lynne Weaver says:

    I was at the bylaws meeting. Kim Owens was the one who claimed we should have proxies to accommodate observant Jews in her district. In no way was Jim O’Connor’s response “insensitive”. Whoever came up with this would fit in well with the reporters at CNN.

    It is unusual for observant Jews to ask any organization to set their rules to accommodate their faith. A good example is Joe Lieberman who stayed overnight within walking distance of the Capitol so he could cast votes taken on Saturday. Senator Lieberman did not ask that the vote wait till his Sabbath ended or for any special treatment.

    Our elections are meaningless thanks to proxy abuse. No proxy should be accepted without a notarized signature. Every PC that sends a proxy should have a phone number and email address available to the county or state organization so their proxy can be verified.

    According to Robert’s Rules of Order, our type of organization should not have proxies. Proxies should only be used where the voter has a financial interest such as a stockholder or an owner in an HOA. Proxies are not used in Congress, the Legislature, a school board meeting, etc.

    How can an organization that opposes ballot harvesting scam the system with proxies in our own elections?

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