Archives for January 2013

Phoenix City Councilman Speaks out on Phoenix Food Tax Repeal

Sal DiCiccioPolice and fire cuts were a hoax.

Budget and research numbers released this week show $107 million doled out for pay raises and bonuses.

Not one police officer was hired.

Pay raises could have hired 272 more police officer protecting your family. Average total compensation jumps to over $105,000 per person for over 14,500 employees. Yes you read that correctly. The average cost per employee is over $105,000 for more than 14,000 employees. Mayor Stanton must follow through on his promise to abolish food tax by April, 2013.

No more scare tactics. No more delays. No more phony and tired stories about how police and fire will be cut. I’m not going to let this go.

Promises must be kept.

Read more by Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts – “Is Greg Stanton waffling on food tax repeal?”

The truth behind the malicious hit pieces on Robert Graham & Rob Haney

Now we have rumors that Haney has been with the RINOs all this time. Talking bad about McCain so we in the Tea Party movement would accept him as a conservative,” claimed Art Olivas.

Hit pieces such as this began after Marne and I vetted Robert Graham as a State Party Chairman candidate by reviewing opposition news articles about him and interviewing him with our 25 vetting questions. His grade was 100%.  It was clear there was nothing more to the articles than that to which we have become accustomed in the case of biased attacks against Sheriff Arpaio, Sen. Pearce and Andrew Thomas.   Based upon our review, we encouraged Graham to run for AZ GOP Chairman, and we committed to support his candidacy.

Blogger Lynne Breyer read the same hit pieces, believed them unconditionally and did not accept Robert’s responses.  She informed me that she was going to seek another candidate and have that candidate urge outgoing AZ GOP chairman Tom Morrissey to withdraw from the race in favor of her selection.  She and Jim O’Connor both of LD 23, recruited Doug Little, LD 23 Chairman, to run and Morrissey withdrew as Lynne planned.

Then the attacks on Graham from Lynne and her allies began with a fury uncharacteristic even against Democrats.  The thrust of these hit pieces, despite the fact that Graham has raised $10-15 million to defeat union propositions in California, and the tax increase and top-two ballot propositions in Arizona, is the specter of negative publicity from lawsuits threatened by liberal opposition.

Adding fuel to these attacks is the guilt by association demagoguery. Graham has suffered accusations that he is a covert McCain establishment candidate, merely because of some political donations he and his supporters made to Republicans in the past.  Evidence to the contrary is that Graham and I worked together on JD Hayworth’s senate campaign to defeat McCain.   Clearly, neither Graham nor I can be viewed as McCain supporters.

Let me give you an example of how this guilt by association works:

Lynne Breyer was an avid supporter of Jimmy Lee Deakin for US Senator in 2010.  Everyone knows that Deakin was just a stalking horse for John McCain and Deakin’s candidacy helped McCain immensely.  Therefore, it logically follows that Lynne Breyer was really a supporter of John McCain because keeping Deakin in the race would only hurt JD Hayworth and Deakin was needed to split the conservative vote.   Using the guilt by association argument, now everyone should go out and destroy Lynne’s candidacy for State Party Secretary because she is really a McCain supporter.  Being a Tea Party conservative is only a facade.

Similarly, Jim O’Connor is a near fanatical supporter of the Get Out Of Our House (GOOOH) political system for selecting US Congressmen.  It is abundantly clear that this would only split Republican conservative efforts, resulting in a massive Democrat victory.  Using the guilt by association argument, it therefore follows that Jim is really about destroying the Republican Party despite what he has been saying to the contrary.  Why would we support Jim O’Connor’s candidate when Jim is bent on destroying the Republican Party?

Remember when Nathan Sproul used this same scheme of attack on Randy Pullen?  He denigrated Pullen’s participation in getting Prop. 200 before the voters to require an applicant to show proof of citizenship before registering to vote.  The fact is if it weren’t for Randy raising the money and paying for petition signature gatherers, the proposition would have never been voted into law.  ENOUGH OF THIS NONSENSE!

I believe we are blessed to have a candidate with the qualifications Robert Graham possesses to step forward to lead the state in these troubled times.   The following GOP Platform conservative endorsers also concur that Robert Graham should be elected as our next State Chairman:  Congressman Trent Franks, Honorable JD Hayworth, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Honorable Russell Pearce, AZ Senate President Andy Biggs, Honorable Lori Klein, Sen. Al Melvin and many more. 

They urge you to support Robert Graham as your next State GOP Chairman on January 26.  Visit his website at
Rob Haney
Immediate Past Chairman
Maricopa County Republican Committee


Who should be the next Arizona Republican Party Chairman?

Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs Endorses Robert Graham for Arizona Republican Party Chairman


“Graham is a true friend of conservatism and his successful business career experience will take our party to the next level.

PHOENIX — “Yesterday, Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs endorsed Robert Graham in his race for Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. Biggs, who has been named the #1 Friend of the Taxpayer by the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers and has been honored by the Goldwater Institute as a friend of liberty, has been instrumental in forging the state’s conservative strength.

“I believe the future of Arizona’s Republican Party is best served by selecting Robert Graham as its chairman,” said Biggs. “Graham is a true friend of conservatism and his successful business career experience will take our party to the next level. We expect great things from Robert. I hope you can join me in supporting his chairmanship.”

“Senator Biggs is a conservative visionary, someone who I deeply respect,” said Graham. “Andy’s advice and experience is essential to creating a strong state party structure. I am honored to have his support and counsel.”

To learn more about Robert Graham and his plan for Arizona’s Republican Party, please visit his website at or his Facebook page. 


About Robert Graham
Robert Graham is a conservative activist and AZ business leader. He was a leader in the fight against taxes and the destruction of our party system, successfully working with the grassroots to defeat Propositions 121 and 204 in the 2012 election. Congressman Trent Franks, Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, former Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce, Arizona House Majority Leader David Gowan, Rep. Steve Montenegro, Maricopa County Chairman Rob Haney, Arizona Latino Republican Association and numerous Arizona conservative leaders have endorsed Graham to lead the Arizona GOP.

Team LaFaro Elected to Maricopa County Republican Party Leadership

Congratulations to newly elected Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party, A.J. LaFaro and of course to his team! Here are the results from Saturday’s election:

County Chairman:
A.J. LaFaro – 1,179 (53.35%) | Lisa Gray – 1,030 (46.61%)

1st Vice-Chairman:
April Riggins – 1,128 (50.95%) | Paul Brierley – 1,086 (49.05%)

2nd Vice-Chairman:
Jose Borrajero 
– 1,254 (57.37%) | Rene Lopez – 932 (42.63%)

Jeni White – 1,256 (56.68%) | Colleen Lombard – 960 (43.32%)

David Ludwig – 1,241 (56.46%) | Walter Dudley – 956 (43.49%

On the resolutions, all passed with the following results:

1B – Petition Circulators – 56.67%
2A – History Education – 76.06%
3C – Repeal 17th Amendment – 68.01%
5A – No amnesty for aliens – 73.65%
6A – State Sovereignty – 81.98%
7A – Don’t hire aliens – 77.43%
9A – No DREAM Act – 76.79%
Floor 2nd Amendment – 87.07%

Regarding the bylaws changes, the following bylaws changed with the necessary 2/3rd’s vote:

1 Art XI Severability – 80.53% – PASS
2 Art I intepretation of bylaws – 69.89% – PASS
3 Art II pc term of office – 54.29% – FAIL
4 Art II “Organization” meeting – 86.47% – PASS
5 Art II LD Chair quorum – 70.55% – PASS
6 Art II pc e-mail addresses – 55.16% – FAIL
7 Art II resign to run repeal – 61.14% – FAIL

Finally, we have posted Chairman LaFaro’s speech in entirety:

Good morning – 

I’m A. J. LaFaro and I want to be your next Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee.

During these past four months I’ve traveled thousands of miles, met thousands of wonderful people and lost several pounds – and for that I thank you. The journey has been arduous but fun and not without it’s bumps along the way. 

This morning, we’ve come to a fork in the road. 

You have two choices – you can turn to the left and vote for my opponent or you can turn to the right and vote for A. J. LaFaro keeping the MCRC an independent and unbiased voice of the people. 

Why should I be your next Chairman? 

I have the proven executive skills and talents to help lead the Maricopa County Republicans during these next two years. Challenging years to defend against the progressive socialists, liberal Democrats and the unions continued attempt to turn Arizona Blue. 

My executive leadership skills include being a good planner, organizer, communicator, team builder and a good listener. But more importantly – I’m pragmatic. The top priorities of the Chairman should be raise funds and be the public voice of the Maricopa County Republican Party. 

The Maricopa County Republican Committee is made up of twenty legislative districts. Each one a unique franchise. Your neighborhoods, communities, school districts and cities have personalities of their own just like the people we elect to represent us. 

My opponent says our party is broken and needs to be fixed. Her plan – not the peoples plan – speaks to a few vague issues that maybe symptoms but will never address the fundamental problem with our party.

The divisiveness and bitter in-fighting amongst our groups. 

We all call ourselves Republicans and under that umbrella we have people who are right of center all the way to far right. During my travels I’ve even met some left of center. 

There’s probably four groups we align ourselves with – the establishment, the conservatives, the Tea Partiers and the Ron Paul supporters. Each with unique ideologies and beliefs. Many are the same – some are not. 

If elected your next Chairman, I would immediately call for a détente of these four groups to come together, clearly identify our common and unique ideologies. 

I’m confident one strong common goal we all can agree on is to win elections. To beat the progressive socialists, the liberal Democrats and the unions continued attempt to turn Arizona Blue. 

We have a challenging task ahead of us these next two to four years as we fight for God, family and country.

You have the opportunity to elect Team LaFaro today – a stronger team with a much stronger message to help defeat our enemies. 

I’m asking for your vote and support for A. J. LaFaro, April Riggins, Jose Borrajero, Jeni White and David Ludwig so we can keep Arizona Red – Dark Red! 

Ronald Reagan once said: 

“Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.” 

In closing, I want to say may God bless you and God bless America!

Tempe Mayoral Candidate Michael Monti Endorses Lisa Gray for Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party

Arizona Party Builders

Phoenix – Recent Tempe Mayoral candidate Michael Monti has announced his endorsement of Lisa Gray and her Arizona Party Builders team for Maricopa County Republican Party leadership.

“Republican candidates need all the support they can get from the Party,” said Monti, who narrowly lost his 2012 race against Democrat Mark Mitchell for Mayor of Tempe. “I don’t want to see us lose another winnable race like mine. I have chosen to endorse Lisa Gray and her Arizona Party Builders team because I believe that their diplomacy, experience and ability to unify the party behind candidates is exactly what our Party needs to stay relevant and help candidates win in all areas of the county – be they red, blue, or somewhere in-between.”

“I’m truly honored that my team has Michael Monti’s support,” said Gray. “If our Party is to be relevant, we must provide the kind of grassroots support that our candidates need to win races. This includes having a cohesive plan, trained and equipped PCs, and financial resources. We have provided these resources in our districts, and will bring them to Maricopa County when we are elected.”

About Lisa Gray
Lisa is a grassroots, conservative leader in the Northwest Valley, working with Republicans and Tea Party activists. She has served as LD9 and LD21 District Chairman, LD9 Second Vice Chairman, Sun City Republican Club President and Northwest Valley Tea Party Co-Leader. She was also a plaintiff against Proposition 121, which was not only detrimental to the Republican Party, but to all Arizona voters. 

Lisa Gray and her team, Paul Brierley, 1st Vice Chairman; Rene Lopez, 2nd Vice Chairman; Colleen Lombard, Secretary; and Walter Dudley, Treasurer, represent a broad segment of the County and have a combined 45 years of grassroots Republican leadership experience. They are known as the Arizona Party Builders because of their focus on building the Party to win elections. 

The Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) statutory meeting will take place tomorrow, January 12, 2013. All Maricopa County Precinct Committeemen are eligible to vote. To learn more about Lisa, her team and the details of their plan, please visit 


LD 23 Republican Committee Endorses AJ LaFaro Team!

MCRC Election
“AJ LaFaro and his team have demonstrated, through their strict adherence to constitutional principles, that they are true Conservatives. 

 All five members of the team have spent long hours supporting grass roots Republican causes. The Maricopa County Republican Party will definitely benefit from the AJ LaFaro Team’s impressive and extensive experience and skill sets.

So we ask our fellow PCs in LD23 to join us in supporting AJ LaFaro as our next County Chairman, April Riggins as our next First Vice Chairman, Jose Borrajero as our next Second Vice Chairman, Jeni White as our next Secretary, and David Ludwig as our next Treasurer.

Doug Little

Joe Romack
First Vice Chairman

Joe Meli
Second Vice Chairman

Linda Rizzo

Vera Heminger

Getting Back to the Basics – Our Plan to Build the Party

Arizona Party Builders

We can be on the “right” side of the issues but as we learned the hard way, if we don’t communicate them, raise money, recruit conservative candidates, register voters and get voters to the polls we will not win elections. We must get back to the basics and build the infrastructure of our party if we are going to succeed. Our plan will prepare us for victory in 2014 and beyond.

Below is an outline of our plan to build the Maricopa County Republican Party.

1. Build Our Party’s Image and Effectiveness
We will work to “Build Our Party” by increasing our fundraising efforts, developing leaders, providing the tools to make the grassroots strong and effective, and greatly expanding our online and social media presence.

2. Build Strong Voter Registration and Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Programs
It’s a simple equation: Register more voters and get them out to vote and we win!

3. Provide Training and Resources for Precinct Committeemen (PCs)
PCs are only powerful if they are trained and equipped. We will provide them the tools they need to be effective.

4. Provide Training and Resources for District Chairmen and Officers
Districts will thrive with strong, effective leaders. We will provide the tools and support to help district chairmen and their teams be successful!

5. Recruit, Train and Support Candidates for All Offices
All politics is local. We will help districts to recruit, train and support Republicans to run for office at all levels. Our goal is to have a Republican in every race. If we are going to prepare for the future it is imperative that we begin recruiting and preparing the next generation of leaders.

For more on the plan and information about our team visit:


Editor’s Note: We have turned off comments – ESPECIALLY TO ANONYMOUS COMMENTERS – because we believe the long-term impact to party harmony is damaging. You may find yourself having to work with a party leader and your prior comments will likely make that work very difficult.

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