By Sheila Muehling
Dear Mr. Timothy Schwartz,
In late February of this year after being elected an officer of Maricopa County GOP, I offered to act as Chairman of the Lincoln Day Luncheon. This event has been an annual celebration of the precinct committee men and women who work tirelessly for the Maricopa Republican Party.
By the time, I volunteered to Chair the luncheon, it was already well past the celebration marking President Lincoln’s birthday which was typically when the event was hosted. To my dismay there were no plans in place by the previous administration nor were there any records or guidelines as to how the event should be organized.
In the beginning, I was a little apprehensive wondering if the luncheon would be supported by Maricopa County PC’s. That issue was quickly erased when I received an overwhelming number of emails asking where tickets could be purchased. However, the one email I would like to share with you and the people who share your negative views of the Asian and Vietnamese GOP PC’s was from Farhana Ahmed. Mrs. Ahmed informed me that she would be filling two to three tables of ten at the luncheon and she guaranteed payment of the seats.
Unlike the Asian PC’s, many including PC’s in my own District 23 would not support the luncheon. In one case an officer came to the event claiming he paid for a ticket yet he couldn’t produce anything to show that he did. Another officer of another District wanted a refund because two of his guaranteed seats couldn’t attend and the seats were resold to other people at the door. His reason was we didn’t have the right to sell the seats twice! The same group of Asian PC’s had four people who couldn’t attend yet never once questioned reselling their seats. They had paid their money and considered it a contribution to the Maricopa GOP who they supported.
I was stunned when I read your posting attacking the recruitment of the Vietnamese Conservative PC’s. Your statement, “They can’t even speak English.” was stunning. So, I will ask you the same question Mr. Dang asked you in his open letter dated July 12. Should the people who come to the United States and work to become American Citizens be disqualified as GOP Precinct Committeemen and women because they speak broken English or they need help in navigating the system? Should your hatred for all things Jonathan Lines and the GOP apply to new American citizens who believe in the Conservative principals of the Republican Party? Should those people be purged from the rolls of the GOP?
I for one welcome the Asian community as well as any person who comes to the United States and wants to be a Conservative Republican member. And I, along with thousands of other GOP activist, welcome you and thank you for your commitment and support of the GOP Party.