Its surprising how much you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit
The Arizona Republican Party will be forced into holding it's every four year State Convention virtually. The convention is to elect delegates who will attend the RNC Nominating Convention in Charlotte, NC in August. That convention will also elect two critical positions for Arizona Republican politics: a National Committeewoman and a National Committeeman. This is how Ballotpedia describes that position:
The national committee's purpose involves oversight of the presidential nominating process as well as supporting party candidates with research, polling and funding in races across the country. Each party also has two Hill committees, one each for the House and Senate, which are dedicated to helping elect candidates from their party to Congress and helping incumbents win re-election.
During the 2018 election cycle, these six committees were each among the top 10 spenders in congressional elections with a combined $1.3 billion in spending. As of the April 2020 campaign finance reports, the same six party committees—three Democratic committees and three Republican committees—have raised a combined $947.5 million during the 2020 election cycle ($541.0 million across the three Republican committees and $406.5 million across the three Democratic committees).
This is a critical decision to be made by delegates who will elect these two people on May 9. We are distressed that a well-read email blog has blundered into a very bad position on who to support for the National Committeeman. They have put out a call to vote for the very seriously flawed former chairman of the AZGOP, Robert Graham. There are plenty of candidates for this position from which to choose. Any one of them would be better than Robert Graham.
If you were a reader here in 2015-2016, you might remember the exposes` we put out on Graham. While our opinion of this person was peppered though the reports, those reports were based on provable facts.
Here is just a sampling but you can search Robert Graham in the search box at the upper right corner to find many others along with comments from our readers who were aware of his checkered background.
This is our response to the American Post-Gazette over the name of James Madison (who would never ever support this man):
"This is a shocking report. While we don't disagree on Tyler, you have failed to characterize Robert Graham. Let us enlighten you in case you missed this important information about Graham:
"He was charged in California with money laundry. He and co-conspirators raised money for a 501(C)(3) tax deductible charity for kids and then moved the money into a non-tax deductible PAC. He paid $1,000,000 to the state of California to keep from being prosecuted. https://arizonafreedomalliance.ning.com/group/arizona-news/forum/to... ;
"As chairman of AZGOP, he went after LD23's 119 State Committeemen votes for chairman in 2016 by charging that district with holding an 'illegal' meeting to elect those SCs. Despite that district followed the same procedures as in years past and the same as 27 out of 30 other districts, it cost that district over $20,000 to ensure their SCs were seated at the Statutory meeting. It was an attempt to keep 119 votes from going to Jim O'Connor. The voting was electronic and O'Connor "lost" by 30+ votes and Graham refused to allow the O'Connor camp to review the voting tabulation records, saying to come to the office to see that. Of course, a team sent to the office never got anthing but ridiculous excuses for not allowing them to inspect anything. What was he hiding besides himself behind McCain's attorney? https://arizonafreedomalliance.ning.com/group/all-things-conservati... AND https://arizonafreedomalliance.ning.com/group/all-things-conservati...
"Next Graham moved on to Massachusetts where he bilked a 90 year old woman of her life savings while pretending to be a wealth advisor - or whatever title he used there. He was again charged for breaking the law. He wiggled out by ponying up cash to pay off his crime.
"On to Groveton, NH, situated in a once beautiful river front setting, where he talked city fathers into partnering up with him on a real estate deal. That city had a long-abandoned paper mill that was an eyesore for years. They entered into an agreement with Graham and his partner, Erik Wenuck. They were supposed to clean off the property, sell off the metals and build a shopping mall or other buildings desparately needed in the town. True to character, Graham scammed the city out of $$ and disappeared. The property was tied up and sat empty until just recently when a true savior took over the property and developed it for the benefit of the town.
"But that is not all. Ask Graham what he did in 2016 with the RNC money? Ask him about the SEC violations as Chairman, moving money from account to account unlawfully. A claim was filed against him with the SEC. McCain got that claim frozen but now McCain is gone and that was finally adjudicated against Graham and he was found guilty of abuse of campaign finance laws. Look it up!
"Here is some documentation for you:
This link reveals Graham's own outrageos and false claims:
"These two enshrine the cheating Graham engaged in while chairman:
"This is just a sampling of Graham's checkered past... and a zebra does not change its stripes. We are aware that Graham is or has been a part of your group but surely, you don't believe a man with this background should be anywhere near a political job that includes any responsibility. And we have to wonder at his creativity in misappropriating money he might get his hands wrapped around. We wonder who he will bilk for the money he needs to do this job because he has none of his own except what he bilked out of others... or so it seems based on his past."
And there you have a sample of documented action taken by this man. Do not vote for him. Repeat: do not vote for this man. A search will reveal even more, should you need more reasons to never let this man get elected. We support Brett Mecum for this position. He has the experience in dealing with double-dealing operatives, of which there are many. There are some excellent and well-liked men in this race. A bit more seasoning is needed for them to serve this position well. By the way, this is a voluntary position and all costs, estimated to be $12,000-$15,000 per year for four years, is out of their own pockets. Although, do not overlook some of the generous perks that come with the job.
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AFA has made NO accusations of anyone in particular being emotional. It was a sweeping statement that we as humans do get emotional on issues of which we care. So please stop spreading untrue info. May we remind you that we have our posting rules on the Home page and some of you have violated those. It's a sad day when anyone who agrees with our point of view is accused of being "3-for-1" just because they don't happen to like us! This is all too prevelent among Republcians, beat up each other for a differenct of opinon when the enemy is the democrats. It's why I stay an independent. Our Admin is out of town and I'm going to close this discussion. JB
I have opened this discussion to post a comment from a member. The main question about who is or is not eligible to serve as the National Committeeman or woman. Here is an opinion for you to chew on and I will post to the Mrs. Powell article for comments. I am no expert on bylaws, let that be understood.
As written, the bylaws do not specifically address the matter of qualifications of the National Comm as to whether they must be a state committeeman or even a PC. That seems to settle the questions about qualifications. But wait. Some say the Bylaws require a candidate to be a member of the AZGOP board, and one has to be a State Committeeman. This reader says the Natl Com. is not a member of the state party Board and the Bylaws do not list that person as a board member. The claim is the Natl Com is only a member of the RNC board. If true, that eliminates the requirement that a candidate for this position is unqualified unless a State Committeeman. I suggest you read the AZGOP Bylaws to clear up this question and then post a quote from the Bylaws on this subject.