Its surprising how much you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit
.... Deputy Comms Director RESIGNS Over ‘Systematic Failures
Editor: As a side note, AZGOP Chairman Jonathan Lines was served today with a lawsuit for defamation by Mark and Maria Syms. Lines publicly claimed they had committed a crime for which they were convicted and ordered to pay $70,000. This supposedly had something to do with signature gathering by Mark Syms for the 2018 primary. This claim is entirely false and the judge in a case surrounding the signature gathering ruled Mark Syms was found innocent of all wrong doing. You may remember that Maria Syms was an incumbent candidate for the House in LD28 and Lines sent out a mailer to all Republican voters in that district with all candidates on it EXCEPT Maria Syms. How foolish does this man have to get? Rhetorical question! Now is seems there is a whistleblower revealing the truth about the illegal shenanigans with the AZGOP money. You may also remember that we were the first to reveal similar shenanigans by former Chairman Robert Graham for which the AZGOP has been fined by the FEC. AZRA members dug up the info in 2015 and filed a claim with the FEC.
The memo, sent by Deputy Communications Director Robert Maxwell to Executive Director Kyle Pierce on Wednesday, outlines failures that were observed in 2018 — such as resources being misappropriated for the benefit of Chairman Jonathan Lines’ reelection bid and Governor Doug Ducey using the party as his “personal political operation.”
The memo begins with Maxwell explaining how much he loves the party, the president, and Republican activists in the state. He said that because of that, he is “saddened to write this memo.”
“I have witnessed systemic failures within the Arizona Republican Party that not only led to the most significant Republican losses in a generation in 2018, but if allowed to persist will cost President Trump Arizona in 2020, thus costing him our electoral votes. President Trump should not be forced to worry about Arizona turning blue, yet if the AZGOP doesn’t do something to radically shake up its strategy that is exactly what will happen,” the memo says.
Maxwell goes on to list “just a few” of the issues he says he has personally witnessed that left him greatly concerned for the future of the state’s party. He alleges that “more often than not, both before and after the 2018 general election, the AZGOP office is entirely empty except for a single low level staffer or volunteer.”
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This just really makes me not want to vote for anyone who already has a track record, whether good or bad, and I'm going to use the same philosophy that I used when I voted for Trump. Someone not connected to the swamp is what we need, someone that doesn't have an agenda, doesn't have a reason to not be open and transparent (as much as possible. Full transparency is not something I expect, except when it comes to matters that should have full group awareness and participation), and doesn't skew the information in their favor when clearly it is not. I'm also looking for someone who doesn't exclude people from the political process. Those are things that McCain (may he RIP) did, and we need to let those tactics die with him. I'm voting for Doyel Shamley.
Katie, I understand your reasoning although at this late date the knight in the form of Shamley on a white horse is a sure vote for J Lines will have a second 2 years.
I do respect your reasoning --
We did it with Tom Morrissey, and we have Trump for President. I don't think it's too late. And you know, I was told Clinton was going to win if I voted for Trump, by a lot of the same people who support Kelli Ward and Lines (during the 2016 election). Trump won, Clinton didn't so I know putting the Country First and winning is possible. We have to put Arizona First, and vote however we think best. Thank you for respecting my reasoning, just as I respect your choice to vote for Ward. That, however, is not my choice.
Which will guarantee that Lines wins.
All 'good' republicans...sarcasm of course.
My brother and sister of SC's give this article consideration in your thoughts on Saturday,
Here is a copy of the lawsuit against Lines for your reading enjoyment.
Arizona Capitol Times this morning ran an article on the lawsuit posted above. Apparently, there is an audio clip where a man asked Lines why he left Maria Syms off a mailer to LD28 voters (he did). According to AZCapTimes, "The lawsuit filed in Maricopa County Superior Court Wednesday alleges Lines said at a Jan. 9 Legislative District 26 meeting that the Syms’ “committed fraud” in trying to unseat a fellow Republican and that Maria Syms was “convicted and she was … ordered to pay over $70,000 of restitution to Sen. Kate Brophy McGee.” It should be noted that the Syms' were not convicted of anything and no restitution was ever paid.
Further, Cory Langhofer, McCain's lawyer and also AZGOP's lawyer said Lines corrected his statement at the end of the meeting. However, no such correction is heard on the recording. Further, quoted from the ACT article:
"Langhofer also said the suit is a blatant attempt by the Syms’ to derail Lines’ re-election bid.
"“The lawsuit is fundamentally a stunt that’s designed to affect the chairman’s re-election in two days,” he said."
Well, perhaps the timing is deliberate but a lawsuit by citizens trying to protect their name and reputation is rarely a "stunt." And, if so, that does not change the facts.
AFA you deleted a comment granted I'm sure for good reason but LOL I would have liked to make my own decision that the post was off the mark. Just saying.