Open Letter to: Matthew Kenney, AZ GOP Executive Director, from Gabby Saucedo Mercer, AZ GOP Secretary

An Open Letter 

From: Gabby Saucedo Mercer, Secretary of AZGOP

TO:  Matthew Kenney, Executive Director of AZGOP:

I am disappointed to find that you seriously misquoted me when speaking at the Executive Committee meeting about our conversation, which was on Friday, June 9th, not the Tuesday before the meeting. You stated at the exec meeting that I never mentioned wanting the records. I remember quite well what I said to you, and you got it completely wrong. I told you how frustrated I am, not having access to the records all the secretaries before me have always had. I informed you that a few groups of State Committeemen have come to me to ask if they can count on me to send out a Call Letter to the body, if they bring one to me. They are actually concerned that I will be unable to do my job! That Friday, I told you how I answered that question, which was “Absolutely! That’s my job!” I then asked you this question, “But how can I do my job, when I don’t even have the lists of the State Committeemen and pcs mailing addresses and emails?”


All you would say was “You’d have to speak to the counsel about that.” Speak to the counsel!!? What has he got to do with my tasks, according to the bylaws? But your only answer was “Speak to the counsel.” I must ask you if that reply was meant as a message to me that the AZGOP has no intention of allowing me to mail out an official call to a special meeting. That would go totally against what the bylaws require! And it would go against my own professional standards as well!

My reply to you was that I would not speak to any attorney. There is no reason for me to do so, on this subject, because the bylaws are clear in describing my duties, when the state committeemen bring a Call Letter to me. It is my duty to mail it to the membership. I am now seriously concerned about what will happen if a Call letter really is brought to me. Does the chairman intend to interfere with me doing my job of mailing an official call letter? I would like an answer to this question: is the AZGOP leadership going to refuse to give me the mailing addresses and postage, so I can fulfill my duty to mail the Call Letter, if I am asked to mail one? According to the bylaws, If the state committeemen deliver a Call Letter to the secretary, that letter becomes the official business of the party. If the AZGOP refuses to mail that letter, I believe that will be an intentional breach of the bylaws! 

Matthew, I must insist that you retract the misquoted statement you made at the Flagstaff executive meeting, regarding what I said to you on Friday June 9th.  I am personally tired of the way you and Lines and other establishment Republicans are calling for unity but keep attacking Republicans that dare to speak up or challenge the lack of transparency and the smoke and mirrors.  If you do not know what I am referring to, check The Sonoran Alliance. I am sick and tired of the cowards who write for such blog/publication using pseudo names. I can tell that those fake named writers have ties to the AZ GOP establishment because NOBODY knew about my meeting at AZ GOP on February 21st or what transpired at such meeting, so how did Sonoran Alliance know all the details they then wrote about it? Kory Longhofer asked me in front of three witnesses who came with me, to wait two days so he could talk to Lines and then be able to give me an answer regarding the handing over of the records to me. I guess that must have been just to delay it, because I have never heard back from Kory.


Another comment that you made to me in that same June 9th conversation is really bothering me. It was in answer to a comment of mine. It was right after I reminded you that Lines promised many conservatives that he would not hire you, but not long after, he turned around and did it, anyway! I wanted you to understand how much it concerned me that our chairman would say one thing and do another.

But, Matthew, you corrected me! You said that Lines had nothing to do with the decision to hire you as executive director. You said “It was not his decision. It was the donors” who insisted that Lines hire you. I have to tell you, Matthew, that I was amazed by that remark! I thought to myself, “Did I just get a glimpse of who really is running our AZGOP? Did Matthew just tell me that it’s the big-money donors who control what the AZGOP does, and who tell the chairman what to do?” 

Then I wondered, “Who are these donors who have so much power over the AZGOP?” Whoever they are, and I would like to find out, I do not believe they are on the side of the Republican Party, or the Republican voters of Arizona! Another question needs asking, “Is it possible these donors have an agenda all their own that we know nothing about and are using our party to execute it?” I am seriously concerned. Is this part of the reason why the AZGOP will not give me the permanent records, and why they did the same to our treasurer, for so long? How many more questions does this ask and answer? A lot, I bet.


Gabriela S. Mercer

Secretary, AZ GOP

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Tom also made an excellent and very influential appearance here in central AZ (Payson) about a month ago.  We need him back at the state level to kick some more butt.  But he did move up here not long ago from the North valley, so I doubt he would want to get embroiled again in the morass down there.  But who knows?

I'm so amazed by the intelligence of those who comment on AFA postings.  With such intelligence there is due diligence. 

In Robert's Rules--page 650--"Removal from office and other remedies for dereliction of duty in office or misconduct."

There's our answer to our prayers, this can be done!!

Robert's Rules aren't binding by most organizations, to the best of my knowledge, but rather are guidelines in the absence of statutory laws that take precedence over them, as in AZ.  But if the state GOP hierarchy's Bylaws specify the criteria for such removal from office, then follow them we must.  And 'dereliction' would likely be quite hard to prove, I would think.  We need some specific violations of the Bylaws and/or ARS statutes.

How about what happened to the $220,000 that "surprised" Lines?

Time has passed. District chairs are scared to come out of their shell. They should grow a backbone. The bylaws of the AZGOP are on their site.  They essentially say no cause is needed proven to recall officers of the AZGOP.  It also puts Roberts Rules in charge for anything not covered in the bylaws. BTW, I'm wondering if McCain can successfully get the FEC to alter reports because those reports cannot be changed otherwise and I bet that's where the murder took place - in the money.

Gabby: I am very disappointed that you are not able to do your job.  We have to get control of our party.  So many work so hard to MAGA while  we have donors and McCainites who call the shots.  Very grateful you shined a light on the problems we are facing. Hopefully we can get it together!

Thank you Nan, yes we must work together to expose the corruption and tell the donors we the people are in charge!

Thank you, Gabby, for taking the lead in exposing this corruption. The party needs to elect leaders, not puppets. Whoever these donors are, they, along with McCain, obviously have their hands rammed far up Lines, manipulating his levers.

Money is important, but there are more conservative voters than rich people. The rich, like George Soros, think they own everyone, but they didn't put Donald Trump in the White House. The conservative voters did.

It's about accountability. If we want to completely drain the swamp, we must uncover this kind of information to be sure we eliminate all the "hidden figures."

You are welcome Connie.  Agree, we have a lot of work to do!

Sounds to me like the Arizona GOP officers are running OUR party as if it were a 501(c) (6) political campaign war chest where the names and addresses of contributors are not required to be made available for public inspection. So what is the "common business interest" if the party will not do as the bylaws clearly state? The IRC 501(c)(6) was enacted as part of the Revenue Act of 1913 ... and most likely due to a U.S. Chamber of Commerce request for an exemption for nonprofit "civic" and "commercial" organizations, which resulted in IRC 501(c)(4) for nonprofit "civic" organizations and IRC 501(c)(6) for nonprofit "commercially-oriented" organizations. So that lays it out ... The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is an extortion ring leader in all this, thus hiding the evidence of collusion with the GOP in AZ. Just another reason to fire the IRS chief of the Cabal of Thieves, and Audit the Federal Reserve.

Since this is not an election year, AZGOP does not have to file FEC reports until next January unless they have changed that requirement.  If you go to the site and search for Arizona Republican Party you should find the final 2016 report added on January 30, 2017.  Although, we will tell you that AZGOP rarely reported the correct info and routinely made a subsequent report to correct the mess of the original report, often 8 - 9 months later!

Gabby, el al, the grassroots of the AZGOP needs to follow the lead that has been established by President Donald J. Trump. Trump has been forced to file a Civil Lawsuit against Ex-Director Comey, because he can not get cooperation from federal employees. The same applies here. The word corruption is used in most comments on this post. This implies Arizona Rico Laws apply, which only requires three people. Congress just passed new laws concerning gangs and those involved in fraud. The President and AG Jeff Sessions have made it clear they know who The Swamp is. Dr. Ben Carson pointed it out at his speech at AZGOP HQ last year. I am not an attorney, but it is clear that Racketeering applies to the illegal nature of your complaint. Here is my point. What is found in public records databases on James Comey will ultimately lead to the other criminals he is in bed with. The same applies in this case. What is found in public records databases can simply be ordered by a Judge in Civil Court. Everything else is just talk. Follow the money. I have it well documented!



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