Its surprising how much you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit
As an elected PC and SC, I witnessed what I believe is corruption at the January 12 2019 statutory meeting of the Yavapai County Republican Committee (YAVGOP) to elect the Chair, the 6 Executive Committee members and 53 State Committeemen. .
The following is my opinion:
The orchestration of this corruption was the outgoing Chair Mark Sensmeier led by Mayor Pro Tem Billie Orr of the Prescott City Council. They accomplished their goal of stacking the SC candidates with Establishment RINOS and diminishing the effectiveness of the Conservatives by violating the Yavapai County Republican Committee continuing bylaws of January 7, 2017.
Specifically 5.8.3 (#4), 7.1.1 and 7.1.3 (#2).
Proxies are not mentioned anywhere in the bylaws for Floor nominations. Chair Mark Sensmeier made the decision to accept nominees as present via proxies.
7.1.3 Nominations from the Floor:
(#2) Elected PCs nominated from the floor must be present or have submitted a letter stating their willingness to accept the nomination.
Although Sensmeier served two terms as Chair, I believe he feigned ignorance about the bylaws pertaining to floor nominations. When the Chair asked for floor nominations for SC, Billie Orr nominated 12 people and there was 1 other nomination from the floor for a total of 13 floor nominations. Some were not physically present and had not submitted a letter of acceptance. When challenged, it was found that a Parliamentarian was not present. He took suggestions from the members of the audience. He ignored those of the Conservatives such as 3rd VP Arizona Republican party Christopher Campbell and former YAVGOV Chair Jim Dutton. Sensmeier ruled in contravention of the bylaws, stating that “nominees were present by proxy.” “If you don’t like my decision, get another chair.”
The chair not only betrayed my trust by violating bylaws but seemed to fancy himself as the arbiter of morality. We sat through a 45 minute speech about how we should treat millennials. ( They don’t like to be called stupid”), death wishes expressed for Senator McCain was inappropriate , and that the future of the GOP is grim due to changing demographics, lack of inclusivity but in the same breath assured us that Trump will win in 2020. Listening to him, we all understood that in so many words, he was calling us racists. This has to do with the re-election of Arizona House Representative District I David Stringer. He received 67023 votes despite the controversy of racial insensitivity swirling around him. Senseimer and Orr have made public statements asking for his resignation. Stringer was in the audience and so were many of his voters.
When it came time to elect a new Chair, Senseimer informed us that that all candidates must be vetted per bylaws. However, an exception was made for Donna Tanzi because she had been on vacation. In reality she was unopposed. Rudolph Kantu’s name was on the ballot but in his presentation said he was not a serious candidate. He just wanted to avail himself of the 3 minutes given to candidates to ask the party members for their vote. His message was insignificant.
In her 3 minute address Tanzi spoke about the need for the party to unify to be actively engaged and, to be respectful of each other.
When it was announced that Tanzi won the election, she was called to the podium. Instead of the expected conciliatory message. Her message was “for those who didn’t vote for me, tough”
Donna Tanzi is correct. It will be tough for any Conservative to support Republican candidates or the party itself. The arrogance and contempt displayed by Sensmeier and Tanzi is enough for members to throw their GOP membership cards into the nearest fire place and never look back.
There will be unity in YAVGOV as long as the Conservatives open their wallets but shut their mouths. The only PC’s that they respect are those they can control. The party establishment paints Conservatives as racists. They also disenfranchised us by their changing the outcome of this election. Why would any Conservative devote time and money to the party?
Why do the Republican Party and Republican Women’s clubs violate bylaws at will?
AZ GOP violated them during the reelection for Governor Ducey. PC’s were sent email asking us to donate to this campaign. At the last AZ GOP state meeting in 2016, it was proxies that elected the Executive Board.
It also appears that the Republican Women of Prescott (RWOP) and Yavapai County Republican Women (YCRW) alter their bylaws to fit the occasion.
Now that I have witnessed the use of the use of proxies as the weapon-of-choice for changing the outcome of the Yavapai Election of SC’s, I no longer believe that Conservatives can take back this party.
As day follows night, we can expect more of the same from the Arizona State Statutory meeting on January 26 2019 to elect the Chair and their Executive Committee.