Have the censures had repercussions?
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Have the censures had repercussions?
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Daily mocks aggrieved GOP PCs as “zealots” and “griping GOP faction”
When well over a thousand elected precinct committeemen of a political party assemble for a yearly county-wide mandatory meeting, it’s noteworthy. When the gathering of the officials are Republicans from Arizona’s most populous county — Maricopa — which includes Phoenix within its borders, that would ordinarily insure news coverage. But when the assemblage voted by a hefty 1,150 – 351 on a formal resolution to censure Arizona’s Republican senior senator John McCain, the state’s reliably liberal newspaper was uncharacteristically silent.
The censure resolution began with these words:
“As leaders in the Republican Party, we are obligated to fully support our Party, platform, and its candidates,” the formal censure resolution reads. “Only in times of great crisis or betrayal is it necessary to publicly censure our leaders. Today we are faced with both. For too long we have waited, hoping Senator McCain would return to our Party’s values on his own. That has not happened.”
The meeting which included the extraordinary reproach of McCain was held on Saturday, Jan. 11. At long last, on Thursday Jan. 16, the newspaper’s editors were finally able to pull their jaws from the ground and address this stunning rebuke of their favorite “maverick.” Since far too much time had elapsed for the issue to be addressed as a news item, they resorted to the editorial page in an attempt to wallop the elected committeemen, identified by the newspaper as “zealots,” and a “griping GOP faction.” The editorialist goes to the mat with the term “practitioners of blasphemy politics,” in an attempt to give cover to McCain, described as “put to the stake” by [his] own.
Such a verbal assault of dedicated party activists, who put their values to work on behalf of countless candidates and issues, is contemptible. However, it irrefutably identifies who the adamant McCain supporters are.
Know this. They are not mainstream conservative Republicans.
Among the 13 Resolutions to be voted on at the at the Jan. 11, 2014 Mandatory Meeting of Maricopa County Republican Precinct Committeemen in Phoenix is the following Resolution To Censure Sen. John McCain.
“As leaders in the Republican Party, we are obligated to fully support our Party, platform, and its candidates. Only in times of great crisis or betrayal is it necessary to publicly censure our leaders. Today we are faced with both. For too long we have waited, hoping Senator McCain would return to our Party’s values on his own. That has not happened. So with sadness and humility we rise and declare…”
RESOLUTION #8: Senator John McCain Censured by Arizona’s Republican Leadership — As leaders in the Republican Party, we are obligated to fully support our Party, platform, and its candidates. Only in times of great crisis or betrayal is it necessary to publicly censure our leaders. Today we are faced with both. For too long we have waited, hoping Senator McCain would return to our Party’s values on his own. That has not happened. So with sadness and humility we rise and declare:
– Whereas Senator McCain has amassed a long and terrible record of drafting, co-sponsoring and voting for legislation best associated with liberal Democrats, such as Amnesty, funding for ObamaCare, the debt ceiling, liberal nominees, assaults on the Constitution and 2nd amendment; and
– Whereas this record has been disastrous and harmful to Arizona and the United States; and
– Whereas Senator McCain has campaigned as a conservative and made promises during his re-election campaigns, such as the needed and welcomed promise to secure our borders and finish the border fence, only to quickly flip-flop on those promises; and
– Whereas McCain has abandoned our values and has been eerily silent against Liberals, yet publicly reprimands Conservatives in his own Party, therefore
– BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the Maricopa County Republican Committee censures Senator McCain for his continued disservice to our State and Nation, and
– BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that until he consistently champions our Party’s Platform, we, the Republican leadership in Arizona will no longer support, campaign for or endorse John McCain as our U.S. Senator.
The other Resolutions can be viewed here on the Maricopa County Republican Committee News Briefs and Updates. Two proposed by-law changes are also up for consideration. They can be viewed on the same link.
Six Maricopa County Republican Committeemen have announced their candidacy for five member-at-large positions to be elected at the Jan. 11 meeting. A five-member team consisting of Dan Schultz (LD18), Joe Hobbs (LD19), Andy Costanzo (LD27), Gary Johnson (LD18) and Ray Sweeney (LD2) are running as a slate. Candidate Mike Richardson (LD18) is running separately. The candidates pledge, statements and bios can be read here.
If you are an elected precinct committeeman in MaricopaCounty, make sure you attend this important meeting. Information including location, time, agenda and map here.
This censure also made the Daily Caller’s ‘most read list’ this morning. Read Group of Arizona Republicans to censure John McCain for siding with ‘liberal Democrats’
More absurdity from the federal courts
In a farcical interpretation of the law, U.S. District Judge Robert Broomfield has prohibited Maricopa County from enforcing a state law that permits illegal aliens who paid coyote/transporters to smuggle them into the U.S. to be charged under Arizona’s human smuggling law as criminal co-conspirators.
Broomfield’s 60-page ruling (view here) said Maricopa County’s interpretation of the 2005 state law cannot be enforced by either Sheriff Joe Arpaio or Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and his office’s prosecutors, since Broomfield claims it conflicts with federal law — which Broomfield said supersedes Arizona‘s law. Missing from his ruling is the fact that the Obama Department of Justice treats this crime of invasion as a lesser civil issue.
Peter Schey, a lawyer representing the Hispanic activists who brought the legal challenge, was quoted as stating the ruling “will hopefully bring to an end a mean-spirited and short-sighted policy that has severely harmed a large number of immigrants during the past several years in an entirely unconstitutional manner.”
Hispanic advocacy groups deceptively refer to themselves “immigrant rights advocates.” The Court appointed Schey, President of the liberal Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law and Carlos Holguin, General Counsel of the group, as lead counsel.
According to news reports, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is reviewing Broomfield’s ruling.
Seventy-five percent of the approximately 2,000 foreign nationals charged as co-conspirators in MaricopaCounty were facing counts of conspiring to illegally sneak themselves into the country. The going rate paid to those they conspire with in this criminal activity varies between $2,000 – $6,000 per illegal.
This is not rocket science. By paying to be illegally transported into the United States, these illegal aliens are engaging in advancing criminal activity as co-conspirators.
In 2008, SRAZ reported the Arizona Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of an illegal alien prosecuted as a co-conspirator under the state’s human-smuggling law. The court found that the law’s wording was “clear and unambiguous” — illegals can be convicted for conspiracy to smuggle themselves into the country.
Makes sense to us.
Responding to increasing violence on our streets
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has announced he is providing each of his office’s deputies with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.
In making his announcement, Arpaio took note of recent tragedies affecting the Sheriff’s Office. “Last year, two of our deputies died under violent circumstances, and this year a deputy was shot several times but survived,” he said. “Therefore, I want all my deputies to be armed with the greatest firepower available 24 hours a day.”
Deputies have been ordered to carry a weapon at all times, on-duty and off-duty.
Every deputy armed with the new weapons has undergone extensive training, qualifying them to carry these weapons as part of their day-to-day arsenal.
“Should any off-duty deputy come across a crime being committed, it is the policy of this office for that deputy to take the appropriate action to resolve the situation,” said Arpaio. Acknowledging the move could appear controversial to some, Arpaio stated, “I have extreme confidence in the training and professionalism of the men and women deputies in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.”
The Maricopa County Sheriff‘s Office purchased 400 of the semi-automatic rifles.
“The monies which allowed us to make this significant weapon buy come wholly from our RICO fund,” said Arpaio. “That is money seized in drug raids and human smuggling operations; as a result, taxpayers are not footing the bill.”
Read Sheriff Arpaio’s full statement here.
LETTER FROM MCRC CHAIRMAN AJ LaFARO:
To all Arizona County and LD Republican Committee Chairmen -
In the [linked letter] below is the front page article of the July 15 Arizona Capitol Times. I want to express my appreciation to those courageous and principled County and LD Republican Committees who have already conducted votes of “censure” and/or “no confidence.”
Read Chairman LaFaro’s letter here.
LETTER IN SUPPORT OF AJ LaFARO:
The two issues critical to the survival of the Republican Party and the United States are defeat of both Obamacare and the illegal immigration amnesty bill. Governor Brewer might likely call it, “migrant rights.” In fact, Governor Brewer strongly supports Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion and takes a weak position in opposing Amnesty thus confusing the Republican message in the public’s eye.
She has stated, “It is time we put differences aside and unite for the good of the party.” By her unprecedented use of the Democrat Party playbook to get her way, she has made it unequivocally clear that we precinct committeemen are not her allies but rather, she has treated us as her opponents.
Calling themselves Republicans, but voting with the Democrats on vital conservative issues, has been the hallmark of McCain Republicans for decades. The point here is that even when “Republicans” have the majority in the legislature, the moderates destroy this working majority. Invariably, after liberal Republicans betray Platform Republicans, the call is raised by these liberals as Brewer is doing now, that we must unite to elect Republicans.
I say, no more!! It is not the Republican PCs who are destroying Party unity. The PCs insist that our representatives follow our Platform, the Constitution, and the law. It is Brewer and her “turncoats” who have destroyed Republican unity by actually passing liberal, big government legislation that is contrary to our Platform and Constitution. These “turncoats” even disregarded their own Senate and House rules in bullying their Democrat bill through the legislature in a tyrannical manner.
Governor Brewer manifests concern that Republicans need to work together to focus on, in her own words, “the key issues that face our state, including the economy, quality education and public safety.” Ironically, she has attacked those very issues through her support of Medicaid expansion and by going “soft” on the illegal alien invasion. She has, in fact, made these conditions worse.
The Democrats are unified behind their liberal platform. Much as our colonial forefathers were undermined by British sympathizing “turncoats,” our Platform Republicans have been undermined by “Brewer’s Turncoats” who sympathize and vote with the Democrats.
If these “turncoats” are not defeated, we can expect the same results the next time conservative Republicans stand up to defend the Platform. Voting for the same representatives and expecting different results is insanity. (Witness the re-election of McCain and Flake and expecting them to actually stand by their election promises to secure the border.) Maricopa County Republican Chairman, AJ LaFaro, and the PCs obviously do not suffer from this insanity and they have my full support and encouragement.
Immediate past MCRC Chairman
…and gives AZ Republic’s editorial board members heartburn
Feigning interest in Arizona’s Republican party and the outcome of its elections, Robert Leger, the leftwing Arizona Republic’s opinions editor, condescendingly offers Republicans counsel in this ‘Quick Hit:’ titled, A. J. LaFaro could deliver seats —-for Democrats.
“Democrats must love A. J. LaFaro. The volatile chair of the Maricopa County Republican Party shows no interest in healing a fractured party, preferring to drive the ideologically impure out. He labels the GOP legislators who supported Gov. Jan Brewer’s plan to expand Medicaid as “Arizona’s 15 most wanted,” vowing to defeat them in what would be divisive primaries. The bloodbaths could increase the possibilities of Dems picking up a few seats — if they can suppress their own petty jealousies.”
It’s actually Leger who doesn’t get it. Conservative grassroots activists, who elected LaFaro as Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee at their intra-party meeting this past January, got exactly what they were looking for as a successor to the exceedingly popular and much admired Rob Haney. LaFaro and his entire team of conservative, Constitutional Platform Republicans won decisive victories.
Straightforward and honest, Chairman LaFaro has not disappointed us.
In this pre-election post we documented that the daily newspaper was supportive of LaFaro’s opponent. How much of a surprise is it that Ledger expresses concern about what he declares to be our “fractured party.” When those who run with R’s after their names repeatedly vote with the most liberal Democrats, the party not only has the right, but the obligation to call them out.
For his efforts, we abundantly thank Maricopa County GOP Chairman A. J. LaFaro.
Attempts to sell ObamaCare scheme to AZ Republicans falls on deaf ears
Monday night Legislative Districts 20 and 30 joined Maricopa County GOP LDs 1, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 25, and 27, Pima County Republican LDs 2, 3 ,4, 9, 10, 11, 14, the Coconino Republican Executive Committee, along with the Pinal, Cochise and the Cochise County Republican Committees — in passing resolutions in opposition to the Governor’s Medicaid Expansion (AHCCCS) in support of ObamaCare. Pinal County Republicans passed their resolution back in February.
The fact that the entire Democrat caucus supports this outrageous and economically unsustainable government overreach tells “the rest of the story.”
The resolutions can be read here, courtesy of the Maricopa County Republican Committee. Check out their informative “Briefs,” posted daily by Communications Director Frosty Taylor.
Are any of these poor excuses for Republicans pretending to represent you? Give them a call, drop them a line. Since we pay their salaries, they should be all too happy to hear from us.
LD16 Rich Crandall firstname.lastname@example.org (602) 926-3020
LD18 John McComish email@example.com (602) 926-5898
LD28 Adam Driggs firstname.lastname@example.org (602) 926-3016
LD1 Karen Fann email@example.com (602) 926-5874
LD8 Frank Pratt firstname.lastname@example.org (602) 926-5761
LD9 Ethan Orr email@example.com (602) 926-3235
LD17 Thomas Forese firstname.lastname@example.org (602-926-5168
LD17 JD Mesnard email@example.com 602) 926-4481
LD18 Jeff Dial firstname.lastname@example.org (602) 926-5550
LD18 Bob Robson email@example.com (602) 926-5549
Appeared with Brewer in support of this expansion:
LD1 Steve Pierce firstname.lastname@example.org (602) 926-5584
LD15 Heather Carter email@example.com (602) 926-5503
LD16 Doug Coleman firstname.lastname@example.org (602) 926-3160
LD20 Paul Boyer email@example.com (602) 926-4173
LD25 Bob Worsley firstname.lastname@example.org (602) 926-5760
LD28 Kate Brophy-McGee email@example.com (602) 926-4486
Since Maricopa County Supervisor Max Wilson announced his resignation due to health reasons on March 1, speculation has been rampant regarding his replacement. Seventeen candidates emerged expressing interest in securing the position.
Today the supervisors unanimously selected Clint Hickman a local businessman with Hickman’s Family Farms, a longtime family owned Valley egg producer, to fill the District Four vacancy. Even lone Democrat Mary Rose Wilcox hopped onboard the congeniality express.
Wilson was also originally appointed, taking his seat in 2002. He later ran for election three times. Previously, Wilson served as a Councilman and Vice Mayor on the Litchfield Park City Council. Unlike Wilson, Hickman has no prior experience in public service. But he’s obviously a quick learner. He’s already expressed a desire to run to retain his new perch in 2014.
Clint Hickman and at least 7 members of his family have been solid donors to the campaign of Gov. Jan Brewer. That may explain her advocacy on his behalf for the District Four post over other more experienced applicants.
The Executive Guidance Committee of the Maricopa County Republican Committee (EGC) met last night and passed three resolutions.
Although Gov. Jan Brewer’s policy advisor and chief strategist Chuck Coughlin and her financial guru John Arnold, made valiant attempts to convince the Republican leaders of the rightness of her position to expand the federal Medicaid program, Arizona’s involvement in the ObamaCare scheme was dead on arrival. Out of thirty possible votes, only two supported this debacle: Scott O’Connor, Chair of Legislative District 28 and Paul Whetten, Chair of LD 25.
State Rep. Carl Seel (Dist. 20) using facts and logic, effectively decimated the assertions by Chuck Coughlin and John Arnold, Brewer’s Director of the Governor‘s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting.
A second resolution opposing the McFlake Comprehensive Immigration Reform efforts to legalize upward of 25 million illegals, was passed unanimously by the Maricopa County EGC members.
A third resolution opposing the implementation of Common Core — the Obama Education Department’s program to nationalize America’s public schools, passed unanimously. Laddie Shane, Chair of Arizona Conservative Educators, wrote the resolution and made a dynamic presentation for its passage.