Candidates unwelcome; police officers scheduled at meeting
In a not to be believed missive titled, Changing the way we do business, (link no longer functions) District 6 Chairman David Braswell informs the elected Precinct Committeemen of the district that all discussion regarding challengers in the House race is verboten. Here is a snippet of what he has to say:
I have spoken with the campaign leadership of both the Bouie and Seel camps. Their leadership has agreed to my request not to have their candidate’s attend our next meeting. I will not allow any disruptions and they support my position. They do not want their candidates presence to possibly trigger a disruption that some have said to me is going to occur.
As Chairman, I believe it serves no purpose to subject these gentlemen or you to any further debate during our meeting. We all know what their positions are and any further debate will only deepen the wounds that have occurred up to this point. Therefore, I will not allow any discussion or comments from any individual or candidate regarding these two challengers during the meeting. This includes any comments that might be made by incumbent candidates in attendance and permitted to address the membership.
For the chairman to cut off debate at the very forum and among the people where it rightfully should occur is preposterous.
He further states: Due to concerns expressed by the Deer Valley Airport Authority: The Chairman and the LD 6 Executive Committee has contracted with the Phoenix Police Department to schedule up to two off duty Phoenix Police Officers to be present at the meeting. No disruptions of any kind will be permitted during the meeting. The Chairman will have the officers escort anyone he deems a disruption from the meeting immediately. (This paragraph was in the message sent by email, and not included in the link above,)