Voting privileges revoked for PC’s taking unprincipled action
Last night the Executive Guidance Committee (EGC) of the Maricopa County Republican Committee took on ineffective and disappointingly left-leaning Republican Party leadership with this resolution:
“Be it resolved that due to their lack of support of key Republican principles by withholding key legislation and the misuse of the Republican Victory Fund, the Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) does not support the reelection of Andy Tobin as Speaker of the House or Steve Pierce as Senate President.”
Maricopa County is the second Republican county leadership group to take unprecedented strong action against Tobin and Pierce — with a 23 – 5 vote. Earlier this week, the Pinal County Republicans unanimously took similar action.
Rob Haney, chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party said, “The action taken reflects the deep frustration and disappointment expressed by the grassroots precinct committeemen through their representatives on the EGC in the failure of Speaker Tobin and President Pierce to support key conservative legislation and the misuse of campaign funds in primary legislative races.”
Five EGC members who voted in opposition to the resolution included four District Chairmen, Scott O’Connor (LD 28), Rhonda King (LD-4), Rene Lopez (LD-17), Lisa Gray (LD-21), and first Vice Chairman of the EGC Diane Ortiz-Parsons.
Additionally, three elected Precinct Committeemen, Tom Chapman and Marion “Mac” Magruder of LD-28, and Cati Stokes (LD-13) lost their internal party voting privileges for publicly endorsing Democrats or Libertarians in this election cycle. The vote passed 27 to 1 with District 28 Chairman Scott O’Connor as the sole vote in opposition to the action, a role in which he apparently revels. Maricopa County GOP bylaws specifically dictate this action in such circumstances. This happened previously when former Attorney General and longtime RINO Grant Woods’ privileges were removed for his public endorsement of a liberal Democrat in the Arizona AG’s race.
In a message to EGC members, Chairman Haney wrote, “Not only is this action contrary to the purpose for which Party designated Precinct Committeemen were established by AZ Statutes, but it calls into question why anyone would seek and hold the position of Republican Precinct Committeeman while at the same time working to defeat Republican Candidates. Why would they not feel ethically bound to resign their position as Precinct Committeemen? They could still be a registered Republican and work to defeat Republican candidates.”
Read his full statement here