Robert Graham closing meeting to elected Precinct Committeemen, shutting down information flow
MCRC Republican Briefs is the daily go-to site for party activists and those who are interested in the real scoop. These two revealing items from the Saturday edition were provided by editor Frosty Taylor, a former reporter who pulls no punches and is known for her integrity.
Precinct Committeemen Having Been Asking About The upcoming AZGOP April 18 meeting since it is traditional for interested PCs to sit in on the meetings (as observers, cannot vote). There has been no public announcement of the April 18 AZGOP meeting, so I sent an e-mail to AZGOP Robert Graham last night reminding him that – when elected in 2013 he had assured me that Briefs would receive the announcements/agendas and was welcome to attend all state GOP meetings. (Normal procedure for the past decade of prior state chairmen). This morning, Graham responded “… This is a new cycle and I am changing things up a bit. This will be a closed meeting. Those in attendance will be the Executive Committee, AZGOP Staff and the LD Chairman. Thanks for your interest. Have a Happy Easter.” So there you have straight from the horse’s mouth… It’s a closed meeting. Hmm… wonder how that is going to set with interested grassroots State Committeemen and PCs???
There Is Also Growing PCs Chatter about the lack of movement by the AZGOP on the “closed primaries resolutions” that were passed at the January 2014 and 2015 statutory meeting. Many are of the opinion that the AZGOP is delaying action on ‘closed primaries’ because they believe Sen John McCain cannot win a closed primary election. They wonder if this one of the items up for discussion at the mysterious April 18 ‘closed meeting’?
At the Arizona Republican Party Statutory Meeting in January of this year, Robert Graham showed himself to be in the pocket of the McEstablishment by slipping John McCain, Jeff Flake and a contingent of Vietnamese McCain supporters —- waving flags of the country they were eager to leave —- to drown out the expected boos and jeers from the conservative majority crowd. This Seeing Red AZ post Sens. McCain, Flake rate boo-vation at AZ GOP meeting, also includes a video documenting the reception.